Dressed to Kill (album)

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Dressed to Kill
Studio album by Kiss
Released March 19, 1975
Recorded February 1975 at Electric Lady Studios, New York City
Genre Glam rock, hard rock
Length 30:07
Language English
Label Casablanca
Producer Neil Bogart, Kiss
Kiss chronology
Hotter Than Hell
(1974)
Dressed to Kill
(1975)
Alive!
(1975)
Singles from Dressed to Kill
  1. "Rock and Roll All Nite"
    Released: April 2, 1975
  2. "C'mon and Love Me"
    Released: July 10, 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Pitchfork Media (9.5/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Dressed to Kill is the third studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1975. It was produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, as the label's financial situation at the time did not permit the hiring of a professional producer.[6]

Album information[edit]

Dressed to Kill was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version.[7] Possibly due to the short length of the album, original vinyl versions had long pauses between each track to create the illusion that the sides were longer than they were. Each side ran just 15 minutes, and some of the song times were listed incorrectly on the vinyl versions. For example, "Two Timer" was listed at 2:59 and "Ladies in Waiting" was listed at 2:47.

While the album cover depicts Kiss in business suits, the only member of the band who actually owned one was Peter Criss. The suits worn on the cover by the rest of the band were owned by manager Bill Aucoin.[6] The original vinyl release of the album also had the Kiss logo embossed around the picture. The photograph of the band on the album cover was taken on the southwest corner of 23rd Street and 8th Avenue looking north in New York City.

Reception[edit]

Dressed to Kill peaked at #32 on the US charts and was certified gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1977.[8][9] "C'mon and Love Me" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" were released as singles but failed to rise up the charts. A live version of "Rock and Roll All Nite" from Alive! was released as a single later that year and reached #12 on the singles charts.[10]

"Rock and Roll All Nite" is one of Kiss' most well known songs and remains a permanent staple in the band's concerts since 1975 along with "Rock Bottom", "C'mon and Love Me" and "She".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Room Service"   Paul Stanley Stanley 2:59
2. "Two Timer"   Gene Simmons Simmons 2:47
3. "Ladies in Waiting"   Simmons Simmons 2:35
4. "Getaway"   Ace Frehley Peter Criss 2:43
5. "Rock Bottom"   Frehley, Stanley Stanley 3:54
6. "C'mon and Love Me"   Stanley Stanley 2:57
7. "Anything for My Baby"   Stanley Stanley 2:35
8. "She"   Simmons, Stephen Coronel Simmons, Stanley 4:08
9. "Love Her All I Can"   Stanley Stanley 2:40
10. "Rock and Roll All Nite"   Simmons, Stanley Simmons 2:49

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 26
US Billboard Pop Albums[12] 32

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Releases[edit]

  • Casablanca NBLP-7016 (March 19, 1975): First LP issue
  • Mercury 824 148-2 M-1 (July 1987): First CD issue
  • Mercury 314 532 3762 (July 15, 1997): Remastered CD
  • Mercury B0020146-01 (April 1, 2014): 180 gram vinyl LP, reissue

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Kiss: Dressed to Kill" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 16, 1975). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Kiss: Dressed to Kill". Archived from the original on June 26, 2003. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, Gordon (July 17, 1975). "Kiss: Dressed to Kill". Rolling Stone. 
  6. ^ a b "Bill Aucoin Q&A session at the 1997 Atlanta KISS Expo". KISSaholics Magazine (#20). July–September 1997. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Dressed to Kill". Discography. KISS FAQ. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  8. ^ "Kiss: Dressed to Kill > Charts & Awards" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  9. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Dressed to Kill". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ Prato, Greg. "Rock and Roll All Night" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  11. ^ "Search - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Kiss Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2010.