TITLE: Dressed to Kill
YEAR RELEASED: 1975
CHART ACTION: #32
SINGLES: Rock and Roll All Nite (#68), C’mon and Love Me
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The deep cuts stayed deep
LINEUP: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Third album from the made-up marvels improves the sound and the songwriting, but the sequencing buried their classic song at the end.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Recorded with label boss Neil Bogart, the third album by Kiss has better sound, which helps the band tremendously. The guitars of Ace Frehley stand out now above the mix (frankly, that’s the best thing about the band if you want to be honest). The vocals are out there as well, which is good and bad, since the vocal range of this band isn’t that dynamic. You do hear Paul Stanley’s harmonies better, though.
As for the tunes, it has some decent deep cuts that didn’t get any traction, probably because no one listened to the first side. “Rock and Roll All Nite”, THE Kiss song, is stuck at the end of the record, which seems odd. Put it on side one, and flip, say “Getaway” to the end, then it’s probably a stronger album just by moving a couple of tracks around.
This still didn’t propel them in the stratosphere, not yet. They were too hard or scary for AM radio, and FM radio thought they were juvenile until the kids decided “Rock and Roll All Nite” was the tune.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was a short record. Just over 30 minutes, and that’s with a two minute acoustic intro to “Rock Bottom” which seems gratuitous. Not a value proposition, but this was their third record in a short amount of time.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: Better production made a big difference.