Wicked Lester: Var ett amerikanskt rockband, grundat 1970, ursprungligen med namnet Rainbow.

Två av medlemmarna var Gene Simmons och Paul Stanley som senare grundade Kiss. Wicked Lester lät sig inspireras av bland andra The Beatles och The Beach Boys. Bandet hade skivkontrakt 1972 och spelade in en platta. När plattan väl var inspelad så vägrade skivbolaget att släppa den på grund av att man inte tyckte om musiken. Efter detta missöde bestämde sig Gene Simmons och Paul Stanley att bilda ett nytt band som skulle vara mycket hårdare och råare än Wicked Lester. Resultatet blev Kiss. Peter Criss och Ace Frehley var medlemmar i slutet av Wicked Lesters period innan bandet helt började om på nytt och döpte om sig till Kiss.

Några Wicked Lester låtar är: Love her all I can och Too Many Mondays. Några KISS-låtar, till exempel She och Goin’ Blind, skrevs även under Wicked Lester-tiden. Många tror även att Stanley the parrot spelades in av Wicked Lester. Den spelades dock in tidigare av Gene Simmons band, Bullfrog Bheer.

In 1971 the band changed their name to Wicked Lester, and recorded an album for Epic Records, which was never officially released.

The sessions have been released in bootleg form as The Original Wicked Lester Sessions. Kiss eventually released three tracks from these sessions on their 2001 Box Set release. Wicked Lester’s music featured elements of rock and roll, folk rock and pop. Simmons and Stanley, feeling that the group lacked a unifying musical vision, began forming a new band in late 1972. With an emphasis on straightforward rock and roll plus theatrics, they became the hard rock band Kiss in early 1973.

In November 1972, the group arranged a showcase with Don Ellis, the Epic Records executive who earlier had rejected Wicked Lester’s album. While one Epic executive, Tom Werman, was impressed by the power and theatrics of this new incarnation of Wicked Lester, Ellis once again turned them down. As Ellis was leaving, Peter Criss’s brother, who was drunk, vomited on his foot. In early December, Paul Stanley placed an ad in The Village Voice stating, “LEAD GUITARIST WANTED with Flash and Ability. Album Out Shortly.

No time wasters please.” The ad ran for two issues, December 7 and December 14, 1972, leading to several audition sessions. One audition was by Paul “Ace” Frehley who showed up wearing different-colored shoes, walked into the room without saying a word, hooked up his guitar and started playing. Frehley was asked back for a second audition and was a member of the band by Christmas 1972. Within a few weeks, the group changed its name to Kiss and played their first concert on January 30, 1973.

Unreleased album:
The recording of Wicked Lester’s album, which began in November 1971 at Electric Lady Studio, took place over multiple sessions and was finished in July 1972. The album was a mixture of original material and old stuff. Three of the songs recorded for the Wicked Lester album would later resurface as Kiss songs, with varying degrees of similarity.

The chorus of their cover version of The Hollies’ “I Wanna Shout” would serve as the inspiration for “Shout It Out Loud” from 1976’s Destroyer, although the two songs are completely different in every other respect.Two of the tracks, “Love Her All I Can”, written by Paul Stanley, and “She”, written by Simmons and Steve Coronel would resurface on 1975’s Dressed to Kill. “Love Her All I Can” featured similar arrangements in both versions while the Kiss version of “She” lacked the congas and flute of the original.

The only part of Wicked Lester’s album to initially be released, was the cover art, which was used for The Laughing Dogs’ self-titled debut album in 1979. CBS Records, who owned the rights to the album, remixed it and planned to release it in late 1976 to capitalize on Kiss’s commercial popularity. Kiss and Neil Bogart, the president of their label, Casablanca Records, purchased the master tapes from CBS for $137,500 and never released it. The label and band feared that if CBS released the tracks it would diminish their commercial appeal. The band worried that their hard rock image would be damaged by these more eclectic recordings. It was also feared that the release would be accompanied by pictures of Simmons and Stanley without their trademark make-up, at this point in their career very few photographs of Kiss without their makeup existed.

In later years the album surfaced as a bootleg named: The Original Wicked Lester Sessions. The band bought Bogart’s share and eventually released three of the tracks, “Keep Me Waiting,” “She,” and “Love Her All I Can”, in 2001 as part of a five-disc box set.

Track-list:
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

There is also a recorded song called “Long, Long Road” that might have made it onto the album.

