- Killers (Kiss album)
Infobox Album | Name = Killers
Artist = Kiss
Released = May 1982
Recorded = 1974 – 1982
Length = 46:35
Label = Phonogram
Producer = Michael James Jackson (new tracks)
Reviews = *
AllmusicRating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:omeyxd0bjola link]
Last album = "
Music from "The Elder""
This album = "Killers"
Next album = "
Creatures of the Night"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = Greatest hits
Lower caption = German release of "Killers", featuring a modified band logo
"Kiss Killers" is the 2nd
greatest hitsalbum by American hard rock group Kiss. The album was released only outside the United States, but quickly became available as an import. Of the twelve songs on "Killers", four were new compositions recorded specifically for the album. These new songs were recorded at the behest of Phonogram Recordsin response to the commercial failure of 1981's " Music from "The Elder"".Lendt, C.K. "KISS and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup", Billboard Books, 1997. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6]
By 1982, Kiss's commercial popularity was at its nadir. 1980's "
Unmasked" barely achieved gold certification, and the band toured exclusively outside the United States for the first time in their career that year. 1981's " Music from "The Elder"" fared even worse—it failed to gain any certification and the band did not tour behind it at all.Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. "KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History", Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5] The album, released in November 1981, was off the charts by February 1982.Lendt, C.K. "KISS and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup", Billboard Books, 1997. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6]
That month, Phonogram Records (the parent company of Kiss's label,
Casablanca Records) requested that Kiss record four new songs, to be included in an upcoming greatest hits album. Phonogram requested hard rocksongs specifically, in contrast to the progressive rockstyle of "Music from "The Elder". The album cover, however, featured the same streamlined look the band had adopted during the "Elder" period.Lendt, C.K. "KISS and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup", Billboard Books, 1997. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6]
Numerous outside songwriters and
session musicians were employed for the writing and recording of the four new songs on "Killers". Songwriter and musician Mikel Japp, who co-wrote three songs on Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album, co-wrote "Down on Your Knees" with Stanley and Bryan Adams. Adam Mitchell, another outside songwriter, was brought in by producer Michael James Jackson.Gill, Julian. "The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)". Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2]
Despite being pictured on the album's cover art (from the photo-session for "Music From The Elder"), lead guitarist and co-founder
Ace Frehleydid not participate at all in the production of "Killers". He had essentially ended his active involvement with Kiss in late 1981, although he would not officially leave the group until the end of 1982.Lendt, C.K. "KISS and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup", Billboard Books, 1997. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6] Gooch, Curt and Jeff Suhs. "KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History", Billboard Books, 2002. ISBN 0-8230-8322-5] His replacement for the "Killers" sessions was Bob Kulick, who had previously subbed for Frehley on a handful of studio tracks on 1977's " Alive II". However, whereas Kulick had been asked to mimic Frehley's playing style when recording for Alive II, he was permitted to employ his own techniques for "Killers".Gill, Julian. "The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)". Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2]
Due to the amount of Kiss live albums and greatest hits albums already available domestically, Phonogram decided to issue the album outside the United States.Lendt, C.K. "KISS and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup", Billboard Books, 1997. ISBN 0-8230-7551-6] The album sold in moderate numbers, reaching its highest chart position of #6 in
Norway. Elsewhere, "Killers" peaked at #21 and #27 in Australiaand Japan, respectively. In Swedenand the United Kingdom, it reached #41 and #42, respectively. None of the singles released from the album, however, charted in any country.Gill, Julian. "The KISS Album Focus, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)". Xlibris Corporation, 2005. ISBN 1-4134-8547-2]
#"I'm a Legend Tonight"' (
Paul Stanley, Adam Mitchell) – 3:59
#"Down on Your Knees"' (Stanley,
Mikel Japp, Bryan Adams) – 3:31
#"Cold Gin" (
Ace Frehley) – 4:20
#"Love Gun" (Stanley) – 3:17
#"Shout It Out Loud (Remix)" (Stanley,
Gene Simmons, Bob Ezrin) – 2:40
Sure Know Something" (Stanley, Vini Poncia) – 3:59
#"Nowhere to Run" (Stanley) – 4:32
#"Partners in Crime" (Stanley, Mitchell) – 3:45
#"Detroit Rock City" (Stanley, Ezrin) – 3:53
#"God of Thunder" (Stanley) – 4:11
I Was Made for Lovin' You" (Stanley, Poncia, Desmond Child) – 4:18
Rock and Roll All Nite(Live)" (Stanley, Simmons) – 3:58
The release in Japan featured two additional tracks not found on the album as released in all other countries: "Escape from the Island" (Frehley,
Eric Carr, Ezrin) and "Shandi" (Stanley, Poncia). Additionally, the version released in Australia consisted of the 12 tracks listed above and also included "Talk to Me" (Frehley) and "Shandi" (Stanley, Poncia).
Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Gene Simmons– bass guitar; lead vocals
Ace Frehley– lead guitar; backing vocals
Eric Carr– drums
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