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Other KISS Demo/Recording Sessions
Essentially, official recording sessions which may not have ever seen the light of day. This is very much a preliminary work which includes associated bands...

LIPS: RCA DEMO

Recorded Early 22 February 1972

   01. Baby Driver
   02. Don't You Let Me Down (Short Version)
   03. Dirty Livin'
   04. You're My Woman
   05. Don't You Let Me Down (Original Version)

The only recording of Lips as a quartet with Peter Criss (Drums/Vocals), Stan Penridge (Guitars/Vocals), Michael Benvenga (Bass/Vocals), and John Amato (Rhythm Guitar). This demo was paid for by Karma Sutra records.

LIPS: BELL SOUND STUDIOS DEMO

Recorded Early 1972 after RCA

   01. Don't You Let Me Down
   02. Don't Let The Blues Surround You (Love, Love, Love)
   03. Hooked On Rock And Roll
   04. I'm Gonna Love You
   05. That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes

Lips as Peter Criss (Drums/Vocals), Stan Penridge (Guitars/Vocals), and Michael Benvenga (Bass/Vocals). This demo was paid for by Karma Sutra records.

WICKED LESTER

Recorded Nov. 1971 - July 1972

   A1. Sweet Ophelia			(3:06) - Barry Mann, Gerry Goffin 
   A2. Keep Me Waiting			(3:23) - Paul Stanley
   A3. Love Her All I Can		(2:35) - Paul Stanley
   A4. Simple Type			(2:40) - Gene Simmons
   A5. She				(3:07) - Gene Simmons, Steven Coronel
   B1. Too Many Mondays			(3:44) - Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
   B2. (What Happens) In The Darkness	(3:10) - Tamy Smith
   B3. When The Bell Rings		(3:25) - George Robertson, Chris Welch
   B4. Molly				(2:37) - Paul Stanley
   B5. (We Want To) Shout It Out Loud	(2:49) - Alan Clarke, Terry Sylvester

Produced by Ron Johnson; Engineered by Dave Whitman; Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY, November 1971 - July 1972; This attempt at an album consisted of various non-consecutive sessions which saw the songs transform from demos, early on with Steven Coronel, to the latter tracks with Ronnie Leejack, through various mixes.

KISS: DEMO

Recorded March 1973

   01. Deuce                             (3:27) - Simmons
   02. Cold Gin                          (4:59) - Frehley
   03. Strutter                          (4:57) - Stanley/Simmons
   04. Watching You                      (3:41) - Simmons
   05. Black Diamond                     (3:37) - Stanley

Produced and engineered by Dave Wittman supervised by Eddie Kramer; Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY, and completed by March 13, 1973.

SALT AND PEPPER

Recorded 1973

   01. Just My Imagination
   02. Black Magic Woman
   03. Misty
   04. Summertime

Unknown location for Eric Carr's pre-KISS band's demos.

CREATION

Recorded 1973

   01. Stranger
   02. Baby, I Want You
   03. Coordination
   04. Down By The River
   05. Work Song
   06. Something Telling Me
   07. Looker Of The Glass
   08. I'm So Lonely
   09. What Are You Today?
   10. Fairy Shoemaker
   11. Drum/Bass Practice Session
   12. People
   13. Rock Steady

Unknown location for Eric Carr's pre-KISS band's demos.

KISS: LIVE AT THE DAISY

Recorded June 1973


   01. Nothin' To Lose (6:17) - Simmons
   03. Firehouse			(4:56) - Stanley
   03. Life In The Woods*		(7:51) - Simmons/Stanley
   04. Simple Type			(8:37) - Simmons
   05. Acrobat				(6:32) - Simmons/Stanley/Frehley/Criss
   06. Deuce				(5:25) - Simmons
   07. 100,000 Years			(6:27) - Stanley/Simmons
   08. Black Diamond**			(7:56) - Stanley
   09. Strutter+ (6:19) - Simmons/Stanley
   10. Watchin' You+ (7:13) - Simmons
   11. Sunday Driver+ (3:37) - Stanley

Recorded and mixed by Eddie Solon. * was alternatively known as "Want You Beside Me" due to what resembled the chorus. ** with exended outro section similar to what was replicated on the first LP. + from the partial second set.

