Kiss' Top 10 Albums Ranked

The absolute cream of the Kiss crop

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'Rock and Roll Over' (1976)
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Courtesy Casablanca Records8/10

8. 'Rock and Roll Over' (1976)

After the studio indulgences of Destroyer, Kiss opted to pull back on their sound, enlisting Eddie Kramer, who had produced not only Alive! but also the band's '73 demo, and recording in an old theater just north of New York City in order to capture a more "live" feel. The result was the leaner and harder-edged Rock and Roll Over. The 10-song collection is highlighted by Simmons' "Calling Dr. Love" and Stanley's "Makin' Love," the latter boasting a snaky riff that bears a passing resemblance to Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic." But the album's greatest success found them revisiting a tactic used on Destroyer, employing Peter Criss to sing lead on "Hard Luck Woman," a jangly, "Maggie May"-esque acoustic ballad Stanley initially planned to offer to Rod Stewart. The outcome, as with the previous album's "Beth," was a Top 20 hit single for Kiss.

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