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Released: 1978, Mercury Records
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Like most other KISS fans, I find that PETER CRISS is the most disappointing of the 4 solo albums Kiss released in 1978. There seems to be 2 theories on Peter Criss: 1) He was the crown jewel of KISS whose drumming and vocals were never appreciated by the money-hungry Paul and Gene, or 2) He was a hack jazz drummer with a god-awful voice who couldn't write a good song if he had a gun to his head, and made a name for himself simply by being in an otherwise talented group (can you say Ringo Starr?). Sorry Catman fans...I tend to lean towards the latter.
That aside, PETER CRISS does have a few good songs on it, most notably “I'm Gonna Love You” and “You Matter to Me”. “I Can't Stop the Rain” and “Hooked On Rock 'N' Roll” are OK; the rest of the songs are bloody awful. Even when I try to separate the album from being linked to Kiss, I still can't give it any praise. I should note that my opinion of this album has increased significantly since I turned 30. Maybe it's my old age?! You should have heard what I thought about the album 10 years ago!
It is interesting how much different Peter's songs are from the Kiss "sound". There really isn't any song on this album that would fit into the Kiss canon. That was one of the main reasons Peter left (or got fired, depending on who you ask) Kiss. He felt that his songs weren't accepted by Paul and Gene. Personally, I think Paul and Gene were wise in limiting the number of songs that Peter contributed to Kiss. His songs just don't have that Kiss "feel" to them and the fact that Peter's album was the lowest-selling of the four proves this point.
1. I’m Gonna Love You
2. You Matter To Me
3. Tossin’ and Turnin’
4. Don’t You Let Me Down
5. That’s The Kind of Sugar Papa Likes
6. Easy Thing
7. Rock Me, Baby
8. Kiss the Girl Goodbye
9. Hooked On Rock and Roll
10. I Can’t Stop the Rain
Art Munson, Stan Penridge, Elliott Randall, John Tropea, Brendan Harkin—Guitar
Bill Cuomo, Richard Gerstein—Keyboards
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