Known for their outrageous makeup and costumes, each member of the band adopted their own unique comic book style persona. I´ve never had the chance to listen to any of these KISS solo albums, though of course I knew they existed. You made a statement and I asked for valid and factual > >references, > > And I provided you with 3 of them, so there ya go... You have not proved your point, as all three references do not deliver concrete evidence that Gene's sold more than Ace. The group was never seen in public without wearing their makeup, and their popularity was growing by leaps and bounds; the membership of the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures. That’s a lot of albums sold for someone who hasn’t had a solo hit we can remember since the ’70s. © 2006-2020 Fanpop, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Give the poor guy a break! The group, formed in 1973, first consisted of bassist Gene Simmons, rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Ace Frehley, and drummer Peter Criss.It is the most recognizable and successful line-up, which lasted until Criss' departure in 1980. American rock band Kiss has released twenty studio albums and sixty singles. The album debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 and in March 2010 the album was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The data focuses on UK releases and considers Queen and solo albums combined, unless specified. I also include some of the Alive II studio tracks, as they could've (in my mind at least) held onto those and used other live material to fill out Alive II. Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on May 18, 2018: Hi Rich, wow! The KISS Army was waiting for a down-n-dirty, rumbling metal monster, but Gene's album is a decidedly mixed bag of KISS style hard rock ("Radioactive"), Beatle-esque acoustic noodling ("Mr. Make Believe" and "See You Tonight") and a few utterly "what-the-f**k?" Many other KISS albums in that database are way off what have long been considered KISS' actual It wasn’t the worst solo album ever made by a drummer – that was Keith Moon’s risible Two Sides Of The Moon. If you took the best songs off of Peter's and Gene's solo albums and put them together, you might have enough tracks for a decent EP. Cheers from Brazil. Hello. Lol! As an example during the 1960s and 1970s the sale of music by The Beatles was illegal in the Soviet Union, as a consequence there was a thriving black market in bootleg copies of their albums and copied photographs. Peter will readily admit that musically, he was the "odd man out" in KISS. Anyway, from your opinion I ended up curious about the Ace Frehley´s solo effort and I´ll try to find that out in order to give it a listen. Here are the Top 10 albums (solo efforts not included) from the group many believe was, is and forever will be the Hottest Band in the World. I've been obsessed with the four Kiss solo records for about the last four months or so. 177 million The number of albums sold in the U.S. 11.4 million Number of copies 1, the re-mastered catalog of Beatles hits released in November 2000, sold between 2000 and … MsStarchild from SE U.S. on May 11, 2016: Good review Kieth. "Living in Sin" with Cher as excitable groupie? ^Calvin, I think Criss' taste in music just was a poor fit for the then current KISS audience. It was certified platinum on October 2, 1978, and shipped over 1,000,000 copies. Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on April 29, 2016: FFC, Did you watch the new video of Frehley and Stanley? A really neat look at how vinyl was pressed into record albums,with the KISS Solos being pressed. The band has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States, of which 19 million have been certified by the RIAA, and their worldwide sales exceeds 100 million albums. In my personal opinion, Paul Stanley's album is first, Ace's is second (but only slightly) and Gene's absolute piece of crap is way behind the others. [17] After peaking at #11 on the Billboard album chart on May 15, however, Destroyer quickly fell and by August was at #192. Totaling sales of all four of these albums, we get 153,000, which constitutes a little more than half of what "Sonic Boom" has sold. KISS Mania was in full swing in the United States in the latter half of the 1970s, and in countless other countries around the world. First clue that Ace was the dude was Rocket Ride. In the last 41 years, KISS has earned 30 Gold albums (26 KISS albums + 4 Solo Albums that were all released simultaneously—a feat never before achieved by any band.) I've been a KISS fan since '77, seen them live numerous times (in and out of makeup) and I'm a veteran of the KISS Expo/Convention scene. Selena Gomez & the Scene, an American band, has released three studio albums, one remix album, seven singles and seven music videos. A note about these figures: One can go to the official RIAA statistics and see that KISS "Alive!" The figures include all releases upto and including 'On Air', but exclude 'Barcelona - Special Edition', and the two three-disc sets 'The Platinum Collection' and 'Freddie Mercury: Solo'. In my mind, those could've been 45's only, or something similar. Still, Paul's album was released in 2006, while Ace's was released in 2009. 