Michael James Jackson, Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons. Recorded at The Record
Plant Studios, LA, CA July - September 1982 by Dave Wittman. Drums recorded
at Record One Studios, LA, CA, July 1982 by Niko Bolas and Rich Bosworth.
Additional engineering by Ricky Delano, Kevin Eddy and David Blanco.Mixed
at The Power Station Studios, NYC, NY by Bob Clearmountain and Gene Simmons.
Gene apparently tried
really hard to convince Ace to return for this album but was unsuccessful.
Ace's playing is nowhere to be found on Creatures. Steve Ferris played
lead guitar on the title track, Paul Stanley on I Love It Loud,
Robben Ford on I Still Love You and Vinnie on the remainder of
The record company didn't want the fans to know that Ace Frehley was no
longer in KISS so they decided on having him on the original cover, having
him perform in the video for I Love It Loud, and do some promotional appearances.
It wasn't until December 1982 that Polygram released a press notice saying
that Vinnie would "temporarily" replace Ace on the tour due to his car
accident. It wouldn't be until August 1983 that an official announcement
was made that Ace was no longer a member of KISS.
Bryan Adams co-wrote 2 more songs on this album: Rock and Roll Hell and War Machine.
"Rock and Roll Hell' was recorded earlier by Bachman Turner Overdrive with different verses but the same chorus.
Creatures of The Night was re-released in 1985 with
a different, non-make-up front cover, someone's butt in leather pants
on the back cover, and the tracks 'Killer' and 'Saint and Sinner' reversed. The cover was changed in hopes that it would boost sales
as Kiss' popularity had taken off again in the mid-80's. Bruce Kulick,
who like Ace, did not play on the album was featured on the cover. Producer Dave Wittman remixed three songs from "Creatures of the Night"( I Love It Loud, Creatures Of The Night & War Machine) and changed the track sequence.
1997 Mercury remastered CD returned Creatures of The Night to its
original cover (YAAA!), original mix and track order. The remaster does
has a slight variation in the logo and lettering from the original vinyl
A special edition vinyl reissue with a gatefold cover and glow-in-the-dark
vinyl was released in 1995 (see image below).
Creatures of the Night glow-in-the-dark
Mercury/PolyGram 528 674-1 (US Reissue, 10/95 - Glow Gatefold Cover)
There is a rare bootleg Brazilian pressing with Vinnie Vincent on
cover. The LP is stamped "Edicao Limitada Brasil Tour 1983" on
the front cover, though it's actually on the clear plastic and not printed directly onto the LP jacket. It is not an official Kiss release.
Guitarists who tried out for KISS as Ace's replacement were Richie Sambora
(Bon Jovi) and Juan Croucier (RATT).
Since Vincent Cusano was already writing songs with the band anyway, he
was their final choice to replace Ace, and would become known as Vinnie
Vincent. It is also rumored that well known guitarists such as Punky Meadows
from Angel also wanted to audition
for the group.
Vinnie's 'ANKH' or "Egyptian" make-up was designed by Paul Stanley, and
echoed the mystic theme of Ace's costume. It was a golden ankh (an ancient
Egyptian cross) across Vinnie's forehead, and down the bridge of his nose.
Black make-up around the eyes, and black lipstick completed the most short-lived
make-up in the history of KISS (aside from Eric's Hawk and Paul's Bandit
make-up, that is). In Kiss the last time he wore the make-up was at the
Brazilian shows in 1983. He did put back on the make-up for 2 unofficial
Kiss-Expos in March 1996 in Atlanta, GA (USA) and Stockholm, Sweden. As
soon as Kiss found out, their lawyers stopped him to appear in make-up
Many guitarists contributed to the album, including Bob Kulick, Vinnie
Vincent, and several session players. To this day, it remains unclear
whose guitar work is on the final album. Most seem to think that Paul
Stanley recorded much of the rhythm work, while Vinnie performed a majority
of the lead guitar work.
