Asylum (Kiss album)
|Studio album by Kiss|
|Released||September 16, 1985|
|Recorded||June – July 1985, Electric Lady Studios, Right Track Studios, New York City|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal|
|Producer||Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons|
Asylum is the 13th studio album by the American rock band Kiss. It features the debut of lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played on KISS' Animalize LP (Ghost guitarist for Lonely Is The Hunter), and filled in for guitarist Mark St. John (Mark Norton) for their European and American Animalize tour, and officially replaced Mark St. John in December, 1984. He was the band's third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982. The new lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Bruce Kulick would last for six years until Carr's death in November 1991.
The color of the lips on the sleeve mimic the colors of the 1978 solo releases: red for Simmons, purple for Stanley, blue for the lead guitarist (Kulick here, not Frehley) and green for the drummer (Carr here, not Peter Criss). The tour for the album featured the largest Kiss logo on stage the band has ever used, as well as one of the largest lighting rigs. No concert footage of the tour was used in the Kissology II release, minus silent film which is overshadowed by graphics in the menu.
The three music videos for the album were filmed on set in London, England, for the songs "Who Wants to Be Lonely", "Uh! All Night" and "Tears Are Falling". Only "Tears Are Falling" was released for retail sales as a single. "Tears Are Falling" is the only song on the album that has been played regularly in live performances. However, like many of the band's songs of the mid-80s, it was rarely played live after the reunion of the original lineup, although it would be resurrected in the band's set list during their 2004 Rock the Nation Tour.
|1.||"King of the Mountain"||Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Desmond Child||Stanley||4:17|
|2.||"Any Way You Slice It"||Gene Simmons, Howard Rice||Simmons||4:02|
|3.||"Who Wants to Be Lonely"||Stanley, Child, Jean Beauvoir||Stanley||4:01|
|4.||"Trial By Fire"||Simmons, Kulick||Simmons||3:25|
|5.||"I'm Alive"||Stanley, Kulick, Child||Stanley||3:43|
|6.||"Love's a Deadly Weapon"||Stanley, Simmons, Rod Swenson, Wes Beech||Simmons||3:29|
|7.||"Tears Are Falling"||Stanley||Stanley||3:55|
|9.||"Radar for Love"||Stanley, Child||Stanley||4:02|
|10.||"Uh! All Night"||Stanley, Child, Beauvoir||Stanley||4:01|
- Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, vocals, bass guitar on "Tears Are Falling"
- Gene Simmons - bass guitar, vocals
- Bruce Kulick - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Eric Carr - drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Jean Beauvoir - bass guitar and backing vocals on "Who Wants to Be Lonely" and "Uh! All Night"
- Allan Schwartzberg - additional drum overdubs
Album – Billboard (North America)
Album – UK Albums Chart (United Kingdom)
Singles – Billboard (North America)
Single – UK Singles Chart (United Kingdom)
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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