Kiss – Kiss [Remastered] (1997, Mercury Records/Casablanca Records)
Original Release: 1974, Casablanca Records
1. “Strutter” … 3:10
2. “Nothin’ to Lose” … 3:27
3. “Firehouse” … 3:17
4. “Cold Gin” … 4:22
5. “Let Me Know” … 2:58
6. “Kissin’ Time” … 3:52
7. “Deuce” … 3:06
8. “Love Theme from Kiss” [instrumental] … 2:24
9. “100,000 Years” … 3:22
10. “Black Diamond” … 5:13
Paul Stanley – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ace Frehley – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gene Simmons – Bass, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Peter Criss – Drums, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Produced by: Kenny Kerner & Richie Wise
The Godfathers of Hair Metal have arrived! My absolute favorite band came charging right outta the gates on their debut. From top to bottom, outside of one track, it’s all classics and KISS has been playin’ ’em in concert for decades for good reason. My favorite of all these faves? That would have to go to “Black Diamond”. Peter has a great raspy voice and did an excellent job on this dark song.
I went KISS crazy around 1998 (shortly after picking up Alive II and Psycho Circus) licking up all of the recently remastered albums along with the later stuff they didn’t bother remastering. Now, I’m a proud owner of all of KISS’ releases (I still say compilations don’t count).
This is not only the starting point of a legendary band, I would point to this album as a starting point for anyone interested in giving KISS a try.
Funny story about my first brush with KISS…
Back in the late 80s, at the skating rink in my hometown, there was a KISS pinball machine back in the video game/food section (circa Alive maybe?). I wouldn’t even go near it. They guys freaked me out too much with the black & white face paint and crazy costumes (especially Gene). I thought they were some evil REALLY heavy metal band. :D
Highlights: Um… It’s the debut album from KISS. Every track is a classic… Well, except for…
Lowlights: “Kissin’ Time” (absolutely pointless promotional tool)