1976 saw the release of two platinum-selling studio albums, Destroyer and Rock And Roll Over. It seemed that KISS could do no wrong, and the sky was the limit as they rocketed forward into 1978. There was just one small problem... the band was beginning to rot from the inside. Album Facts & Feats Chart Positions Weeks On Chart Award Status I have a feeling that Mean Gene's reputation as "The Demon" may have set fans' expectations a bit too high for his solo album. Therefore, it makes sense that his solo album is a smooth, retro flavored pop-rock record with a dance-able edge. Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 15, 2015: Ace's album is still the only really essential one of the four, but naturally since I'm a diehard KISS nerd I had to have them all. Track listing Dynasty, released in 1979, continued their streak of platinum albums, yet it was their last recorded with the original lineup -- Criss left in 1980. The 1977 Gallup public opinion poll named KISS the most popular band in America and their first Super Special comic book ("printed in REAL KISS BLOOD!") I listened to some of Paul Stanley's audio book and was horrified at his never-ending diatribe of sour grapes. As sales reports and reviews started rolling in, it became clear that most KISS fans were playing favorites and buying only the album(s) from the band member(s) they "liked" best. KISS wanted, and more importantly desperately needed, a massive hit album following the respectable, but hardly stellar sales figures of "Lick It Up," "Animalize," and "Asylum." Stuff like 'You Matter To Me', 'That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes', 'Hooked On Rock 'N' Roll', 'I'm Gonna Love You' and 'I Can't Stop The Rain', while it's not absolutely balls to the wall rock, it's still good in its' own light. Thanks for stopping by. This could've been their double album answer to Physical Graffiti. C'mon, some of the tracks on Gene's album are great! Here are some of history's most successful bands based on US sales. The quartet of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley came together in … As KISS got bigger, inter-personal relationships between the four members were getting progressively worse. He was born a few years earlier than his band mates, so while they were growing up on a steady hard rockin' diet of Led Zeppelin, the Who, and the Beatles, Peter came of age in the late 50s/early '60s listening to lots of swing/jazz music and the soul, doo-wop and girl groups of rock n' roll's formative years. Peter was out of the band by 1980 and Ace would follow him out the door by 1982. Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on May 14, 2016: Hi MsStarchild - I haven't heard Ace's newest album yet but I did see the "Fire and Water" video and I was impressed. Note, the first numerical column is a representation of the currently recognized RIAA certifications for each KISS album. Even when these restrictions were relaxed in the early 1980sthe local music publishers sold enough of their music for at least one current record company to … Math errors by the author. While the songs on their solo albums are little more than distant memories to all but the most diehard KISS fans, people are still air-guitaring to Ace's album to this day. The shock factor! Being a drummer, the first one I bought was Peter's, hoping for 2 sides of drum solos. But when you look at the actual sales of each album as a single purchase (after all, you can’t buy those 3 albums separately), then BOTR sold more copies than ATMP. It opens with a short tribute to his wife, “The Lovely Linda” followed by the country blues The Beatles, of course, are in first place, having sold 178 million albums certified by the RIAA. Help! Over 200 milliion albums and DVDs worldwide. Musicpriceguide collects the data of the concluded auctions, which you can consult to … "Anomaly": 56,000 "Live to Win: 53,000 So how do the four solo albums stack up, nearly forty (!) Even such enormous popularity had its limits, though, and the band reached them in 1978, when all four members released solo albums on the same day in October. When KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park premiered on NBC about six weeks after the release of the solo albums, it scored huge ratings but the cheap, cheesy made-for-TV film was denounced by the band's diehard fans as "kid stuff." iceprincess7492, NoRegrets and 2 others like this. Casablanca Records shipped 1.25 million copies of each member's solo album to music stores across America, so that they all instantly qualified for "Platinum" status. Here's the list: Something that surprised me was that I always had liked Ace's album best, but on this collection I ended up with more Paul Stanley. I wonder if anyone predicted in 1978 that KISS' good natured but shy six stringer would wind up producing the only truly classic album out of the solo four pack? KISS was on top of the world in 1977. ...but geez, you couldn't even give poor Peter one song? That's a truly great rock song. The