KISS -unreleased Recordings
rare demoed (and un-demoed) and live recordings

last update : 2016-12-19




2015 : “Don’t Touch My Ascot” (1:13) : written By Tony Cervone, Greg Collins, Jared Faber
          Recorded by Kiss for the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment animated full-length film called
          "Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery" released on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 21,
          2015. The song is a Jazzy a-capella song which features the lead vocals of all current KISS
          members in this order : Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and  Tommy Thayer.
          Here's KISS having fun with the new song "Don't Touch My Ascot" from
          Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery.
         



1998 : "Detroit Rock City 1998" (6:50 version) : Re-recorded by Kiss October 1998, for the
            Original Motion Picture soundtrack with the same title. Because of the rough sound
            production the re-recorded version would be replaced on the soundtrack album for the  
            earlier version. Parts of the 1998 version can be heard in the movie.

1998 : "It's My Life" : written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. 
            First recorded and completely finished for the "Creatures Of The Night" album.
            For the "Psycho Circus" album the song was re-recorded by Kiss. Ace Frehley would play
            some guitar on this recording and share some of the vocals.
            This version finally appeared on the 2001 Kiss Box set.
            This version finally appeared on the 2001 Kiss Box set.

1998 : Various "Psycho Circus" album demo's : 
            -
Gene Simmons Related demo's
            -
Paul Stanley Related demo's
            -
Peter Criss Related demo's
            -
Ace Frehley Related demo's

1993 - 1995 : Listed below are song-titles of alleged songs/ demo which would become   
            "Carnival Of Souls". These tracks were not necessary recorded and may simply have 
            been songs written or partially recycled, but not used. 
            - "Dead In Your Tracks"
            - "Sleep Until You Die"
            - "Closed Doors Welcome No One"
            - "I Can't Forgive What I Can't Forget"
            - "Blister"
            - "Save Myself"

1993 - 1995 : "So Lame" is a song-title of alleged demo for the album which would become   
            "Carnival Of Souls". The title has often appeared as "Hate/ So Lame", which may indicate 
            that the two are one. 

1993 - 1995 : "Outromental" isn't even the real name to this instrumental piece which was  
            supposed to close the 'Carnival Of Souls' album appearing sometime after the end of  
            the last track in a manner similar to 'Rock And Roll Party' on Destroyer.  
            Unfortunately, the piece got left off the album and was given the name 'Outromental' by 
            then KISS catalog consultant Robert V. Conte...

Audio Samples 


Outromental
1991 - 1992 : "Do You Wanna Touch Me Now" : written by Paul Stanley, Bob Ezrin, Dave Sabo.
            Originally written in Los Angeles by Paul Stanley and Skid Row guitarist Dave "the
            Snake" Sabo. Kiss recorded the song during the "Revenge" album sessions. 
            The song  would be refined in the studio with input from Bob Ezrin.

1989 : "Rotten To The Core (version 3)" : with Lita Ford on lead vocals.
            "Rotten To The Core" has been a song title that Gene Simmons has messed around with
            for decades. An early 1975/6 version surfaced following the Kiss Butterfields auction,
            though while it never made it on to a Kiss album Gene didn't let the lyric go. 
            In 1989 it was purported that the title would appear on the band's "Hot In The Shade" 
            album, since Gene and Bruce Kulick had worked on the song (Gene used the lyric on his 
            "Nobody's Perfect" demo around 1984/5). 
            Bruce felt that the song was wrong for Kiss' sort of attitude at the time and it was 
            dropped from consideration for the album. Gene continued to try and place the song 
            with other artists, without success, and he recorded another version of the song with
            members of Silent Rage in 1991. 
            The song was considered again for Kiss' "Psycho Circus" album in 1998, and has been 
            mentioned by Gene as a candidate for the 2009 "Sonic Boom" album.

            Lita Ford  (vocals, guitars)
            Bruce Kulick ????? (guitars)
            Gene Simmons  (bass,  percussion)
            Rodger Carter  (drums, percussion)
            
            Written by Gene Simmons & Lita Ford; Produced by Gene Simmons.
            (thanks to
Julian Gill / KissFaq for detailed liner notes. 

            In 2016 this version of "Rotten To The Cure" appeared on Lita Ford's "Time Capsule"
            album.


 
1989 : "Rotten To The Core (version 2)" : written by Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick.
            A reworked version of Gene Simmons
1976 demo, which song Bruce Kulick would
            attempt to record again.

