Chelsea (American band)

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Origin New York City
Genres Pop rock[1]
Years active 1970–1971
Labels Decca
Associated acts Kiss, Wicked Lester
Past members Michael Benvenga
Peter Criss
Chris Aridas
Mike Brand
Peter Shepley
Stan Penridge

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.[2]

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.[1]

In 1973, Pete Shepley & Mike Brand recorded an unreleased album which included post-Chelsea Michael Benvenga, and pre-Kiss Peter Criss and on two songs Gene Simmons as session musicians. It was titled Captain Sanity.


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Studio album by Chelsea
Released Late 1970
Recorded Early 1970
Genre Rock
Length 37:54
Label MCA Records
Producer Lewis Merenstein
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Chelsea is the only album released by the band. Peter Criss is credited as Peter Cris in the liner notes.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rollin' Along" (Shepley, Brand) - 2:34
  2. "Let's Call It a Day" (Shepley, Brand) - 3:05
  3. "Silver Lining" (Aridas, Benvenga) - 2:49
  4. "All American Boy" (Shepley, Brand) - 3:55
  5. "Hard Rock Music" (Shepley, Brand) - 5:10
  6. "Ophelia" (Shepley, Brand) - 2:38
  7. "Long River" (Shepley, Brand) - 6:41
  8. "Grace" (Shepley, Brand) - 3:17
  9. "Polly Von" (Aridas, Benvenga, Brand, Cris, Shepley) - 5:01
  10. "Good Company" (Shepley, Brand) - 1:44


  • 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


  1. ^ a b "AllMusic overview-Chelsea". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Kiss FAQ-Peter Chriss". Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2009-01-25.