Friday, October 31, 2014

CD Review: KISS' "Love Gun" Gets The Deluxe Treatment With Demos And Live Tracks

In the late '70's, the legendary band KISS reached new heights of their stardom with the platinum selling albums "Destroyer" and "Rock And Roll Over" and achieving more merchandise endorsements than The Beatles. The release of their album "Love Gun" on June 30, 1977 would give them a top-ten selling album and turn the band into rock 'n' roll superheroes. But with all that success, failure would soon follow. The album "Love Gun" is the first to feature lead vocals by every member of the band and the last KISS album to feature every member of the band performing on every song recorded.

To continue the celebration of the band's 40th anniversary, the Universal Music Enterprises released a 2CD deluxe edition of the album on October 28th. The first disc includes a newly remastered version of the album that gives the album its best sound in decades. The opening riff of "I Stole Your Love" lets you know that you are in for one hell-of-a journey with some of the band's heaviest songs including "Got Love For Sale" and the title-song "Love Gun." The album also features the debut vocals of guitarist Ace Frehley on "Shock Me" and one of the most underrated Gene Simmons penned songs "Almost Human."

KISS fans will be looking forward to the second disc of the set, which includes 10 previously unreleased tracks including 7 demos, 3 live songs and an interview with Gene Simmons from 1977. Only one of the demos has be previously released, the song "Reputation" was released on the band's latest compilation "KISS 40." Beginning with "Much Too Soon," the song carries a '70's vibe that would have fit better on "Dynasty" than "Love Gun." Gene's vocals are soft and inviting on this outtake, while the demo for "Plaster Caster" has a dirtier vocal delivery than the studio release. It's great to hear Paul walk the band through the guitar chords "Love Gun," before hearing the song's demo, which sounds very similar to the released version. The disc closes with live versions of the songs "Christine Sixteen," "Shock Me" and "Love Gun" from their December 20, 1977 show at the Capital Centre in Maryland. The set also includes new liner notes written by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott about the album.

To find out more about the deluxe edition of KISS' 1977 album "Love Gun," please visit kissonline.com.

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