Rock and Roll Over was released on November 1, 1976.
Rock and Roll Over was produced by Eddie Kramer, who had already produced
the bands enormously successful "Alive" double album, as well
as their first demo that got them their record contract. Eddie was already
famous for his work with Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.
Unlike Bob Ezrin, who had produced the bands "Destroyer" album
and who didn't mind getting outside players to perform on the band's
albums, Eddie felt it best to try to get the very best he could out
of the four KISS musicians.
"Rock and Roll Over"'s basic tracks were recorded at the Star
Theater in Nanuet, New York and took about two months to record and
mix. Additional work was done at the Record Plant, NYC.
The cover art was created by Michael Doret and was originally only a
black and white line drawing. Color was added through overlays in preproduction
to be made into film separations that were stripped for printing.
A large sticker reproduction of the cover art was included as a bonus
in the record for fans.
The original demo version of "Mr. Speed", recorded with Bob
Kulick on guitar was eventually released on the Kiss Box.
"Hard Luck Woman" was a song that Paul Stanley originally
wrote for Rod Stewart, but once Peter Criss and producer Eddie Kramer
heard the song, they wanted it for KISS. As Eddie Kramer descibes it, "That song had a strong 'Maggie Way' content and the fact is it would
be so cool for KISS to do an acoustic song. Peter had the natural voice
to sing it." -p280, Kiss-Behind the Mask