Rock and Roll Over

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Rock and Roll Over
Rock and roll over cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 1976 (1976-11-11)
RecordedSeptember–October 1976
StudioStar Theatre, Nanuet, New York
ProducerEddie Kramer
Kiss chronology
Rock and Roll Over
Love Gun
Singles from Rock and Roll Over
  1. "Hard Luck Woman"
    Released: November 1, 1976
  2. "Calling Dr. Love"
    Released: February 13, 1977

Rock and Roll Over is the fifth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released in 1976. It was recorded at the Star Theatre in Nanuet, New York.

Album information[edit]

To get the proper drum sound, Peter Criss recorded his tracks in a bathroom, communicating via video-link with the rest of the band.[1]

Criss sings "Baby Driver" – a rewrite of a Criss/Penridge demo from Criss's pre-Kiss band Lips – and "Hard Luck Woman," a song Paul Stanley originally planned to pitch to Rod Stewart, but Gene Simmons insisted Criss sing it.

"Hard Luck Woman" did not equal the success of "Beth", but became another top 20 single. "Calling Dr. Love" became a concert staple.

Three of Gene Simmons' songs are clear re-workings of demos from the 1975 Magna Graphics Studios demo: "Ladies Room" is based on "Don't Want Your Romance"; "Love'Em and Leave'Em" is based on "Rock and Rolls-Royce" and "Calling Dr. Love" is a re-working of "Bad, Bad Lovin'"[2]

The cover artwork is by artist Michael Doret, who worked with Kiss again on 2009's Sonic Boom.[3] The live album Kings Among Scotland, by Anthrax, pays homage to the artwork.[4]

This is the first Kiss album to not feature a writing credit from Ace Frehley.


Rock and Roll Over was released by Casablanca Records on November 11, 1976.[5] Inside the sleeve were a sticker of the cover art and a glossy photo press release pamphlet.

Rock and Roll Over peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200.[6][7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
Blender4/5 stars[9]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]

Greg Prato of AllMusic was largely praising of Rock and Roll Over, proclaiming it "one of Kiss' most consistent records".[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."I Want You"Paul StanleyStanley3:04
2."Take Me"Stanley, Sean DelaneyStanley2:56
3."Calling Dr. Love"Gene SimmonsSimmons3:44
4."Ladies Room"SimmonsSimmons3:27
5."Baby Driver"Peter Criss, Stan PenridgeCriss3:40
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"SimmonsSimmons3:47
7."Mr. Speed"Stanley, DelaneyStanley3:18
8."See You in Your Dreams"SimmonsSimmons2:34
9."Hard Luck Woman"StanleyCriss3:35
10."Makin' Love"Stanley, DelaneyStanley3:14
Total length:33:18




Chart (1976) Peak position Weeks on chart
Australia 16
Canada RPM[13] 7
German Album Charts[14] 39
Japan 15 37
Sweden 9
US Billboard 200[6] 11 47


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (November 11, 2019). "43 Years Ago: KISS Crank It Up With 'Rock And Roll Over'". Loudwire. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Linnaeus, Carl (2014). Kiss - den osminkade sanningen. ISBN 9789187301896.
  3. ^ "The Art of Letterform & Design: Music". Michael Doret. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "KISS – Rock and Roll Over (1976)". KISSMONSTER/The KissFAQ. November 1, 2016. Archived from the original on February 14, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Rock and Roll Over: Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  7. ^ a b "American album certifications – Kiss – Rock & Roll Over". Recording Industry Association of America.
  8. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Kiss: Rock and Roll Over [Remastered Version] Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  9. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: K". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 28, 2019 – via
  11. ^ Josephes, Jason. "Kiss: Rock and Roll Over [Mercury Remasters Series]". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on April 16, 2004.
  12. ^ "Kiss: Album Guide". Rock and Roll Over. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  13. ^ "RPM Top Albums". RPM. archived at 26 (17). January 22, 1977. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  14. ^ "Media Control charts/". Retrieved May 23, 2013.

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