1989 : "Run To Me" : written by Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia and Bruce Kulick.
            
1989 : "The Street Giveth... And The Street Taketh Away" (demo)
            (stronger acoustic flavor demo).

1989 : "Betrayed" (demo)
            (stronger acoustic flavor demo).

 
1988 : "Let's Put The X In Sex (various remixes)" : 
            as released on the promotional 12" single Mercury/Polygram PRO-693-1 DJ.

1988 : "(You Make Me) Rock Hard (alternate mix)" : 
            unreleased
1987 : "Dial L For Love" : written by Eric Carr, Gene Simmons and Adam Mitchell.
            Demoed, but not fully recorded,  for the "Crazy Nights" album. As the primary writer of
            the song, Eric Carr had taken it to Gene Simmons and Adam Mitchell for polishing.

1987 : "No Mercy" : written by Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick.
            Written around the time of the "Crazy Nights" sessions this song never got past the
            writing stage.

1987 : "Sword and Stone" : written by Desmond Child, Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick.
            Demoed for the "Crazy Nights" recording sessions at Electric Lady Studios.
            The song would be offered to LOVERBOY to record, Paul Dean would cover it on his 1988
           
Hardcore album. German band BONFIRE would cover the song for the KISS involved
            1989 "
Shocker" soundtrack album. 

1987 : "Are You Always This Hot" : written by Gene Simmons and Adam Mitchell.
            12 songs would be fully recorded for the "Crazy Nights" album, but only 11 would be
            used. The song was possibly based on a song which had been solely written by Adam
            Mitchell in 1981.

1984 : "Get All You Can Take (3:59)" : instrumental demo version.

Audio Samples 


Sword And Stone
1983 : "drum tracks" : drum tracks for each song from "Lick It Up" are circulating.

1983 : "Gimme More (drum track)" : various versions exists of this drum track.

1983:  "You Sexy Feel (drum track)" : various versions exists of this drum track

1983 : "Million To One (instrumental rehearsals)" : various rehearsals exists of this track.

1983 : "Not For The Innocent" : Another version is recorded with Gene Simmons and Paul
            Stanley sharing lead vocals.

1983 : "So Many Girls, So Little Time" : written by Gene Simmons and Howard Rice.
            Demoed by Gene Simmons around the "Lick It Up" sessions.
            Gene Simmons would give the song to Keel to record for "The Right To Rock" 1985 
            album and it would be used with different lyrics.
1982 : "Back On The Streets" : written by Vinnie Vincent and Richard Friedman.
            Demoed by KISS. With Paul Stanley on lead vocals considered for release on the album.
            Prior to KISS the song demoed in 1981 by
Vinnie Vincent and 1982 by Warrior.

1982 : "Legends Never Die" : written by Gene Simmons, Adam Mitchell and Micki Free.
            Recorded by KISS, but the song never had a vocal track put on it.
            In 1983 Simmons took the KISS track and add
Wendy O' Williams vocals to it.
            Originally titled "When The Legends Dies", credited to Micki Free and Gene Simmons.

1982 : "Betrayed" : written by Vinnie Vincent and Paul Stanley.
            Vinnie Vincent's band
Warrior first demoed an instrumental version in 1982.
            At one point the song was even considered for inclusion on "Creatures Of The Night".
            The 1982 song "Betrayed" has nothing to do with the song that later appeared on the
            “Hot In The Shade” 1989 album !!

1982 : "It's My Life" (3:43) : written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. 
            Recorded and completely finished for the "Creatures Of The Night" album.

1982 : "Chrome Goes Into Motion" : a Gene Simmons / Adam Mitchell collaboration.

1982 : "Don't Leave Me Lonely" : written by Eric Carr, Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.
            This song was considered for use on KISS "Creatures Of The Night" album.
            Eric Carr would record the song during the album sessions, playing drums (with the
            same drumsound as the album), bass, rhythm guitars, lead and backing vocals.
            The song started out with Eric Carr and Bryan Adams working on the song together in
            Los Angeles, with Jim Vallance and Bryan later finish off the piece in Vancouver.
            Bryan Adams would record "Don't Leave me Lonely" for inclusion on his "Cuts Like A
            Knife" (1983) album.

1981 : "untitled instrumental" : instrumental track.

1981 : "Kix Are For Kids" : instrumental track.

1981 : "Council Of The Elder" : instrumental track.

1981 : "Morpheus Descending" : unused lyrical idea for "The Elder" written by Lou Reed.

