Hot in the Shade

Hot in the Shade

by Kiss


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Hot in the Shade

Realizing that their last albums weren't even close to being in league with their output from the '70s, Kiss made a conscious effort to get back on track with 1989's Hot in the Shade. The group began trying out new material, and was soon forced to issue a record in conjunction with an upcoming tour. Hence, Hot in the Shade is a slight improvement over its flat predecessors (Asylum, Crazy Nights) -- but not by much. The songwriting is still unfocused, but at least the keyboards that plagued Crazy Nights had thankfully been put away, and the production isn't as pop-oriented as most of their other '80s albums. The album did spawn Kiss' first Top Ten single in ten years with the syrupy ballad "Forever," but again, the group missed the mark by padding the album with lots of filler ("You Love Me to Hate You," "Love's a Slap in the Face," "Cadillac Dreams," etc.). Also included were a couple of obvious attempts at hit singles ("Rise to It" and the dreadful "Hide Your Heart"), and a track that sounds like a total ripoff of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," titled "Read My Body." Drummer Eric Carr's only lead vocal on a Kiss record, "Little Caesar," is one of the album's few bright spots, but Hot in the Shade unfortunately proved to be Carr's last album with Kiss; he died from cancer in 1991.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/1989
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0042283891326
catalogNumber: 838913
Rank: 30090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kiss   Primary Artist
Peter Criss   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ace Frehley   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gene Simmons   Electric Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Stanley   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phillip Ashley   Keyboards
Charlotte Crossley   Background Vocals
Kim Edwards-Brown   Background Vocals
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Simmons   Producer
Paul Stanley   Producer
Eric Carr   Contributor
Bruce Kulick   Contributor
Pat Regan   Engineer
Mitchell Kanner   Artwork,Art Direction
Michael Bays   Art Direction
Scott Townsend   Artwork
Mikey Davis   Engineer

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Hot in the Shade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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The KISS album "Hot in the Shade" is good,but not great.The album has good songs but in my opinion,none of the songs on the album will ever be the best songs KISS ever did.The best thing about the abum is it has the song "Little Caesar"which is sung by Eric Carr,the drummer for KISS from 1980-1991.The only song I don't like is "Forever"which was co-written by Michael Bolton.So if you're a KISS fan,buy this album and decide if you agree with me.