Re-release of the second compilation album by legendary American Horror/Glam/Hard Rock band.
“Killers” was released only outside the US, but quickly became available as an import. Of the album's twelve songs, four were new compositions recorded specifically for it: "I'm a Legend Tonight", "Down on Your Knees", "Nowhere to Run" and "Partners in Crime". These new songs were recorded at the behest of Phonogram Records, in response to the commercial failure of 1981's "Music From The Elder".
Numerous outside songwriters and session musicians were employed for the writing and recording of the four new songs on "Killers", as well as the subsequent album, "Creatures Of The Night". Songwriter and musician Mikel Japp, who co-wrote three songs on Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album, co-wrote "Down on Your Knees" with Stanley and Bryan Adams. Adam Mitchell, another outside songwriter, was brought in by producer Michael James Jackson.
Despite being pictured on the album's cover art (from the photo session for "Music From The Elder"), lead guitarist and co-founder Ace Frehley did not participate at all in the production of "Killers". He had essentially ended his active involvement with KISS in late 1981, although he would not officially leave the band until the end of 1982, after the release of "Creatures Of The Night". His replacement for the "Killers" sessions was Bob Kulick, who had previously substituted for Frehley on a handful of studio tracks on 1977's "Alive II"; however, whereas Kulick had been asked to mimic Frehley's playing style when recording for "Alive II", he was permitted to employ his own techniques for "Killers". The four new songs were considered a "primer" for KISS' next release, while some fans have indicated that fan club memos at the time listed Frehley as "temporarily out of action", possibly due to a car accident or something similar, and originally listed Vinnie Vincent as a temporary replacement for Frehley.
Due to the large volume of KISS live albums and greatest hits albums already available domestically, Phonogram decided to issue the "Killers" outside the US. The album sold in moderate numbers, reaching its highest chart position of #6 in Norway. It peaked at #21 and #27 in Australia and Japan, respectively. In Sweden and the UK, it reached #41 and #42, respectively. None of the singles released from the album charted in any country. Also, due to the shape of the S in their band logo, there were two covers: one with the standard "S", and a more European friendly version with a "backwards"-Z shape.
KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all the time, having sold more than 75 000 000 records worldwide, including 25 000 000 RIAA-certified albums.
KISS also holds the title as America's #1 Gold record award-winning band of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Band has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.
On April 10, 2014, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS was ranked by MTV as the ninth "Greatest Metal Band of All Time", and placed tenth on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, as well as being ranked as the third "Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time" by Loudwire.
Mercury Records/Phonogram Records, a PolyGram Company, 1982/1997/2014 (512 758-2). Made in Germany.
1. I'm A Legend Tonight 3:55
2. Down On Your Knees 3:27
3. Cold Gin 4:19
4. Love Gun 3:17
5. Shout It Out Loud 2:37
6. Sure Know Something 3:59
7. Nowhere To Run 4:31
8. Partners In Crime 3:45
9. Detroit Rock City 3:57
10. God Of Thunder 4:12
11. I Was Made For Loving You 4:19
12. Rock And Roll All Nite (Live Version) 3:58
Total playing time: 46:16 min.