Peter Criss (Album)

Peter Criss is the title of the 1978 recorded and released a solo album of former Kiss drummer Peter Criss.


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Kiss each had published semi-annually until 1974 to 1977, on average, a new album and reached with Love Gun and Alive II the culmination of their work so far. In 1976, the group had renewed its contract with Casablanca Records, and this saw before that the record company from each member of the group could demand the release of a solo album, with the release of two solo albums in the publication of which was treated by each one Kiss album. Four solo albums meant so that the group would have met two more studio obligations under their contract. The idea ever take solo albums came from manager Bill Aucoin and Casablanca head Neil Bogart and was recorded at their request in the contract.

In June 1978, the four members of the group went in different studios to record their respective solo albums. For Peter Criss this appointment was problematic because he had lost control of the vehicle at a joyride with a rented Porsche in Marina del Rey under the influence of narcotics and was hit a tree. He was catapulted through the windshield of the car and suffered fractures to the arms, which required hospitalization in the hospital. His co-driver, tour manager Fritz Postlethwaite, had to be rushed to the hospital with third degree burns because he could not free themselves quickly enough from the burning car wreck. Criss injuries were not completely healed when he began work on his album, so the drummer Alan Schwartzberg was asked to assist Criss, who nevertheless wanted to absorb as much as possible themselves.

But also Criss did not have enough material for an album: He had indeed already in the Electric Lady Studios in New York -based recordings made ​​for four songs, but for a whole album, it was not enough. Stan Penridge told him that he still had material from old "Lips " days, which was not used, and Criss saw it as a way to quickly get to the songs for his album. He offered Penridge a 50% percent stake in the revenue to artists, if this would give him the songs, and Penridge agreed. Criss were each listed as a co -author of the song.

The recordings for Criss ' album took place in June and July 1978 in the various studios, including Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles, instead, additional recordings were performed in the Studio Sound Labs and The Burbank. A release was planned for September. The album also contained the title of " Tossin 'and Turnin ' ", the cover version of a No. 1 hits by Bobby Lewis. The track was recorded for the Dynasty tour in 1979 by Kiss the live program.


All solo albums of Kiss members had a cover that showed the masked face of the respective artist. The portraits were drawn by Eraldo Carugati. Each portrait had its own background color: Peter Criss was highlighted in green, red Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley blue violet. Each album was a poster that would fit by molding to the edges to one of the other three posters, so that when you purchase all four albums a large poster was that all four members showed. In addition, the albums an order form for merchandise was ever settled.


The solo albums of all four Kiss members were published on 18 September 1978 in the United States, the edition was 4 million albums, each a million albums a member of the group. All four albums have been awarded on October 2, 1978, Gold and Platinum, Criss ' album reached number 43 on the Billboard 200 in Cashbox, where the album after just three weeks, fell out of the charts, number 59, the release was for Casablanca Records of albums a financial fiasco, because most fans could it simply can not afford to buy all four albums at once. Since Casablanca had the trade offered a "100% Return Policy " repeated what had happened to the label in 1975: The return deliveries were enormous.

Casablanca Records was the solo albums out as Kiss albums, members of the group they are so they like, consulted for the total number of awards that could win the belt. In addition, the albums were all provided with the logo of the band. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ), however it does not recognize as a band albums, but places them under the names of the respective artists, so they are not actually added to the Awards for Kiss.