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“Peter Criss” (remaster) by KISS

Artist: KISS: Peter Criss
Title: “Peter Criss – Solo” (remaster)
Label: Mercury/Universal
Release Date: 9/16/1997
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 6/10

In 1978 KISS did the unthinkable and released solo albums for each individual member of the group. It allowed each person to showcase what drove them musically. Peter Criss’ solo effort showed a totally different side of what you might expect to be released. There was nothing heavy or Hard Rock about the album at all and instead a more adult-contemporary blend of Rock & Roll. While it was well recorded and produced, the lack of any real raise your fist material left a lot of KISS fans scratching their heads. Instead of the anthem nature like the other solo albums this had songs like “You Matter To Me” and “Hooked On Rock ‘N Roll”. The songs seemed more suitable to Billy Joel rather than the famous skin basher. Soulful piano and brass sections replaced rock guitars and ballads were par for the course here. Yet as you look back on his interviews you will find that this is the kind of music that Criss always preferred. He was raised on Jazz greats and 50’s Rock & Roll, being the oldest member of KISS some of the stuff that inspired his partners was coming up after his influences had been set.
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