Live to Win

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Despite what some may believe, Live to Win is not Paul Stanley's solo debut. That honor goes to 1978's Paul Stanley which was released in conjunction with solo releases by the three other Kiss members, an album so Kiss-like that the singer's full-time band could have easily stamped their logo on it and issued it as the studio follow-up to 1977's Love Gun. Nearly 30 years later, Stanley is ready to step out on his own again, and this time around, it's not the arena anthems you'd expect. In its place is a modern-day mainstream pop
ock production, which effectively smoothes out all the rough edges. In fact, the title track would sound perfect ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Despite what some may believe, Live to Win is not Paul Stanley's solo debut. That honor goes to 1978's Paul Stanley which was released in conjunction with solo releases by the three other Kiss members, an album so Kiss-like that the singer's full-time band could have easily stamped their logo on it and issued it as the studio follow-up to 1977's Love Gun. Nearly 30 years later, Stanley is ready to step out on his own again, and this time around, it's not the arena anthems you'd expect. In its place is a modern-day mainstream pop
ock production, which effectively smoothes out all the rough edges. In fact, the title track would sound perfect sung by an American Idol finalist or wouldn't be out of place in an episode of Fame, while the ballad "Loving You Without You Now" treads dangerously on Barry Manilow territory. Elsewhere, mainstream pop
ock reins supreme "All About You," "Wake Up Screaming," "Where Angels Dare," etc.. Despite the fact that much of this material will leave longtime fans of "Detroit Rock City" and "I Stole Your Love" scratching their heads as to where the cojones went, there's no denying that all these years later, Stanley is still in fine voice. A little more grit and much less polish would have certainly helped here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: New Door Records
  • UPC: 602517068162
  • Catalog Number: 000758002
  • Sales rank: 16,249

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live to Win (3:08)
  2. 2 Lift (4:04)
  3. 3 Wake Up Screaming (2:59)
  4. 4 Everytime I See You Around (3:28)
  5. 5 Bulletproof (3:01)
  6. 6 All About You (3:16)
  7. 7 Second to None (3:35)
  8. 8 It's Not Me (3:19)
  9. 9 Loving You Without You Now (3:16)
  10. 10 Where Angels Dare (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Stanley Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Russ Irwin Keyboards
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Bruce Kulick Bass
Greg Kurstin Piano
Sean Hurley Bass, Bass Guitar
C.C. White Background Vocals
John Shanks Background Vocals
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Andreas Carlsson Guitar, Background Vocals
John 5 Guitar
Zac Rae Piano
Corky James Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul Stanley Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Desmond Child Composer
Holly Knight Composer
Marti Frederiksen Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Charlie Midnight Composer
Kevin Mills Engineer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Composer, Programming
Tom Jermann Art Direction
Peter Masitti Composer
Andreas Carlsson Composer
John 5 Solo Coordinator
Mark Valentine Engineer
Alex Gibson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEYOND THE KISS SHADOW!!

    "Live to Win" is a winner! Paul's voice in top form, staying away from the rock'n roll trappings many of our heroes fell prey to. Still, Paul is not one to sit on laurels, his contributions in KISS as co-founder/ singer/songwriter/rythm guitar player who occasionally rips into a solo from time to time, it's what he does on his own that makes everything he's done over the years sound grand in huge porportions catchy but rocking. Yet with only ten tracks, Paul knows how to work it by leaving you salivating for more. "Live to Win" is a heavy contender for every thing played on the mainstream radio. For all you die-hard KISS Army fans, you need to run out and add this your collection, a must have!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The guy can still rock, with or without his KISS bandmates.

    Sometimes a rocker doesn't need ear-piercing tunes and shrieking lyrics to prove that he or she still has backbone, and Paul proves this point clearly with Live to Win. Though there are only ten tracks on this album that are no longer than three or four minutes apiece, each one has been painstakingly articulated and performed to perfectly blend polish and class with the same kind of quiet yet profound intensity that constituted some of the best (and frequently most underrated) rock songs of the not-too-distant 1980s and '90s. Granted, the title track is my personal favorite here, but Bulletproof also has a nice rocking beat to it, as does It's Not Me. Similarly, Second to None is an excellent radio-worthy ballad that shouldn't be overlooked by any means, which I can also happily say for Loving You Without You. In fact, the only really issue I have with this album overall is that I only wish Paul would have put another two to three more songs on it. Then again, if quality over quantity is your thing, then there's really nothing to complain about.<BR/><BR/>This is definitely a superior album, and KISS fans owe it to themselves to check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a piece of crap

    Paul the 1980s are over, and so are the 90s, please please stop writing new songs, stick to your classics

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