Friday, 11 September 2015

Kiss - Gene Simmons - The Street Legal Reel

Gene Simmons 
'The Street Legal Reel' 
Demo Recordings

Soundboard Recordings
Encoded: 128 Kbps MP3

Track List: (Artwork Included)
01 - Street Legal [Mix Intro I]
02 - Street Legal [Full Demo]
03 - Street Legal [Bits]
04 - Something Wicked This Way Comes [Bits]
05 - Something Wicked This Way Comes [Full Demo]

Notes from the uploader ! : The reel which was transferred at 88.2Khz and 44.1, this from the 44.1 rip. This is the full reel-rip, dead space and all (I see/hear some interesting things, perhaps you will too, perhaps not). Even though it's direct off the reel it isn't perfect.

Since it's from the same reel as "Something Wicked This Way Comes" it would seem logical to date the recording of "Street Legal" to the 1989 period. It's not clear whether this song was ever considered for "Hot In The Shade." It's probably more likely that this was one of numerous Gene demos from the period that were simply ideas put on tape with no clear purpose. The song shares similarities with "Christine Sixteen," though the "I don't care how old you are... / You're old enough for me" lyrics might have been too creepy, in a Gary Glitter way, being sung by a 40 year old man...

While Doro leter recorded “Something Wicked This Way Comes” for her Gene Simmons produced album, the song had originally been under consideration for KISS’ use on the “Hot In The Shade” album the previous year. It was later cut from the album, but was included in track-listings distributed in PR material. The song was written solely by Gene. With Gene’s later writing, both on “Carnival Of Souls” and the general theme of “Psycho Circus,” the song shares a title with Ray Bradbury’s gothic novel which is about a diabolical carnival, led by mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark, that visits a small Illinois town.

Gene’s dark and brooding demo of the song runs 5:44 and differs very little from the arrangement used by Doro on her released version. However, some of the female perspective would be changed. In Gene’s original: “She pulls the trigger, but I'm the bullet / Comin' out of the gun.” -Original

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