Love Gun

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For the eponymous song, see Love Gun (song).
Love Gun
Studio album by Kiss
Released June 30, 1977
Recorded May 1977 at Record Plant Studios, New York City
Genre Rock
Length 32:57
Language English
Label Casablanca
Producer Kiss, Eddie Kramer
Kiss chronology
Rock and Roll Over
(1976)
Love Gun
(1977)
Alive II
(1977)
Singles from Love Gun
  1. "Christine Sixteen"
    Released: June 1, 1977
  2. "Love Gun"
    Released: July 31, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

Love Gun is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1977.[5] 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.[6]

Album information[edit]

A cardboard "Love Gun" (assembly required) was included inside the album,[7] along with a Kiss merchandise order form.[8] 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.

The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly,[9] who previously did the cover for 1976's Destroyer.

Reception[edit]

Love Gun was certified platinum on June 30, 1977. The album has sold over 4 million copies, but it was never recertified for that amount. [10]

Songs[edit]

"I Stole Your Love"[edit]

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".[11]

"Christine Sixteen"[edit]

Then-unknown guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex Van Halen played on the demo of this song, as well as "Got Love for Sale".[12] 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.

"Shock Me"[edit]

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.[13]

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"[edit]

The song was written to try to recapture the feeling of "Rock and Roll All Nite", but never reached the success of the original.[citation needed] A soundcheck recording of the song appears on Alive II.

"Love Gun"[edit]

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.[14]

"Plaster Caster"[edit]

The song was inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, a former groupie famous for casting penises of famous rock musicians[15] like Jimi Hendrix, as well as breasts of female musicians.[16]

"Then She Kissed Me"[edit]

The song is a gender-reversed cover of The Crystals' 1963 pop classic "Then He Kissed Me".[17] It is one of many gender-reversed cover versions of the song.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
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
6. "Love Gun"   Stanley Stanley 3:18
7. "Hooligan"   Peter Criss, Stan Penridge Criss 3:01
8. "Almost Human"   Simmons Simmons 2:49
9. "Plaster Caster"   Simmons Simmons 3:27
10. "Then She Kissed Me"   Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector Stanley 3:02

Personnel[edit]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[19] 13
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 3
German Albums Chart[21] 18
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 6
US Billboard Pop Albums[22] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Love Gun at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2003-06-26. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ "Kiss: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Love Gun". Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  6. ^ "Criss Q and A". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  7. ^ "KissFAQ Love Gun love gun". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  8. ^ "KissFAQ Love Gun merchandise". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  9. ^ "AllMusic Love Gun credits". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  10. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Love Gun". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ http://www.kissonline.com/news/article/id/39759
  12. ^ "Allmusic review "Christine Sixteen"". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  13. ^ Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History, Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5
  14. ^ Leaf, David and Ken Sharp. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography, Warner Books, 2003. ISBN 0-446-53073-5
  15. ^ "AllMusic song review "Plaster Caster"". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  16. ^ "Cynthia Plaster Caster official website". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  17. ^ "Rolling Stone review Love Gun 1977". Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  18. ^ Kitts, Jeff: 'Back in black (and white)', Guitar World, September 1996, p77
  19. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  20. ^ "Search - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  21. ^ a b http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=KISS&titel=Love+Gun&cat=a
  22. ^ "Kiss Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2010.