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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 and 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 and 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 and Roll All Nite" ripoff titled "Tomorrow and Tonight," and a pointless remake of the Phil Spector-penned classic "Then He Kissed Me" reworked as "Then She Kissed Me".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453238121
  • Catalog Number: 532381
  • Sales rank: 22,900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Stole Your Love (3:04)
  2. 2 Christine Sixteen (3:14)
  3. 3 Got Love for Sale (3:27)
  4. 4 Shock Me (3:46)
  5. 5 Tomorrow and Tonight (3:38)
  6. 6 Love Gun (3:18)
  7. 7 Hooligan (2:59)
  8. 8 Almost Human (2:47)
  9. 9 Plaster Caster (3:28)
  10. 10 Then She Kissed Me (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiss Primary Artist
Peter Criss Drums
Ace Frehley Guitar, Vocals
Gene Simmons Bass
Paul Stanley Guitar
Technical Credits
Peter Criss Producer
Ace Frehley Producer
Kiss Producer
Gene Simmons Producer
Paul Stanley Producer
Eddie Kramer Producer, Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
Corky Stasiak Engineer
Mitchell Kanner Redesign
Robert V. Conte Liner Notes
Ken Kelly Paintings
Sean Penridge Composer
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  • Posted November 20, 2010

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    amazing album by the orginial kiss lineup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Listen to the richly executed guitar efforts of Ace Frehley on this CD

    Listen to the richly executed guitar efforts of Ace Frehley on this richly executed KISS CD,"Love Gun".In 1977,"Love Gun" was released,and it was a BIG deal because every member of KISS sang lead vocals on one song.This album has Ace Frehley's best guitar work.As for an album,"Destroyer"is the best KISS album.But for Ace Frehley's excellent guitar work,"Love Gun"is the best KISS album.If you like KISS and Ace's guitar playing,then you will love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KlaSSic KISS

    What did KISS sound like in the studio when they were the most popular live act? Hear LOVE GUN, LOUD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top 10 Kiss Album: Love Gun

    Love Gun has to be in the top 10 for the greatest albums they have released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Gun is vintage Kiss

    I think this is Kiss' best studio album. It's even more amazing when you consider that in '77 this type of music did not get radio airplay. The punk/new wave movement was at its peak and disco dominated the music industry. Despite all that, Kiss stuck to their sound and cranked out a record that still sounds fresh 23 years later. There are 6 or 7 tracks that just define the Kiss sound at the height of their power.

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