GENE SIMMONS 1966 - 2016 The Vault (2017/2018)   
Gene Simmons - The Vault 1966 - 2016 - Disk 04   

Disk 04 - Time : 51:10  
01 Plaster Caster [demo 1977] (3:34) Simmons
02 X-Ray Eyes [demo 1978] (3:41) Simmons
03 Charisma [demo 1978] (3:17) Simmons / Howard Marks
04 Rockin' In The USA [demo 1977] (2:53) Simmons
05 Radioactive [demo 1977] (3:04) Simmons
06 See You In Your Dreams Tonight [1977] (2:17) Simmons
07 Man Of 1.000 Faces #1 [demo 1976] (2:48) Simmons
08 Man Of 1.000 Faces #2 [July 1975] (2:54) Simmons
09 Calling Dr. Love [demo 1976] (2:50) Simmons
10 Bad Bad Lovin' [July 1975] (3:03) Simmons
11 Almost Human [1976/1977] (3:19) Simmons
12 Burning Up With Fever #1 [July 1975] (3:18) Simmons
13 True Confessions [July 1975] (3:24) Simmons
14 Goin' Blind / Little Lady [1970] (3:04) Simmons / Steve Coronel
15 Larger Than Life [demo 1977] (3:56) Simmons
16 It's My Life [1982] (3:48) Simmons / Stanley


musicians on "The Vault - disk 04" :
Gene Simmons (bass and vocals;
                        all instruments on track 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 11;
                        all instruments except for drums on track 12 and 13)

Ace Frehley (guitar on track 08, 10)
JR Smalling (drums on track 08, 10, 12, 13)
Brooke Ostrander (keyboards and background vocals on track 14)


Group With No Name :
- Katey Sagal (background vocals on track 05, 06)
- Franny Eisenberg (background vocals on track 05, 06)
- Carolyn Ray (background vocals on track 05, 06)





"The Vault - disk 04" recording details :

01. Plaster Caster (1977)
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY.
Gene Simmons recalled recording this demo in the dead of night and performing all the instruments, including drums and guitar solo, himself.
Previously released on the KISS “Love Gun” 2CD deluxe edition in 2015, this demo version of the song featured a different master with the tempo stretched slightly.


02. X-Ray Eyes (1978)
Recorded at Planet Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo, including the guitar solo.


03. Charisma (1978)
Gene Simmons wrote the song around a few lines “What is ma? Charisma” which were jotted down by Howard Marks. Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo, including the guitar solo.


04. Rockin’ In The U.S.A. (1977)
Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo including the guitar solo, which song features a slightly different arrangement compared to the studio side of “Alive II”.


05. Radioactive (1977)
Previously released on the 2001 KISS “Boxset”, this "The Vault" demo version of the song featured a different master with a shortened intro. Recorded on a day off during a tour, Gene Simmons plays all the instruments on this demo, including the piano and guitar solo. The demo features the “Group With No Name” (Katey Sagal, Franny Eisenberg and Carolyn Ray), which act was also signed to Casablanca.


06. See You In Your Dreams Tonight (1977)
Recorded at the Record Plant Studios, New York City.
Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo.
The demo features the “Group With No Name” (Katey Sagal, Franny Eisenberg and Carolyn Ray) which vocals were actually added a year after the demo was recorded, as Gene Simmons started thinking about re-recording the song on his 1978 solo album.


07. Man Of 1,000 Faces #1 (1976)
Recorded at the Record Plant Studios, New York City.
Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo.


08. Man Of 1,000 Faces #2 (1975)
Recorded at the Magna Graphic Studios, New York City with Ace Frehley on guitar and JR Smalling on drums.


09. Calling Dr. Love (1976)
Except for the drums, which are recorded with an unnamed drummer, Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo including the guitar solo. The form of the demo had reached close to the final version KISS recorded for “Rock And Roll Over”.


10. Bad, Bad Lovin’ (Calling Dr. Love) (1975)
Recorded at the Magna Graphic Studios, New York City with Ace Frehley on guitar and JR Smalling on drums. This demo is basically the “Calling Dr. Love” chords before Gene had the “Calling Dr. Love” lyrics and chorus. Previously released on the 2001 KISS “Boxset”, albeit with the ending section shortened.


11. Almost Human (1976/1977)
Written in April 1976, Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo.
The form of this demo is nearly identical to the version recorded by KISS for the 1977 “Love Gun” album.


12. Burning Up With Fever #1 (July 1975).
Recorded at the Magna Graphic Studios, New York City and features Gene Simmons on all instruments (other than drums, which were performed by JR Smalling)
The song have been demoed before at Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles, January 1975.


13. True Confessions #1 (July 1975).
Recorded at the Magna Graphic Studios, New York City and features Gene Simmons on all instruments (other than drums, which were performed by JR Smalling)
In “The Vault” book Gene Simmons (by mistake) suggest this demo features the Group With No Name at backing vocals, but instead this demo is an earlier version, which originally was written for KISS 1976 “Destroyer” album.


14. Goin’ Blind / Little Lady (1970)
Recorded with Brooke Ostrander on keyboards and background vocals at Brooke’s living room in Nutley, New Jersey. Of course this version lacks Paul Stanley’s later contribution to the song.


15. Larger Than Life (1977)
Except for the drums, which are recorded with an unnamed drummer, Gene Simmons plays all of the instruments on this demo. The form of this demo is nearly identical to the version recorded by KISS for the studio side of the “Alive II” album, apart from the spoken word ending section on the demo version.

16. It’s My Life (1982)
Recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA during the “Creatures Of The Night” sessions. The song didn’t make it to the album, so Gene Simmons took the song to
Wendy O. Williams for the W.O.W album (1984).
Ultimately, the basis of “It’s My Life” was an unfinished Paul Stanley demo.
Gene Simmons completed the song on Paul’s melody and pre-existing chorus.
In 1988 Gene Simmons should produce
KING KOBRA's third album, but later on drummer Carmine Appice decided to do it himself. In result the band still recorded both unreleased “Creatures” songs; “It’s My Life” and “Legends Never Die”.
In 1998, KISS re-recorded “It’s My Life” for "Psycho Circus". Ace Frehley would play some guitar on the recording and share some of the vocals, but again the song find itself excluded from a KISS album.  The 1998 version of “It’s My Life” is finally released on the 2001 KISS “Boxset”.

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