Eric Carr plays bass on I Still Love You and Paul Stanley plays
bass on Creatures of The Night, apparently because Gene didn't
like these two songs. According to the book 'Black Diamond' once Gene
found out that Paul hated I Love It Loud, the two compromised and
put both tracks on the album. Oddly enough, both are excellent tracks
and continued to be played well into the band's non-makeup years.
Thrills In The
Night was written at this time but would not show up on an album until
Rock And Roll Hell was a cover of a song that had originally appeared on the 1979 Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Rock And Roll Nights." The producer of that album had been Jim Vallance.
It's My Life and Legends Never Die, two tracks written for Creatures, would appear
on the Gene Simmons-produced, Wendy O. Williams album, W.O.W.. It's My Life dated from early in the “Elder” sessions with Paul having written at least the chorus at that time. Later he would give the song to Gene who wrote the rest of it, creating what could have been the band’s rock ‘n roll anthem for the 1980s. While the track was ultimately excluded from the album, the recording was later over-dubbed with Wendy O. William’s vocals.
Eric Carr was also trying to get involved with the song-writing during this period. He co-wrote “Don’t Leave Me Lonely” with Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and recorded the song during the sessions. He recalled, “We got a complete master of that song. I did the drums, it’s got the same ‘Creatures’ drum sound. I played bass. I played all the rhythm guitars on it. I did the lead vocal and all background vocals! The only thing not put on it was a lead guitar! I think I even did some percussion and stuff too. We were really trying to make it work. Two things: My voice didn’t sound right for that song. It didn’t have the attitude that Bryan’s does. And... it just wasn’t right for ‘Creatures’” (Neon Glow, Spring ‘92). Bryan Adams recorded the song for his "Cuts Like A Knife" (1983) album. He also finished up some of the lyrical work on the song.
Other songs that were written for this album and were cut include a Stanley/Vincent composition called "Betrayed" and a song that Vinnie would later re-record for his Vinnie Vincent Invasion titled "Back On the Streets". The later being recorded with Paul on vocals.
In his down-time, Ace Frehley produced the demo record for shock-rockers W.A.S.P. in the fall of 1982. After
this, he would virtually disappear from the music scene with the exception
of some club appearances, until the release of his solo project, Frehley's
Comet, in 1987. Bootleg tapes of these club performances were being
passed around to fans long before the album became available.
To the dismay of fans, The Creatures tour saw the last time Gene would
perform God of Thunder until 1992's 'Revenge' tour.
Howard Marks, KISS' business manager from 1976 to 1988, stars as the father
in the I Love It Loud video.
Eric first sang with KISS on the tour lending his vocals to Black Diamond.
' Creatures of The Night' was KISS' worst-selling album up to that point.
In fact, the album wouldn't reach Gold status until 1991. Most agree that
it wasn't because of the music, which was a return to heavy metal, but
because people had given up on the band long before the release and had
just grown tired of the bands constant experimenting.
Creatures of The Night only reached # 45 on Billboard's album charts.
It was during the Creatures tour that KISS decided that they would permanently
remove their makeup for the next album.
After a disappointing tour of North America, KISS traveled to South America
for the first time.
The response that they got in Brazil was enormous. KISS played to the
largest audiences in the band's history with crowds averaging over 200,000
people per show!
The band's tank drum riser for this tour would be used again for the 'Lick
It Up' tour.
Creatures of the Night was dedicated to Casablanca Records visionary Neil
Bogart who had died of cancer before the recording of "Creatures".
Neil Bogart was one of the two men who helped propell Kiss in their formative
"In April 1982, shortly before KISS went into the studio to begin recording 'Creatures of the Night', I was hoe in Connecticut, preparing for my inevitable departure from the band. What I mean by "preparing" is simply this: I wasn't writing songs for KISS and I wasn't participating in most band buisiness, including public appearances. Simply put, I had lost interest." -Ace Frehley, No Regrets