Rock and Roll Over

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Rock and Roll Over
Studio album by Kiss
Released November 11, 1976
Recorded September-October 1976 at the Star Theatre, Nanuet, New York
Genre Hard rock
Length 33:18
Language English
Label Casablanca
Producer Eddie Kramer
Kiss chronology
Destroyer
(1976)
Rock and Roll Over
(1976)
Love Gun
(1977)
Singles from Rock and Roll Over
  1. "Hard Luck Woman"
    Released: November 1, 1976
  2. "Calling Dr. Love"
    Released: February 13, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Vista Records 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.5)[3]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (B-)[6]
Metal Nightfall 5/5 stars[7]

Rock and Roll Over is the fifth studio album by Kiss, released in 1976. It was recorded at the Star Theatre, and in order to get the proper drum sound, Peter Criss recorded the drum tracks in a bathroom, communicating via video-link with the rest of the band. Criss's vocals are featured on the tracks "Baby Driver" and "Hard Luck Woman". Paul Stanley, who originally wanted the latter song to be sung by Rod Stewart, gave it to Criss, after Gene Simmons insisted Criss sing the song instead.

Although "Hard Luck Woman" did not equal the success of "Beth", it did become another top 20 single for Kiss. "Calling Dr. Love" would go on to become a concert staple, being played on just about every tour since the album's release. The cover artwork was created by artist Michael Doret, who worked with Kiss again on their 2009 album Sonic Boom.[8]

Reception[edit]

Rock and Roll Over peaked at #11 on the Billboard pop albums chart.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "I Want You"   Paul Stanley Stanley 3:04
2. "Take Me"   Stanley, Sean Delaney Stanley 2:56
3. "Calling Dr. Love"   Gene Simmons Simmons 3:44
4. "Ladies Room"   Simmons Simmons 3:27
5. "Baby Driver"   Peter Criss, Stan Penridge Criss 3:40
6. "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"   Simmons Simmons 3:47
7. "Mr. Speed"   Stanley, Delaney Stanley 3:18
8. "See You in Your Dreams"   Simmons Simmons 2:34
9. "Hard Luck Woman"   Stanley Criss 3:34
10. "Makin' Love"   Stanley, Delaney Stanley 3:14
Total length:
33:18

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak position
Australia 16
Canada RPM[11] 7
German Album Charts[12] 39
Japan 15
Sweden 9
US Billboard 200[9] 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Popular culture[edit]

A poster of the album is briefly seen in the movie Monsters University.

Included in the album sleeve was a sticker of the album cover and a glossy, photo press release pamphlet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Kiss: Rock and Roll Over [Remastered Version] Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  2. ^ Rupp, Erik (2009-07-09). "KISS - Rock and Roll Over (1976)". vistarecords.proboards.com. 
  3. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Kiss: Rock and Roll Over [Mercury Remasters Series]". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2004-04-16. 
  4. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  5. ^ "Kiss: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Rock and Roll Over. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kiss". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  7. ^ powersylv (18 April 2007). "KISS - Rock'n Roll Over (1976)" (in French). metal.nightfall.fr. 
  8. ^ "The Art of Letterform & Design: Music". Michael Doret. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Rock and Roll Over: Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  10. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Rock & Roll Over". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "RPM Top Albums". RPM (archived at www.collectionscanada.gc.ca) (Volume 26, No. 17). January 22, 1977. 
  12. ^ "Media Control charts/charts.de". Retrieved 23 May 2013.