How Kiss Continued Their ’70s Streak on ‘Rock and Roll Over’
Rock and Roll Over, the fifth of six studio albums to be released by Kiss‘ original lineup during their glory days, continued the band’s ’70s streak when it was released in November 1976.
It not only features one of the all-time best Kiss album covers, it also includes the Peter Criss-sung Top 20 hit “Hard Luck Woman,” which Paul Stanley reportedly originally wrote for Rod Stewart. (That’s no surprise, really, seeing that the song sounds cut from the “Maggie May” mold.)
The album also includes longtime concert staples “Calling Dr. Love,” “I Want You” and “Makin’ Love,” as well as “Take Me,” which features some of Stanley’s most direct and unabashed sexual come-ons. Our favorite: “Put your hand in my pocket / Grab onto my rocket / Feels so good to see you this evening …”
The record’s sound was deliberately stripped down compared to its predecessor, Destroyer, which broke new commercial ground for the band but was criticized by some fans for its highly polished production. Kiss recorded Rock and Roll Over in an empty theater, hoping to capture the live and onstage feeling that fans responded so strongly to.
It ended up being another in a long series of successes for Kiss, who, at the time, were on an unstoppable commercial roll. The record just missed the Top 10 on the album chart and was certified platinum about a year later.