Rock and Roll Overby Kiss
With the massive success of their previous album, the experimental Bob Ezrin-produced Destroyer (which contained the surprise ballad hit "Beth"), Kiss could have taken the safe route and continued in that direction -- or return to the raw hard rock of their first four albums. They chose the latter. Hooking back up with Eddie Kramer, the producer of their 1975 breakthrough release Alive! and their very first demo, Kiss rented out the Nanuet Star Theater in upstate New York to record their next album, Rock and Roll Over. With a more direct, in-your-face production, Rock and Roll Over is one of Kiss' most consistent records. Two of the album's best tracks became hit singles -- the sleazy hard rocker "Calling Dr. Love" and an acoustic ballad that was originally intended for Rod Stewart, "Hard Luck Woman" (later covered by country star Garth Brooks). But like all other classic rock albums, the lesser-known material is often just as strong -- "I Want You" and "Makin' Love" became concert staples over the years, while "Mr. Speed" is one of the most underrated songs in Kiss' catalogue. Also included are the fan favorites "Take Me," "Ladies Room," "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em," and the original version of "See You in Your Dreams," which was later re-recorded for Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album.
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I've been a Kiss fan for 26 years now and I KNOW their material! This album captures Kiss in the midst of their peak - they were hungry and kicking butt! This album is raw with little polish - just like their first three; Kiss, Hotter Then Hell and Dressed To Kill. All of my favorite Kiss albums came in the 70's. This is definitely one of Kiss's best.
This is, bar none, my favorite KISS album. After the success of Alive and the concept album Destroyer, KISS returned to basics on this record. With Eddie Kramer at the helm, the man who produced Alive!, they finally found someone to capture the essence of their live sound in the studio. This album confirms what their first three albums barely hinted at, that KISS are more the heirs of the garage band sound of the mid to late 1960s than they are the heirs to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, or even the Beatles. With Rock n Roll Over and its followup Love Gun, this curiously overlooked aspect of the band's sound is brought into clear focus. There is not one piece of filler on this album. Every song captures the thrill of the three minute pop song with the longest track, "I Want You" clocking in at just over 4 minutes. In addition to favorites such as "I Want You," "Calling Dr. Love," the Rod Stewart inspired "Hard Luck Woman" and "Makin' Love," this album is full of forgotten or overlooked KISS classics: "Take Me" the hit single that never was, "Love 'Em & Leave 'Em," "Ladies' Room" "Mr. Speed," one of the band's most underrated songs that deserved far better than to be relegated to the B Side of "Hard Luck Woman," and the original (and best) version of Gene Simmons' "See You in Your Dreams" which Simmons curiously covered on his first solo album not two years later. While Love Gun may have proven to be more popular, for my money Rock n Roll Over is the better record. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD if you do not already own it. If you do own it, buy a copy for a friend. Its a great way, along with Alive!, to introduce a novice to the phenomenon that is KISS.
this album rocks! Kiss rules the universe!
This one shines right on! Nothing but pure, good, fun Rock & roll here! ''Take me'', ''Baby driver'', & ''see you in your dreams'' are my favorites. Should someone ask you the question, ''What is rock 'n roll?'', just give them this album!