Dressed to Kill (album)
|Dressed to Kill|
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 19, 1975|
|Studio||Electric Lady Studios, New York City|
|Producer||Neil Bogart, Kiss|
|Singles from Dressed to Kill|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|The Village Voice||B|
Dressed to Kill is the third studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on March 18, 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.
Dressed to Kill was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version. 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 actually owned one was Peter Criss. The suits worn on the cover by the rest of the band were owned by manager Bill Aucoin. 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 peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US and was certified gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1977. "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.
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.
"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".
|1.||"Room Service"||Paul Stanley||Stanley||2:59|
|2.||"Two Timer"||Gene Simmons||Simmons||2:47|
|3.||"Ladies in Waiting"||Simmons||Simmons||2:35|
|4.||"Getaway"||Ace Frehley||Peter Criss||2:43|
|5.||"Rock Bottom"||Frehley, Stanley||Stanley||3:54|
|6.||"C'mon and Love Me"||Stanley||Stanley||2:57|
|7.||"Anything for My Baby"||Stanley||Stanley||2:35|
|8.||"She"||Simmons, Stephen Coronel||Simmons, Stanley||4:08|
|9.||"Love Her All I Can"||Stanley||Stanley||2:40|
|10.||"Rock and Roll All Nite"||Stanley, Simmons||Simmons||2:49|
- Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar, additional lead guitar/first guitar solo on "C'mon and Love Me"
- Ace Frehley – lead guitar, acoustic guitar; all guitars, bass and backing vocals on "Getaway" and "Rock Bottom"
- Gene Simmons – vocals; bass guitar except "Getaway" and "Rock Bottom"; rhythm guitar on "Ladies in Waiting"
- Peter Criss – vocals, drums, percussion
- Neil Bogart – producer
- Dave Wittman – engineer
- George Lopez – assistant engineer
- George Marino – CD mastering
- Joseph Palamacco – remastering
- Bob Gruen – photography
|Canadian Albums Chart||26|
|US Billboard Pop Albums||32||29|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- 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
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