Category:Albums produced by Gene Simmons
Albums produced by Gene Simmons
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The following 18 pages are in this category, out of 18 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
Albums produced by Gene Simmons
The following 18 pages are in this category, out of 18 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Gene Simmons – Chaim Witz, known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality. Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of Kiss, chaim Witz was born on August 25,1949 at Rambam Hospital, in Haifa, Israel. At age 8, he emigrated to New York City, with his mother, Simmons was raised in a Jewish household, where he practised playing his guitar hours without end. His mother, Flóra Florence Klein, was born in Jánd, the name Klein, which means small in German, has the Hungarian equivalent Kis, this, however, did not give the band its name. Simmons mother survived internment in Nazi concentration camps and she and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. Simmons father, Feri Witz, also Hungarian-born, remained in Israel, Simmons says the family was dirt poor, scraping by on bread and milk. In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein, before his musical career began, Simmons worked a variety of jobs in the city. An excellent typist, he served as an assistant to an editor of the fashion magazine Vogue, a significant influence on Simmons was the Beatles. There is no way Id be doing what I do now if it wasnt for The Beatles, I was watching The Ed Sullivan Show and I saw them. Those skinny little boys, kind of androgynous, with hair like girls. It blew me away that these four boys the middle of nowhere could make that music, Simmons became involved with his first band, Lynx, then renamed The Missing Links, when he was a teenager. Eventually, he disbanded the band to form The Long Island Sounds, while he played in these bands, he worked at odd jobs on the side to make more money, including trading used comic books. Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York and he then joined a new band, Bullfrog Bheer, and the band recorded a demo, Leeta, this was later included on the Kiss box set. Simmons formed the rock band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with Stanley Eisen and recorded one album and they decided to form the ultimate rock band, and started looking for a drummer. Simmons and Stanley found an ad placed by George Peter John Criscuola who was playing clubs in Brooklyn at the time, during this time, Criss and Simmons also appeared on an unreleased album by Captain Sanity together with members from Criss previous band Chelsea. Paul Frehley responded to an ad they put in The Village Voice for a guitar player. Kiss released their debut album in February 1974. Stanley took on the role of lead performer on stage, while Simmons became the force behind what became an extensive Kiss merchandising franchise
2. Asshole (album) – Asshole is the second solo album release by Kiss member, Gene Simmons. It was released in 2004 on Sanctuary Records, due to its controversial title, the albums title does not appear on the front cover of the album. On the side of the CD case the title reads asshole, the album contains songs Simmons wrote based on work by Bob Dylan and Frank Zappa, among other musicians, specifically Dave Navarro who plays guitar on the Prodigy cover Firestarter
3. Asylum (Kiss album) – Asylum is the 13th studio album by the American rock band Kiss. It is the first with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick as a band member. He was the third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982. The lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, in contrast to the heavy sound of Kisss previous three albums, Asylum features a lighter glam rock sound. On the album cover, the members are shown with colored lips, mirroring the colors of the 1978 solo releases, red for Simmons, purple for Stanley, blue for Kulick. The tour for the featured the largest Kiss logo the band has ever used. No concert footage of the tour was used in the Kissology II DVD release, the three music videos for the album were filmed on set in London, England, for the songs Who Wants to Be Lonely, Uh. All Night and Tears Are Falling, only Tears Are Falling was released for retail sales as a single. DVD and 2014s Kiss Rocks Vegas live release, fan reaction to Asylum was mixed. The album was certified Gold and platinum in November,1985 by the RIAA, all Night Allan Schwartzberg - additional drum overdubs
4. Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions – Carnival of Souls, The Final Sessions is the 17th studio album from American rock band Kiss. Originally slated for a 1996 release, it was not released until 1997. It was the final album with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick. The album is a departure from the classic hard rock style, in favor of a dark. Recorded in late 1995/early 1996, Kiss cancelled the original release as they instead committed to a reunion tour with the bands original lineup. Bootleg copies were circulated by fans, prompting the band to release the material in 1997. Because of this, there was no tour to support the album, two former members of the band Black N Blue co-wrote songs on Carnival of Souls, vocalist Jaime St. James co-wrote In My Head, and guitarist Tommy Thayer collaborated on Childhoods End. Perhaps coincidentally, Thayer would join Kiss as the permanent lead guitarist in 2002. The albums closing track, I Walk Alone, features vocals from the bands then-lead guitarist Bruce Kulick. The only single released from the album was Jungle, which was a minor success, no music video was made for the single, but it won a 1997 Metal Edge Readers Choice Award for Song of the Year. Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine criticized the album, writing, In some ways, it should have stayed unreleased, since Carnival of Souls hardly captures Kiss at their best
5. Creatures of the Night – Creatures of the Night is the tenth studio album by Kiss, released in 1982. It is the bands last for Casablanca Records, the label for which Kiss had recorded up to this point. The album was dedicated to the memory of Casablanca founder and early Kiss supporter Neil Bogart and it is also the bands last album recorded with Ace Frehley credited as an official member, and its first album with Vinnie Vincent as the initially uncredited lead guitarist. The album represented an effort by Kiss to return to the hard rock style that had helped them achieve commercial success with Destroyer. Their pop-oriented albums Dynasty and Unmasked had started a decline in popularity that reached rock bottom with 1981s Music from The Elder, by 1982, Kiss knew it needed to deliver on their earlier 1980–81 promise of a heavy record, which they had failed to deliver. Frehley played only on one track for Creatures of the Night, on the tour, Vincent was introduced with his Egyptian Ankh make-up, designed in a hurry by Paul Stanley. In 1985, Kiss re-released the album in their state with a cover featuring Gene Simmons, Stanley, Eric Carr. Vinnie Vincent had long since departed the band by 1985, by 1982, Kisss popularity in the US had plummeted due to changing music tastes and their near abandonment of hard rock. 1979s Dynasty, while successful, alienated many fans with the disco-flavored track I Was Made For Lovin You. 1980s Unmasked fell further into pop music—and was Kisss first album not to achieve platinum status since 1975s Dressed to Kill and he was replaced by Eric Carr. Fan hopes were raised in late 1980 when Kiss announced that they were going to record their heaviest record yet, instead, the band released Music from The Elder in late 1981, a concept album originally intended to complement a film called The Elder that was ultimately never filmed. The album was storyline-based and had ballads, an orchestral piece. The album failed to achieve gold status, and having cancelled their US Unmasked Tour just a time before. Kisss label situation had changed as well, using a clause in their Casablanca contract that gave the band an option to leave the label if Bogart did, Kiss became free agents and signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Mercury Records. Mercury, a label owned by PolyGram, reverted the band to their old label. When recording sessions for Creatures of the Night began in July 1982, Frehley still made appearances with the band but had nearly ended his musical involvement with Kiss. Frehley looked completely out of sorts in promotional appearances for the album, in cases where the band was lip syncing to recorded tracks and it was only after the album was released and a short promotional tour of Europe was completed that Frehley officially left Kiss. The lead guitar replacement for Frehley for the Creatures of the Night Tour/10th Anniversary Tour in the US was Vinnie Vincent, I Still Love You, the only ballad on Creatures, was still heavier and darker than any ballad Kiss had released in earlier years
6. Doro (album) – Doro is the second solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was released on 25 September 1990, doro’s second album is more a solo effort than a band production. The album production was put in the hands of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, the song Only You is a Kiss cover from the album Music from The Elder. He gave his protégé Tommy Thayer from the band Black n Blue a chance to shine as co-producer of the album, ill Be Holding On is a cover of a Gregg Allman song from the 1989 film Black Rain. The many photos on the cover and inner sleeve were taken by famous Playboy, Doro Pesch – vocals Tommy Thayer – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, producer Lanny Cordola – lead guitar E
