By the release of their third album, 1975's Dressed to Kill, Kiss were fast becoming America's top rock concert attraction, yet their record sales up to this point did not reflect their ticket sales. Casablanca label head Neil Bogart decided to take matters into his own hands, and produced the new record along with the band. The result is more vibrant sounding than its predecessor, 1974's sludgefest Hotter Than Hell, and the songs have more of an obvious pop edge to them. The best-known song on the album by far is the party anthem "Rock and Roll All Nite," but it was the track "C'Mon and Love Me" that became a regional hit in the Detroit area, giving the band their first taste of radio success. Since the band was on the road for a year straight, songs such as "Room Service" and "Ladies in Waiting" dealt with life on the road (i.e., groupies), and a pair of songs were reworked from Kiss' precursor band, Wicked Lester ("Love Her All I Can" and "She"). With Dressed to Kill's Top 40 showing on the Billboard charts, the stage was now set for Kiss' big commercial breakthrough with their next release.
Performance CreditsKiss Primary Artist
Peter Criss Drums
Ace Frehley Guitar
Gene Simmons Bass
Paul Stanley Guitar
Technical CreditsPeter Criss Producer
Ace Frehley Producer
Gene Simmons Composer,Producer
Paul Stanley Producer
Dave Wittman Engineer
Neil Bogart Producer
Mitchell Kanner Redesign
Robert V. Conte Liner Notes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The third of the original three Kiss albums that started it all. Awesome!
i give this album five stars, the tracks that shine on this album are:the concert anthem ''rock and roll all nite'' ''she'' ''ladies in waiting'' besides that, get this album just for the cool cover i mean come on, it's a classic set-up four new yorkers dressed in buisness suits and ties,but no wait here's the best part they're all wearing totally cool makeup!
This is the best of KISS' early albums in terms of production and sound quality, but as with KISS & Hotter than Hell I can only give it three stars because the songs still sound better live. Dressed to Kill contains four early KISS classics that would be included on Alive!: "Rock Bottom," "C'mon & Love Me," "She" & the original studio version of "Rock n Roll All Nite." As with the KISS classics contained on their first two LP's, these songs sound much more exciting on Alive! This is especially true of "Rock n Roll All Nite" which sounds empty and incomplete on this record. This album does have some redeeming qualities though. The cover is hilarious, perhaps the funniest KISS album cover ever. There are a few lost KISS gems on this record which have rarely if ever been performed live: "Room Service" a humorous sexy ditty about life on the road and groupies, "Two Timer," the latest in a string of Gene Simmons compositions detailing his obsession with aloof women, "Ladies in Waiting," another lost Simmons gem, Ace Frehley's "Getaway," sung by Peter Criss, and two of Paul Stanley's finest compositions: "Anything for My Baby" where Stanley comes closest to combining two of his strongest musical influences, the Beatles and the Raspberries and "Lover Her All I Can" which, along with Gene Simmons' "She" is one of two songs on Dressed to Kill resurrected from the Wicked Lester vaults. Another redeeming feature of this album is its length. The songs themselves do not clock in much above three minutes with the exception of "She" which clocks in at 4:30 and the entire album clocks in at just under thirty minutes. Dressed to Kill recalls the fun of the three minute pop single, which is not a surprise since co-producer Neil Bogart was once the chairman of Buddah Records one of the top bubble gum labels, and underscores the fact that some of the best pop and rock albums are those which last thirty minutes or less. For this reason alone it belongs in every pop music lover's collection.
This album is worth getting just for the cover! What a classic cover! Seriously, it's a great album. Good songs: ''Two Timer'', ''Ladies in waiting'', the unspoken classic ''Getaway'', & ''Rock Bottom''. Get it, you'll like it.