The KISS Demos: Wicked Lester

Enjoy this series, The KISS Demo’s! With upgraded sound, seeing demo’s most of the time tend to be in poor quality. This was the final mix of the Wicked Lester album as recorded in August 1972 with a extra song (Long Long Road) that was recorded in Spring 1972.

This was suppose to be Gene Simmons’ and Paul Stanley’s first album with the band Wicked Lester (before that, they were named Rainbow), the album never was released. From wikipedia:

“During their brief existence, Wicked Lester performed in public twice. The first show took place at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg, New York on April 23, 1971. The second, in late summer 1971, was at an Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel hosting a B’nai B’rith Youth Organization event. Not long after that show, the band suffered a major setback when they had all of their musical gear stolen. After a chance meeting with Electric Lady Studios engineer Ron Johnsen, Wicked Lester was given the opportunity to record some demos in late 1971. Johnsen, who produced the demo tape, shopped it to a few labels, with no success.

Eventually the tape was screened by Epic Records, who purchased the masters and agreed to fund the recording of a full album. One of the conditions, however, was that Stephen Coronel would be fired and replaced with a better guitarist.

Coronel was replaced by session musician Ron Leejack, and the group continued their efforts to finish the album. Some songs were completely re-recorded to accommodate Leejack’s different playing style. The entire recording process, which followed a haphazard schedule, took nearly a year to complete. When the completed album was presented to Don Ellis, Epic’s A&R director, he stated that he hated the album and was not going to release it. The next day, Wicked Lester manager Lew Linet requested and received the group’s release from Epic Records.”

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