1981 : "Heaven" : incomplete track left at the instrumental stage by Ace Frehley and Eric Carr.
            Various (length) versions of the track are recorded in Toronto. (a.k.a. "Carr Jam 1981).

1981 : "Just A Boy" : Alternate version with heavy guitars.

1981 : "Just A Boy" (2:15) : Alternate Mix with strong keyboards.

1981 : "Don't Run" (3:09) : written by Ace Frehley and Anton Fig. 
            (early demo version of "Dark Light", "Music from The Elder" 1981.

1981 : "Every Little Bit Of My Heart" (a.k.a. "I Want You Only") (3:54) : 
           Paul Stanley working on a song which music sounds close to "A World Without Heroes".

1981 : "Nowhere To Run" : a pre-"The Elder" demo 
           (approx 15 seconds longer than the "Killers" album version)

1981 : "Deadly Weapons" (4:50) : 
           written by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons - demoed prior to "The Elder".

1980's : GENE SIMMONS  - "Master Of Flash" (Robert Blain / Jon Montgomery)
           The song title and lyrics for a song "Master Of Flash" have turned up on documentation   
           attributed to Gene Simmons, and it was thought that it was perhaps a song planned for
           use in the early 1980s. 
           However, the song was written by Robert Blain and Jon Montgomery in 1976, with the
           copyright being transferred to KISS in 1980. 
           Jon Montgomery had been a member Street Punk. (Thanks to Julian Gill / Kissfaq).

           Jon Montgomery has a version of "Master Of Flash" up on his MySpage
           Somehow "Master of Flash" could sound like a cross between "Great Expectations" and 
           "God Gave Rock 'n Roll to You" when KISS / Gene Simmons would record their version. 
           Otherwise it's possible that only a part of the song was wanted!

1978 : PAUL STANLEY - "Take Me Away (Together As One)" : 
           Alternative Mix (approx 16 seconds longer than the album version)

1978 : PAUL STANLEY - "Wouldn't You Like To Know Me" : 
           Alternative Mix (approx 20 seconds longer than the album version)

1978 : PAUL STANLEY - "Tonight You Belong To Me" : Alternative Mix

1976 - 1978 : "Beth" : acoustic version 
           (probably Dick Wagner on guitar) for the movie "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park"

1978 : "Rip And Destroy" : a rewritten version of "Hotter Than Hell" 
            Recorded for the movie "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park"

1977 : "Anyway You Want It" : Alternative Mix

1977 : "Rocket Ride" : Alternative Mix

1977 : "Larger Than Life" : Alternative Mix

1977 : "Rockin' In The USA" : Alternative Mix

1977 : "All American Man" : Alternative Mix

 
1977 : "Love Gun" (3:18) demo produced by Paul Stanley and recorded March 10, 1977
           during the "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version appeared on the  "Love Gun 2CD
           Deluxe Edition" which is released October 2014.


1977 :
"Love Gun" (2:14) teaching demo produced by Paul Stanley and recorded March 8, 1977
           during the "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version appeared on the  "Love Gun 2CD
           Deluxe Edition" which is released October 2014.

1977 : "Love Gun" (3:23) demo produced by Paul Stanley and recorded at Electric Lady Studio,
           New York City by Paul Stanley (rhythm guitar, bass, vocals) and Steve Korff (drums).
           This version appeared on the "KISS 5CD Boxset" which is released November 2001.

1977 :
"Tomorrow and Tonight" (3:46) instrumental demo produced by Paul Stanley and recorded
           February 16, 1977 during the "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version appeared on the
           "Love Gun 2CD Deluxe Edition" which is released October 2014.


1977 :
"Much Too Soon" (3:23) demo produced by Gene Simmons and recorded during the
           "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version appeared on the "Love Gun 2CD Deluxe Edition"
           which is released October 2014.

1977 : "Plaster Caster" (3:35) demo produced by Gene Simmons and recorded during the
           "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version appeared on the "Love Gun 2CD Deluxe Edition"
           which is released October 2014.

1977 : "I Know Who You Are" (3:09) demo produced by Gene Simmons and recorded during the
           "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version appeared on the "Love Gun 2CD Deluxe Edition"
           which is released October 2014.

1977 : "Reputation" (5:39) demo produced by Gene Simmons and recorded during the
           "Love Gun"
album sessions. This version this first appeared on "KISS 40 Years - Decades
           of Decibels" 2014 2CD set. The same version also appeared on the "Love Gun 2CD
           Deluxe Edition" which is released October 2014.


