Australian Kiss releases

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I thought I would give a little heads up on Kiss releases in Australia between 1974 - 1979, It is my personal favourite period of this band from New York. I did this to assist other people who are not sure about early Australian Kiss releases.

Astor records (Astor radio corporation) became the distributor in Australia. The first single released  in Australia was from Hotter tha Hell Lp: Let Me Go and Rock N Roll/ Hotter than Hell. They came of Australia's first Kiss Lp release Hotter than Hell and similar to the USA, the blue boghart label was used for these early records.

The second record was there self titled album Kiss, sadly no singles were released from this LP. In that same year Dressed to Kill was released it featured singles Rock N Roll All Nite/Getaway and C'mon Love Me/Getaway. All these singles and lps didn't make the charts and did poorly in sales. Which is extremely tough to find for Kiss collectors but they usually turn up sometimes. In the same year Kiss feature on an Australian Casablanca sampler compilation called The Casablanca File.

The next record was Alive 1 with the single Rock N Roll All Night/ Rock N Roll All Night and this was the breakthrough record in Australia. The album reached number 13 and stayed in the charts for 37 weeks.

Destroyer was next and did ok although not as good as Alive 1, possibly mainly due to poor single sales. the singles released were Shout It Out Loud/Sweet Pain, Flaming Youth/God Of Thunder  and Beth/Detroit Rock City.

At this time some rumors and newspaper reports suggested Kiss were indeed touring Australia but unfortunately it didn't happen this would be similar for every record they released something would suggest Kiss were touring but doesn't happen. 

Rock N Roll Over Lp appeared with the new casablanca town label and did well in Aussie charts but the singles didn't fair so well, Hard Luck Woman/Mr Speed and Dr Love/Take me. Unlike the US singles both Australian singles here still had the blue boghart labels.

Love Gun came with the singles Love Gun/Hooligan, Christine Shock Me and Then she kissed me and Hooligan. once again the record did well but the Singles didn't. These singles had the new casablanca town label on them for the first time.

It wasn't long before Alive 2 was released with the singles Shout it out loud/ Nothing to Loose and Ace's Rocket Ride and Tommorrow and Tonight. It sales were similar  again, LP doing well, but the singles failing to chart. Sadly as it turns out this was the last time we hear Peter Criss play drums on a Kiss record apart from his own solo and Dirty Living on Dynasty.

Double Platinum was released with the singles Strutter 78/Shock Me. One of most hardest to find and expensive Kiss records happened with Double Platinum, when Astor shipped in the normal mirror cover along with the award. It was really doing well with sales, being in the Aussie chart at number 17 for 25 weeks. however unfortunately for Astor but fortunately for record collectors they ran out of the mirror covers, So Astor created there own with a white cover and spine and red lettering on the cover with black writing on the inside. When Casablanca in US found out it instantly ordered the withdrawal of these copies and imported more mirror cover copies. So start saving up for that one, when it comes up again on Ebay.

The Kiss Solo records  all came with inner sleeve and poster but doesn't connect like the US pressing posters do. Gene's did the best, followed by Ace then Paul and Peter. Singles were taken with Ace's New York Groove/Snow Blind Peter's Dont you let me down/ Hooked on Rock N Roll Genes Radioactive/See you in my dreams and Pauls Hold Me Touch Me/Goodbye 

Kiss biggest Australian success was Dynasty it came out with an inner sleeve and poster plus additional writing on the top to entice buyers with " Includes I was made for loving you" . It was again rereleased in 1980 for the tour with a custom faces label, poster and attack of the phantoms flyer it stayed on the charts for 65 weeks. Singles I was made for loving you/ Hard times and Sure Know Something/Dirty Living. 2 versions of the 12 inch single I was made for loving you/Hard times.

Astors final release was  Best of Solos with tracks contributed from each solo record. The recorded included set of stickers, Attack of the Phantom Movie flyer and the red price sticker which is hard to find all together. 

Up to this point none of the singles came with any pic sleeves but they all now a great addition to any Kiss collectors collection. 

Personally i didn't really like kiss after unmasked as I felt the lost there intonation as a band. Other bands were surpassing them in terms of album sales and concert tickets. I have to say people always seem to underestimate Peter Criss and Ace Frehley but remember there most successful records were with Ace and Peter and sadly nothing has come near those early records since. Thanks for reading

Ed Dickinson

Most of this information was referenced from Australian record collector magazine It with the kiss special released in January - March 1994 keep an eye out for it.          

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