Dressed to Kill (album)

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Dressed to Kill
Dressed to Kill (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 1975 (1975-03-19)
RecordedFebruary 1975
StudioElectric Lady, New York City
GenreHard rock
Length30:07
LabelCasablanca
ProducerNeil Bogart, Kiss
Kiss chronology
Hotter Than Hell
(1974)
Dressed to Kill
(1975)
Alive!
(1975)
Singles from Dressed to Kill
  1. "Rock and Roll All Nite"
    Released: April 2, 1975
  2. "C'mon and Love Me"
    Released: July 10, 1975

Dressed to Kill is the third studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on March 19, 1975. It was produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, as the label's financial situation at the time did not permit the hiring of a professional producer.[1]

Album information[edit]

Possibly due to the short length of the album, original vinyl versions had long pauses between each track to create the illusion that the sides were longer than they were. Each side ran just 15 minutes, and some of the song times were listed incorrectly on the vinyl versions. For example, "Two Timer" was listed at 2:59 and "Ladies in Waiting" was listed at 2:47.

While the album cover depicts Kiss in business suits, the only member of the band who owned one was Peter Criss. The suits worn on the cover by the rest of the band were owned by manager Bill Aucoin.[1] The original vinyl release of the album also had the Kiss logo embossed around the picture. The photograph of the band on the album cover was taken on the southwest corner of 23rd Street and 8th Avenue looking north in New York City. Dressed to Kill was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[3]
Blender[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]
Pitchfork9.5/10[7]
Rolling Stone[8]
The Village VoiceB[9]

Dressed to Kill peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US[10] and was certified gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1977.[11] "C'mon and Love Me" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" were released as singles but failed to rise up the charts. A live version of "Rock and Roll All Nite" from Alive!, issued as a single later that year, reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10]

Hi-Fi for Pleasure said of the album:

Hopefully, the coming and going trendiness of Kiss won't leave them high and dry. We're so desperately short of showman crutch [sic] rock that albums like these feel like fresh air and just as rare. But the signs are there that they've been pronounced a bit too proficient to be really heavy.[12]

"Rock and Roll All Nite" is one of Kiss' most well-known songs – and has remained a staple in the band's concerts since 1975 – along with "Rock Bottom", "C'mon and Love Me" and "She".

Track listing[edit]

All credits adapted from the original release.[13]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Room Service"Paul StanleyStanley2:59
2."Two Timer"Gene SimmonsSimmons2:47
3."Ladies in Waiting"SimmonsSimmons2:35
4."Getaway"Ace FrehleyPeter Criss2:43
5."Rock Bottom"Frehley, StanleyStanley3:54
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."C'mon and Love Me"StanleyStanley2:57
7."Anything for My Baby"StanleyStanley2:35
8."She"Simmons, Stephen CoronelSimmons, Stanley4:08
9."Love Her All I Can"StanleyStanley2:40
10."Rock and Roll All Nite"Stanley, SimmonsSimmons2:49
Total length:30:07

Personnel[edit]

Kiss

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Weeks
on chart
Canadian Albums Chart[14] 26
US Billboard Pop Albums[10] 32 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

  • Casablanca NBLP-7016 (March 19, 1975): First LP issue
  • Mercury 824 148-2 M-1 (July 1987): First CD issue
  • Mercury 314 532 3762 (July 15, 1997): Remastered CD
  • Mercury B0020146-01 (April 1, 2014): 180 gram vinyl LP, reissue

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bill Aucoin Q&A session at the 1997 Atlanta KISS Expo". KISSaholics Magazine. No. 20. July–September 1997. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "Dressed To Kill". Discography. KISS FAQ. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2009.
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "Kiss: Dressed To Kill" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  4. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 161–162. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-857-12595-8.
  7. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Kiss: Dressed To Kill". Archived from the original on June 26, 2003.
  8. ^ Fletcher, Gordon (July 17, 1975). "Kiss: Dressed To Kill". Rolling Stone.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 16, 1975). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Kiss Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Dressed To Kill". Recording Industry Association of America.
  12. ^ Hi-Fi for Pleasure, 1975 – precise issue unknown. Review credited to "MT"
  13. ^ Kiss (1975). Dressed to Kill (LP Sleeve). Los Angeles, California: Casablanca Records. NBLP 7016.
  14. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 23, No. 17, June 21, 1975". Library and Archives Canada. June 21, 1975. Retrieved December 29, 2021.

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