December 28, 2021

KIϟϟ - Gene Simmons (1978)

*Reissued on CD by Casablanca on an unknown date. 
This is a repress of the original 1980's U.S. CD pressing. 
Mastered at Sterling Sounds with George Marino
New York, New York, USA. 
Contains 11 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hard Rock
Label Number: 826 239-2

© 1978 Casablanca
Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band's hardest-rocking compositions; after all, he's responsible for such heavies as "Watchin' You," "Calling Dr. Love," "Larger Than Life," and "Goin' Blind." So many Kiss fans must have been surprised when they heard Gene's diverse 1978 solo album, with songs that contained choirs and string arrangements, plus elements of Beatles pop, '70s funk/disco, and feel-good rock & roll. Granted, there are a few heavy rockers (such as the single "Radioactive," "Burning Up With Fever," and "See You in Your Dreams"), but Simmons was always a closet Beatles fan, as evidenced by "See You Tonite," "Always Near You," "Man of 1,000 Faces," and "Mr. Make Believe." The only real misstep is a preposterously embarrassing cover of the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" (complete with Disney-esque sound effects/music). But Simmons made sure that the top artists of the day lent a hand (Aerosmith's Joe PerryCheap Trick's Rick NielsenDonna SummerCherBob SegerJeff "Skunk" BaxterHelen Reddy, and Janis Ian), which makes Gene's solo album an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release.

tags: kiss, gene simmons, 1978, flac, repress, 

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