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Artist: KISS

Title: KISS

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1974

Label: Casablanca

Catalog Number: 314 532 374-2

Personnel

Paul Stanley rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Gene Simmons bass, lead vocals
Ace Frehley lead guitar
Peter Criss drums

Tracks

1.  Strutter  3:12
2.  Nothin' To Lose  3:26
3.  Firehouse  3:18
4.  Cold Gin  4:22
5.  Let Me Know  2:59
6.  Kissin' Time  3:53
7.  Deuce  3:05
8.  Love Theme From Kiss instrumental  2:24
9.  100,000 Years  3:23
10.  Black Diamond  5:13
  
Total Running Time:  35:15

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Rathman Date: March 18, 2001 at 2:42
Note:There is an earlier edition without "Kissin´ Time".Probably only on vinyl.

From: vince Date: March 31, 2001 at 8:58
I challenge any rock fan to listen to this album and not find the true meaning of rock-n-roll....crank up COLD GIN or ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS or any of these songs and you will become an instant fan of these guys...THE GODS OF ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Mike G. Date: July 26, 2001 at 7:10
WOW!!! These guys were really ahead of their time!! Absolutely no one rocked like KISS did in 1974!! These albums displayed a youthful, energetic KISS. Still to this day, this album rules!!!

From: SHAG5150 Date: January 3, 2002 at 7:51
I have to agree with Mike G. This album is a straight-up classic. Even today, it sounds fresh and tight. WOW!!!!!!!

From: Curious B Date: January 31, 2002 at 14:05
If you don't own a KISS album and are interested, start with this one and then buy the next seven. Song writing, arrangements and riffs are top notch. This album shows why there is such a KISS frenzy. They just simply rock your socks off. All time favorite band and albums. Must have for any KISS and hard rock/heavy metal fan.

From: Decibel Dave Date: April 12, 2002 at 21:07
If they would rerecord this album with a better production, it would be an all time classic. Even as is, it is Kiss' best album along with Destroyer and Love Gun

From: CHIRO Date: April 17, 2002 at 2:33
I SHOULD BUY THIS ALBUM TO ALL THE STUPID MUSICIANS OF TODAY...SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ROCK AND ROLL.

From: Tony Date: May 7, 2002 at 0:24
The fact that these songs still stand up in 2002 should be testimony enough. One of the great hard rock debuts of all time up there with Sabbath's and Van Halen's. This one, Destroyer, and Alive should be essentials in any hard rock collection. Wouldn't change a thing about this album even now and always to me had a great New York trashy dark street vibe to it.

From: rocknutter2001 Date: August 16, 2002 at 7:31
great album as every kiss albums it rocks theres not a bad song on here any rock fan will be proud to have this cd in their collection

From: RichieRocker Date: September 16, 2002 at 20:48
A classic!!! This album started it all. One of my all time favorites. Every song on this album is great, not one bad one. Get this album it should be in the all-time top 10 of hard rock.

From: iNjEcTtheVeNoM Date: January 21, 2003 at 18:06
this is a classic.evry song is good or great.totally underrated.like one reviewer above said it does have a great new york vibe..and the raw production just adds to the sound.doesnt sound dated to me at all and the cover is classic also.a"10"+

From: Great Dane Date: February 9, 2003 at 13:16
.............Its a classic. Simple as that..........A classic

From: keebler Date: May 28, 2003 at 0:19
if it was'nt for this great slab we would'nt have this great band 30 years later.

From: Rock chic Date: June 3, 2003 at 3:28
Awesome

From: John Date: October 9, 2003 at 15:24
If 'Strutter', 'Deuce', 'Black Diamond' & 'Cold Gin' don't kickstart your heart, you're hopeless. It's AMAZING how well lthese songs hold up after all this time. Think Creed's stuff will still be as fresh in 30 years? Au Contraire, mi amigo. 9.5/10.

From: Chris Date: October 30, 2003 at 7:59
A fine debut, but 'Hotter than hell' is slightly better (imo).

