Even though this bootleg LP is titled Kiss My Axe 1978, sources say that it was actually recorded during the Summer of 1977 at the Inglewood Forum near Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the bootlegger doesn't give an exact recording date or a specific venue, but Kiss My Axe 1978 was, in all likelihood, recorded at the Inglewood Forum during the summer of 1977 because Paul Stanley is obviously addressing an L.A. audience and because he describes Love Gun as a new album. (Casablanca released Love Gun in July 1977). While it's frustrating that the bootlegger doesn't provide accurate information, Kiss My Axe 1978 boasts excellent sound quality and is an enjoyable, if imperfect, document of Kiss' 1977 tour. "Firehouse" is the only song on this LP that's also heard on the first Alive!: all of the other songs came after the first Alive! and were originally heard on either Rock and Roll Over ("Ladies Room," "Makin' Love," "I Want You" and "Calling Dr. Love") or Love Gun ("Christine Sixteen," "Shock Me," "I Stole Your Love" and "Hooligan"). Much of the time, Kiss My Axe 1978 tends to emphasize pop-metal gloss rather than heaviness, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Even though it isn't in a class with the first Alive! and often lacks the intensity and heaviness of that gem, Kiss My Axe 1978 is full of sleazy, decadent fun.
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