Double Platinum (Kiss album)

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Double Platinum
Double platinum album cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedApril 2, 1978
GenreHard rock
ProducerKiss and Sean Delaney (album and "Strutter '78"), Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise, Neil Bogart, Eddie Kramer, and Bob Ezrin (original recordings)
Kiss chronology
Alive II
Double Platinum
Gene Simmons
Singles from Double Platinum
  1. "Strutter '78"
    Released: April 2, 1978

Double Platinum is the first greatest hits album by the American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1978. Many of the songs on Double Platinum were remixed and differed from their original versions: in the case of "Strutter," it was re-recorded with a slight disco beat and dubbed "Strutter '78." Other songs ("Hard Luck Woman," "Detroit Rock City") had sections completely removed, while the beginning of "Black Diamond" was repeated at the end, fading out at the start of the first verse and giving the song a "wrap around" feel.[1]

The Japanese single release of "Strutter '78" includes a different version to that on the album: faster and shorter, with an altered guitar solo, plus a more prominent hi-hat (cymbal) sound throughout.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]

The original vinyl release, in a gatefold sleeve, had an embossed, silver-foiled sleeve, with the band members in bas-relief inside. The album was packaged with a printed "Platinum Award" thanking the Kiss Army for making the band a "Double Platinum Success". Later reissues would retain the gatefold sleeve but replaced the logo with a printed, red-type version and the band members were now represented inside by photos rather than the base illustrations. When the album was remastered for CD in the US in 1997, it mimicked the original vinyl.[7]

The album was certified Platinum on May 16, 1978, by the RIAA.[8] In Canada, it was certified Gold on June 1, 1978, after shipping 50,000 copies.[9] The album is one of the band's best catalog sellers, with 522,000 copies sold from 1991 to March 2012 only. It has been speculated that US sales have reached double platinum level (with at least 478,000 sold between 1978 and 1991), however it has not been re-certified since 1978.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes: "If 'Strutter' was represented by the original version, instead of a pointless 1978 remake—which was recorded only to entice collectors into buying an album of music they already owned—Double Platinum would have been a definitive collection, but as it stands, it's simply a very, very good overview."[2]

Rolling Stone writes "Kiss's greatest-hits collections have all been conspicuously incomplete as if it hates the idea of anyone buying just one Kiss album, but Double Platinum is the most solid, though not as much fun as Alive!"[10]

Track listing[edit]

All credits adapted from the original release.[11]

Side A
1."Strutter '78"Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons3:43
2."Do You Love Me?"Stanley, Bob Ezrin, Kim Fowley3:32
3."Hard Luck Woman" (remix)Stanley3:23
4."Calling Dr. Love" (remix)Simmons3:20
5."Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"Stanley, Simmons2:15
Side B
6."Love Gun"Stanley3:17
7."God of Thunder"Stanley4:14
8."Firehouse" (remix)Stanley3:20
9."Hotter Than Hell"Stanley3:30
10."I Want You"Stanley3:02
Side C
11."Deuce" (remix)Simmons3:02
12."100,000 Years" (remix)Stanley, Simmons3:24
13."Detroit Rock City" (remix)Stanley, Ezrin3:35
14."Rock Bottom" (intro)/"She" (remix)Ace Frehley, Stanley/Simmons, Stephen Coronel5:27
15."Rock and Roll All Nite"Stanley, Simmons2:48
Side D
16."Beth"Peter Criss, Stan Penridge, Ezrin2:45
17."Makin' Love"Stanley, Sean Delaney3:12
18."C'mon and Love Me" (remix)Stanley2:54
19."Cold Gin"Frehley4:22
20."Black Diamond" (remix)Stanley4:14


Additional personnel




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 20,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 164. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 4 (4 ed.). Muze. p. 875. ISBN 0195313739.
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  7. ^ 1997 Remaster at KISS FAQ
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  10. ^ "Kiss: Selected Discography". Rolling Stone. January 1, 1978. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  11. ^ Kiss (1978). Double Platinum (LP Sleeve). Los Angeles, California: Casablanca Records. NBLP 7100.
  12. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 29, No. 16, July 15, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. July 15, 1978. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  14. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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