Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Kiss Asylum

Asylum is an album by the American hard rock band Kiss. It features the debut of lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played with the band on their Animalize tour and officially replaced Mark St. John in September 1984. He was the band's third lead guitarist since the departure of Ace Frehley in late 1982. This new lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Kulick would last for 6 years until Carr's death in November 1991.

It was certified Gold on November 13, 1985, when it sold 500,000 copies. Paul Stanley stated on the 1987 Kiss Home Video release "eXposed" that Asylum is actually certified Platinum, although the RIAA database lists it only as Gold.

The colour of the lips on the sleeve mimic the colours of the 1978 solo releases: red for Simmons, purple for Stanley, blue for the lead guitarist (here Kulick, rather than Ace Frehley) and green for the drummer (here Carr, rather than Peter Criss).

The tour for this album featured the largest Kiss logo on stage the band has ever used, as well as one of the largest lighting rigs. No concert footage of this tour was used in the Kissology II release, minus silent film which is overshadowed by graphics in the menu. The three videos for the album were filmed on set in London, England.

1. "King of the Mountain" (Bruce Kulick, Paul Stanley, Desmond Child) – 4:17
* Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
2. "Any Way You Slice It" (Gene Simmons, Howard Rice) – 4:02
* Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
3. "Who Wants to Be Lonely" (Stanley, Child, Jean Beauvoir) – 4:01
* Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
4. "Trial By Fire" (Kulick, Simmons) – 3:25
* Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
5. "I'm Alive" (Kulick, Stanley, Child) – 3:43 (End of S1 of the original vinyl & cassette release.)
* Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
6. "Love's a Deadly Weapon" (Stanley, Simmons, Rod Swenson, Wes Beech) – 3:29
* Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
7. "Tears Are Falling" (Stanley) – 3:55
* Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
8. "Secretly Cruel" (Simmons) – 3:41
* Lead Vocals - Gene Simmons
9. "Radar for Love" (Stanley, Child) – 4:02
* Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley
10. "Uh! All Night" (Stanley, Child, Beauvoir) – 4:01
* Lead Vocals - Paul Stanley

* Gene Simmons - Bass guitar; Rhythm guitar on "Any Way You Slice It" and "Trial By Fire"; Lead vocals
* Paul Stanley - Rhythm guitar; Lead vocals
* Bruce Kulick - Lead guitar; Backing vocals
* Eric Carr - Drums; Backing vocals
* Jean Beauvoir - Bass guitar on "Uh! All Night"

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