Thursday 4/8/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Kiss – Love Gun (1977)

Love Gun is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on June 30, 1977. Casablanca Records and FilmWorks shipped 1,000,000 copies of the album on this date. It was certified platinum and became the band’s first top 5 album on the Billboard 200. The album was remastered in 1997 and again in 2014.

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, as he was replaced by session drummer Anton Fig for all but one song on 1979’s Dynasty.

A cardboard “Love Gun” (assembly required) was included inside the album, along with a Kiss merchandise order form. Before Love Gun was completed, a Gallup poll indicated that Kiss was the most popular band in the United States, beating Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. On August 26, 27, and 28, 1977, Kiss recorded three shows at the LA Forum for their next release, their second live album Alive II.

The album cover was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, who previously contributed the cover for 1976’s Destroyer.

  1. “I Stole Your Love” 3:04
  2. “Christine Sixteen” 3:14
  3. “Got Love for Sale” 3:29
  4. “Shock Me” 3:49
  5. “Tomorrow and Tonight” 3:40
  6. “Love Gun” 3:18
  7. “Hooligan” 3:01
  8. “Almost Human” 2:49
  9. “Plaster Caster” 3:27
  10. “Then She Kissed Me” 3:02

Gene Simmons − vocals, bass; rhythm guitar on “Christine Sixteen” and “Got Love for Sale”
Peter Criss − vocals, drums
Paul Stanley − vocals, rhythm guitar, first guitar solo on “I Stole Your Love”, bass on “Love Gun”
Ace Frehley – vocals, lead guitar, second guitar solo on “I Stole Your Love”, all guitars and bass on “Shock Me”
Eddie Kramer – keyboards on “Christine Sixteen”, “Love Gun” and “I Stole Your Love”
Tasha Thomas, Ray Simpson and Hilda Harris − backing vocals on “Tomorrow and Tonight”