KISS – Rock And Roll Over vinyl album review

This week The Vinyl Geek takes his first stab at those mighty glam rockers, KISS, with their 5th studio album, Rock And Roll Over from 1976 on Casablanca Records. Stay tuned as a special guest stops by the Vinyl Pad!
CORRECTIONS/OMISSIONS
Hard Luck Woman was the second single
Ace Frehley did not sing or write music on this album

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Comments

Zidders Roofurry says:

I kind of feel that I want you, Calling Dr. Love and Hard Luck Woman are the best tracks on the album. The problem with it was how the hell do you follow up Destroyer? I think this was the start of the decline of the classic lineup because it’s not ’til Creatures of the Night six years later that you start to see them pull out of the musical slump they were in after R&RO. I still think the Bruce Kulick era is my favorite tho.

Chris Medek says:

Thank you for a very informing video.I’ve been a KISS fan for a very long time and it’s great to learn something new.Having the Album cover artist Michael Doret was a very special treat.I do graphic art myself ..verry cool.

Michael Kohler says:

Wowwww
What a Great Channel !!!!
Justawsome

Adrian Lackey says:

Eddie Kramer was the engineer for Jimi Hendrix’s *Electric Ladyland*. He went on to produce Foghat’s  *Stone Blue*.

killerdude35 says:

Album cover design is such a lost art!  Hopefully with comeback of vinyl, we’ll see more and more cool/original album artwork.

Jake The Music Guy says:

Are you ever going to review paranoid by black sabbath?

Dunkelwelpling says:

Awesome Episode!

hennck says:

YOU DID IT, ERIC!!!!!!

And man, did you do it with STYLE!!!!

Great great job, thanx a lot!! 🙂

Oliver Schneiß says:

Very interesting stuff, but one mistake: NO SONG SUNG BY ACE on this album!

donaldrocks101103 says:

Great video!
I like Kiss and think they are great but I just don’t have a lot of interest in them.

Zidders Roofurry says:

This is seriously such a good channel.

zappasmustache says:

Is it just me, or does it sound like Ace didn’t play on Mr Speed? Sounds like Stanley played the solo on that one. Not enough what I like to call “Ace Feel”.

Ronnie Foster says:

Killer interview ! The pic here is me at a KISS concert in SF a few years ago. FIRST ROW

Andreas Landgren says:

So cool that you invited michael.

Zidders Roofurry says:

OMG I love Michaels work! I use his fonts hehe. I think the cover of Rock & Roll over is my favorite cover and I was so glad to see him come back and do Sonic Boom. Fantastic album and art.

Anonymous says:

“AT THE TIME Of the release of ;
“ROCK’N ROLL OVER;
“I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE 7th GRADE IN 1976”!
( “AND I BOUGHT THE SINGLE 45r.P.m. CALLING DR. LOVE”! )
“I WENT TO THE ROCK AND ROLL OVER TOUR IN LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY AT FREEDOM HALL”!
[ “THEY PLAYED 2 1/2 HOURS;
“AND USED ALL THE PYRO & EXPLOSIONS”! ]
“ALL THEY HAD LEFT WAS THEIR FOG MACHINES FOR THE ENCORE;
“LET ME GO ROCK & ROLL”!
]
( “AFTER THE SHOW WAS OVER;
“EVERYBODY WAS WALKING THROUGH 2″ in OF CONFETTI”! )

Ronnie Foster says:

Re-watched this today. I LOVE THIS CHANEL MAN !

PlanarCollapse2 says:

Glam Rock. Just a step away from metal. You’re walking down the right path!

doctordel says:

Awesome review. That is amazing you had the artist in as a guest. Wowzers, now that is the kind of pro touch we are coming to expect from the Vinyl Geek. Now as for the album.. I have a lot of Kiss records but this isn’t one of them. I don’t know why. I love the singles from it and I’m very familiar with them. I’ll defiantly be on the hunt for a nice copy of it now. I could watch this review Rock n Roll Over and Over! — Del

dixielandfarm says:

The only Kiss record that was in my household growing up (my brother owned it)… On Long Island the Westbury Music Fair was a theater in the round, and I saw Chuck Berry/Jerry Lee Lewis there as well as The Kinks on one of their last tours together…

Erin Dinneen says:

Great review and throw in the interview with the creator/artist of the cover and you have an A++ album review. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Jimi Love says:

Sweet!

James Campion says:

This is so well done. Fine job. Not sure where you tape these, or if you are still rolling along, but if it is anywhere near NYC and you are still making shows, I would love to come on if you choose KISS’s “Destroyer”, as my book “Shout It Out Loud” on the making of the record is out now by Backbeat Books. Shameless plug. http://www.amazon.com/Shout-It-Out-Loud-Destroyer/dp/1617136182. But mostly I wanted to say, as a fellow album geek, I truly enjoy these episodes.

Michael Coudriet says:

Long time Kiss fan here. I started listening to them back in 3rd grade with the Destroyer album. I must say you do a fantastic job on these videos. The pacing, humor, content, and stage design are spot on. I am considering launching my own Youtube channel that covers music in a similar news/review style. How do you handle copyright when it comes to using/sharing online photos, websites, logos, music, video etc….?

aldiakaroofus says:

Cool to see the artist of the cover! “Flander effect”! Finally I can put a name on that sound! Thanks! I have that album but never had time to fully listen to it! I only bought it (for a buck) a decade ago because I got the single “Hard Luck Woman” when I was a kid and hadn’t found an upgrade at the time.

Lucifer Sam says:

Fucking incredible album. The cover, the music, it screams straight up head banging. On my list of favorite KISS albums, this peeks at about #2. And going off of the special things that come with the original vinyl, my original pressing of The Ultimate Sin by Ozzy Osbourne actually had the merchandise sheet.

Flint Stone says:

Whenever I ask a question you say “I’ll take it to the geek” or something like that. Do you have an alter ego like Slim Shady?

Michael B Smith says:

Not bad over all but still some items were not correct 1. Hard Luck Woman was the second single 2. Ace Frehley did NOT sing or write music on this album and 3. this album came out when they were under contract to put out 2 albums each year from 1974 to 1978 then when contract talks happened in 1979 it was reduced to one album per year as well by this time the band members were not on the best terms with each other and also by putting out a disco song that same year it hurt the bands reputation as they were known by their fans as a hard rock band and as a result things started going down hill from there.

Don:Ellis Music says:

Wonderful video covering a true classic album. My dad and i listened to a lot of kiss together when I was younger, and this is a very nostalgic album for us. Great video!

wildbilltexas says:

Awesome review. I wish I still had the sticker that came with the original album. “Rock N Roll Over” is one of my favorite KISS albums, just because the songs are all great and the production is not overblown and gimmicky like “Destroyer” was. I wish they had worked with Eddie Kramer right from the beginning and stuck with him throughout their career.
And I bet they used black & white close-circuit cameras (which were a lot cheaper at the time) so Peter could talk and watch the other band members while recording.

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