group was never seen in public without wearing their makeup, and their popularity was growing by leaps and bounds; the membership of the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures. Sales improvements over previous albums had continued with "Asylum" being certified Gold by the RIAA on November 13, just a month after the release of the album. Simmons and Stanley have kept the KISS machine rolling to this day with a rotating cast of replacement players and an ultimately-doomed reunion with Criss and Frehley during the 90s. I will have to give your playlist a try. But this was undoubtedly the worst of the Kiss solo albums.A fan of pop and soul music, Criss turned MOR crooner on lightweight toe-tapping tunes such as Don’t You Let Me Down and That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes. (Haha). It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978, coming out alongside Peter Criss , Ace Frehley , and Gene Simmons . These figures are taken from a variety of sources ... is only certified for "Gold" sales. You might have also noticed that I didn't include the singles. In 2007 according to RIAA, KISS sold about 20 million DVDS of KISSology I,II and III and the RIAA figures for sales of albums are around 20 million . From the moment the needle drops on the barn burning opener "Rip It Out," Ace is off and running and he doesn't let up until the final fade out of the closing instrumental "Fractured Mirror." The band released their debut album, Kiss & Tell on September 29, 2009. All of this hype would provide the perfect lead in to the band's movie debut, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, which was being prepared for NBC-TV as a Halloween special. In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. I basically rotate between Paul, then Ace, then Gene. Kiss has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum. The following year a triumphant KISS … What a deal! :). Great article and exactly my rank! In case you never managed to grab one of KISS’s previous twelve compilation albums, here’s another one to mark the band’s 40th anniversary. Stung by the reception to the solo efforts and embarrassed by their cartoonish B-Movie, KISS regrouped in 1979 and began to prep for their next studio album, Dynasty, but things were never quite the same for the original lineup. ", KISS Army merchandise form advertising the Marvel Super Special comic. is only certified for "Gold" sales. I don't have have a favorite cut yet...but I really like his cover of Street Fighting Man. Many fans feel it should have been the 1978 KISS album after Love Gun, rather than the extended, drawn out cavalcade of four Solo albums.This collection was not released in the United States, but in Europe and the Antipodes (that’s Australia and New Zealand to all those people standing on their heads in America). Led Zeppelin are the only hard rock band in the top ten, coming in at #4 with 111.5 million copies of their albums sold. Even such enormous popularity had its limits, though, and the band reached them in 1978, when all four members released solo albums on the same day in October. The items listed here are not for sale. Skip to Content Log in Create Account SongMeanings search … Just like Ace, Paul Stanley knew that his strength was in straight forward, guitar-driven rock n' roll, so even as a solo artist he didn't stray very far from the formula that made KISS so successful. Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 18, 2016: Ace's new album is available on Youtube right now. KISS, KISS 40 (Universal) #30, 7,200 sold. As an example during the 1960s and 1970s the sale of music by The Beatles was illegal in the Soviet Union, as a consequence there was a thriving black market in bootleg copies of their albums and copied photographs. These … While this was still not a matter of the album shipping gold or platinum, as had been the case in the 1970s, it showed that the band still had some momentum, like a dog that refuses to die regardless of how many beatings it takes. Although exact sales figures are not known, Paul Stanley stated that the album initially sold 850,000 copies in the U.S., well in excess of any of Kiss's first three studio albums. The album reached No. CDJapan is the best place to order your cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissues or new releases with Japan only bonus. Note, the first numerical column is a representation of the currently recognized RIAA certifications for each KISS album. I've assembled what I believe could have been an excellent 1978 "couldabeen" type collection that I feel would have continued the massive success of the previous albums. Hilarious narrative saying expected sales of each album to reach 4 million copies. On April 10, 2014, the four original members of Kiss were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . The group was never seen in public without wearing their makeup, and their popularity was growing by leaps and bounds; the membership of the Kiss Army, the band's fan club, was in the six figures. The most successful album turned out to be Frehley's, which produced the only true "hit" single