Former members:
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, vocals (1970-1973)
Gene Simmons – bass, vocals (1970-1973)
Brooke Ostrander – keyboards (1970-1972; died 2011)
Stephen Coronel – lead guitar (1970-1971)
Joe Davidson – drums (1970)
Tony Zarrella – drums (1970-1972)
Ron Leejack – lead guitar (1971-1972
Peter Criss – drums (1972-1973)
Ace Frehley – lead guitar (1972-1973)
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THE ORIGINAL WICKED LESTER SESSION:
Titel: The original Wicked Lester sessions (7243 8 54363 92 of KS Records)
Recorded:Wicked Lester Studio sessions 1971
Sound quality: Mint Studio Recordings
Format:1-CD
Tracklist:What happens in the darkness / She / Sweet Ophelia / When the bell rings / Simple type / Love her all I can / Keep me waiting / (We want to) Shout it out loud / Long, long road.

THE ORIGINAL WICKED LESTER SESSION (PART 2):
Title:The original Wicked Lester sessions “Part 2” (7243 8 54363 93 of KS Records)
Recorded:Wicked Lester Sessions, Demos & Remixes 1972
Sound quality: Mint Studio Recordings
Format1-CD

Tracklist: Simple type (Final mix) / She (Final mix) / Too many mondays (Final mix) / When the bell rings (Final mix) / Molly  (Final mix) / Love her all I can (Final mix) / Sweet Ophelia (Final mix) / Keep me waiting (Final mix) / What happens in the darkness (Final mix) / (We want to) Shout it out loud (Final mix) / Love her all I can (First mix) / Simple type (First mix) / She (First mix) / Too many mondays (First mix) / Keep me waiting (First mix) / Molly (First mix – percussion mix) / When the bell rings (First mix) / Sweet Ophelia (First mix) / Long, long road (remastered) / Simple type (remastered) / Too many mondays (Gene on vocals) / Molly (A-capella mix)

THE FAREWELL TOUR PACKAGE:
Title: Recorded: Wicked Lester Sessions, Demos & Remixes 1972
Sound quality: Mint Studio Recordings
Format: 2-CD (CD 1 “The original Wicked Lester sessions”, CD 2 “The lost Alive 2”)

Tracklist: Simple type (Final mix) / She (Final mix) / Too many mondays (Final mix) / When the bell rings (Final mix) / Molly  (Final mix) / Love her all I can (Final mix) / Sweet Ophelia (Final mix) / Keep me waiting (Final mix) / What happens in the darkness (Final mix) / (We want to) Shout it out loud (Final mix) / Love her all I can (First mix) / Simple type (First mix) / She (First mix) / Too many mondays (First mix) / Keep me waiting (First mix) / Molly (First mix – percussion mix) / When the bell rings (First mix) / Sweet Ophelia (First mix) / Long, long road (remastered) / Simple type (remastered) / Too many mondays (Gene on vocals) / Molly (A-capella mix)

WICKED LESTER:
Title: Wicked Lester (BK-06. Blue Kangaroo Records)
Recorded: Wicked Lester sessions 1972, *Original KISS Demos 1973 Sound quality: Ex Studio Recordings
AFormat:1-CD
Released 1992.

Tracklist: Sweet Ophelia / Keep me waiting  / Love her all I can / Simple type / She / Too many mondays / What happens in the darkness / When the bell rings / Molly / (We want to) Shout it out loud
/ *deuce / *Cold gin / *Strutter / *Watching you / *Black diamond

Note: “Love Her All I Can” is mistitled “Ladies In Waiting” ,”Too Many Mondays” is mistitled “Too Many Days”, “What Happens In the Darkness” is mistitled “In the Darkness”, “We Want To Shout It Out Loud” is mistitled “(She Wants To) Shout It Out Loud”,
“She” is uncredited in the track listing.

WICKED LESTER and: KISS: DEUCE
Title: Wicked Lester & Kiss : Deuce (KR 02
Recorded: Wicked Lester sessions 1972, *Original KISS Demos 1973
Sound quality: Ex Studio Recordings
Format:1-CD

Tracklist: Sweet Ophelia / Keep me waiting  / Love her all I can / Simple type / She / Too many mondays / What happens in the darkness / When the bell rings / Molly / (We want to) Shout it out loud
/ *Deuce / *Cold gin / *Strutter / *Watching you / *Black diamond

WICKED LESTER:
Title: Wicked Lester (EK 19964. Epic Records)<
Recorded: Wicked Lester sessions 1972, *Original KISS Demos 1973
Sound quality: Ex Studio Recordings
Format:<1-CD

Tracklist: 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 / *Deuce / * Cold gin / Strutter / Watching you / Black diamond

WICKED LESTER – LAUGHING DOGS:
Title: Wicked Lester (Gypsy Eye, GE 086)
Recorded: Wicked Lester sessions 1972, *Original KISS Demos 1973, **Long Beach, Usa 31/5-1974
Sound quality: Ex / Vg+ Soundboard recording
Format:1-CD
Notes: This bootleg claims that it has the New York Academy of Music recording from 31/12-1973. But this is not true. It’s the Long Beach recording from 31-5-1974.

