Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

by Gene SimmonsGene Simmons


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Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band's hardest-rocking compositions; after all, he's responsible for such heavies as "Watchin' You," "Calling Dr. Love," "Larger Than Life," and "Goin' Blind." So many Kiss fans must have been surprised when they heard Gene's diverse 1978 solo album, with songs that contained choirs and string arrangements, plus elements of Beatles pop, '70s funk/disco, and feel-good rock & roll. Granted, there are a few heavy rockers (such as the single "Radioactive," "Burning Up With Fever," and "See You in Your Dreams"), but Simmons was always a closet Beatles fan, as evidenced by "See You Tonite," "Always Near You," "Man of 1,000 Faces," and "Mr. Make Believe." The only real misstep is a preposterously embarrassing cover of the Disney classic "When You Wish Upon a Star" (complete with Disney-esque sound effects/music). But Simmons made sure that the top artists of the day lent a hand (Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Donna Summer, Cher, Bob Seger, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Helen Reddy, and Janis Ian), which makes Gene's solo album an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453238428
catalogNumber: 532384
Rank: 21611

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Simmons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Helen Reddy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cher   Vocals
Janis Ian   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Joe Perry   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Donna Summer   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michael Des Barres   Vocals
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Richie Ranno   Guitar
Steve Lacey   Guitar
Sean Delaney   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gordon Grody   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Fran Eisenberg   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ron Frangipane   Conductor
Richard Gerstein   Percussion,Piano
Diva Gray   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shane Howell   Guitar
Neil Jason   Bass
Rick Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Rick Nielsen   Guitar
Joe Pecorino   Guest Appearance
Carolyn Ray   Vocals,Background Vocals
Katey Sagal   Background Vocals
Kate Sapal   Vocals
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Bob Seger   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eric Troyer   Piano,Vocals
Mitch Weissman   Guest Appearance
John Shane Howell   Classical Guitar
Gordon Gordy   Background Vocals
Steve Lacey   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gene Simmons   Composer,Producer
Sean Delaney   Composer,Producer
Ron Frangipane   Arranger,Symphonic Arrangements
Leigh Harline   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Mitchell Kanner   Redesign
Robert V. Conte   Liner Notes
Eraldo Carugati   Artwork,Cover Painting
Howard Marks Advertising   Composer
Yasuhito Kitai   Liner Notes
Mike Stone   Engineer

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