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Dressed To Kill (Remastered) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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The Top 40 LP they'd been waiting for, this 1975 LP got kids everywhere to Rock and Roll All Nite ! That crucial Kiss hit joins C'mon and Love Me; She; Love Her All I Can , and more of the best from their early prime!

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After the misstep of Hotter Than Hell, Kiss recaptures the energy of their first album and go one better with Dressed to Kill. Obviously the most well-known song off this album is "Rock and Roll All Nite," but there's a lot of other good material here as well, including the upbeat "Room Service," the groove-heavy "C'mon and Love Me," and the sensual "She." Though Kiss would not become superstars until their next album (that would be Destroyer), Dressed to Kill shows them headed in the right direction, having hit on the elusive formula of heavy chords, strong rhythms, and a determination not to take themselves too seriously. --Genevieve Williams
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001EKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kiss found themselves in a curious predicament heading into 1975. The band's sold out live shows were without equal and often upstaged the main headliners they opened for. Yet, the group's second album, Hotter Than Hell, while leaving an unforgettable impression, quickly stalled on the charts. So what was Kiss' next step? Simple, try and hit a home run with swing number three!

Quickly running out of cash to fully support our four superheroes, Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart took over the producer's chair and Kiss went back into the studio hoping to finally convey just what they were all about musically. The result? Closer to hitting the jackpot but not quite.

Sonically, "Dressed To Kill" is closest to Kiss' genuine sound - a sexy plug n play electricity with a bubblegum kind of kick. It is probably my favorite of Kiss' first three albums.

What is fascinating is to compare the sound of the second album to this one. They are a mere half year apart yet totally different in their production style. Kiss were hungry to make it and they were determined to use every pitch they had in order to hit the bullseye.

My favorite track on the album is Paul's rollicking and tongue in cheek opener, Room Service. Followed closely by Love Her All I Can and She. Oh yes, a song called Rock And Roll All Nite is on here as well!

THE PACKAGING
The case on the 1997 Remaster faithfully coordinates the black and white of the original album. Both the disc and Robert Conte essay feature white text on a black backdrop while the back of the case reproduces the photo's negative along with the song titles and running times.
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THE BAND: Gene Simmons (Gene Klein), Paul Stanley (Stanley Eisen), Ace Frehley (Paul Frehley), Peter Criss (Peter Crisscoula).

THE DISC: Released 3/19/75. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios (NYC). 10 songs clocking in at approximately 32 minutes (amazingly short in this day and age... 8 of the 10 songs were under the 3 minute mark). A classic black and white photo of the band in their face paint and leisure suits standing on a NYC corner is simply classic (not to mention Peter's buck saddle shoes and Gene's clogs). Originally released on Casablanca Records in 1975; this remastered edition was released in 1997 on Mercury's label. Much improved sound in my book (deeper bass guitars and crisper highs). Liner notes are slim - a 2 page fold out with song titles, writing credits and times. Underneath the disc on the inside cover, there's an informative 5 paragraph history of what the band was going through at the time.

COMMENTS: "Dressed To Kill" was the band's 3rd album in 13 months. Where I have a hard time listening to Kiss' 1973 debut and "Hotter Than Hell" (due to a very slow/labored feel to the songs and extremely poor sound production), I have absolutely no problem sitting down and listening to "Dressed To Kill" for repeated spins. Neil Bogart was at the helm for "Dressed To Kill" (Kiss' first 2 albums were produced by Ken Kerner and Richard Wise)... maybe that's the main difference. The band's first big hit is here - "Rock & Roll All Nite" - and it's a worthy anthem for our youth (even 30 years later). The song symbolized the inimitable relationship between Kiss and their hardcore fans. But, the deeper tracks on "Dressed" are totally captivating. The fast paced "Room Service", "Getaway", and "Love Her All I Can" simply don't let up.
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My KISS fan life goes back as far as anyone's, but after reading all the 5-star reviews I just needed to offer a few words to the rest of the reading public who are not already devoted to the group.

This is a mediocre collection that has crisp production, short, tight songs, and a handful of great tunes interspersed with hack, tossed-off filler. KISS have even said as much themselves. They were under the gun and wrote at least half of this album in the studio, just prior to each day's recording session. (See the interesting book "Behind the Mask" by David Leaf and Ken Sharp, which I've re-read a dozen times).

I am always impressed by how much opinions differ as to which songs are the great ones. Many reviewers have hailed "Ladies in Waiting" as one of the album's best, but I side with those who say it is DREADFUL. Gene sounds as though he's impersonating Popeye the Sailor and the lyrics are gross and embrarassing. "The meat looks good tonight?" Yeesh.

But, you know, this band has a great and successful history, and after all I certainly didn't get into any recording studios over the past 35 years.

I agree there are some real gems in here, but I also agree with anyone who says most of them sound a LOT better on "Alive!" If you're not already devoted to KISS the album you should buy first is "Alive!"

The one bit of music you won't get anywhere else is the extended introduction to "Rock Bottom" that I think is just sensational.

That's why I'm buying the remastered disc after everything else I've just said. ;)
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