7. Gene Simmons (album) – Gene Simmons is a 1978 solo album by Gene Simmons, the bassist and co-vocalist of the American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18,1978. The album features choirs and string arrangements as well as incorporating various genres including Beatles-inspired pop, 1970s funk, disco, rock and roll. Although he is the player in Kiss, Simmons played mainly electric and acoustic guitars on the album. The album features guest appearances from musicians, including Aerosmiths Joe Perry, Bob Seger, Cheap Tricks Rick Nielsen. Though an unknown at the time, backing vocalist Katey Sagal would go on to a television career. Simmons re-recorded See You in Your Dreams because he reportedly was not happy with the way it was recorded on Rock, Simmons said that he covered When You Wish upon a Star because he related to the song and was a fan of Disney movies. When I first heard that song I could barely speak English, anybody can have what they want, the world and life can give its rewards to anyone. On the original CD release in 1988, the first two songs are split incorrectly, the introduction that leads into Radioactive is split at the 51-second mark while the rest of Radioactive and all of Burning Up with Fever are played in the second track. However, the listing of the cover lists the two songs as two separate tracks. The rest of the CD is split correctly, the 1997 remastered edition fixes this mistake with Radioactive and Burning Up with Fever being split as two separate tracks. The introduction played before Radioactive is left in as part of the song, the album reached number 22 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, making it the highest-placing of all the four Kiss solo albums of 1978. It was certified platinum on October 2,1978, having shipped 1,000,000 copies, allMusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5 and called it an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release. All tracks written by Gene Simmons, except where noted. COM Discoography- Gene Simmons, Accessed on July 28,2008
8. Hot in the Shade – Hot in the Shade is the 15th studio album by Kiss, released in 1989. It is also the final Kiss album to feature Carr in its entirety before his death in November 1991, hot in the Shade contains the most songs of any Kiss studio album with 15. The album is one of the bands longest, with a time of nearly an hour. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley appeared in Kiss make-up for the first time since their 1983 unmasking for the video for Rise to It. Although the scene with Simmons and Stanley in make-up took place in 1975, the album showcases a more heavy rock sound after the keyboard-centered pop rock in Crazy Nights and even flirts with speed metal in Boomerang. Tommy Thayer, who co-wrote Betrayed and The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away, became Kiss permanent lead guitarist in 2002, of the 15 tracks on the album, only five were performed live. Forever, co-written by Michael Bolton, was a pop hit and became a part of the live setlist. Hot in the Shade was certified Gold on December 20,1989 by the RIAA. However and its most successful single, Forever reached #8 on the Billboard charts, the bands highest charting single in the US since Beth,13 years earlier
9. House of Lords (House of Lords album) – House of Lords is the eponymous debut album by House of Lords, a Giuffria spin-off band, featuring keyboardist Gregg Giuffria. It was released in 1988 on Kiss bassist Gene Simmons own label, the album reached position No.78 in The Billboard 200 Chart on February 25,1989. Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick co-wrote the song Slip of the Tongue, jeff Scott Soto of Talisman can be found on backing vocals throughout the whole album. Many other popular rock musicians has contributed to the songwriting of the songs on the album, including Stan Bush, David Glen Eisley of Giuffria, Johnny Warman
10. Lick It Up – Lick It Up is the 11th studio album by American band Kiss. On the day of its 1983 release, the members appeared on MTV without their trademark make-up. It was the first public appearance without make-up by Kiss since their early days. Lick It Up built upon the harder sound Kiss had displayed on 1982s Creatures of the Night, but while Creatures of the Night was a commercial disappointment for Kiss, Lick It Up sold much better. It was certified gold on December 22,1983, the first Kiss album to achieve certification since 1980s Unmasked and this is partially attributable to the increased publicity the band received after their unmasking. Lick It Up and All Hells Breakin Loose were released as singles from the album and they were accompanied by a pair of similarly themed, tongue-in-cheek videos featuring the band in desolate, post-apocalyptic settings. Vincent was not legally a member of the band, due partly to disputes over what his role in the band and his pay would be, Vincent never signed any contract making his employment official. These disputes, along with a growing attitude by him that he was responsible for the resurgence of Kiss. A major rift developed between him and the rest of the band over his guitar solos, at an LA Forum show in January 1984, Vincent continued playing despite Stanleys cueing him to finish the solo. They were separated by Eric Carr and Gene Simmons and a couple of roadies who tried to keep the peace. At a March show in Quebec, Canada, as the prepared to close out their set, Vincent broke into an impromptu solo. This time, the break was permanent, All Hells Breakin Loose is one of three songs in the history of the band in which all four members share songwriting credit, the others being Love Theme from Kiss and Back to the Stone Age. He also made the statement that, The only reason why I think people bought Lick It Up more than Creatures of the Night was because we had no make-up on, curiously, the opening track features a solo from Rick Derringer. From album producer Michael James Jackson, There were just some things that Vinnie couldn’t play and his sensibility was often too melodic for the band’s style. Vinnie was always struggling to find his place within Kiss, both musically and personally, as I recall, we brought Rick Derringer in to take a pass. Moments like this were difficult for Vinnie, but the all of us maintained was that the quality of the record would always be the priority rather than anybody’s ego. Lick It Up was certified platinum on December 19,1990 and it was placed at #10 on Guitar Worlds Readers Poll of the Top-10 Guitar Albums of 1983. Listed Lick It Up #3 on its list of the best hard rock albums in 1983
