Kiss ‎– Hotter Than Hell

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Mercury ‎– 532 375-2, Casablanca ‎– 532 375-2
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1 Got To Choose
Written-By – P. Stanley*
3:54
2 Parasite
Written-By – A. Frehley*
3:01
3 Goin' Blind
Written-By – G. Simmons*, S. Coronel*
3:36
4 Hotter Than Hell
Written-By – P. Stanley*
3:31
5 Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll
Written-By – G. Simmons*, P. Stanley*
2:14
6 All The Way
Written-By – G. Simmons*
3:18
7 Watchin' You
Written-By – G. Simmons*
3:43
8 Mainline
Written-By – P. Stanley*
3:50
9 Comin' Home
Written-By – A. Frehley*, P. Stanley*
2:37
10 Strange Ways
Written-By – A. Frehley*
3:18

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Originally released in 1974.

Recorded at The Village Recorder Studios, Los Angeles, CA, August 1974.

Non-German European release differs in style of band logo.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 31453 23752 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 731453237520
  • Matrix / Runout: 532 375-2 02 +
  • Matrix / Runout (Mould Hub): MADE IN GERMANY BY PMDC
  • Label Code: LC0268
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Other (Distribution Code): PY 899

Other Versions (5 of 122) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NBLP 7006 Kiss Hotter Than Hell(LP, Album, Qua) Casablanca NBLP 7006 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
6399 058 Kiss Hotter Than Hell(LP, Album) Casablanca 6399 058 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version
532 375-2(18) Kiss Hotter Than Hell(CD, Album, RE, RM) Casablanca, Mercury 532 375-2(18) Europe 1997 Sell This Version
7199 058 Kiss Hotter Than Hell(Cass, Album, RE) Casablanca 7199 058 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
PHCR-94041 Kiss Hotter Than Hell(CD, Album, Unofficial, Min) Mercury (2) PHCR-94041 Russia 1998 Sell This Version

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MusicNerd89

MusicNerd89

March 15, 2015
The second album by American hard rock band KISS. Released in 1974 after their first album failed to make much of an impact and the tour did little to boost sales. The band was unhappy with the sound of their first album as they felt that it didn't capture the heaviness of their live sound. This time they pressured producers Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise (who also produced the first album, I forgot to mention that in my review of that album) into giving the band a heavier tone. They achieved this by simply turning up the gain of the amplifiers which didn't exactly produce the desired sound. The result is a murky sounding album which is arguably the band's worst in terms of production.

However, the songs are far from the bands worst. Songs such as "Parasite", "Watchin' You", "Hotter Than Hell", Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" and "Got to Choose" all smoke even though they don't compare to the versions heard on Alive! about a year or so later. "Goin' Blind" and "Comin' Home" are also good although there are acoustic versions that appeared on KISS' MTV Unplugged album from 1996 that really show how primitive the band were at this early stage of their career as they blow these versions of the songs out of the water. Then there's the songs that are heard exclusively on this album. "All the Way" and "Mainline" are both fun songs but it's "Strange Ways" that has become the fan favourite. Possibly the heaviest song on the album it features a dark guitar riff, a blistering solo from Ace Frehley and screaming lead vocals from drummer Peter Criss.

An enjoyable abum that shows the band in fine form. A great addition to any music collection but probably not the place to start for a newer KISS fan who's only just getting into the band's music.