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Rock 'N Roll

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If you like Kiss then you'll love this. All the classic hits, you've never heard.
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1. Ladies Come First
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2. Love Me Blind
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3. Rock 'N Roll
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4. Blast Off
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5. Straight To The Heart
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6. Love At First Kiss
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7. Back In The Groove
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8. Gladiator
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9. She Wants It All
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10. Do Ya Know What I Want?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"If you like KISS you will enjoy 1977" says Nicky Baldrian, FIREWORKS The Melodic Rock Magazine UK, June 2009

"The Masterful Homage to KISS" says Brian M. Howle, Alternatives News Magazine, July 2008

The members of 1977 are a group of four, lifelong Kiss fans who also happen to be accomplished musicians, performers and songwriters. Each of the members of 1977 was hand selected from the hoards of Kiss tribute entertainers that span the globe. What the members of 1977 offer to fans of the hottest band in the world is something that no other group has ever offered to Kiss fans in the 16 year history of tribute bands; ten original songs that are 100% Kiss inspired.

Actors, authors, entertainers, musicians, songwriters and even visual artists all posses certain, shared qualities. One of these qualities is that, more times then not, each artist produces their unique, genre specific type of art form based on a wide variety of influences that they have had affect them, throughout their individual lives.

However, the members of 1977 break this formula. Unlike the majority of musicians and songwriters is the music industry today, 1977 has only one influence, that being of the legendary, theatrical rock group known as Kiss.

In the year 1977, when the members of Kiss were Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, these four individual would write songs based on their influences; (i.e. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Babies, The Raspberries and so on), release records and tour the globe in support of their latest effort. Those songs would then be added to their catalog and later be referred to as Kiss songs. These Kiss songs could further be categorized in the genre of Shock Rock.

When the members of 1977 compose their original material based on their sole influence, the question is now raised, "Could this new music, now to be considered a new genre?”


Transcribed below is an except from the book KISS Behind The Mask, The Official Authorized Biography, Written by David Leaf & Ken Sharp, Warner Books Copyright © 2003 by David Leaf and Ken Sharp, and by Kiss Catalog, Ltd., Pg. 240

LOVE HER ALL I CAN

PAUL STANLEY: “Love Her All I Can” was a Wicked Lester song. When we were doing Dressed To Kill we were short of songs. [It was inspired by] The Who and the Nazz, Todd Rundgren’s old band. They had a song called “Open My Eyes,” it’s basically the same intro. They copied The Who and we kind of copied them.

GENE SIMMONS: I think in horns when I do riffs. [imitates the opening part of song] The intro to that song was a horn line riff based on the Nazz’s “Open My Eyes.”


Now, with their debut effort entitled Rock ‘N Roll; the members of 1977 have simply typified the next evolution of this style of music by creating a new genre called Kiss Music.


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Kevin Harpe

Welcome Back To 1977...
1977 have nailed it with this one! "ROCK 'N ROLL" is well worth a first listen, and a second, and a third...actually I have about worn out my own copy (if you can ware out a CD)!

"ROCK 'N ROLL" is, in my opinion, up to the standards KISS set with "Destroyer" & "Love Gun". With stand-out tracks like "Ladies Come First", "Blast Off" & "Do You Know What I Want", if you are a fan of rock music (or a fan of "Hottest band in the world"), then this is one you should add to your collection as a reminder of the days when rock and roll was fun.

"ROCK 'N ROLL" is aperfect time-capsule of melodic, riff-driven rock and roll from 1977, so put it on and keep rockin'!

Robert Williams

The Spirit of 70's KISS
This disc successfully resurrects the spirit of 70’s KISS with all the in your face attitude and musical muscle that four kids from five Burroughs originally brought to the world of Rock & Roll some 35 years ago. It’s a valued packed album that delivers, both sonically and visually, an overall entertainment experience that easily lives up to the KISS standard set during their mid to late 70’s heyday with studio releases such as Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun. Whether you’re a diehard fan of The Hottest Band in The World or simply a connoisseur of Classic Rock, it’s safe to say that this is one album you’ll definitely want to add to your collection as a robust reminder of the days when Rock & Roll was just that; Rock & Roll. The spirit of KISS is alive in 1977.

Matt Porter

remember when music was FUN!
This band wears it's hearts on it's leather sleeves. It's KISS, KISS, KISS. The influence of and homages to KISS are all over this fantastic collection of rockers. The songs, the artwork, the clever marketing campaign....all top notch. When I got this, it reminded me of the days of getting a new KISS album and just cranking it up. Bottom line...it is just plain FUN! buy it.

Brian Howle

New 1977 Rock ‘N Roll CD Evokes Familiar Sound, Style Of ‘70s Icon KISS
For any self-respecting KISS fan, it pretty much has to be 100%, undiluted KISS to make your world go ‘round. And while the boys gave us many great albums, it has been a while since they cranked out anything approaching the raw allure of Love Gun or the like… sigh. Sure would be neat if there was a brand-spanking new collection of unmistakable tunes from KISS.