11. Nasty Nasty – Nasty Nasty is the third studio album by the American glam metal band Black n Blue. The title track is the basis of the Kiss song Domino, coincidentally, guitarist Tommy Thayer would join Kiss in 2002. Nasty Nasty saw the move away from the more polished approach of Without Love as it did not appeal to their metal fans. As a result, the production is more raw and the album has a much more aggressive feel than Without Love as the band sticks with hard rockers with the exception of Ill Be There For You. However, keyboard credits were given in the cassette and on the back of the LP to John Purdell for Promise the Moon, fans were baffled by this until liner notes in the 2003 re-master explained it
12. The Right to Rock – The Right to Rock is the second studio album by American glam metal band Keel. It was the first to be produced by Kisss Gene Simmons under their new label Gold Mountain Records, when the band started recording the album, drummer Bobby Marks left. He was replaced by different drummers, Fred Coury, Barry Brandt, dwain Miller eventually became the bands permanent drummer before the album was released
13. Sahara (House of Lords album) – Sahara is the second studio album by the American hard rock band House of Lords, released on August 21,1990. The album was recorded without original guitarist Lanny Cordola, but with Doug Aldrich as the bands guitarist, still, the album features many guest contributors on guitar, such as Rick Nielsen, Chris Impellitteri and Mandy Meyer. Other contributors on the albums are White Lions Mike Tramp, Cheap Tricks Robin Zander, Steelers Ron Keel, Autographs Steve Plunkett and Giuffrias David Glen Eisley, the album reached position No.121 in The Billboard 200 chart on February 23,1991. Heart on the Line, which was written by Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, would eventually be recorded by Cheap Trick themselves for their 2016 album Bang, Zoom, Crazy
14. WOW (Wendy O. Williams album) – WOW is the debut solo studio album by American singer Wendy O. Williams, released in 1984 by Passport Records. It is her first album appearance, to be credited to her after the success with The Plasmatics, after the release of the album, Coup dÉtat with The Plasmatics, the band opened for KISS on tour. By the end of the tour, The Plasmatics recording contract with Capitol Records wasnt renewed and Gene Simmons approached Williams, as to avoid legal issues with Capitol, they decided not to use The Plasmatics name on the record in any way. Simmons also felt it would give more freedom to add additional musicians to the album, WOW is a hard rock album influenced by heavy metal, which marked a musical departure from Williams previous material with The Plasmatics. Williams was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the album in 1985, band members from The Plasmatics appear on the album namely, Wes Beech and T. C. Tolliver on rhythm and lead guitar, and drums respectively, Simmons plays bass under the pseudonym-stage name of Reginald Van Helsing. Michael Ray was hired as lead guitarist for the album, Simmons also pulled in the guest-appearance talents of Ace Frehley on Bump and Grind, Paul Stanley on Ready to Rock, and Eric Carr on Legends Never Die. Its My Life was released as the single from the album. It later appeared on the soundtrack to the film Reform School Girls, KISS later released their version of the song, as well as Thief in the Night. The reception to the album was mixed, and remains so to this day. Fans received it with a negative response. It was seen as a departure from the sound she had in her band The Plasmatics, the album includes nearly all the members of KISS, while Gene Simmons producing and appearing as a writer on several songs. Thats not surprising, with the ever-career-conscious Simmons manning the producers chair, despite his best efforts, however, Williams would stay a quintessential cult artist. While not a record, WOW offers a convincing enough glimpse of the stardom that should have been hers all along. Review copies were sent out to the media outlets. Malcolm Dome, a reviewer for Kerrang, album as his album of the year. Wendy received in 1985 a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rock Vocalist of the Year, Williams lost her trademark Mohawk during this album. Wendy´s vocals replaced the original Gene Simmons vocals for this album, despite the band official biography, manager Rod Swenson was quoted in Kerrang