Throwback Thursday – Kiss Debut Album

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It’s 1974, a self titled album from an oddly named band hits the stores in February. Allegedly it was recorded in just 13 days. Two of the band members, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley wrote the songs on the album while in a band named Wicked Lester, a group they formed in 1971. Although Wicked Lester recorded an album for Epic records the project was never released. The original Kiss Album was released on Casablanca Records.

Along with Gene Simmons (bass and vocals), Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar and vocals) the original line up of Kiss included Ace Frehley (lead guitar and vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and vocals). The band became renown for their costumes and make-up along with their elaborate stage shows using pyrotechnics. Although the band changed members over the years, the original line up was steady throughout the 70’s.

I first heard the Kiss shortly after its…

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