Peter criss solo album cover

Peter Criss is a 1978 solo album from the drummer and vocalist of American hard rock band Kiss. It was one of four solo albums released by the members of Kiss on September 18, 1978.[1] The other albums were released by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley. The album was produced by Vini Poncia, who would go on to produce the Kiss albums Dynasty (1979) and Unmasked (1980).

The album would be the lowest charting of all the Kiss solo albums of 1978, reaching #43 on the US Billboard album chart.[2] On the other hand, it also had the distinction of being the only album of the four to have two singles released from it: "Don't You Let Me Down" and "You Matter to Me".

Criss covered "Tossin' and Turnin'," which was a #1 hit for Bobby Lewis in the US during the summer of 1961.[3] The song was subsequently covered by Kiss on their 1979 tour.

Much of the material on this album was originally written in 1971 for Peter's pre-Kiss band Lips

RIAA: Platinum

Track listing

  1. "I'm Gonna Love You" (Peter Criss, Stan Penridge) – 3:18
  2. "You Matter to Me" (Vini Poncia, Michael Morgan, John Vastano) – 3:15
  3. "Tossin' and Turnin'" (Ritchie Adams, Malou Rene) – 3:58
  4. "Don't You Let Me Down" (Criss, Penridge) – 3:38
  5. "That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes" (Criss, Penridge) – 2:59
  6. "Easy Thing" (Criss, Penridge) – 3:53
  7. "Rock Me, Baby" (Sean Delaney) – 2:50
  8. "Kiss the Girl Goodbye" (Criss, Penridge) – 2:46
  9. "Hooked on Rock 'N' Roll" (Criss, Penridge, Poncia) – 3:37
  10. "I Can't Stop the Rain" (Sean Delaney) – 4:25


The following musicians played on Peter Criss.[5]

  • Peter Criss - All Lead Vocals, drums on side 1, and track 4 on side 2, percussion on track 3, side 2
  • Allen Schwartzberg - Drums on tracks 1, 2, & 5 on side 2
  • Bill Bodine - Bass on side 1, and track 4 on side 2
  • Neil Jason - Bass guitar on tracks 1, 2, & 5 on side 2
  • Art Munson - Guitar on side 1, and track 4 on side 2
  • Stan Penridge - Guitar on side 1, and tracks 3 & 4 on side 2
  • Elliot Randall - Guitar on "Easy Thing" & "I Can't Stop the Rain"
  • John Tropea - Guitar on tracks 1, 2 & 5 on side 2
  • Brendan Harkin - Guitar on "Easy Thing"
  • Steve Lukather - Guitar solo on "That's The Kind of Sugar Papa Likes" & "Hooked on Rock and Roll"
  • Bill Cuomo - keyboards on side 1, and track 4 on side 2
  • Richard Gerstein - Keyboards on tracks 1, 2, & 5, side 2
  • Backing vocals - Davey Faragher, Tommy Faragher, Danny Faragher, Jimmy Faragher, Maxine Dixon, Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Peter Criss, Stan Penrdidge, Vini Poncia, Annie Sutton, Gordon Grody
  • Horns arranged by Tom Saviano
  • Michael Carnahan - Saxophone solo on "Tossin' and Turnin'", Baritone sax on "Hooked on Rock n' Roll

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