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Details about  Kiss -Hotter than Hell(Vintage Vinyl LP,1974)Early Casablanca dark label

Kiss -Hotter than Hell(Vintage Vinyl LP,1974)Early Casablanca dark label

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LP is in lightly blemished condition and cover has light signs of shelfwear/ringwear/creasing

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Hotter Than Hell is the second studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on October 22, 1974. It was certified gold on June 23, 1977, having shipped 500,000 copies.[1] The album was re-released in 1997 in a remasteredversion. It peaked on the charts at #100,[2] without the benefit of a hit single. Many of the album's songs are live staples for the band, including "Got to Choose", "Parasite", "Hotter Than Hell", "Let Me Go, Rock & Roll", and "Watchin' You".

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The production team of Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise, who had produced the group's first album, was chosen for the follow-up. Since the pair had relocated to Los Angeles, Kiss moved there to work with them. The band, all hailing fromNew York, immediately developed a dislike for their new surroundings. Paul Stanley's guitar was stolen on his first day in Los Angeles. The working title for the album was The Harder They Come.[3] Although the album featured three songs penned by lead guitarist Ace Frehley, he did not sing lead vocals on any of them; his lack of confidence in his singing abilities at the time led to lead vocal duties for "Parasite" and "Strange Ways" going to Gene Simmons and Peter Criss, respectively. Frehley's guitar solo on "Strange Ways" has been referred to as one of his best.[4]

The album is well known for its striking cover. The front featured Japanese manga-influenced artwork, and the back cover showed individual band shots taken by Norman Seeff at a wild party, and a composite of all four band members' makeup designs.

The Japanese character on the bottom of the album cover (力) is chikara, which means "power". It would later be used on various forms of Kiss material during the 1970s and 1980s, most prominently on Eric Carr's drum kit. The Japanese characters on the top-right corner of the album cover (地獄 の さけび) are jigoku no sakebi, which means "hell's shout" or "the shout of hell". The Japanese characters used for Ace's name are mispronounced. The characters are エイス フューリ (eisu fyuuri), which would translate to "Ace Fury". The characters should have been エースフレーリー (esu fureri).[citation needed]

Every shot of Frehley has his makeup airbrushed into the photo, as he had injuries to one side of his face after a vehicle accident, making it difficult for him to actually wear the makeup.


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Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Vista Records4.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[6]
Blender3/5 stars[7]
Metal Nightfall4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media(5.3/10)[9]

Despite the intense touring schedule Kiss maintained in 1974, Hotter Than Hell failed to outperform the band's first album and fared considerably worse. This was due partly to the fact that Casablanca Records' distribution deal withWarner Bros. Records had ended. The publicity push behind the album was not nearly what it was for the debut album. One notable exception was a television commercial aired to promote the album. The only single released from the album "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll", was distributed in low numbers and failed to chart. Four months after the album was released, Kiss were pulled off tour and called back into the studio to record a follow-up.[4] Hotter Than Hell was certified Gold on June 23, 1977.[1]

Musically, Hotter Than Hell is darker than the band's first album.[4] This is partly due to the murkier production values, but also the lyrical content of some of the songs. "Goin' Blind", which details a doomed romance with a 93-year-old and an underage girl, was a song written by Simmons and Stephen Coronel during their days with Wicked Lester. The original title was "Little Lady". Hotter Than Hellfeatured a lot more overdubs than the first album. While Kerner and Wise wanted to produce a record that captured Kiss as a live act, they decided to take advantage of the experience the band had gained as recording artists.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Got to Choose"  Paul StanleyStanley3:54
2."Parasite"  Ace FrehleyGene Simmons3:02
3."Goin' Blind"  Simmons, Stephen CoronelSimmons3:37
4."Hotter Than Hell"  StanleyStanley3:30
5."Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll"  Simmons, StanleySimmons2:15
6."All the Way"  SimmonsSimmons3:18
7."Watchin' You"  SimmonsSimmons3:44
8."Mainline"  StanleyPeter Criss3:50
9."Comin' Home"  Stanley, FrehleyStanley2:38
10."Strange Ways"  FrehleyCriss3:18

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