Asylum (Kiss album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 16, 1985|
|Studio||Electric Lady Studios and Right Track Recording, New York City|
|Producer||Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons|
|Singles from Asylum|
Asylum is the thirteenth studio album by the American rock band Kiss, released on September 16, 1985. The album marked a continuation of the glam metal sound of the preceding album Animalize.
Asylum is the first album to feature lead guitarist Bruce Kulick as an official band member. Kulick had replaced former guitarist Mark St. John on some tracks on the previous album Animalize (1984), during the latter's absence due to reactive arthritis. Subsequently, Kulick filled St. John's spot on most segments of the Animalize tour. This new lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Kulick would last until Carr's death in November 1991, while Kulick would stay with the band until the reunion of the original lineup in 1996.
The album cover depicts the four band members with colored lips, mirroring the colors of the 1978 solo releases: red for Simmons, purple for Stanley, blue for Kulick (replacing Ace Frehley) and green for Carr (replacing Peter Criss). The placement of the band’s faces also mirrors 1979’s Dynasty cover: (clockwise from top left) Stanley, Simmons, Carr (replacing Criss), & Kulick (replacing Frehley). The artwork for the back cover is similarly stylised and colourful, depicting Kiss against a white background. The cover art of the remastered 1997 CD release of Asylum featured slightly altered, bolder colours than that of the original release.
"Tears Are Falling" was the only track to be released for retail sales as a single and was a hit for the band, with the video, in particular, proving popular on MTV. A total of 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".
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||7/10|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album was certified Gold in November 1985 by the RIAA.
All credits adapted from the original release.
|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 – vocals, rhythm guitar; bass guitar on "Tears Are Falling"
- Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
- Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Additional musicians
- Jean Beauvoir – bass guitar and backing vocals on "Who Wants to Be Lonely" and "Uh! All Night"
- Allan Schwartzberg – additional drums overdubs
- Dave Wittman – engineer, mixing
- Ed Garcia, Ken Steiger – assistant engineers
- George Marino – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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