KISS: 23RD STREET LOFT REHEARSALS

Recorded September 3-25, 1973

   01. Strutter
   02. Firehouse
   03. Watchin' You
   04. Let Me Know
   05. Life In The Woods
   06. Acrobat

Recorded at the band's loft, likely in preparation for the Le Tang audition. (Noted by Jeff Suhs in KISS Magazine #2)

KISS: BELL SOUND STUDIO DEMOS

Recorded September 24/25, 1973

   01. Let Me Know
   02. 100,000 Years
   03. Let Me Go, Rock 'N Roll
   04. Firehouse
   05. Acrobat
   06. Nothin' To Lose
   07. Let Me Know
   08. She
   09. Love Her All I Can
   10. Simple Type
   11. Keep Me Waiting
   12. Life In The Woods
   13. Strutter
   14. Deuce
   15. Black Diamond
   16. Go Now
   17. Watchin' You
   18. Cold Gin

The Bell Sound demos were essentially a quick and dirty recording of KISS' song catalog that existed at that point for consideration and selection of what would be recorded for the debut album. Tracks 1-4 were released on KISS' 2001 Box Set, tracks 8-18 are pure conjecture of what is known to have been in KISS' sets at the time which may or may not have been recorded.

KISS: HOTTER THAN HELL DEMOS

Recorded July 1974

   01. Mainline                         (0:00) - Stanley
   02. Parasite                         (0:00) - Frehley
   03. All The Way                      (0:00) - Simmons
   04. Who's Your Baby                  (0:00) - Stanley

Recorded at Minot Sound Studios, New York. "Who's Your Baby" is the original title of "Got To Choose." (Noted by Jeff Suhs in KISS Magazine #5)

KISS: DRESSED TO KILL DEMOS

Recorded January 1975

   01. Burning Up With Fever		(0:00) - Simmons
   02. Anything For My Baby		(0:00) - Stanley
   03. Rock And Roll All Nite		(0:00) - Simmons/Stanley
   04. Mistake          		(0:00) - Simmons

Recorded at Larabee Studios, Los Angeles. "Mistake" had been written for the first album, but had not been used at the time. (Noted by Jeff Suhs in KISS Magazine #5)

PETER CRISS/STAN PENRIDGE "DYNASTY" DEMOS

Recorded 12/78-1/79

   01. Dirty Livin'			(4:38) - Penridge/Criss
   02. Rumble				(4:42) - Penridge/Criss/Poncia
   03. Out Of Control			(3:32) - Penridge/Criss
   04. There's Nothing Better		(3:37) - Penridge/Criss

Produced by Stan Penridge and Vini Poncia; Recorded at ODO studios, New York City.

LET ME ROCK YOU DEMOS

Recorded Spring 1982

   01. Jenilee - Criss/Roberge
   02. Rock And Roll Survivor - Seltzer

Demos not used on the album.

THE PENRIDGE/CRISS ALLIANCE

Recorded Early 1983

   01. Baby, Hold On - Penridge
   02. Never Met A Woman - Buisset
   03. Forever With You

Produced by Stan "Doc" Penridge; Recorded at Cinderella Studios in Madison, TN in early 1985. Peter Criss sings lead vocals and plays precussion. Band consisted of Stan Penridge (Vocals, Guitar), Alan Woody (Bass), Benny Harrison (Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals), and Tony Mercadante (Guitar, Vocals).

THE KEEP

Recorded 1989/1990

   01. Love For Sale			(3:44) - Criss/Russell
   02. Between The Lines 		(5:14) - Criss/St. John/Delong
   03. Do Ya Know What I Mean 		(3:05) - Michaels
   04. Been A Long Time			(3:14) - Criss/St. John
   05. All Night Long			(4:42) - Criss/St. John

Peter's demo recordings with Mark.

CRISS #1

Recorded Early 1991

   01. Love For Sale			(3:48) - Criss/Russell
   02. Blue Moon Over Brooklyn		(4:47) - Criss/Naro


   03. Do Ya Know What I Mean 		(3:09) - Michaels
   04. Between The Lines 		(5:22) - Criss/St. John/Delong
   05. Minute To Rock 'N Roll 		(4:29) - Criss/Naro
   06. No I'm Not Afraid		(5:00) - Criss/Naro
   07. Bad People Burn In Hell 		(3:38) - Criss/Naro

First selection of demo material. Some of the earlier Mark St. John material was re-recorded for the demo with Phil on vocals. The band consists of Peter, Phil, Mark Montague, and Ray Carrion.

CRISS DEMO #2

Recorded Spring 1991

   01. Spread The Words - Criss/Naro
   02. First One To Admit It - Criss/Naro
   03. All In This Together - Criss/Naro

Second selection of demo material.