Studio album by Gene Simmons
September 18, 1978
The Manor, Oxfordshire, England,
Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, Blue Rock Studio, New York City, February–July 1978
Gene Simmons, Sean Delaney
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is a 1978 solo Gene Simmons album by Gene Simmons, the bassist and co-vocalist of the American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.
Album information [ edit ]
Although he is the bass player in Kiss, Simmons played mainly electric and acoustic guitars on the album, leaving the bass duties to Neil Jason. The album features guest appearances from well-known musicians, including
Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Cher. Though unknown at the time, backing vocalist Katey Sagal would go on to a successful television career, starring in the sitcom . Married... with Children
Simmons re-recorded "See You in Your Dreams" because he reportedly was not happy with the way it was recorded on
. Rock and Roll Over Simmons said that he covered "When You Wish Upon a Star" because he [4 ] related to the song and was a fan of Disney movies. "When I first heard that song I could barely speak English but I knew the words were true. Anybody can have what they want, the world and life can give its rewards to anyone". [5 ]
Reception [ edit ]
The album reached #22 on the US
Billboard album chart, making it the highest-placing of all the four Kiss solos of 1978. It was certified platinum on October 2, 1978, having shipped 1,000,000 copies. [6 ] Allmusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5 and called it an "unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release."
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by
Gene Simmons, except where noted.
"Burning Up with Fever"
"See You Tonite"
"Tunnel of Love"
"Living in Sin"
(Simmons, Sean Delaney, Howard Marks) 3:50
"Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"
"Man of 1,000 Faces"
"Mr. Make Believe"
"See You in Your Dreams"
When You Wish upon a Star" ( Ned Washington, Leigh Harline) 2:44
Personnel [ edit ]
Gene Simmons - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, co-producer Neil Jason -
Elliot Randall - guitar
Allan Schwartzberg - drums
Sean Delaney - percussion, backing vocals, co-producer Ron Frangipane - symphonic arrangements and conductor of Members of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras
Gordon Grody, Diva Gray,
Kate Sagal, Franny Eisenberg, Carolyn Ray - backing vocals
Eric Troyer - piano and vocals on "Radioactive" & "Living in Sin" Steve Lacey - guitar on "Radioactive"
John Shane Howell - classical guitar, segue between "Radioactive" & "Burning Up with Fever"
Richard Gerstein - piano on "True Confessions" & "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"
Joe Perry - guitar on "Radioactive" & "Tunnel of Love"
Bob Seger - backing vocals on "Radioactive" & "Living in Sin"
Rick Nielsen - guitar on "See You in Your Dreams"
Helen Reddy - background vocals on "True Confessions"
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter - guitar on "Burning Up with Fever", "See You Tonite", "Tunnel of Love" & "Mr. Make Believe"
Donna Summer - background vocals on "Burning Up with Fever," & "Tunnel Of Love"
Janis Ian - backing vocals on the "Prelude to Radioactive"
Cher - spoken word phone call on "Living in Sin" Mitch Weissman & Joe Pecorino (Beatlemania) - backing vocals on "Mr. Make Believe", "See You Tonite" & "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"
Michael Des Barres - background vocals on "See You in Your Dreams" Ritchie Ranno - guitar on "Tunnel of Love"
The Citrus College Singers - chorus on "True Confessions" & "Always Near You/Nowhere to Hide"
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (Canada)
Singles - Billboard (United Kingdom)
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