of the four with its bouncy cover of "New York Groove" by the British band Hello ( #13 on the Billboard Hot 100). I knew Ace was good, but I didn't know he was THIS good!" "Tonight You Belong To Me" and "Move On" start the album off with a nice one-two punch, but the album crashes into a wall when he starts tripping through the 70s pop daisies on tracks like the godawful, disco-infused "Hold Me, Touch Me" (the album's single) or the overbaked ballad "Together as One." and Casablanca Records stablemate Donna Summer. SoundScan tracks retail sales for CDs, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc. Even such enormous popularity had its limits, though, and the band reached them in 1978, when all four members released solo albums on the same day in October. He really had a vintage taste in music...and yeah, it's good. One Direction solo albums ranked from best to worst Over the last four years, all five members released albums of various qualities spanning In 1978, KISS cranked out a greatest hits album in Double Platinum, made an ill-fated foray into the world of television film in the famously disastrous KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park. in 1977, you could get a KISS tour book for $3.00, a shirt for $6.00 or a belt buckle for $5.00. The only reason for the 6 million figure is that they counted each copy of ATMP as 3 albums (because it was a triple album). So nice, I just think it is so nice to hear compliments about Frehley, he is underrated and just an all around nice guy and great axe man. Many other KISS albums in that database are way off what have long been considered KISS' actual numbers. set new sales records for Marvel Comics. Recently, I decided to put it all into a playlist and start deleting all the garbage. They released a string of platinum records over the next several years including 1976's Destroyer (which featured the surprise hit single "Beth"), Rock and Roll Over (late '76) and Love Gun (June of '77). Always a pleaseure to read your articles. KISS toured constantly and cranked out albums at a feverish clip. 2019 KISS Expo Pre-Party for Platinum Ticket Holders 2019 Indianapolis KISS Expo Schedule Contact Us Get A Life Inc. LLC 5351 … Country superstar Garth Brooks is the best-selling solo albums artist in America and he’s the only artist in music history to have released seven album that have achieved diamond status in the States. Fun to read about these guys. KISS has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and has been awarded 45 gold albums to date, and has certified sales of 19 million records in the U.S. Their latest album is 2012's ' Monster '. Whitesnake, #202, 12.5 million sold Here they go again. Once more thanks! Simmons and Stanley may not have liked Frehley or Criss very much at that point, but they were smart enough to realize that losing two key band members at the same time would be disastrous. I enjoyed "Fire and Water" when I heard it recently. Of course the numbers indicated in this table are for legitimate sales, they provide no details of the number of actual copies out there. Always the band to keep their audience both guessing and entertained alike, September 18, 1978 saw the band doing something that no other band had ever done before; all four members of the band released solo albums on the same day. I just don't think they fit on here. Store will offer exclusive product including T-shirts, … [1] Roth absolutely wins the Van Halen commerce battle with 57 million sales worldwide to Hagar's 27 million worldwide sales. I've really started to like it. When the smoke cleared, combined U.S. sales for the four solo albums totaled about a million and a half copies -- in other words, roughly the same amount that a single, "regular" KISS studio album would have sold. To keep KISS' place warm on music-store racks, Casablanca Records rush-released the Double Platinum 2-LP greatest-hits set, which contained one new track - a dance remix of the debut album's "Strutter," re-titled "Strutter '78." It raced up the charts and kept the faithful KISS Army occupied while the band members each slaved away in separate recording studios, working on their solo debuts. After breaking through to the mainstream in a big way with 1975's ALIVE! He considers Kiss’ 1984 album, Animalize, close to a Paul Stanley solo album. [18] Casablanca Records had banked on every loyal member of the KISS Army snapping up all four albums, which would've totaled an easy five million in U.S. sales - but it didn't quite work out that way. KISS Expo Photos Now Online! I'm admittedly a Paul girl, but I always ranked Ace's and Paul's solo efforts as equally good. I think I'm getting old and senile - after years of detesting the "Peter Criss" record, I recently found myself voluntarily playing it AND enjoying it! Kiss has been awarded 24 gold albums to date. While the article doesn’t state as such, we’re presuming that this is American sales only. Two words: ACE RULES. [17] After peaking at #11 on the Billboard album chart on May 15, however, Destroyer quickly fell and by August was at #192. Then, in a fit of insane hubris remarkable even for the disco