Kiss had exploded from cult attraction to worldwide phenomenon by the time of LOVE GUN's release. Coming off 1976's classic ROCK AND ROLL OVER, LOVE GUN proved to be the last Kiss album to include all four original band members (1979's DYNASTY and 1980's UNMASKED included a fill-in drummer for Peter Criss). The album is also considered to be Kiss' last classic '70s release.
Several tracks became signature favorites, such as the album-opening "I Stole Your Love," the explosive title track, and "Shock Me" which is Ace Frehley's very first vocal appearance. As is the case with the other great Kiss albums of the era, LOVE GUN contains very little filler--"Christine Sixteen," "Almost Human," and "Plaster Caster" are all oft-overlooked highlights. An excellent effort produced by Eddie Kramer, LOVE GUN continued the trend of the band's albums going platinum upon release, Kiss concerts consistently selling out, and t-shirts of the unsightly grease-painted mugs of Ace, Gene, Paul, and Peter being worn by fans everywhere.
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