|Studio album by Kiss|
|Released||June 30, 1977 |
|Recorded||May 1977 at Record Plant Studios, New York City|
|Genre||Hard rock, Heavy Metal|
|Producer||Kiss, Eddie Kramer|
Love Gun is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1977. The album was remastered in 1997. It is notable for being their first album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley; this marks the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature the entire original Kiss lineup on every track, as Peter Criss was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for all but one song on 1979's Dynasty.
A cardboard "Love Gun" (assembly required) was included inside the album, along with a Kiss merchandise order form. Before Love Gun was completed, a Gallup poll indicated that Kiss was the most popular band in the United States, beating Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. On August 26, 27, and 28 1977, Kiss recorded three shows at the LA Forum to be used as live material for their next release Alive II.
"I Stole Your Love"
Written by Paul Stanley, "I Stole Your Love" is in the same vein as songs like "Makin' Love" and "C'mon and Love Me". Stanley has said that this song was influenced by Deep Purple's "Burn".
Then-unknown guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex Van Halen played on the demo of this song, as well as "Got Love for Sale". The meaning of the lyrics is similar to "Goin' Blind" from Hotter Than Hell; both songs involved older men falling in love with 16-year-old girls.
The song was inspired by an event that took place during Kiss' Rock and Roll Over tour, when Ace Frehley suffered an electric shock. On December 12, 1976, Kiss performed a concert at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. During the opening number, Frehley touched a metal staircase railing, which was ungrounded. He was knocked to the ground, and the concert was delayed for 30 minutes. The show was eventually completed, and he claimed to have lost feeling in his hand for the remainder of the concert.
This is the first lead vocal Frehley recorded. In his autobiography, he says he originally intended for Simmons to sing the song, but the bassist encouraged Frehley to try it himself.
"Tomorrow and Tonight"
The song was written to try to recapture the feeling of "Rock and Roll All Nite", but never reached the success of the original. A soundcheck recording of the song appears on Alive II.
The title song has been played on every Kiss tour up until 2014. Stanley has cited it as one of his favorite Kiss songs. "Love Gun" was the first song that Stanley wrote, arranged and produced in its entirety.
"Then She Kissed Me"
|1.||"I Stole Your Love"||Paul Stanley||Stanley||3:04|
|2.||"Christine Sixteen"||Gene Simmons||Simmons||3:14|
|3.||"Got Love for Sale"||Simmons||Simmons||3:29|
|4.||"Shock Me"||Ace Frehley||Frehley||3:49|
|5.||"Tomorrow and Tonight"||Stanley||Stanley||3:40|
|7.||"Hooligan"||Peter Criss, Stan Penridge||Criss||3:01|
|10.||"Then She Kissed Me"||Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector||Stanley||3:02|
- Paul Stanley - vocals, rhythm guitar ("I played bass on 'Love Gun' and I played a part of the solo in 'I Stole Your Love'," he told Guitar World)
- Ace Frehley - lead guitar, vocals (all guitars and bass on "Shock Me")
- Gene Simmons - vocals, bass guitar (rhythm guitar on "Christine Sixteen", "Almost Human" and "Plaster Caster")
- Peter Criss - drums, percussion, vocals
|Australian Albums Chart||13|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|German Albums Chart||18|
|Swedish Albums Chart||6|
|US Billboard Pop Albums||4|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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