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Kiss
     

Kiss

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Kiss' 1974 self-titled debut is one of hard rock's all-time classic studio recordings. Kiss is chock full of their best and most renowned compositions, containing elements of Rolling Stones/New York Dolls party-hearty rock & roll, Beatles tunefulness, and

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Kiss' 1974 self-titled debut is one of hard rock's all-time classic studio recordings. Kiss is chock full of their best and most renowned compositions, containing elements of Rolling Stones/New York Dolls party-hearty rock & roll, Beatles tunefulness, and Sabbath/Zep heavy metal, and wisely recorded primal and raw by producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner (of Gladys Knight fame). Main songwriters Stanley and Simmons each had a knack for coming up with killer melodies and riffs, as evidenced by "Nothin' to Lose" and "Deuce" (by Simmons), "Firehouse" and "Black Diamond" (by Stanley), as well as "Strutter" and "100,000 Years" (collaborations by the two). Also included is the Ace Frehley alcohol anthem "Cold Gin," "Let Me Know" (a song that Stanley played for Simmons upon their very first meeting, then titled "Sunday Driver"), and one of Kiss' few instrumentals: the groovy "Love Theme from Kiss" (penned by the entire band). The only weak track is a tacky cover of the 1959 Bobby Rydell hit "Kissin' Time," which was added to subsequent pressings of the album to tie in with a "Kissing Contest" promotion the band was involved in at the time. Along with 1976's Destroyer, Kiss' self-titled debut is their finest studio album, and has only improved over the years.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/1997
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453237421
catalogNumber:
532374
Rank:
20624

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kiss   Primary Artist
Peter Criss   Drums,Vocals
Ace Frehley   Guitar,Vocals
Gene Simmons   Bass,Vocals
Paul Stanley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Foster   Piano
Gene Simmon   Bass,Vocals
Bobby McAdams   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Warren Dewey   Engineer
Kenny Kerner   Producer,Audio Production
Richie Wise   Producer,Audio Production
Mitchell Kanner   Art Direction
Robert V. Conte   Liner Notes
Rock Steady   Concept,Direction
Lockart   Art Direction

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Kiss 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This KISS abum Is the best out all of them. I would recomend this to all my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best debut albums ever recorded. The only reason I cannot give it more than three stars is because of the poor murky production quality. Despite that though the sound and the songs hold up. Yes, they do sound more exciting in front of a live audience, but there is a raw intensity to the songs on this record that grabs the listener from the first chords of "Strutter" and does not let go until the final chords of "Black Diamond." This was the record that introduced the world to this unique rock band. The cover itself, almost a demonic parody of the Meet the Beatles cover art, grabs you from the start, declaring that this is a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock n roll. The music further underscores this. Kiss' debut contains several tracks that became instant and perpetual Kiss classics ("Strutter," "Deuce," "Cold Gin," "Black Diamond," "100,000 Years," "Nothin' to Lose" & "Firehouse") that are still staples of their live show today. See and hear how it all began with this classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can still remember the first time I heard this album, it really gripped me! I can remember playing air guitar to ''Strutter'', playing stage antics to ''Firehouse'', & imagining myself on stage doing ''Cold Gin.'' This album is just what R&R is supposed to be...FUN! There are no political statements here, nothing of the sort, just good ole plain fun rock & roll! ''Kissin' Time'' is the only bomb here (why did they record that?), but it is full of classics. ''Black Diamond'' (the best song Kiss ever did) is included, as is ''Nothin' to Loose'', ''Let me Know'', & ''Deuce''. But, I think the real killer here, is ''100,000 Years''. I think ''100,000'' is the best recording Kiss ever did. It's raw, slick, precise, simply perfect. They will never again do it that well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i give ''kiss'' 5 stars simply because of the energy that is obviously present in their debut album. frehley's guitar playing shines on tracks such as ''100,000 years'' and just about the whole damn album! die-hard fan or not,all kiss fans of all ages should go out and buy this album it's an essential cd in any KISS fan's collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago