Thursday, May 25, 2023 11pm ET: Feature LP: Kiss – Creatures of The Night (1982)

Creatures of the Night is the tenth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released October 13, 1982. It was the band’s last for Casablanca Records, the only label for which Kiss had recorded up to that point. The album was dedicated to the memory of Casablanca founder and early Kiss supporter Neil Bogart, who had died of cancer during the recording sessions. It is also the band’s last album recorded with Ace Frehley credited as an official member and their first album with Vinnie Vincent, as the initially uncredited lead guitarist. Vincent would later be credited but not featured on the cover of the 1985 reissue of the album. It was also Kiss’ last album to feature the band with their trademark makeup until the release Psycho Circus in 1998.

  1. “Creatures of the Night” 4:02
  2. “Saint and Sinner” 4:50
  3. “Keep Me Comin'” 3:55
  4. “Rock and Roll Hell” 4:11
  5. “Danger” 3:54
  6. “I Love It Loud” 4:15
  7. “I Still Love You” 6:06
  8. “Killer” 3:19
  9. “War Machine” 4:14

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar, producer
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass, rhythm guitar on “War Machine”, producer
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, bass on “I Still Love You”, backing vocals
Ace Frehley – lead guitar (credited, but does not play)
Vinnie Vincent – lead guitar on “Keep Me Comin'”, “Danger” and “War Machine”; all guitars on “Saint and Sinner”, “I Love It Loud” and “Killer”
Robben Ford – lead guitar on “I Still Love You”; all guitars on “Rock and Roll Hell”[36]
Steve Farris – lead guitar on “Creatures of the Night”[37]
Jimmy Haslip – bass on “Danger”
Mike Porcaro – bass on “Creatures of the Night”
Adam Mitchell – additional guitar and end lick on “Creatures of the Night”
Dave Wittman – backing vocals on “I Love It Loud”

Wednesday 1/4/23 12am ET: Feature Live LP: Kiss – Alive II (1977)

Alive II is the second live album by American hard rock band Kiss, released on October 14, 1977, by Casablanca Records. The band had released three albums (Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over, and Love Gun) since the previous live outing, the 1975 release Alive!, so they drew upon the variety of new tracks, with Eddie Kramer producing. The album is one of the best selling in the Kiss discography, being the band’s first to be certified double platinum in February 1996, the same month the Kiss reunion was announced. It has remained a solid seller in the US in the Soundscan era, selling over 300,000 copies from 1991 and to March 2012.

  1. “Detroit Rock City” 3:58
  2. “King of the Night Time World” 3:06
  3. “Ladies Room” 3:11
  4. “Makin’ Love” 3:13
  5. “Love Gun” 3:34
  6. “Calling Dr. Love” 3:32
  7. “Christine Sixteen” 2:45
  8. “Shock Me” 5:51
  9. “Hard Luck Woman” 3:06
  10. “Tomorrow and Tonight” 3:20
  11. “I Stole Your Love” 3:36
  12. “Beth” 2:24
  13. “God of Thunder” 5:16
  14. “I Want You” 4:14
  15. “Shout It Out Loud” 3:37
  16. “All American Man” 3:13
  17. “Rockin’ in the U.S.A.” 2:38
  18. “Larger Than Life” 3:55
  19. “Rocket Ride” 4:07
  20. “Any Way You Want It” 2:33

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar (all guitars and bass on “Any Way You Want It”)
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass (rhythm guitar on “Larger Than Life”)
Peter Criss – drums, vocals
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, vocals (all guitars and bass on “Rocket Ride”)
Eddie Balandas – introduction on “Detroit Rock City”
Bob Kulick – lead guitar on “All American Man”, “Rockin’ in the U.S.A” and “Larger Than Life”

Wednesday 9/28/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Kiss – Alive! (1975)

Alive! is the fourth album overall, and the first live album, by American hard rock band Kiss. It is considered to be their breakthrough and a landmark for live albums. Released on September 10, 1975, the double-album contains live versions of selected tracks from their first three studio albums, Kiss, Hotter Than Hell and Dressed to Kill. It was recorded at concerts in Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Wildwood, New Jersey; and Davenport, Iowa on May 16, June 21, July 20 and 23, 1975.

The album’s title was a homage to the 1972 live album Slade Alive! from the English rock group Slade, a band that heavily influenced Kiss.

  1. “Deuce” 3:32
  2. “Strutter” 3:12
  3. “Got to Choose” 3:35
  4. “Hotter Than Hell” 3:11
  5. “Firehouse” 3:42
  6. “Nothin’ to Lose” 3:23
  7. “C’mon and Love Me” 2:52
  8. “Parasite” 3:21
  9. “She” 6:42
  10. “Watchin’ You” 3:51
  11. “100,000 Years” 12:12
  12. “Black Diamond” 5:47
  13. “Rock Bottom 3:08
  14. “Cold Gin” 5:21
  15. “Rock and Roll All Nite” 3:37
  16. “Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll” 5:09

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass
Peter Criss – drums, vocals
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, backing vocals
J.R. Smalling – spoken word introduction

Thursday 3/24/22 10am ET: Feature LP: Kiss – Rock and Roll Over (1976)

Rock and Roll Over is the fifth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released November 11, 1976. It was recorded at the Star Theatre in Nanuet, New York.

  1. “I Want You” 3:04
  2. “Take Me” 2:56
  3. “Calling Dr. Love” 3:44
  4. “Ladies Room” 3:27
  5. “Baby Driver” 3:40
  6. “Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” 3:47
  7. “Mr. Speed” 3:18
  8. “See You in Your Dreams” 2:34
  9. “Hard Luck Woman” 3:35
  10. “Makin’ Love” 3:14

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar, first guitar solo on “I Want You”, 12-string acoustic guitar on “Hard Luck Woman”
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass; rhythm guitar on “Ladies Room”
Peter Criss – drums, vocals
Ace Frehley – lead guitar, second guitar solo on “I Want You”, acoustic guitar on “Hard Luck Woman”, backing vocals

Thursday 1/6/22 6pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 (by title) A to Z – Part 3 Extended Edition

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We continue with letter B and go the start of Letter C. We feature music from: Eddy Grant, Tanya Tucker, Kim Wilde, Olivia Newton-john, Sammi Smith, Adam Ant, Elvis Costello, April Wine, Kim Carnes, Quarterflash, Ozzy Osbourne, Men At Work, Kiss, Falco, Kinks and many more. . .

6pm to 12am ET

Sunday 7/18/21 12am ET: Feature LP: KISS – Dynasty (1979)

Dynasty is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Kiss, produced by Vini Poncia and released by Casablanca Records on May 23, 1979. It was the first time that the four original members of Kiss did not all appear together for the entire album.

The album and the following tour were billed as the “Return of Kiss”. Kiss had not released a studio album since Love Gun in 1977. Instead, the band released their second live album, Alive II, and each member had recorded eponymous solo albums, which were simultaneously released on September 18, 1978.

Prior to recording the album, the Kiss members were working separately on various demos:

Peter Criss recorded and submitted a four track demo with the songs “Out of Control”, “Rumble”, “Dirty Livin'” and “There’s Nothing Better”. “Dirty Livin'” made it to Dynasty; “Rumble” remains unreleased officially by the band but has surfaced on the internet as a bootleg. The other two songs ended up on his solo album Out of Control.

Ace Frehley recorded and submitted a five track demo with “Hard Times”, “Save Your Love”, a cover of “2000 Man”, “Backstage Pass” and “Insufficient Data”. Three of the songs are on Dynasty, and the last two remain unreleased.

Gene Simmons wrote and recorded a large number of demos including some with the members of the band Virgin.

Paul Stanley wrote songs with Desmond Child, one called “The Fight” which was released on a Desmond Child & Rouge album and one called “Tonight”, which formed the verses of “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” and was combined with a chorus written by Stanley and Vini Poncia.
After pre-production and rehearsals were completed, Vini Poncia (who had produced Peter Criss), decided that Criss’ drumming was substandard, an opinion shared by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Criss was hindered by injuries to his hands that he had suffered in a 1978 car accident. Kiss hired the South African-born studio drummer Anton Fig, who played on Ace Frehley, to play on the Dynasty sessions. “On Dynasty, Peter was pretty much out of commission through drugs and alcohol, and he was not being nice to most people. I wouldn’t point to it as a classic Kiss album.” With the exception of his song “Dirty Livin’ ”, a rewrite of a song of the same title demoed during his pre-Kiss days in Lips, Criss does not play drums on the album, and he did not perform on another Kiss album until Psycho Circus in 1998, on which he again only played on one song. Fig was again hired to replace Criss during recording sessions for the following album, Unmasked. Eric Carr was hired as Criss’ permanent replacement before the Unmasked Tour began.

Frehley, who himself left the band three years later, sings three songs on Dynasty: “Hard Times”, “Save Your Love” and a cover version of the Rolling Stones’ song “2000 Man”. Frehley is the only Kiss member to appear on those three songs except for occasional backing vocals by Paul. Although Frehley had frequently sung backing vocals and had written the Kiss classics “Cold Gin” and “Parasite”, he had only previously been lead singer on his songs “Shock Me” on Love Gun, and “Rocket Ride” on the studio side of Alive II, as he lacked confidence in his ability as a lead singer.

Stanley’s “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” was one of the band’s most successful singles, peaking at #11 on the American singles chart. In eleven countries around the world it reached the #1 spot or 2nd position. It was the first Kiss single to have a disco remix, as a 7 min 54 sec version was released on 12″ single. He also sang on “Sure Know Something” and “Magic Touch”. In contrast, Simmons sings lead vocals on only two songs, “Charisma” (which became a minor hit in Mexico) and “X-Ray Eyes”.

The album includes a colorful jacket cover which is actually a collage of photos taken from the photo session and not a group shot as it appears. The label shows a portrait of all four members instead of the usual Casablanca label. Inserts included a merchandise order form and a full-color poster.

  1. “I Was Made for Lovin’ You” 4:30
  2. “2,000 Man” 4:54
  3. “Sure Know Something” 4:00
  4. “Dirty Livin'” 4:27
  5. “Charisma” 4:25
  6. “Magic Touch” 4:41
  7. “Hard Times” 3:30
  8. “X-Ray Eyes” 3:46
  9. “Save Your Love” 4:41

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar; lead guitar on “Sure Know Something” and “Magic Touch”, bass on “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass; rhythm guitar on “X-Ray Eyes”
Ace Frehley – vocals, lead guitar; all guitars and bass on “2,000 Man”, “Hard Times” and “Save Your Love”
Peter Criss – vocals and drums on “Dirty Livin’ ”
Anton Fig – drums (except “Dirty Livin’ ”)
Vini Poncia – keyboards, percussion, backing vocals

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”

Tuesday 9/29/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Kiss – Psycho Circus (1979)

Psycho Circus is the eighteenth studio album by American rock band Kiss and the first to involve all four original members since 1979’s Dynasty (though guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss only appear on a select few tracks). Some pressings featured a lenticular cover that alternates between a black Kiss logo and the album title with pictures of a clown and the band members, while the Japan initial first pressing featured a pop-up cover which had three foam spring-loaded panels of a clown face and two others with band members faces that popped out when the doors were opened. “You Wanted the Best” is the only Kiss song in which lead vocals are shared by the entire lineup.

1. “Psycho Circus” 5:30
2. “Within” 5:10
3. “I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll” 3:32
4. “Into the Void” 4:22
5. “We Are One” 4:41
6. “You Wanted the Best” 4:15
7. “Raise Your Glasses” 4:14
8. “I Finally Found My Way” 3:40
9. “Dreamin'” 4:12
10. “Journey of 1,000 Years” 4:47

1. “Psycho Circus” (Live) 5:34
2. “Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Live) 5:33
3. “Into the Void” (Live) 9:10
4. “Within” (Live) 7:57
5. “100,000 Years” (Live) 5:17
6. “Black Diamond” (Live) 6:12

Paul Stanley – vocals, rhythm guitar, bass on tracks 3 & 8, guitar solo on track 3, acoustic guitar on tracks 5 & 8
Gene Simmons – vocals, bass (except on 1, 3, 8 & 9), rhythm guitar on track 5
Ace Frehley – lead guitar and vocals (on tracks 4, 6 and 11)
Peter Criss – drums (on track 4), vocals (on tracks 6 & 8)

Kevin Valentine – drums (except track 4)
Tommy Thayer – lead guitar (except tracks 2, 4, 6 & 11)
Bruce Kulick – backwards guitar intro & solo on track 2, bass and backing vocals on tracks 1 and 9, rhythm guitar on track 9
Shelly Berg – acoustic piano, orchestration and conductor on tracks 8 and 10
Bob Ezrin – Fender Rhodes on track 8

Saturday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Kiss

Kiss (often stylized as KIϟϟ) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons being the only members to feature in every lineup. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Simmons (vocals and bass), Frehley (lead guitar and vocals), and Criss (drums and vocals).

With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: the Starchild (Stanley), the Demon (Simmons), the Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley), and the Catman (Criss). Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982.

Kiss is one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 25[6] million RIAA-certified albums. Kiss also holds the title as America’s #1 Gold record award-winning group of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Kiss has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum. On April 10, 2014, the four original members of Kiss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kiss was ranked by MTV as the ninth “Greatest Metal Band of All Time”, and placed tenth on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list, as well as being ranked as the third “Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time” by Loudwire.

Thursday 8pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 6)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Rob Thomas, Martina McBride, Carlene Carter, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Harry Chapin, Marvin Gaye, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen and much more across the tracks and genres.  

Monday 9am: Labor Day Live Tracks

LaborDay2016Today Labor Day 2016 we feature Live tracks all day from great artists all day then a special Vinyl Resting Place Labor Day at 5pm with Willie B.  Today you will hear Live tracks from Joni Mitchell, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Journey, Bob Seger, Elton John, Steve Miller Band, Genesis, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Kiss, Nils Lofgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Madonna, Vixen, Tom Petty, Lisa Marie Presley, John Fogerty and many more.

The Rock Show 6pm – 10pm ET

RocksReturning to Thursday evening at 6pm ET its the Rock Show.  Featuring music from the Smashing Pumpkins, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, Live, Van Halen, Queen, Kiss, .38 Special,  AC/DC, Stone Temple Pilots, Bad Company and more.  . . 

Artist Countdown: KISS Top 30 Hits 3:30pm ET

kissKiss (often stylized as KISS) is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. Well known for its members’ black and white face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid to late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits and pyrotechnics. Counting the 1978 solo albums, Kiss has been awarded 28 gold albums to date, the most of any American rock band. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 20 million have been certified by the RIAA[3] and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million albums.[4] The original 1973–’80 lineup consisted of Paul Stanley (vocals and rhythm guitar), Gene Simmons (vocals and bass guitar), Ace Frehley (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Peter Criss (drums and backing vocals).

With their makeup and costumes, they took on the personas of comic book-style characters: Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and Catman (Criss). The band explains that the fans were the ones who ultimately chose their makeup designs. Stanley became the “Starchild” because of his tendency to be referred to as the “starry-eyed lover” and “hopeless romantic”. The “Demon” makeup reflected Simmons’ cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his affection for comic books. Frehley’s “Spaceman” makeup was a reflection of his fondness for science fiction and his supposedly being from another planet. Criss’ “Catman” makeup was in accordance with the belief that he had nine lives because of his rough childhood in Brooklyn. Because of creative differences, both Criss and Frehley were out of the group by 1982. The band’s commercial fortunes had waned considerably by that point.
Buoyed by a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the 1990s, the band announced a reunion of the original lineup in 1996. The resulting Kiss Alive/Worldwide/Reunion Tour was the top-grossing act of 1996 and 1997. Criss and Frehley have since left Kiss again, but the band continues with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. Stanley and Simmons have remained the only two constant members. Kiss has been named in many “Top” lists. They include Number 10 on VH1’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’, 9th on ‘The Greatest Metal Bands’ list by MTV, number one on Hit Paraders’s “Top 100 Live Bands”, 56th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time”, and 26th on Gibson’s “50 Greatest American Rock Bands“. Kiss was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ten years after becoming eligible. However, on December 15, 2009, it was announced that Kiss did not make it in.

Source: Wikipedia

1 I Was Made for Lovin’ You
2 God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You
3 Heaven’s on Fire
4 Shout It Out Loud
5 Forever 
6 Psycho Circus
7 Lick It Up
8 Sure Know Something 
9 Hard Luck Woman
10 Crazy Crazy Nights 
11 Shandi 
12 Unholy
13 Christine Sixteen
14 Beth 
15 Hide Your Heart 
16 Tears Are Falling 
17 Calling Dr. Love
18 I Love It Loud
19 Talk to Me
20 We Are One
21 Modern Day Delilah
22 Rocket Ride
23 Love Gun 
24 Detroit Rock City 
25 Rise to It
26 Domino 
27 Rock and Roll All Night
28 Let’s Put the ‘X’ in Sex 
29 Hell or Hallelujah
30 Flaming Youth