WICKED LESTER  
WICKED LESTER / KISS (bootleg)
Wicked Lester / Kiss - first demo 1974

Original Recording: 1972 / 1974
Produced by: Ron A. Johnson / Eddie Kramer
Time: 49:
19

Wicked Lester
01 Love Her All I Can (2:28) Stanley
02 Sweet Ophelia (2:56) Barry Mann/Gerry Goffin
03 Keep Me Waiting (3:04) Stanley
04 Simple Type (2:33) Simmons
05 She (2:54) Coronel/Simmons
06 Too Many Mondays (3:27) Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil
07 What Happens In the Darkness (2:59) Tamy Lester Smith
08 When The Bell Rings (3:11) Austin Roberts/Christopher Welch
09 Molly (aka Some Other Guy) (2:23) Stanley
10 We Want To Shout It Out Loud (2:04) The Hollies
   
Bonustracks : Kiss demo 1974  
11 Deuce (3:23) Simmons
12 Strutter (4:58) Stanley/Simmons
13 Cold Gin (5:13) Frehley
14 Watching You (3:53) Simmons
15 Black Diamond (3:48) Stanley





(bootleg) released 199.. by EPIC/ Acid Records Group

LABELS :
USA : EPIC/ Acid Records Group -compact disc - EK19964

Wicked Lester line-up / guest musicians :
Gene Simmons (bass & lead vocals)
Paul Stanley (guitar & lead-vocals)
Ron LeeJack (guitar & banjo)
Brook Ostrander (Piano & Horns)
Tony Zarella (drums)
(Steve Coronel - additional guitars)

NOTES :
Track 01 - 10 Produced by Ron A. Johnson at the Electric Lady Studios , NYC. August 1972.

Track 11 - 15 Produced by Eddie Kramer. Engineered by Dave Wittman.
Recorded at the Electric Lady Studios, NYC, February - March 1974.

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Extra NOTES :
"Too Many Mondays" and "Sweet Ophelia" were songs originally released on Barry Mann's 1971 LP, "Lay It All Out", and were covered the same year by Wicked Lester. While Barry did better as a song writer, usually with his wife Cynthia Weil, or Gerry Goffin (co-writters on each of the tracks respectively), his own recordings didn't do so well. What is interesting, from the point of KISStory, is that the audio engineer at Electric Lady Studios, where the album was recorded, was one Ron Johnson, later the producer of the Wicked Lester album. 

The Hollies song "I Wanna Shout" (covered by Wicked Lester as "We Want To Shout It Out Loud") closed their 1970 album "Confessions Of The Mind" and is from one of their more obscure albums...


Infinity recorded "(What Happens) In The Darkness" in 1972 ...


Laughing Dogs
The LAUGHING DOGS (album cover) :
In 1979 The Laughing Dogs dug into the image vaults at Epic/CBS and chose this cover for their debut album (Columbia/CBS JC-36033 (USA, 1979). Interestingly, the artwork had originally been planned for use on the abandoned Wicked Lester album in 1972.
The band has worked with Eddie Kramer and one of the members was Carter Cathcart. 
Carter Cathcart co-wrote the Ace Frehley song "Remember Me" (
demo'ed 1984 / Trouble Walkin' 1989).

Laughing Dogs website :
myspace.com/laughingdogs

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Audio Samples 


Love Her All I Can
Sweet Ophelia
Keep Me Waiting
Simple Type
She
Too Many Mondays
What Happens In The Darkness
When The Bell Rings
Molly
We Want To Shout It Out Loud



BARRY MANN - Too Many Mondays
BARRY MANN - Sweet Ophelia
The HOLLIES - We Wanna Shout
INFINITY - In The Darkness



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