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Kiss – Love Gun (Deluxe Version) Review

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Record Label: Universal

Release Date: 28th October 2014

Links:  http://www.kissonline.com/

 

Line Up:

Gene Simmons – Bass/Vocals

Paul Stanley – Guitar/Vocals

Ace Frehley – Guitar/Vocals

Peter Criss – Drums/Vocals

 

Love Gun’ Deluxe Edition Track Listing
Disc One (original album)
‘I Stole Your Love’
‘Christine Sixteen’
‘Got Love for Sale’
‘Shock Me’
‘Tomorrow and Tonight’
‘Love Gun’
‘Hooligan’
‘Almost Human’

 

1977 and Kiss were at the about to hit the peak of their commercial powers.  Between February 1974 and June 1977 Kiss released 6 studio records and one live album, between 1977 and 1979 there was 4 solo albums, 2 compilations and a further live album. These are startling facts on top of the relentless touring schedules they undertook at this time. Love Gun is considered a favourite by many fans and has some of the bands best loved tunes such as “Love Gun”, “I Stole Your Love” and the show stopping “Shock Me”. This album was already remastered back in 1997 for cd and nothing in that department has changed.  The real meat of this reissue is the second disc full of rarities which have been doing the rounds in bootleg form for years.  First up is “Much Too Soon (Demo)”, yes it’s an unknown track to most, yes it is great to hear these old songs that never made the cut.

The song has more than a touch of Bowie about it, a mid paced plodder that really doesn’t go anywhere. “Reputation” was on the Kiss 40 compilation earlier in the year so it’s a bit of a stretch to call it previously unreleased. The demo tracks of the songs that made the album are not all that different from the actual released recordings a bit more polished, Plaster Caster has a slightly different attack on the vocals but apart from that they are really just for the collectors to say they officially own the tracks now. The 3 live tracks are a superb addition to this disc, the tracks are rawer than the versions on Alive 2, sound more vibrant and with more bottom end than the Alive 2 versions. It leaves the listener wanting more of the same, so I would not be surprised if we see a “new” live set appearing in the not too distant future.

 

Written by Dave Mccallum

Rating    Dave    8/10

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