Tracklist: Sweet Ophelia / Keep me waiting / Love her all I can / Simple type/She / Too many mondays / What happens in the darkness / When the bell rings / Molly / (We want to) Shout it out loud / *deuce / *Cold gin / *strutter / *Watchin’ you / *Black diamond / **Deuce / **Nothin’ to lose / **She / **Firehouse / **Strutter

THE WICKED LESTER & KISS DEMOS:
Title: The Wicked Lester & Kiss demos (KMCD 0073 of Blue Diamond Discs
Recorded: Wicked Lester sessions 1972, *Original KISS Demos 1973
Sound quality: Ex Studio Recordings
Format:1-CD

Tracklist:Sweet Ophelia / Keep me waiting  / Love her all I can / Simple type / She / Too many mondays / What happens in the darkness / When the bell rings / Molly / (We want to) Shout it out loud
/ *Deuce / *Cold gin / *Strutter / *Watching you / *Black Diamond

REVIEW: KISS – Wicked Lester (1972) Eddie Kramer Demos (1973).

KISS – Wicked Lester / Eddie Kramer Demos (1972 – 1973, CD bootleg)

Before forming Kiss with Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, Gene and Paul had a five piece band called Wicked Lester that cut one album for Epic.  That album has never been released, although a couple tracks turned up on the Kiss Box Set.

You might recognize two songs:  “She” and “Love Her All I Can” which were both recorded much harder on Dressed To Kill.  One song, “(We Want To) Shout It Out Loud” is a Hollies cover that later inspired the title of the classic hit from Destroyer. The sound is very hippy-dippy and directionless. Flutes and strings and overly sweet harmony vocals mire what might have ended up being some cool songs.  Indeed, “She” is about as vastly different from the sludgy version on Dressed To Kill as you can imagine.

The CD bootleg copy that I have is pretty lo-res.  It includes as bonus tracks the five songs that Kiss cut on their original Eddie Kramer demo, that got them their record deal.  These are fully realized rough and loose versions of the songs on the albums, and once again two have been released on the Box Set.  Some are quite a bit longer, with extended solos.

The cover art is the original art that the band were going to use.  The boy is supposed to be Wicked Lester, their intended mascot.  The artwork was later used by a band called Laughing Dogs.

1/5 stars (Wicked Lester)

4/5 stars (Eddie Kramer Demos)

Kiss
‘What Goes On Behind Closed Doors’
(2012 Godfatherecords : GR 798/799)
Excellent Studio Recordings
Demos And Outtakes from 1972 to 1989.

Track List: (Artwork Included)
Disc 1: Demos & Outtakes
01 Hooligan
02 Love Bite
03 Rockin’ In The USA
04 Rocket Ride
05 Larger Than Life
06 All American Man
07 Anyway You Want It
08 I Have Just Begun To Fight
09 Reputation
10 Take Me Away (Together As One)
11 Rumble
12 There’s Nothing Better
13 Dirty Livin’
14 Out Of Control
15 Just A Boy
16 Deadly Weapons
17 Betrayed
18 The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away
19 Something Wicked (This Way Comes)
20 Street Legal
21 Feels Like Heaven (Steamy Pissflaps Mix)
Disc 2: Original “Wicked Lester” Album
01 Keep Me Waiting
02 Molly
03 Sweet Ophelia
04 Simple Type
05 Too Many Mondays
06 Love Her All I Can
07 When The Bell Rings
08 She
09 What Happened In The Darkness
10 (We Want To) Shout It Out Loud
11 Long Long Road (Bonus)

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Rainbow

  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute

Rainbow

  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen “Steve” Coronel– guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute

Rainbow

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen “Steve” Coronel– lead guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute

Rainbow

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen “Steve” Coronel– lead guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute
  • Joe Davidson– drums, percussion

Rainbow

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen “Steve” Coronel– lead guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute

Rainbow (1970 – March 1971)

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen “Steve” Coronel– lead guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute
  • Tony Zarrella (Zarella)– drums, percussion

Wicked Lester (March 1971 – February 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Stephen “Steve” Coronel– lead guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute
  • Tony Zarrella (Zarella)– drums, percussion

Wicked Lester (February 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute
  • Tony Zarrella (Zarella)– drums, percussion