Well, fret no more my face-painted little friends, because here is an album that will blow you away and make you swear that Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter “got the band back together, Man!”

The culmination of a lifetime of admiration and immersion into the world of all things KISS, it's titled 1977 Rock 'N Roll and this is one slick release. From the dead-on design and packaging that slyly mirrors the style of the ‘70s icons to the delightfully innovative replication of the beloved “vinyl” album (you have to see the CD... it has the old style label, and is black with grooves!) and the coup de grace of the enclosed extra goody when you open it up, this is an addition to any rockologist’s collection. There are 10 killer tracks on this album, and the attention to detail is stunning! And hey, an absolute homerun for any KISS fan, young or old!

Tami

Awesome!!
I've been a Kiss fan since I was a young girl. When I heard this cd, it reminded me of my first concert (Kiss) back in the 70's. The similarities are just unbelievable. It's old, yet new. I can't imagine any Kiss fan not loving this cd. Actually, I can't imagine anyone not loving this cd. :) I highly recommend it!!

Todd Johnson

You Wanted The Best...
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? “If you like KISS then you’ll love THIS!” HELL, YEAH!!! The energy, the spirit, the riffs, the beats, the voices… It’s all right here. 1977 has captured the raw essence of what KISS’ music was all about. Highly recommended for everyone who fancies themselves as a Klassic KISS Fan! YOU WANTED THE BEST…

Justin Walden


Fantastic release! 1977 captures the spirit of 1970s-era KISS with all-original, yet familiar-sounding material. This is a great tribute to 'The Best' that proves 1977 ain't too shabby themselves!

Any KISS fan should have a blast listening to this album, "I think you know what I'm talking about..."

Highly recommended.

James AT-15

1977 Rock N Roll
Great Album ! If your into old school 70s KISS then get it. Great service from CD Baby. Great recording. Great songs. Just a really cool unique classy CD from a band who obviously loves KISS and understands what made them such a great band in the first place. I would love to hear more from this band. I would love to see them live. I had a blast at a recent party playing this and tricking a friend into believing it was actualy lost KISS recordings from 1977 ha ha ha

Ron Daniel

Reminded of Memories I Never Had
This CD gives listeners the impression that they’re hearing previously unreleased KISS material, songs seemingly locked in the Gene and Paul's vault these past thirty years.

From beginning to end, one hears KISS-style guitar riffs, chord progressions, and guitar licks. Many of which are note for note from KISS songs, but somehow the band manages to avoid any direct rip-offs. Obvious momentary borrowings from one KISS song seamlessly mesh into other musical parts, making the songs stand well on their own. As the saying goes, “To steal from one is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.”

And this band has clearly done their research. The 1970’s KISS style has been examined thoroughly, making the strongest aspects of the album by far the songwriting and lyrics.

Lyrically, this is very much a KISS record: simple messages given with clever turns of phrase and innuendo, followed by anthemic choruses of the need for rock and roll to be shared by all. Easily-remembered words shaped by simple and catchy vocal melodies mean that in just a short time many of these songs will fill the "classics" area in your mind. At this point, I could swear I've known "Gladiator" and "Blast Off" since I was a kid overplaying my KISS albums.

The CD is mastered nice and loud, as it should be, and mixed like a KISS record: every instrument can be heard and sits in its own sonic space. A really high note is that the lead guitar player wonderfully captures Ace Frehley’s style, copping licks across the entire album, yet composing original solos, just as Ace did himself throughout those first seven years or so.

As for weaknesses, there aren’t many. Each of songs are clearly written with the styles of Gene, Paul, Peter, and Ace. And as I’ve said, they’ve been masterfully crafted. But while the Gene vocal style is spot-on, and the Ace isn’t bad, Peter’s thick throaty raspiness is absent, as is the operatic power of the signature Stanley tone.

And the sound of record clicks and pops at the beginning and end of each song are a nice remembrance of the KISS record experience, but they become a little too predictable as the same sample is played again and again.

The most glaring chink of this album’s armor are the drums. Nowhere is the frantic R&B- and jazz-influenced drumming of Peter Criss, overflowing with fills and spontaneous creativity.

In spite of these few imperfections, the record accomplishes most of what it sets out to do: Begin to carve out a niche for a KISS tribute band that is like no other – not merely a re-creation, but a value-added addition to KISStory.

Michael Wood

Every KISS Song You've Never Heard.
Looking at the cover of this disc, it looks like a Kiss album. And the CD actually looks just like a vinyl record. You can even hear the distinctive sound of vinyl being played between songs. It’s like listening to a Kiss record, except it's every Kiss song you've never heard. This is a new take on a tribute band. Instead of covering Kiss tunes, they wrote new songs in the style of Kiss. With choruses like “I want to put my rock ‘n’ roll deep in your soul,” and song titles such as “She Wants It All,” “Ladies Come First” and “Gladiator” they have the spirit of Kiss down. Definitely an enjoyable listen and the packaging is great. I recommend this record for anyone who likes Kiss, Kiss, or maybe Kiss.
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