KISS has put out a ton of music. From their self-titled debut to multiple live albums and numerous greatest hits packages and boxed sets, there's plenty of material to pick from. For the sake of simplicity, this list will only address the original studio albums and not the live albums, greatest hits albums, or boxed sets.
It took me a long time to buy this album due to the fact that almost no one I knew thought of it as a great KISS album. However, once I bought this album and gave it a few listens, it quickly became my favorite KISS album. Sludgy and gritty, "Hotter Than Hell" rocks!
Most people would probably list this album as their favorite from KISS. I can hardly argue with them. It has many of their greatest songs including "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth," and quite possibly the best album cover in history.
Definitely the hardest of the solo albums, Frehley shines on this solo project. His guitar work is amazing, and he proves just how essential he was to the original lineup of the band with songs like "Rip It Out" and "Snowblind."
With the rapid fire drums of Peter Criss on the title track, "Love Gun" is loaded with great KISS Klassics such as "Christine Sixteen," "Plaster Caster," and "I Stole Your Love." It also features the debut of Ace Frehley on lead vocals on the blistering "Shock Me."
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With the departure of Peter Criss, KISS loaded up their arsenal with the band's first straight-ahead drummer in Eric Carr. "The Fox" took over drum duties permanently with the recording of the album "Music From The Elder," but "Creatures" showcases his talent to its fullest. This album features "I Love It Loud" and "Saint And Sinner."
You're probably wondering why I put the so-called "disco" album on here. It's here for the simple fact that it is packed to the nines with great pop rock tunes (and a bit of disco) like "I Was Made For Loving You," "Sure Know Something," and "Dirty Livin'." It also features a decent split of lead vocal duties with the exception of Criss, who was quickly losing interest in the band.
While I don't consider him KISS' best drummer, Peter Criss was in no way short of talent. This album explores his roots and he shines on his cover of "Tossin' and Turnin'," as well as songs like "That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes" and "Rock Me, Baby." Granted, it isn't standard KISS fare, but this album is great for what it is.
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