Rock and Roll Over
- Bass, guitar, vocals: Gene Simmons
- Vocals, rhythm guitar Paul Stanley
- Lead guitar, vocals: Ace Frehley
- Drums, vocals: Peter Criss
→ Main article: Kiss ( discography ) After that produced by Bob Ezrin previous album Destroyer had been until then the most commercially successful studio album, the group took on Rock and Roll Over again Eddie Kramer a place at the mixing desk. Destroyer had been produced very strong radio -oriented, Kramer tried at Rock and Roll Over, to moving closer to the rough live sound of the band.
The recordings took place in the period from 13 September to 4 October 1976 Star Theatre in Nanuet (New York ), a concert venue with 1,000 seats, instead, and Kramer took advantage of the space that greeted him: the members of the band were housed in the control to the lowerable platform, which had been moved downwards. The amplifiers were then positioned in the direction of the outgoing transitions from there to accommodate a natural reverb can. In addition, individual musicians of the group were housed depending on sound needs in different rooms and connected by video to the control room. This went so far that drum recordings took place in a toilet room.
Recording microphones were distributed over the entire theater, even in the seat row 30, so far away from the stage, sound recordings were made. The strict separation of the receiving areas, a completely pure sound track could be recorded for each instrument, which had recorded no noise from other instruments, although the members of the group live during the recording, so at the same time, played.
Rock and Roll Over was the first and only recorded in the original cast Kiss studio album with lead guitarist Ace Frehley was not involved in the songwriting of published titles. However, a title was for him have been provided, in which he was to give his debut as lead singer: Queen for a Day - but when the vocals should be recorded, renounced Frehley. Queen for a Day, therefore, remained on the master tapes as an instrumental, the song was not released.
The song Hard Luck Woman was written by Paul Stanley, who had wished that Rod Stewart would be interested in him sing. Ultimately, the group recovered the song but even and let Peter Criss do the vocals.
Cover & Equipment
The album cover was drawn by Michael Doret, who in 2009 also drew the cover for Sonic Boom. The inner shell was completely black and showed a diamond shaped Kiss logo. In addition to record it contained a questionnaire of the Kiss Army ( the fan club of the group), a bow with offers for T -shirts, belt buckles and other merchandise, as well as a large square sticker with a cover motif, which was removable in sections so that individual elements of the subject could be affixed at various locations.
Rock and Roll Over appeared in the U.S. on November 1, 1976 in Germany, ten days later. As singles were released Hard Luck Woman (December) and later Calling Dr. Love ( March 1977 ), both of the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 reached - but with the help of then usual tricks: Using Payola took Casablanca Records influence on the design of the charts to achieve the effect that the band after the chart success of the single Beth also had the substance to deliver more hits.