Dressed to Kill is the third studio album from American hard rock band Kiss. It is unique for having been produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, as the financial situation of the label at the time did not allow the hiring of a professional producer. “C’mon and Love Me” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” were released as singles. Both failed to rise high on the charts until “Rock and Roll All Nite” was released in its live format as a single later that year off their double live album Alive! and reached #12 on the singles charts. The album was re-released in 1997 (along with most of Kiss’ earlier albums) in a remastered version. Possibly due to the very short length of the album, original vinyl versions had unusually long pauses between each track to create the illusion that the sides were longer than they were. Each side ran just fifteen minutes, and some of the times of the songs were incorrect on the vinyl versions. For example, “Two Timer” was listed at 2:59 and “Ladies in Waiting” was listed at 2:47. It peaked at #32 on the US charts and was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 28, 1977. While the album cover depicts Kiss in business suits, the only member of the band who actually owned one was Peter Criss. The suits worn on the cover by the rest of the band were owned by manager Bill Aucoin. While “Rock and Roll All Nite” remains a permanent staple in the band’s concerts (often played to close out a show), there are several other songs still played from this release such as “She”, “Rock Bottom” and occasionally, “C’mon and Love Me”.




[via Tim Christensen]

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