Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album was the most Kiss-like of the four, sounding more like an official band release rather than a solo outing…
Paul Stanley is a 1978 solo album from the rhythm guitarist and vocalist of KISS. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978. Of the four solo albums “Paul Stanley” was the most similar to the sort of material fans would have expected from a full KISS release. This was not particularly surprising considering Paul’s role as the primary songwriter of the band, though the material wasn’t particularly surprising. While there was some experimentation on the album, Paul didn’t stray too far from the style of music he had been making for the previous five years. The departures would be more subtle, unlike the recordings of the other members on their efforts, and the result was somewhat formulaic.
"One Live Kiss" is a live album and DVD from Kiss singer, guitarist and co-founder Paul Stanley, released on October 21, 2008. The live concert was recorded at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, on November 6, 2006 and features performances of Stanley's songs from his 1978 self-titled solo album and the 2006 release Live to Win, as well as selected songs from various eras of Kiss.
Of the four Kiss solo albums released in 1978, Paul Stanley's was the most Kiss-like. While Gene Simmons and Peter Criss decided to use the opportunity to explore other musical styles, Stanley–like guitarist Ace Frehley–chose to stick to what he did best. A few tracks are of a more epic nature, such as "Tonight You Belong to Me" and "Take Me Away (Together as One)," but for the most part, PAUL STANLEY is just good old straightforward rock & roll. "Move On," "Wouldn't You Like to Know Me," "It's Alright," "Love in Chains," and "Goodbye" are all hard rockers, while the more serene numbers, "Ain't Quite Right" and "Hold Me, Touch Me," fit in with the rest quite well.
Despite what some may believe, Live to Win is not Paul Stanley's solo debut. That honor goes to 1978's Paul Stanley (which was released in conjunction with solo releases by the three other Kiss members), an album so Kiss-like that the singer's full-time band could have easily stamped their logo on it and issued it as the studio follow-up to 1977's Love Gun.