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Love Gun [Deluxe Edition]
     

Love Gun [Deluxe Edition]

by Kiss
 

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Love Gun was Kiss' fifth studio album in three years (and seventh release overall, peaking at number four on Billboard), and proved to be the last release that the original lineup played on. By 1977, Kiss merchandise was flooding the marketplace (lunch boxes, makeup kits, comic books, etc.), and it would ultimately lead to a Kiss backlash

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Love Gun was Kiss' fifth studio album in three years (and seventh release overall, peaking at number four on Billboard), and proved to be the last release that the original lineup played on. By 1977, Kiss merchandise was flooding the marketplace (lunch boxes, makeup kits, comic books, etc.), and it would ultimately lead to a Kiss backlash in the '80s. But the band was still focused on their music for Love Gun, similar in sound and approach to Rock & Roll Over, their previous straight-ahead rock release. It included Ace Frehley's lead vocals on "Shock Me," as well as one of Kiss' best and most renowned hard rockers in the thunderous title track. The album's opener, "I Stole Your Love," also served as the opening number on Kiss' ensuing tour, while "Christine Sixteen" is one of the few Kiss tracks to contain piano prominently. "Almost Human" is an underrated rocker and features a great Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar solo from Frehley (no doubt due to ex-Hendrix producer Eddie Kramer manning the boards again), while "Plaster Caster" is a tribute to the famous groupies of the same name. The only weak spots on an otherwise stellar album are an obvious "Rock & Roll All Nite" ripoff titled "Tomorrow & Tonight," and a pointless remake of the Phil Spector-penned classic "Then He Kissed Me" (reworked as "Then She Kissed Me"). [In 2014, Universal released a Deluxe Edition of the album featuring demos, live tracks, and interviews. Of special interest is the "Teaching Demo" of the title track where Paul Stanley guides the band through the song's chord changes and breaks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2014
Label:
Ume
UPC:
0602537997268
catalogNumber:
002169602
Rank:
9658

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kiss   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Peter Criss   Composer
Ace Frehley   Composer
Kiss   Producer
Gene Simmons   Composer,Producer
Paul Stanley   Composer,Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Joe Elliott   Liner Notes
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Corky Stasiak   Engineer
Tommy Thayer   Reissue Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Tom Jermann   Art Direction
Ken Kelly   Cover Painting
Jeff Fura   Reissue Producer
Ken Sharp   Interviewer
Stan Penridge   Composer

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