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Release date: 1974
Style: Hard rock

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01. Strutter
02. Nothin' To Lose
03. Firehouse
04. Cold Gin
05. Let Me Know
06. Kissin' Time
07. Deuce
08. Love Theme From KISS
09. 100,000 Years
10. Black Diamond

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Guest review by
Ace Frawley

Rating:
6.8
Released in early 1974 (40 years ago this month!), the self-titled debut album by New York band Kiss didn't make much of an impact at the time. Instead, the band was forging an impressive reputation as a live act, with their outlandish make-up, wild costumes, and onstage gimmicks such as fire-breathing, blood and pyro. But the music on this album showcased a raw rock and roll sound that, in hindsight, turns out to be quite a solid effort. For many, this album would be discovered a few years after its initial release. Kiss only broke through with mainstream success following the release of their live album Alive! and the hit single "Rock and Roll All Night", so it was then that a lot of people explored their earlier studio albums.

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Reza - 02.10.2010 at 13:51  
  "Black Diamond" is a nice song !
JohnDoe - 02.11.2010 at 23:07  
Rating: 7 Pretty good album, but rather uneven (a few good songs - like the first 3, Deuce, last song, the rest are pretty weak IMO).
Ace Frawley - 22.01.2014 at 23:41  
Rating: 7 "KIssin' Time" wasn't even on the original album. It was only recorded later, at the urging of the record label (Casablanca) to try and have a radio hit. It's not even their song, it's a cover of a song originally released by Bobby Rydell in 1959, which was a top 20 hit. It's a shocker of a song.
Lit. - 23.01.2014 at 01:49  
 
Written by JohnDoe on 02.11.2010 at 23:07

Pretty good album, but rather uneven (a few good songs - like the first 3, Deuce, last song, the rest are pretty weak IMO).

Cold Gin is weak? It's a classic.
JohnDoe - 23.01.2014 at 09:57  
Rating: 7
Written by Lit. on 23.01.2014 at 01:49

Written by JohnDoe on 02.11.2010 at 23:07

Pretty good album, but rather uneven (a few good songs - like the first 3, Deuce, last song, the rest are pretty weak IMO).

Cold Gin is weak? It's a classic.


It's an ok song.
A rating of 7 is still a good rating. At least I can listen to this album without skipping songs.
Ace Frawley - 23.01.2014 at 12:27  
Rating: 7
Written by JohnDoe on 23.01.2014 at 09:57

It's an ok song.
A rating of 7 is still a good rating. At least I can listen to this album without skipping songs.


So you don't skip the song "Kissin' Time"?
JohnDoe - 23.01.2014 at 12:57  
Rating: 7
Written by Ace Frawley on 23.01.2014 at 12:27

Written by JohnDoe on 23.01.2014 at 09:57

It's an ok song.
A rating of 7 is still a good rating. At least I can listen to this album without skipping songs.


So you don't skip the song "Kissin' Time"?


The last couple of times I listened to this, I listened to the whole thing. I need a special mood for this band anyway and I'm definitely in a good mood when I listen to this kind of band/music.
Ace Frawley - 27.01.2014 at 04:41  
Rating: 7
Written by JohnDoe on 23.01.2014 at 12:57

The last couple of times I listened to this, I listened to the whole thing. I need a special mood for this band anyway and I'm definitely in a good mood when I listen to this kind of band/music.


No doubt this is good time rock and roll. KISS was always all about just entertaining people. Nothing too serious about their lyrics. Some of these riffs are very catchy.

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