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Love Gun Vinyl LP

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    • Vinyl (May 6, 2014)
    • Original Release Date: 2014
    • Number of Discs: 1

A cardboard "Love Gun" (assembly required) was included inside the album,[7] along with a Kiss merchandise order form.[8] Before Love Gun was completed, a Gallup poll indicated that Kiss was the most popular band in the United States, beating AerosmithLed Zeppelin and the Eagles. On August 26, 27, and 28 1977, Kiss recorded three shows at the LA Forum to be used as live material for their next release Alive II.

The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly,[9] who previously did the cover for 1976's Destroyer.

Reception

Love Gun was certified platinum on June 30, 1977. Has sold over 4 million but never recertified for that amount. [10]

Songs

"I Stole Your Love"[

Written by Paul Stanley, "I Stole Your Love" is in the same vein as songs like "Makin' Love" and "C'mon and Love Me". Stanley has said that this song was influenced by Deep Purple's "Burn".[11]

"Christine Sixteen"

Then-unknown guitarist Eddie and drummer Alex Van Halen played on the demo of this song, as well as "Got Love for Sale".[12] The meaning of the lyrics is similar to "Goin' Blind" from Hotter Than Hell; both songs involved older men falling in love with 16-year-old girls.

"Shock Me"

The song was inspired by an event that took place during Kiss' Rock and Roll Over tour, when Ace Frehley suffered an electric shock. On December 12, 1976, Kiss performed a concert at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. During the opening number, Frehley touched a metal staircase railing, which was ungrounded. He was knocked to the ground, and the concert was delayed for 30 minutes. The show was eventually completed, and he claimed to have lost feeling in his hand for the remainder of the concert.[13]

This is the first lead vocal Frehley recorded. In his autobiography, he says he originally intended for Simmons to sing the song, but the bassist encouraged Frehley to try it himself.

"Tomorrow and Tonight"

The song was written to try to recapture the feeling of "Rock and Roll All Nite", but never reached the success of the original.[citation needed] A soundcheck recording of the song appears on Alive II.

"Love Gun"

The title song has been played on every Kiss tour up until 2014. Stanley has cited it as one of his favorite Kiss songs. "Love Gun" was the first song that Stanley wrote, arranged and produced in its entirety.[14]

"Plaster Caster"

The song was inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, a former groupie famous for casting penises of famous rock musicians[15] like Jimi Hendrix, as well as breasts of female musicians.[16]

"Then She Kissed Me"

The song is a gender-reversed cover of The Crystals' 1963 pop classic "Then He Kissed Me".[17] It is one of many gender-reversed cover versions of the song.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength  
1. "I Stole Your Love"   Paul Stanley Stanley 3:04
2. "Christine Sixteen"   Gene Simmons Simmons 3:14
3. "Got Love for Sale"   Simmons Simmons 3:29
4. "Shock Me"   Ace Frehley Frehley 3:49
5. "Tomorrow and Tonight"   Stanley Stanley 3:40
6. "Love Gun"   Stanley Stanley 3:18
7. "Hooligan"   Peter Criss, Stan Penridge Criss 3:01
8. "Almost Human"   Simmons Simmons 2:49
9. "Plaster Caster"   Simmons Simmons 3:27
10. "Then She Kissed Me"   Jeff BarryEllie GreenwichPhil Spector Stanley 3:02

Personnel

Additional Personnel

Production

Charts

Chart (1977)Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[19] 13
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 3
German Albums Chart[21] 18
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 6
US Billboard Pop Albums[22] 4

Certifications[edit]

 

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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