era, Casablanca decided to release four KISS solo albums on the same momentous day. As far back as mid-1976, when [band managers] Glickman/Marks had arrived on the KISS scene, solo albums … Is good to know I´m not missing much. Although exact sales figures are not known, Paul Stanley stated that the album initially sold 850,000 copies in the U.S., well in excess of any of Kiss's first three studio albums. Number of copies Of course the numbers indicated in this table are for legitimate sales, they provide no details of the number of actual copies out there. Loved this review. One Direction discography and songs: Music profile for One Direction, formed 2010. The KISS lineup features The This was the highest chart placement for any of the singles released from the 1978 solo albums. By Sharnaz Shahid For Daily Mail Australia. Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on February 09, 2016: Hi annasmom - I met Ace Frehley once in the early 90s -- unfortunately it wasn't a very good experience, but I'm still a fan and I still dig his tunes. Math errors by the author. Sales of compilation albums have soared to more than 20 million as music-lovers look to save money on buying individual tracks from iTunes. If you can only own one KISS solo album, make sure it's this one. Criss and Frehley took the rap for Stanley's ego for too long. In the last 41 years, KISS has earned 30 Gold albums (26 KISS albums + 4 Solo Albums that were all released simultaneously—a feat never before achieved by any band.) song lyrics, song meanings, albums, music and more. Even though Peter's album is by far the weakest of the four solos, it actually feels like the most honest. I bet listeners were saying "Damn! KISS Mercury, Casablanca 0 1----17 Inlet Hum Earth Analog 0 2----18 Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Music From The Original Series Soundtrack Lucasfilm 0 1 … On September 18, 1978, the veil of secrecy was lifted. Also, why are you ripping so much on Peter's album? Gene & Paul should've let him out from under their thumbs earlier! I know that in your article, you mention your dislike for some of the Gene tracks, but I actually find they provide a nice change of pace in this playlist. As this is a "best of," there is no Peter lol. KISS' winning streak continued with ALIVE II - a new live set featuring five new studio tracks, which was released in October of '77 and became another million-seller. For example, singles from Starboy released in digital format sold the equivalent of 1,007,000 album albums – 6,710,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting. What do you think? The Originals' Recent Solo Albums Again, Ace Frehley has the edge, by 3,000 over Paul Stanley. October 28, 1978 - The NBC Movie Of The Week, KISS Meets Phantom of the Park premieres in prime time. They weren’t KISS albums per se, but solo records by each of the band’s four members. I think Paul Stanley's album is the best, because, while Ace's album rocks, I don't like Fractured Mirror or songs like Ozone or Wiped-Out (I haven't listened to the album in a while, but I don't think I ever liked them), and I pretty much like every song on Paul's album (except Hold Me, Touch Me). (Total sales: Over 3 million units) Paul McCartney’s McCartney Paul’s first solo album is as laid back as the Beatles albums are structured. For example, singles from Starboy released in digital format sold the equivalent of 1,013,000 album albums – 6,750,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting. concert double-LP, the grease-painted, fire breathing hard rock foursome suddenly seemed unstoppable. > >sales figures for the KISS solo LPs. Thanks to kglee for the 10/03 figures (from the KO BBS) and HEH from the Sludge boards for the 3/06 figures. The bloom was off the rose, and there was nowhere to go but downhill from here. Kiss was scheduled to record a new album with their old producer, Bob Ezrin, in 1990 when Eric Carr became severely ill with cancer; he died in November of 1991 at the age of 41. Record-store bargain bins were soon overflowing with copies and retailer returns overwhelmed Casablanca with a flood of unsold vinyl. His debut, Garth Brooks, peaked at number two in the Top Country Albums chart but has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies to date. Record-store bargain bins were soon overflowing with copies and retailer returns overwhelmed Casablanca with a flood of unsold vinyl. I still have an Ace picture disc (which sadly played like crap with lots of pock marks and divots in the clear vinyl). Thus, KISS came up with an ambitious new plan for 1978: in order for the KISS members to get a much-needed break from one another, all four of them would cut their own solo albums, which would then be released on the same day (backed by a typically massive marketing campaign, of course) with a common cover design scheme to unify them. Official KISS merchandise celebrating the career of the band and supporting the Final Tour, End Of The Road. “I could deal with that. Now, half a century later, rock music ranks among the biggest genres in music. 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