Peter Criss (album)

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Peter Criss
Peter criss solo album cover.jpg
Cover painting by Eraldo Carugati
Studio album by Peter Criss
Released September 18, 1978
Recorded April–July 1978
Studio Electric Lady Studios, New York City
Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA
Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Rock
Length 34:39
Label Casablanca
Producer Vini Poncia
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Peter Criss is a 1978 solo album by Peter Criss, the drummer of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.[1] The album was produced by Vini Poncia, who went on to produce the Kiss albums Dynasty (1979) and Unmasked (1980). Criss covered "Tossin' and Turnin'", which was a #1 hit for Bobby Lewis in the U.S. during the summer of 1961.[2] The song was subsequently covered by Kiss on their 1979 tour.


Much of the material on the album was originally written in 1971 for Criss's pre-Kiss band Lips. These include "I'm Gonna Love You", "Don't You Let Me Down", "That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes", and "Hooked on Rock 'n' Roll". The album also includes a cover of the song "Tossin' and Turnin" by Bobby Lewis.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (0.0/10) link
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars link

Reviews for Peter Criss were mostly negative. The album was the lowest charting of all the Kiss solo albums of 1978, reaching #43 on the US Billboard album chart.[3] Of the four solo albums, Peter Criss was the only album to have two singles released from it: "Don't You Let Me Down" and "You Matter to Me", neither of which charted.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Criss and Stan Penridge, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Gonna Love You" 3:18
2. "You Matter to Me" (Vini Poncia, John Vastano, Michael Morgan) 3:15
3. "Tossin' and Turnin'" (Ritchie Adams, Malou Rene) 3:58
4. "Don't You Let Me Down" 3:38
5. "That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes" 2:59
6. "Easy Thing" 3:53
7. "Rock Me, Baby" (Sean Delaney) 2:50
8. "Kiss the Girl Goodbye" 2:46
9. "Hooked on Rock 'n' Roll" 3:37
10. "I Can't Stop the Rain" (Delaney) 4:25
Total length: 34:39

Cover versions[edit]

  • Harvey Milk covered "Easy Thing" for their compilation album The Singles.[4]
  • Awaken covered "I'm Gonna Love You" on their double album Party In Lyceum's Toilets.[5]
  • The Slam covered "Hooked on Rock 'n Roll" on their album Hit It!.[5]


The following musicians played on Peter Criss:[6]

  • Peter Crisslead vocals, drums on side 1, and track 4 on side 2, percussion on track 3, side 2, backing vocals
  • Allan Schwartzberg – drums on tracks 1, 2 and 5 on side 2
  • Bill Bodine – bass guitar on side 1, and track 4 on side 2
  • Neil Jason – bass guitar on tracks 1, 2 and 5 on side 2
  • Art Munsonguitar on side 1, and track 4 on side 2
  • Stan Penridge – guitar on side 1, and tracks 3 and 4 on side 2, backing vocals
  • Elliot Randall – guitar on "Easy Thing" and "I Can't Stop the Rain"
  • John Tropea – guitar on tracks 1, 2 and 5 on side 2
  • Brendan Harkin – guitar on "Easy Thing"
  • Steve Lukather – guitar solo on "That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes" and "Hooked on Rock and Roll"
  • Bill Cuomo – keyboards on side 1, and track 4 on side 2
  • Richard Gerstein – keyboards on tracks 1, 2, and 5, side 2
  • Davey Faragher, Tommy Faragher, Danny Faragher, Jimmy Faragher, Maxine Dixon, Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Vini Poncia, Annie Sutton, Gordon Grody – backing vocals
  • Horns arranged by Tom Saviano
  • Michael Carnahan – saxophone solo on "Tossin' and Turnin'", baritone sax on "Hooked on Rock 'n' Roll"
  • Album artwork – Eraldo Carugati


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Chart (1978) Position
Canadian Albums 52
Japanese Albums[7] 40
US Pop Albums 43


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

  • Casablanca NBLP-7122 (September 18, 1978): 1st LP issue (with poster)
  • Casablanca NBPIX-7122 (September 18, 1978): US picture disc
  • Casablanca 826 917-2 (1988): US 1st CD release.
  • Mercury 314 532 386-2 (September 16, 1997): Remastered CD (with poster)
  • Universal Music B0020537-01 (2014): Remastered LP (with poster)


  1. ^ "AllMusic Overview". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Bobby Lewis-singles chart history". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ "AllMusic Billboard". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Kiss Related Recordings". Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Kiss Related Recordings". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "AllMusic credits". Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  7. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Peter Kriss – Kiss". Music Canada. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Peter Criss – Kiss – Peter Criss". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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