Peter Criss (album)

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Peter Criss
Peter criss solo album cover.jpg
Cover painting by Eraldo Carugati
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 1978 (1978-09-18)
RecordedApril–July 1978
StudioElectric Lady Studios, New York City
Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
Sunset Sound, Hollywood
ProducerVini Poncia
Peter Criss chronology
Peter Criss
Out of Control
Singles from Peter Criss
  1. "Don't You Let Me Down"
    Released: 1978
  2. "You Matter to Me"
    Released: 1978

Peter Criss is the first solo studio 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 No. 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
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal1/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

Reviews for Peter Criss were mostly negative. AllMusic called it "the most undistinguished of the bunch, lacking hooks on either the pop-metal rockers or the power ballads, as well as personality throughout."[1] The album was the lowest charting of all the Kiss solo albums of 1978, reaching No. 43 on the US Billboard album chart.[6] 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 credits adapted from the original release.[7] All songs were written by Peter Criss and Stan Penridge, except where noted.

Side one
1."I'm Gonna Love You" 3:18
2."You Matter to Me"Vini Poncia, John Vastano, Michael Morgan3:15
3."Tossin' and Turnin'"Ritchie Adams, Malou Rene3:58
4."Don't You Let Me Down" 3:38
5."That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes" 2:59
Side two
6."Easy Thing" 3:53
7."Rock Me, Baby"Sean Delaney2:50
8."Kiss the Girl Goodbye" 2:46
9."Hooked on Rock 'n' Roll" 3:37
10."I Can't Stop the Rain"Delaney4:25
Total length:34:39

Cover versions[edit]

  • Harvey Milk covered "Easy Thing" for their compilation album The Singles.[8]
  • Awaken covered "I'm Gonna Love You" on their double album Party In Lyceum's Toilets.[9]
  • The Slam covered "Hooked on Rock 'n Roll" on their album Hit It!.[9]


  • Peter Criss – lead vocals, drums on all songs except tracks 6–7, and 10, percussion on track 8, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Allan Schwartzberg – drums on tracks 6-7 and 10
  • Bill Bodine – bass guitar on tracks 1-5 and 9
  • Neil Jason – bass guitar on tracks 6-7 and 10
  • Art Munson – guitars on tracks 1-5 and 9
  • Stan Penridge – guitars on 1-5 and 8–9, backing vocals
  • Elliot Randall – guitars on "Easy Thing" and "I Can't Stop the Rain"
  • John Tropea – guitars on tracks 6-7 and 10
  • Brendan Harkin – guitars 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 1-5 and 9
  • Richard Gerstein – keyboards on tracks 6–7, and 10
  • Davey Faragher, Tommy Faragher, Danny Faragher, Jimmy Faragher, Maxine Dixon, Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Vini Poncia, Annie Sutton, Gordon Grody – backing vocals
  • Tom Saviano – Horns arranged
  • Michael Carnahan – saxophone solo on "Tossin' and Turnin'", baritone sax on "Hooked on Rock 'n' Roll"
  • Lenny Castro – percussion on "Tossin' and Turnin'" and "Don't You Let Me Down"


Chart (1978) Position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[10] 59
Canadian RPM100[11] 52
Japanese Albums[12] 40
US Billboard 200[6] 43


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 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. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Peter Criss / Kiss - Peter Criss review". AllMusic. All Media Network.
  2. ^ "Bobby Lewis Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on August 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 163. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  4. ^ Josephes, Jason (June 26, 2003). "Kiss - Peter Criss". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 26, 2003.
  5. ^ "Kiss: Album Guide". Archived from the original on June 27, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Peter Criss Chart History". Billboard.
  7. ^ Kiss (1978). Peter Criss (LP Sleeve). Los Angeles, California: Casablanca Records. NBLP 7122.
  8. ^ "Kiss Related Recordings". Retrieved November 4, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Kiss Related Recordings". Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 77. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 30, No. 12, December 16, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. December 16, 1978. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  12. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Peter Kriss – Kiss". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Peter Criss – Kiss – Peter Criss". Recording Industry Association of America.

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