Hot in the Shade
- Vocals, rhythm guitar: Paul Stanley
- Vocals, bass guitar: Gene Simmons
- Vocals, lead guitar: Bruce Kulick
- Drums, Vocals: Eric Carr, Eric Singer ( Forever )
Hot In The Shade is the fourteenth studio album by the American hard rock band Kiss and the only album the group can be heard as the lead singer of a newly written title on the drummer Eric Carr. At the same time it is the last LP, was involved in the Carr; he died in 1991. With 15 songs, it is still the studio album with the most tracks of the band.
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After the end of the Crazy Nights tour Paul Stanley had put together a band to go on tour as a solo artist. In addition to Bob Kulick (guitar) and Eric Singer played in this group. Gene Simmons had founded the record label Simmons Records in 1988 and acquired in 1989 the management of Liza Minnelli.
The recordings took place at a time when Def Leppard Hysteria released their masterpiece and Bruce Fairbairn had recorded the album Permanent Vacation by Aerosmith. Both albums benefited from the wave that Bon Jovi had triggered style of the great success at radio stations and had especially on MTV. It was also published in July 1987 Appetite for Destruction by Guns N ' Roses, Kiss and had it still not managed to modernize so that they could compete with the currently announced bands.
In contrast to the years since 1984, in which Paul Stanley pointed the way, the Kiss smashing musical, Simmons brought at Hot In The Shade back stronger one: Nine of the fifteen titles created under his involvement. The band decided not to work again with Ron Nevison, producer of the previous album Crazy Nights, and began recording demos, without knowing who would take over the production of the album.
For the songwriting again outsiders authors were consulted for Hot In The Shade, including Vini Poncia, who had worked most recently in 1980 for the album Unmasked with the group at that time as a producer. In addition, Desmond Child was involved, a song Paul Stanley wrote with Michael Bolton. Tommy Thayer, who was at that time still guitarist of the band Black 'n Blue, worked on two songs also with co -author.
Eric Carr did three songs, which he recorded as a demo: Is not That Peculiar, Looking Through the Eyes of Love and Somebody 's Waiting, one of which Is not That Peculiar as Little Caesar found its way onto the album after him Carr had revised with Gene Simmons and Adam Mitchell.
The cover showed the photographed from the front and digitally edited picture of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the black sunglasses (English: Shades ) bears. In the upper right corner of the cover is a so-called " one circle " was, standing in the middle of the two lines set title of the album. The circle exterior was provided on the inside with also the circular shape following band logos. Right next to it was the familiar of old postal stamps wave pattern. On the back was to see a photo of the band; all members wore this sunglasses. The photo had been placed centered above it was the title list, including a small Kiss logo and the names of the band members in the order in which they were to be seen in the photo.
The album was released October 17, 1989 on CD, LP and MC. As a single first Hide Your Heart was released. The title from the pen of Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Holly Knight had already been published in the previous year by Bonnie Tyler, so it was at least technically in the version by Kiss a cover. The song was released in 1989 by Ace Frehley, Robin Beck and Molly Hatchet.
The German magazine Rock Hard wrote to Hot In The Shade:
" KISS has always stood for solid rock music, no more and no less. Four musicians, good humor and the real message of rock'n'roll people while listening to her discs - wanted to convey - namely fun. And this endeavor is the Lords Stanley, Simmons and Co. once again succeeded. Critics and fans who deny this fact, have the basic idea that lies behind the band's concept ( and was ) probably never get it. Sets the LP, turns the volume knob to the right and let yourselves be carried away by tracks like 'Forever ', ' Silver Spoon ' or ' King Of Hearts'. Sure, it's only rock and roll - but I like it "