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Unmasked Vinyl LP

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  • Vinyl (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014

The band filmed a promotional video for "Shandi" with Criss. It was the last time he appeared with Kiss until he performed with them at a Kiss Convention on June 17, 1995. In the band's authorized biography, he revealed that he was the last one left in the band's dressing room after filming and broke down crying.[1] The album cover and poster insert, designed by artist Victor Stabin, featured a winking Criss. "Unmasked was like the tail end of a comet," reflected Stanley, "and I don't mean Frehley's."[2]

A lip-synched German television performance of "Talk to Me" and "She's So European" featured the debut of Eric Carr, who became the band's permanent drummer until his death in 1991. The band would play a concert at the Palladium Theatre in New York to officially introduce Carr as Criss' permanent replacement in the band.

The album features substantial songwriting contributions from Vini Poncia, who had previously been Ringo Starr's post-Beatles songwriting partner. The album marked the first time Kiss had used the contributions of outside songwriters to such a large extent, as all but the two Frehley contributions were written or co-written by someone outside the band.

The album's songs have been largely ignored on live performances, with the exception of "Shandi", which is sometimes played in the band's shows, particularly in Australia (where the song became a top ten hit in 1980). "Talk to Me" was played in 2001 during the Australian and Japanese concerts of the Farewell Tour but has not been performed again since the departure of Frehley.


Unmasked marked a major departure musically for the band. It reached #35 on the US Billboard chart[8] and was certified gold by the RIAA on July 30, 1980.[9] The album marked another departure for Kiss, as this was the first album since 1977's Love Gun not to feature all members on vocals, excluding the four solo releases in 1978.[1]

One year after their last tour, which was somewhat a disaster, Criss was fired from the band due to his erratic behavior. Unmasked was the first album that failed to reach platinum status since 1975's Dressed to Kill. Kiss only played one show in the US, at the Palladium with Carr. The band decided to take a break from the US because the album was more successful in other countries, and Kiss played in AustraliaEnglandNew Zealand,GermanyFrance, and Italy.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength  
1. "Is That You?"   Gerard McMahon Paul Stanley 3:59
2. "Shandi"   Stanley, Vini Poncia Stanley 3:36
3. "Talk to Me"   Ace Frehley Frehley 4:00
4. "Naked City"   Gene Simmons, Poncia, Bob Kulick, Pepe Castro Simmons 3:49
5. "What Makes the World Go 'Round"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 4:14
6. "Tomorrow"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 3:18
7. "Two Sides of the Coin"   Frehley Frehley 3:16
8. "She's So European"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:30
9. "Easy As It Seems"   Stanley, Poncia Stanley 3:24
10. "Torpedo Girl"   Frehley, Poncia Frehley 3:31
11. "You're All That I Want"   Simmons, Poncia Simmons 3:04


Credited personnel

  • Paul Stanley - rhythm guitar, vocals, bass guitar on "Tomorrow" and "Easy As It Seems", lead guitar on "Is That You?", all guitars on "Shandi"
  • Ace Frehley - lead guitar, vocals (bass guitar on "Talk to Me", "Two Sides of the Coin" and "Torpedo Girl")
  • Gene Simmons - bass guitar, vocals
  • Peter Criss - drums (credit only)

Uncredited personnel

Touring personnel


Chart (1980)Peak
Australian Albums Chart[10] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[11] 3
Canadian Albums Chart[12] 12
Dutch Albums Chart[13] 5
German Albums Chart[14] 4
Italian Albums Chart[15] 11
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[17] 1
Spanish Albums Chart[18] 11
Swedish Albums Chart[19] 17
UK Albums Chart[20] 48
US Billboard Pop Albums[21] 35


1980 United States "Shandi" Billboard Pop Singles 47[22]
Australia Pop Singles 10[citation needed]
Austria Pop Singles 5[23]
"Talk to Me" Pop Singles 39[citation needed]
Canada "Shandi" RPM 100 Singles 69[24]
Germany Pop Singles 28[citation needed]
"Talk to Me" Pop Singles 32[citation needed]
"Tomorrow" Pop Singles 70[citation needed]
Holland "Shandi" Pop Singles 24[citation needed]
"Talk to Me" Pop Singles 39[25]
Norway "Shandi" Pop Singles 4[23]
New Zealand Pop Singles 6[23]
Switzerland "Talk to Me" Pop Singles 10[25]


Canada (Music Canada)[26] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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