Rock and Roll Over

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Rock and Roll Over
Rock and roll over cover.jpg
Studio album by Kiss
Released November 11, 1976
Recorded September–October 1976
Studio Star Theatre, Nanuet, New York
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 33:18
Label Casablanca
Producer Eddie Kramer
Kiss chronology
Destroyer
(1976)Destroyer1976
Rock and Roll Over
(1976)
Love Gun
(1977)Love Gun1977
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
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Vista Records4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork(7.5/10)[3]
Blender4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau(B-)[6]
Metal Nightfall5/5 stars[7]

Rock and Roll Over is the fifth studio album by American rock band 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' 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" became 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]

Release[edit]

Rock and Roll Over was released by Casablanca Records on November 11, 1976.[9] Included inside the album sleeve were a sticker of the album cover and a glossy photo press release pamphlet.

Commercial performance[edit]

Rock and Roll Over peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200.[10][11]

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"StanleyCriss3:34
10."Makin' Love"Stanley, DelaneyStanley3:14
Total length:33:18

Personnel[edit]

Kiss
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak position Weeks on chart
Australia 16
Canada RPM[12] 7
German Album Charts[13] 39
Japan 15 37
Sweden 9
US Billboard 200[10] 11 47

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "KISS – Rock and Roll Over (1976)". KISSMONSTER/The KissFAQ. 2016-11-01.
  10. ^ a b "Rock and Roll Over: Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "RPM Top Albums". RPM. archived at collectionscanada.gc.ca (Volume 26, No. 17). January 22, 1977. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  13. ^ "Media Control charts/charts.de". Retrieved 23 May 2013.