1978 was the year I purchased my first ever KISS album. That was the Double Live KISS ALIVE 2! The second ever KISS album I ever purchased was Double Platinum in the summer of 1978 as my family was vacationing in Southern Ontario and I spent my money on KISS!
Crazy to think that a lot of Greatest Hits sets bug me nowadays whereas back in 1978 what a great way to get a mishmash of KISS music up to that point!
Smart marketing move on KISS’s part as listening to the songs that made up Double Platinum would make you want to rush out and purchase the studio records from which these songs came from.
20 songs/5 per side spread out over Two Records(Double Gatefold) with everything in the packaging looking Platinum.
KISS was so big in 1978 that they didn’t even have to put the names of the songs on the back cover! Ha! There must have been a sticker or something on the front than again they were so big people were snapping up a ton of KISS released product and also later in 1978 came the 4 solo albums as well!
Looking at this album 31 years later I like the selection of tunes. First song up is Strutter 78. Listening to it now it seems slower than the original as KISS rerecorded it early in 1978 and supposedly producer Sean Delaney played drums on it. (don’t know if that’s true but with KISS who knows..) Plus what is Paul Stanley going on about at the ending of this tune?
The question has to be asked. Why? Strutter 78 is an older Strutter. Older being more mellow of a recording but upon my listening to it for the first time back in 78 what did I know as a 11-year-old?
I was freshly enlisted in the KISS Army. I drank the Kool Aide KISS was pushing and it’s funny to think back than with all the KISS product coming out over exposure was not an option but getting anything I could get my hands on was my only option.
Double Platinum looking at and listening to it again is perhaps the best put together Greatest Hits set that this band ever did as nowadays there are so many KISS comps its to the point of goofiness!
How many friggin times do we need Beth pummelled into our heads? But Beth gets a pass here as this was the first album I owned the studio version of!
But you know for a snot nosed kid back in the Summer of 1978 (Me) Double Platinum was the perfect addition to my early KISS Record Collection!
dEke’s Score of Double Platinum: 8.5/10