From: fat Freddy Date: January 2, 2004 at 15:56
Still my all time favorite KISS album... how can you argue with monsters like "Black Diamond" (a show stopper to end all show stoppers), "100,000 Years" and "Firehouse?" Everyone should own this!

From: sinner Date: February 22, 2004 at 0:14
What a debut! What a Band! the only shame reading these posts was the mentioning of an unmentionable band(?) who never sounded fresh from the beginning!-3posts prior to this . There is not a musician who is unaware of this album & its impact on the metal scene. The rock'n'roll circus began here- true theatre in rock has never reached a higher level & the music is second to none.Totally original in look, sound, production,& talent . Anyone says anything bad about this album- spit him in the eye!

From: Coldpepper Date: March 9, 2005 at 13:54
Fantastic debut from '73 but there's nothing "original" about Kiss' sound. Blatant sound ripoffs from Humble Pie, Alice Cooper, Bowie, Mott the Hoople, MC5, & The Stooges all form Kiss' sound. The makeup made it appear new & fresh & the "mystery" of Kiss was as close to Beatlemania as I'll ever see for the rest of my life! I agree totally it's a great record. It's just something borrowed & it's sad Kiss never stuck to this raw formula longer because it worked for this band. 6/10

From: Big Mike Date: April 10, 2005 at 20:44
Good album, especially for 73. A couple of filler tracks maybe but Deuce and black diamond are absolute classics. I'd love to hear this with a thicker modern production. That would be more value than volumes of best of's anyway.

From: jrscan77 Date: October 7, 2005 at 20:41
Muy buen debut de estas leyendas, una de las mejores bandas de la historia del rock, cada tema es una joya que estos tios aportaron a la música, temas como Strutter o Black Diamond que te estremezen el cuerpo tan solo oirlos, simplemente una obra maestra, 11/10....

From: Michael67 Date: May 26, 2007 at 16:43
Classic debut. Deuce is one of my all time favorite Kiss songs. Black Diamond is a killer track and Cold Gin is amazing. Kissin' Time and Love theme from Kiss are the only fillers on this disc.

From: Remastered Reason Date: December 19, 2008 at 1:14
Seems the test of time has proven that this is the most consistent & enduring Kiss album. "Deuce", "Strutter", "Firehouse", "Black Diamond", "100,000 Years", & "Cold Gin" all qualify as top ten Kiss tunes forever. Aside from "Kissin Time" & "Love Theme", practically the whole album is a greatest hits.

From: emdienne Date: June 24, 2010 at 19:12
It really is shocking to think that this album is now 36 years young. Yes, the production's dated and thin, but we are talking 1974, and it's a debut. In fact the quality of musicianship still shines through clearly. Terrific bass lines from Gene, surprisingly elaborate and effective drumming from Peter Criss, in fact it's only the tinny guitar sound that gives the age and doubtless the low budget away. And certainly not the song writing. Openers Strutter and Nothin' To Lose are timeless gems, the frenzied Let Me Know still infectious as ever, and Deuce, Firehouse and in particular, Black Diamond enduring classics, suitably beefed up on stage. Yep, no doubt about it, a first album to be proud of, and the humble roots of a musical legend which decade after decade has made the world a better place for most of us to exist in. So thanks boys. As Ace later wrote, Words Are Not Enough!

From: pie75 Date: July 16, 2010 at 8:54
what a classic album this is one of the great debuts and even today you see kiss live they still play strutter,firehouse,deuce and black diamond at most shows even cold gin and 100,00 years stiil see the light of day live the only silly song here is kissing time i think let me know is underrated as well the best of the first 3 albums easily my and i still listen to it a lot favourite song here firehouse

From: sabace Date: September 8, 2011 at 10:17
A ROCK CLASSIC ! THE LP THAT KICK STARTED IT ALL , AND TO THINK THAT KISS ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH BETTER VERSIONS ON ALIVE - AMAZING !.


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