Kiss – Double Platinum

Posted: March 9th, 2018 under Master Tape.

For the ranking in album sales, see Music recording sales certification. Double Kiss – Double Platinum is the first greatest hits album by the American hard rock band Kiss, released in 1978.

The original vinyl release, in a gatefold-sleeve, had an embossed, silver-foiled sleeve, with the band members in bas-relief inside. The album was packaged with a printed “Platinum Award” thanking the Kiss Army for making the band a “Double Platinum Success”. The album was certified Platinum on May 16, 1978 by the RIAA. Rolling Stone writes “Kiss’s greatest-hits collections have all been conspicuously incomplete, as if it hates the idea of anyone buying just one Kiss album, but Double Platinum is the most solid, though not as much fun as Alive! Archived from the original on 2003-06-26. NEW ZEALAND CHARTS Archived March 10, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!

This page was last edited on 7 January 2018, at 23:33. Due to creative differences, both Criss and Frehley had departed the group by 1982. In 1983, Kiss began performing without makeup and costumes, thinking that it was time to leave the makeup behind. The band accordingly experienced a minor commercial resurgence, and their music videos received regular airplay on MTV. Kiss is one of the best-selling bands in the history of rock music, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 21 million RIAA-certified albums. Kiss traces their roots to Wicked Lester, a New York City-based rock band led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. They recorded one album, which was shelved by Epic Records, and played a handful of live shows.

In early January 1973, the group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley. Frehley impressed the group with his first audition, although he showed up wearing two different colored sneakers, one red and one orange. A few weeks after Frehley joined, Wicked Lester changed their name to Kiss. Stanley came up with the name while he, Simmons and Criss were driving around New York City. Criss mentioned that he had been in a band called Lips, so Stanley said something to the effect of “What about Kiss? Frehley created the now-iconic logo, making the “SS” look like lightning bolts, when he went to write the new band name over “Wicked Lester” on a poster outside the club where they were going to play.