Wicked Lester (February 1972 – September 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Ron Leejack– lead guitar
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute
  • Tony Zarrella (Zarella)– drums, percussion

Wicked Lester (September 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute
  • Tony Zarrella (Zarella)– drums, percussion

Wicked Lester (September 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Brooke Ostrander– keyboards, percussion, congas, flute

Wicked Lester (September 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals

Wicked Lester (September 1972 – December 1972)

  • Paul Stanley– guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Peter Criss– drums, percussion, lead vocals

Wicked Lester December 1972 – January 1973)

  • Paul Stanley– rhythm guitar, lead vocals
  • Gene Simmons– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Peter Criss– drums, percussion, lead vocals
  • Ace Frehley– lead guitar

Wicked Lester in December 1972. From left to right: Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons.

The unreleased album
The recording of Wicked Lester’s album, which began in November 1971 at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, took place over multiple sessions and was finished in July 1972. The album was a mixture of original material and covers, showcasing the group’s eclectic style. Three of the songs recorded for the Wicked Lester album would later resurface as Kiss songs, with varying degrees of similarity:

  • “We Wanna Shout It Out Loud” – Originally recorded by The Hollies in 1970, the chorus of the Wicked Lester’s version would serve as the inspiration for “Shout It Out Loud” from 1976’s Destroyer, although the two songs are completely different in every other respect.
  • “Love Her All I Can” – Written by Paul Stanley, this would resurface on 1975’s Dressed to Kill. Both versions feature similar arrangements.
  • “She” – Written by Gene Simmons and Steve Coronel prior to the formation of Wicked Lester, this was also re-recorded for the Dressed to Kill album. The melody and arrangement in the two versions are nearly identical, although the original had congas and a flute that the Kiss version did not.

The only part of Wicked Lester’s album to actually be released, initially, was the cover art, which was used for The Laughing Dogs’ debut album in 1979.

CBS Records, who owned the rights to the album, remixed it and planned to release it in late 1976 to capitalize on Kiss’s commercial popularity. Kiss and Neil Bogart, the president of their label, Casablanca Records, purchased the album from CBS for $137,500 and never released it. Eventually, the band bought Bogart’s share outright. In later years the album surfaced on the Kiss bootleg named The Original Wicked Lester Sessions.Three songs from the album: “Keep Me Waiting,” “She,” and “Love Her All I Can”, however, were released in 2001 as part of Kiss’ self-titled, five-disc box set

Ace Frehley – Pre-KISS – ‘Molimo’ (3 Track Demo)Molimo
Ace Frehley Pre-Kiss Demos
Demo 1971
Runtime – 7 minutes 35 Seconds

Christine Murphy – Vocals
Tom Ellis – Vocals, Guitar
Roy Singer – Piano, Keyboards
Paul (Ace) Frehley – Guitar
Barry Dempsey – Bass
Dave Polinski – Drums

(From Village Voice April 18th, 2014)
This Molimo demo acetate is ‘discovered’ January 2014 when Record collector Chris Reisman was working his way through an extensive vinyl collection in a barn in upstate New York when, in the last bit of excavating, he found a box full of decades-old acetates and demos. Among them, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley’s earliest known major label recordings as part of shelved psychedelic/prog-rock outfit Molimo.
Recorded for RCA in 1971, the record’s existence has been the source of much speculation for KISS over the years, but when a quest to find it in RCA’s vaults proved unfruitful, hope seemed lost. Reisman’s find is the single biggest “lost” music discovery since the Velvet Underground 1966 acetate was found by collector Warren Hill at a Portland garage sale in 2004.

The RCA Vaults were searched for this years ago, and it was documented they didn’t turn anything up.
After Ace Frehley left Molimo and went to Casablanca Records to record with Kiss, he brought his old band members (from Molimo) with him to record an album. The band’s called Tomorrow Morning. That’s another acetate that was found inside that same batch. They recorded an album that never came out.

Chelse  / Peter Criss
Chelsea was an early 1970s band from New York City, best known for being the band of drummer Peter Criss before he joined Kiss. They released one album, the self-titled album Chelsea in 1971 and then collapsed during the recording of their unreleased second album.
In August 1971, the band became Lips (a trio consisting of Criss and his Chelsea bandmates Michael Benvenga and Stan Penridge). By the spring of 1973, Lips was just the duo of Criss and Penridge and eventually disbanded completely.
Their sound has been compared to the Moody Blues and Procol Harum.

Personnel
Peter Shepley – lead vocals
Mike Brand – guitar
Chris Aridas – guitar
Michael Benvenga – bass, vocals
Peter Criss – drums
John Cale – viola on track 7 and 10
Steve Loeb – piano on track 8

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