Kiss

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453237421
  • Catalog Number: 532374
  • Sales rank: 1,224

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strutter (3:12)
  2. 2 Nothin' to Lose (3:29)
  3. 3 Firehouse (3:19)
  4. 4 Cold Gin (4:23)
  5. 5 Let Me Know (3:01)
  6. 6 Kissin' Time (3:54)
  7. 7 Deuce (3:08)
  8. 8 Love Theme from Kiss (2:26)
  9. 9 100,000 Years (3:25)
  10. 10 Black Diamond (5:14)
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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, Rhythm
Bruce Foster Piano
Gene Simmon Bass, Vocals
Bobby McAdams Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Warren Dewey Engineer
Kenny Kerner Producer, Audio Production
George Marino Mastering
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best debut albums ever!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kicks Butt!!!!!

    This KISS abum Is the best out all of them. I would recomend this to all my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kiss makes a fiery debut!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic!

    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.

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    Posted November 16, 2008

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