Asylum (Kiss album)

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Asylum
Asylum album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 1985
RecordedJune – July 1985
StudioElectric Lady Studios
Right Track Studios, New York City
GenreGlam metal[1]
Length38:50
LabelMercury
Vertigo (Europe)
ProducerPaul Stanley, Gene Simmons
Kiss chronology
Animalize
(1984)
Asylum
(1985)
Crazy Nights
(1987)
Singles from Asylum
  1. "Tears Are Falling"
    Released: September 16, 1985

Asylum is the 13th studio album by the American rock band Kiss, released in September 1985. The album marked a continuation of the glam metal sound of preceding album Animalize.

Recording[edit]

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 previous album Animalize (1984) during the latter's absence due to reactive arthritis. Subsequently, Kulick filled St. John's spot during 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.

Cover[edit]

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 Frehley) and green for Carr (replacing Peter Criss).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.

Live performances[edit]

The supporting Asylum Tour ran throughout North America from November 1985 to April 1986. The tour featured the largest light-up Kiss logo the band has ever used, as well as one of the largest lighting rigs. No concert footage of the tour was used in the Kissology II DVD release, except for short clips without sound in the background of the main menu. "Tears Are Falling" is the only song on the album that has been played regularly in live performances beyond the Asylum Tour. However, like many Kiss songs of the mid-1980s, the track was rarely played live after the 1996 reunion of the original Kiss lineup, although it did feature in both 2004's Rock the Nation Live! DVD and 2014's Kiss Rocks Vegas live release.

Singles[edit]

"Tears Are Falling" was the only track to be released for retail sales as a single and proved to be a minor 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" respectively.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Metal Nightfall4/5 stars[2]
Vista Records4/5 stars[3]
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone1/5 stars[5]

Fan reaction to Asylum was mixed. The album was certified Gold in November, 1985 by the RIAA.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."King of the Mountain"Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick, Desmond ChildStanley4:17
2."Any Way You Slice It"Gene Simmons, Howard RiceSimmons4:02
3."Who Wants to Be Lonely"Stanley, Child, Jean BeauvoirStanley4:01
4."Trial by Fire"Simmons, KulickSimmons3:25
5."I'm Alive"Stanley, Kulick, ChildStanley3:43
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Love's a Deadly Weapon"Stanley, Simmons, Rod Swenson, Wes BeechSimmons3:29
7."Tears Are Falling"StanleyStanley3:55
8."Secretly Cruel"SimmonsSimmons3:41
9."Radar for Love"Stanley, ChildStanley4:02
10."Uh! All Night"Stanley, Child, BeauvoirStanley4:01

Personnel[edit]

Kiss

Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Search – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c d e http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=KISS&titel=Asylum&cat=a
  11. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin – levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  12. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  13. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/kiss/
  14. ^ "Kiss Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  15. ^ "Billboard chart history-Kiss singles". Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  16. ^ "Song information "Tears Are Falling"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on August 26, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  17. ^ "The Official Charts Company". Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kiss – Asylum". Music Canada.