KISS – Love Gun (1977/2014) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

KISS – Love Gun (1977/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:48 | 780 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Mercury Records

“Love Gun” is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on June 30, 1977 by Casablanca Records. It was their first album to feature a lead vocal performance from Ace Frehley, making it the first Kiss album to feature lead vocal performances from all four band members. It was also the last studio album to feature Peter Criss on every song… Love Gun was certified platinum on June 30, 1977.

Love Gun was Kiss’ fifth studio album in three years (and seventh release overall, peaking at number four on Billboard), and proved to be the last release that the original lineup played on. By 1977, Kiss merchandise was flooding the marketplace (lunch boxes, makeup kits, comic books, etc.), and it would ultimately lead to a Kiss backlash in the ’80s. But the band was still focused on their music for Love Gun, similar in sound and approach to Rock and Roll Over, their previous straight-ahead rock release. It included Ace Frehley’s lead vocals on “Shock Me,” as well as one of Kiss’ best and most renowned hard rockers in the thunderous title track. The album’s opener, “I Stole Your Love,” also served as the opening number on Kiss’ ensuing tour, while “Christine Sixteen” is one of the few Kiss tracks to contain piano prominently. “Almost Human” is an underrated rocker and features a great Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar solo from Frehley (no doubt due to ex-Hendrix producer Eddie Kramer manning the boards again), while “Plaster Caster” is a tribute to the famous groupies of the same name. The only weak spots on an otherwise stellar album are an obvious “Rock and Roll All Nite” ripoff titled “Tomorrow and Tonight,” and a pointless remake of the Phil Spector-penned classic “Then He Kissed Me” (reworked as “Then She Kissed Me”).

Tracklist:
01 – I Stole Your Love
02 – Christine Sixteen
03 – Got Love For Sale
04 – Shock Me
05 – Tomorrow And Tonight
06 – Love Gun
07 – Hooligan
08 – Almost Human
09 – Plaster Caster
10 – Then She Kissed Me

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