           
1976 : "Queen For A Day" : written by Simmons for Ace Frehley's vocal debut. 
            Recorded by Kiss without vocals (Rock and Roll Over)

 


 

 

1976 : "Ain't None Of Your Business" : written by Becky Hobbs and Lew Anderson. 
            Recorded by Kiss with Peter Criss lead vocals

1976 : "Ain't None Of Your Business" : instrumental version - Destroyer sessions

1976 : "Great Expectations" : original version / different lyrics - Destroyer sessions

1976 : "Flaming Youth" : original version - Destroyer sessions 
            (sounds closer to "Mad Dog": see 1975 demo)

1976 : "Do You Love Me" : original version (excludes the "backstage pass" break) : 
            Destroyer sessions

1976 : "Sweet Pain" : instrumental studio rehearsals / short outtakes - Destroyer sessions

1976 : "King Of The Night Time World" : instrumental studio rehearsals - Destroyer sessions

1976 : "Detroit Rock City" : instrumental studio rehearsals - Destroyer sessions

1976 : "Beth" : instrumental version - Destroyer sessions

1976 : "God Of Thunder" : instrumental studio rehearsals - Destroyer sessions

Audio Samples 


None Of Your Business (demo)
Great Expectations (demo)
Flaming Youth (demo)
Do You Love Me (demo)


1975 : "God Of Thunder" : as recorded by Stanley, Simmons, JR Smalling.
            Recorded at Magna Graphic Studio, NYC (see Kiss Box set for details)

1975 : "Mad Dog" : Simmons written song, recorded with Ace Frehley.
            Recorded at Magna Graphic Studio, NYC (see Kiss Box set for details)

1975 : "Doncha Hesitate" : Stanley written song, recorded with KISS.
            Recorded at Magna Graphic Studio, NYC (see Kiss Box set for details)

1975 : "I'm a Star" : recorded with KISS, Gene Simmons lead vocals and runs about 3:04.
            Recorded at Magna Graphics Studio August 1975. (further details unknown)

1975 : "Love Is Alright" : recorded with KISS, Gene Simmons lead vocals and runs about 3:26.
            Recorded at Magna Graphics Studio August 1975. (further details unknown)

1975 : "Night Fly" : recorded with KISS, Gene Simmons lead vocals and runs about 2:41.
            Recorded at Magna Graphics Studio August 1975. (further details unknown)

1975 : "Detroit Rock City" : early version with different lyrics which runs about 2:20.
            Recorded at Magna Graphics Studio August 1975. (further details unknown)

1975 : "It Ain’t The Smoke": KISS demo with Paul Stanley on lead vocals together with Gene
            Simmons lead vocals mixed a little in the back. The song runs about 3:46.
            Recorded at Magna Graphics Studio August 1975. (further details unknown)

1975 : "Mistake" : Recorded at Larabee Studios, Los Angeles. (Noted details by Jeff Suhs)
           "Mistake" had been written for the first album, but had not been used at the time. 
           The song is an outright country and western ballad in G featuring acoustic guitars
           bottleneck slides and an overall vibe much more consistent with Wicked Lester than 
           even acoustic offerings like Hard Luck Woman". 
           Recorded at the same sessions as "Rock And Roll All Nite" in California.
           The fact that Paul sings lead on the verses may indicate that he penned the song though
           no byline is included on any of the paperwork. Gene clearly shares vocal duties on the
           verses and on a brief bridge that modulates from G up to B. 
           There are sporadic embellishments throughout that might qualify as a solo though they
           are such standard licks that it's impossible to determine who is playing them. 
           As it stands it is the earliest demo for an unreleased KISS song known to exist.

1974 : "Who's Your Baby" : written by Paul Stanley, Hotter Than Hell demo, recorded July 1974.

1973 : "Keep Me Waiting" : the Wicked Lester song performed live by Kiss during the early days.

1973 : "Simply Type" : the Wicked Lester song performed live by Kiss during the early days.

1973 : "Life In The Woods" : (aka "Want You Beside Me") written by Paul Stanley.
            Performed live during club era.

1973 : "Baby, Let Me Go" : Early version of "Let Me Go Rock and Roll".

1973 : "Go Now" : Moody Blues cover performed live during their club era.

1973 : "Acrobat" : kind of instrumental performed live :
            (aka "Love Theme From Kiss" followed with "Much Too Young").




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