Kiss – Hot In The Shade (1989/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kiss – Hot In The Shade (1989/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:49 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Rock
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Hot in the Shade is the 15th studio album by KISS and was originally released in 1989. Produced by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the album was certified Gold by th RIAA.

This 1989 release from Kiss was the final album on which late drummer Eric Carr played in its entirety. Carr even took lead vocals on the song Little Caesar. Includes the very successful top 10 hit Forever written by Paul Stanley and crooner Michael Bolton, Kiss’s biggest single since Beth. Another moderate chart success was Kiss’s version of a song Stanley co-wrote, recorded by Bonnie Tyler, entitled Hide Your Heart. On Hot In The Shade Kiss repatriates the song and makes it their own.

Realizing that their last albums weren’t even close to being in league with their output from the ’70s, Kiss made a conscious effort to get back on track with 1989’s Hot in the Shade. The group began trying out new material, and was soon forced to issue a record in conjunction with an upcoming tour. Hence, Hot in the Shade is a slight improvement over its flat predecessors (Asylum, Crazy Nights) — but not by much. The songwriting is still unfocused, but at least the keyboards that plagued Crazy Nights had thankfully been put away, and the production isn’t as pop-oriented as most of their other ’80s albums. The album did spawn Kiss’ first Top Ten single in ten years with the syrupy ballad “Forever,” but again, the group missed the mark by padding the album with lots of filler (“You Love Me to Hate You,” “Love’s a Slap in the Face,” “Cadillac Dreams,” etc.). Also included were a couple of obvious attempts at hit singles (“Rise to It” and the dreadful “Hide Your Heart”), and a track that sounds like a total ripoff of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” titled “Read My Body.” Drummer Eric Carr’s only lead vocal on a Kiss record, “Little Caesar,” is one of the album’s few bright spots, but Hot in the Shade unfortunately proved to be Carr’s last album with Kiss; he died from cancer in 1991. –AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

1 Rise To It 4:08
2 Betrayed 3:38
3 Hide Your Heart 4:25
4 Prisoner Of Love 3:52
5 Read My Body 3:48
6 Love’s A Slap In The Face 4:04
7 Forever 3:52
8 Silver Spoon 4:38
9 Cadillac Dreams 3:44
10 King Of Hearts 4:26
11 The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away 3:34
12 You Love Me To Hate You 4:00
13 Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell 3:52
14 Little Caesar 3:08
15 Boomerang 3:30

Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals, slide guitar on “Rise to It”, acoustic guitar on “Forever”
Gene Simmons – bass guitar, vocals
Eric Carr – drums, percussion, backing vocals (all vocals and bass guitar on “Little Caesar”)
Bruce Kulick – lead guitar, backing vocals (all guitars on “Little Caesar”, bass guitar on “Forever”)
Tommy Thayer – acoustic and electric guitar on “Betrayed” and “The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away”
Phil Ashley – keyboards on “Hide Your Heart” and “Forever”
Pat Regan – brass on “Cadillac Dreams”
Charlotte Crossley, Valerie Pinkston, Kim Edwards-Brown – backing vocals on “Silver Spoon”
Kevin Valentine – drums on “You Love Me to Hate You”