1978 Peter Criss – Kiss

Criss, Peter 1978Peter Criss is a 1978 solo album by Peter Criss, the drummer of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.The album was produced by Vini Poncia, who went on to produce the Kiss albums Dynasty (1979) and Unmasked (1980). Criss covered “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” which was a #1 hit for Bobby Lewis in the U.S. during the summer of 1961. The song was subsequently covered by Kiss on their 1979 tour. Much of the material on the album was originally written in 1971 for Criss’s pre-Kiss band Lips.

Reviews for Peter Criss were mostly negative. The album was the lowest charting of all the Kiss solo albums of 1978, reaching #43 on the US Billboard album chart. Of the four solo albums, Peter Criss was the only album to have two singles released from it: “Don’t You Let Me Down” and “You Matter to Me”.

Tracks

1 I’m Gonna Love You (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) 3:19
2 You Matter To Me (Vini Poncia, John Vastano) 3:17
3 Tossin’ And Turnin’ (Ritchie Adams, Malou Rene) 4:03
4 Don’t You Let Me Down (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) 3:43
5 That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) 3:02
6 Easy Thing (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) 3:55
7 Rock Me, Baby (Sean Delaney) 2:55
8 KISS The Girl Goodbye (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) 2:48
9 Hooked On Rock n Roll (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) 3:39
10 I Can’t Stop The Rain (Sean Delaney) 4:26

Media

Musicians

1 I’m Gonna Love You

Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Peter Criss
Guitar Art Munson
Guitar Stan Penridge
Keyboards Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals Davey Faragher
Background Vocals Jimmy Faragher
Background Vocals Maxine Dixon
Background Vocals Tommy Faragher


2 You Matter To Me

Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Peter Criss
Guitar Art Munson
Guitar Stan Penridge
Synthesizer Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals Davey Faragher
Background Vocals Jimmy Faragher
Background Vocals Tommy Faragher


3 Tossin’ And Turnin’

Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Peter Criss
Guitar Art Munson
Guitar Stan Penridge
Keyboards Bill Cuomo
Percussion Lenny Castro
Sax Michael Carnahan
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Dixon


4 Don’t You Let Me Down

Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Peter Criss
Guitar Art Munson
Guitar Stan Penridge
Keyboards Bill Cuomo
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Stan Penridge
Background Vocals Vini Poncia
Background Vocals Peter Criss


5 That’s The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes

Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Peter Criss
Guitar Art Munson
Guitar Stan Penridge
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Keyboards Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Dixon
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters


6 Easy Thing

Bass Neil Jason
Drums Allan Schwartzberg
Guitar Elliott Randall
Guitar Jon Tropea
Keyboards Richard Gerstein


7 Rock Me, Baby

Bass Neil Jason
Drums Allan Schwartzberg
Guitar Jon Tropea
Keyboards Richard Gerstein
Background Vocals Annie Sutton
Background Vocals Gordon Grody


8 KISS The Girl Goodbye

Guitar Stan Penridge
Percussion Peter Criss
Background Vocals Stan Penridge


9 Hooked On Rock n Roll

Bass Bill Bodine
Drums Peter Criss
Guitar Art Munson
Guitar Stan Penridge
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Keyboards Bill Cuomo
Background Vocals Peter Criss
Background Vocals Stan Penridge
Background Vocals Vini Poncia


10 I Can’t Stop The Rain

Bass Neil Jason
Drums Allan Schwartzberg
Guitar Brendan Harkin
Guitar Elliott Randall
Guitar Jon Tropea
Keyboards Richard Gerstein
Background Vocals Annie Sutton
Background Vocals Gordon Grody

Liner Notes

Producer – Peter Criss (tracks: 6 to 8), Sean Delaney (tracks: 6, 7), Vini Poncia
Arranged By (Horns) – Tom Saviano
Engineer – Bob Schaper
Engineer (2nd; Sound Labs) – Stewart Whitmore
Engineer (2nd; Sunset Sound) – Jim Barth, Mark Linett
Engineer (Electric Lady) – Dave Wittman (track: 8), Mike Stone (tracks: 6, 7, 10)
Management – Aucoin Management, Inc.
Mastered By – Mike Reese

Design – Howard Marks Advertising Inc.
Painting (Cover) – Eraldo Carugati