- Product Code: LR113LPP
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First re-release on picture disc of the debut full-length solo album by the bassist and co-vocalist of legendary American Hard Rock/Glam Rock band Kiss.
It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.
Although he is the bass player in Kiss, Simmons played mainly electric and acoustic guitars on the album, leaving the bass duties to Neil Jason. The album features guest appearances from well-known musicians, including Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Donna Summer and Cher. Though unknown at the time, backing vocalist Katey Sagal would go on to a successful television career.
Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band's hardest-rocking compositions; after all, he's responsible for such heavies as "Watchin' You", "Calling Dr. Love", "Larger Than Life" and "Goin' Blind". So many Kiss fans must have been surprised when they heard this Gene's diverse solo album, with songs that contained choirs and string arrangements, plus elements of Beatles pop, '70s Funk/Disco and feel-good Rock & Roll. Granted, there are a few heavy rockers (such as the single "Radioactive", "Burning Up With Fever" and "See You in Your Dreams"), but Simmons was always a closet Beatles fan, as evidenced by "See You Tonite", "Always Near You", "Man of 1,000 Faces" and "Mr. Make Believe".
Simmons re-recorded "See You in Your Dreams" because he reportedly was not happy with the way it was recorded on "Rock and Roll Over". The only real misstep is a preposterously embarrassing cover of the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" (complete with Disney-esque sound effects/music). Simmons said that he covered "When You Wish Upon a Star" because he related to the song and was a fan of Disney movies. But Simmons made sure that the top artists of the day lent a hand (Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Donna Summer, Cher, Bob Seger, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Helen Reddy, and Janis Ian), which makes Gene's solo album an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release.
The album reached #22 on the US Billboard album chart, making it the highest-placing of all the four Kiss solos of 1978. It was certified Platinum on October 2, 1978, having shipped 1000000 copies.
Casablanca/Universal Music Plc., Russia/Lilith Ltd., 1978/2006 (LR113LPP). Made in Russia. Pressed in EU. 180 gram vinyl.
1. Radioactive 3:51
2. Burning Up With Fever 4:22
3. See You Tonite 2:28
4. Tunnel Of Love 3:53
5. True Confessions 3:30
6. Living In Sin 3:51
7. Always Near You / Nowhere To Hide 4:14
8. Man Of 1,000 Faces 3:17
9. Mr. Make Believe 4:02
10. See You In Your Dreams 2:49
11. When You Wish Upon A Star 2:43
Total playing time: 39:00 min.