|Studio album by|
|Released||June 30, 1977|
|Studio||Record Plant Studios, New York City|
|Producer||Kiss, Eddie Kramer|
|Singles from Love Gun|
Love Gun is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on June 30, 1977 by Casablanca Records.The album was remastered in 1997. It was their first album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley, making it the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature Peter Criss on every song, as he was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for all but one song on 1979's Dynasty . Love Gun was certified platinum on June 30, 1977.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.
Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.
A cardboard "Love Gun" (assembly required) was included inside the album,along with a Kiss merchandise order form. Before Love Gun was completed, a Gallup poll indicated that Kiss was the most popular band in the United States, beating Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. On August 26, 27, and 28, 1977, Kiss recorded three shows at the LA Forum for their next release, the live album Alive II .
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The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly,who previously contributed the cover for 1976's Destroyer .
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Written by Paul Stanley, "I Stole Your Love" is in the same vein as songs like "Makin' Love" and "C'mon and Love Me". Stanley has said that this song was influenced by Deep Purple's "Burn".
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Then-unknown guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex Van Halen played on the demo of this song, as well as "Got Love for Sale".The lyrics have a similar theme to "Goin' Blind" from Hotter Than Hell ; both songs involve older men falling in love with younger girls.
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The song was inspired by an event that took place during Kiss' Rock and Roll Over tour, when Ace Frehley suffered an electric shock. On December 12, 1976, Kiss performed a concert at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. During the opening number, Frehley touched a metal staircase railing, which was ungrounded. He was knocked to the ground, and the concert was delayed for 30 minutes. The show was eventually completed, and he claimed to have lost feeling in his hand for the remainder of the concert.
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In electrical engineering, ground or earth is the reference point in an electrical circuit from which voltages are measured, a common return path for electric current, or a direct physical connection to the earth.
This was the first lead vocal that Frehley recorded. In his autobiography, he stated that he originally intended for Simmons to sing the song, but the bassist encouraged Frehley to try it himself. Frehley laid down in the studio while singing, claiming that it improved his vocals and helped him reach the correct pitch.
The song was written to try to recapture the feeling of "Rock and Roll All Nite", but never reached the success of the afore mentioned hit.[ citation needed ] A soundcheck recording of the song appears on Alive II . The song was never played live by the band until KISS KRUISE VII in November of 2017.
The title song has been played on every Kiss tour since its release. Stanley has cited it as one of his favorite Kiss songs. It was the first song that Stanley wrote, arranged and produced in its entirety.
The song was inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, a former groupie famous for casting penises of famous rock musicians,such as Jimi Hendrix, as well as breasts of female musicians.
The song is one of several gender-reversed covers of the Crystals' 1963 single "Then He Kissed Me".
Love Gun was remastered and reissued in 1997 as part of the Kiss Remasters series.
It was remastered and reissued again in a deluxe edition on October 28, 2014, with sleeve notes by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and a second disc containing demos, live rarities and a 1977 interview with Gene Simmons. All tracks on the second disc were previously unreleased, bar the demo of "Reputation", which had appeared on the compilation Kiss 40 a few months earlier. The three live tracks were recorded at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on December 20, 1977. "The potential for this to be the greatest deluxe edition of all time," noted music writer Geoff Barton, "is ruined by a too-clean remastering job – plus, if truth be told, a track that has dated badly in 'Christine Sixteen'."
|1.||"I Stole Your Love"||Paul Stanley||Stanley||3:04|
|2.||"Christine Sixteen"||Gene Simmons||Simmons||3:14|
|3.||"Got Love for Sale"||Simmons||Simmons||3:29|
|4.||"Shock Me"||Ace Frehley||Frehley||3:49|
|5.||"Tomorrow and Tonight"||Stanley||Stanley||3:40|
|7.||"Hooligan"||Peter Criss, Stan Penridge||Criss||3:01|
|10.||"Then She Kissed Me"||Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector||Stanley||3:02|
|Deluxe Edition Disc 2|
|1.||"Much Too Soon" (Demo)||3:23|
|2.||"Plaster Caster" (Demo)||3:35|
|4.||"Love Gun" (Teaching Demo)||2:14|
|5.||"Love Gun" (Demo)||3:18|
|6.||"Gene Simmons Interview" (1977)||6:59|
|7.||"Tomorrow and Tonight" (Demo)||3:46|
|8.||"I Know Who You Are" (Demo)||3:09|
|9.||"Love Gun" (Live/1977)||3:34|
|10.||"Christine Sixteen" (Live/1977)||2:55|
|11.||"Shock Me" (Live/1977)||8:21|
|Australian Albums Chart||13|
|Canadian Albums Chart||3|
|German Albums Chart||18|
|Japanese Albums Chart||2||18|
|Swedish Albums Chart||6|
|Swiss Albums Chart||8|
|US Billboard Pop Albums||4||25|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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