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LOVE GUN (1977)

Details:

Casablanca/Microfon SUP-878 (Argentina, 1977)
Casablanca/Astor NBLP-7057 (Australia, 7/18/77)
Casablanca/Quality NBLP-7057V (Canada, 1976 - w/ gun & inner)
Casablanca/Phonogram 6399-063 (Europe & Americas)
Casablanca/Fediscos LP-28509 (Ecuador, 1983)
Casablanca/Vogue CB-71017 (France, 1977)
Casablanca/Bellaphon NB-7022 (Germany, 1977)
Casablanca/Phonogram 6399-063 (Germany, 1980)
Phonogram PIC6399-063 (Holland, 1980 - picture disc)
Casablanca/Phonogram CALP-5004 (Italy, 1980)
Casablanca/Victor VIP-6435 (Japan, 1977 - Gatefold Cover)
Casablanca/Polystar 22S-6 (Japan, 1980)
Polystar R00C-2016 (Japan, 1984)
Polystar P33C-20008 (Japan, 1987 - CD Reissue)
Mercury PHCR-4320 (Japan, 1997 - CD Remaster)
Mercury PHJR-20009 (Japan, 7/15/1998 - Colored Vinyl Box Set)
Universal/Mercury PHCR-94045 (Japan, 9/19/1998 - CD Remaster Reissue)
Universal/Mercury UICY-2361 (Japan, 9/21/02 - Reissue)
Universal/Mercury UICY-93097 (Japan, 7/5/06 - Limited Edition)
Universal/Mercury UICY-6644 (Japan, 3/7/06 - Reissue)
Casablanca/Gamma GX-01-949 (Mexico, 1977)
Casablanca/PolyGram LPR-43053 (Mexico, 1980)
Casablanca/Teal Records NAC-7032 (South Africa, 1977)
Casablanca/Pye CALH-2017 (UK, 6/77 - red vinyl)
Casablanca/Pye CALH-2017 (UK, 6/77 - black vinyl w/ gun & inner sleeve)
Casablanca/Phonogram PRICE-69 (UK, 5/84)
Casablanca NBLP-7057 (US, 6/17/77)
Casablanca/PolyGram 824-151-1/2/4 (US Reissue 7/85, CD, 7/87)
Mercury 532-381-2/4 (US Remaster, 8/12/97, no gun!)
Mercury/Island Def Jam Music Group B002024701-A (USA, 5/6/2014 - 180g vinyl)
Mercury/UMG Recordings (USA, 10/27/2014 - Deluxe Edition)
Universal Music UICY-76953 (Japan, 1/28/15 - Deluxe Edition SHM-CD)

Tracks:

A1. I Stole Your Love (3:04) - Stanley « MP3 | LYRICS »
A2. Christine Sixteen (3:12) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
(USA #25, 7/16/77; AUZ #99; CAN #22; GER #46)
A3. Got Love For Sale (3:28) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
A4. Shock Me (3:47) - Frehley « MP3 | LYRICS »
A5. Tomorrow And Tonight (3:38) - Stanley « MP3 | LYRICS »
B1. Love Gun (3:16) - Stanley « MP3 | LYRICS »
(USA #61, 9/24/77; CAN #41)
B2. Hooligan (2:58) - Criss/Penridge « MP3 | LYRICS »
B3. Almost Human (2:48) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
B4. Plaster Caster (3:25) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
B5. Then She Kissed Me (3:01) - Barry/Greenwich/Spector « MP3 | LYRICS »
(AUZ #78)

Disc 2: (2014 Deluxe Edition Only)
11. Much Too Soon (Demo) (3:23) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
12. Plaster Caster (Demo) (3:35) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
13. Reputation (Demo) (5:39) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
14. Love Gun (Teaching Demo) (2:14) - Stanley « MP3 | LYRICS »
15. Love Gun (Demo) (3:18) - Stanley « MP3 | LYRICS »
16. Gene Simmons 1977 Interview (6:59) « MP3 »
17. Tomorrow and Tonight (Instumental Demo) (3:46) - Stanley « MP3 »
18. I Know Who You Are (Demo) (3:09) - Simmons « MP3 | LYRICS »
19. Love Gun (Live) (3:34) - Stanley « MP3 »
20. Christine Sixteen (Live) (2:55) - Simmons « MP3 »
21. Shock Me (Live) (8:21) - Frehley « MP3 »

Notes:

Produced by KISS and Eddie Kramer. Recorded at the Record Plant Studios, New York City, NY, during May 1977. Engineered and mixed by Eddie Kramer and Corky Stasiak. Some copies of the album have a misspelling of Ace's surname. Aerosmith's producer, Jack Douglas, was considered to produce this album prior to Eddie committing to the project. Casablanca raised the price of their albums by $1 to $7.98 on 6/27, just in time for the release of this album. Included gun. Japanese Victor release a gatefold cover.

The 2014 deluxe edition includes a mix of demos, an interview, and three live tracks recorded at the Capitol Centre in Landover, MD, on December 20, 1977 (technically the Alive II tour). This show was previously partially released as the Wal-Mart bonus disc for "KISSology, Volume 1" DVD in 2006, though track 21 wasn't included on the video.

Performance credits:

I Stole Your Love - Paul and Ace share lead guitar on solo
Christine Sixteen - Gene Simmons on guitar and piano
Got Love For Sale - Gene Simmons on guitar
Love Gun - Paul Stanley on bass and all guitars except solo
Hooligan - Paul Stanley on end solo
Almost Human - Gene Simmons on rhythm guitar, Jimmy Maelin on congas
Plaster Caster - Gene Simmons on guitar
Then She Kissed Me - Paul Stanley on lead guitar
** Background vocalists, The KISSettes: Tasha Thomas, Ray Simpson, and Hilda Harris

Chart Action:

Chart Peak (USA): #4 (7/30/77) with 25 weeks on charts. Other countries: CAN #3; GER #18; SWE #6



RIAA/Sales:

"Love Gun" was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA on 6/30/77. It has never been recertified, but has sold over 229,000 (3/12) copies since the SoundScan era commenced in 1991.

Performed Live:

There has long been the suggestion that "Almost Human" was performed during the first show of the "Love Gun" tour in Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, no proof other than word-of-mouth or hearsay has yet surfaced, so it remains unconfirmed and discounted. It was briefly attempted (twice) at the KISS Konvention in San Francisco, CA on June 18, and at some other shows. When the tour started five new songs were in the set: "Love Gun," "Hooligan," "Shock Me," "I Stole Your Love," and "Christine Sixteen." During the unplugged era "Plaster Caster" became a staple in the set. "Got Love for Sale," "Tomorrow and Tonight," and "Then She Kissed Me" remain unperformed (fully). "Got Love for Sale" had a single unplugged attempt on June 22, 1995 in Salt Lake City, UT. Even though it was on "Alive II," "Tomorrow and Tonight" was never performed live by KISS, at least in front of a paying audience, since it could have been tried out at Sound check. Recorded in the studio on the same day as "Larger than Life" (Sharp, Ken - BtM) and mixed with an audience track.

Multimedia:

Gatefold
Inner Dust Sleeve
Assembled "Love Gun"
US Love Gun Picture Center Ring
Merchandise Order Form Side 1 | Side 2

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