1977 – Rock ‘N Roll (2008)


1977 – Rock ‘N Roll (2008, Play It Again Records, LLC)

  1. Ladies Come First
  2. Love Me Blind
  3. Rock ‘N Roll
  4. Blast Off
  5. Straight To The Heart
  6. Love At first Kiss
  7. Back In The Groove
  8. Gladiator
  9. She Wants It All
  10. Do Ya Know What I Want?

Producers: 1977 & Alexander Coin

Total Time = 33:33

Country: United States

1977 official website
1977 MySpace page
1977 – Rock ‘N Roll available from CD Baby

1977 is a KISS influenced band that takes their love of all things KISS into a whole new dimension. At first glance, I thought this was going to be a tribute album but 1977 have thrown me a curveball, it’s an album of original material that sounds very much like KISS did in 1977.

One look at the LOVE GUN cover art (the people are blacked out) and you can see that the band has made sure every detail is in order from the lettering to the custom logos. Instead of Rock Steady Productions, it’s Stock Ready Productions and instead of Casablanca Records, it’s Play It Again Records both with almost exact logos. Instead of Aucoin Management LLC, it’s Acoin Management LLC…..well, you get the idea! These guys have done a great job putting in the small details of the packaging. Even the CD has special details: it looks like a mini-record complete with a Casablanca Records style label and actual grooves that make it feel like vinyl! Very cool!

As for the music…..it’s all original songs that sound almost like the original KISS at the height of their ’70s Rock ‘n Roll success. The band plays in the same way they original band did: the guitarist has Ace Frehley’s tone down better then Tommy Thayer and the bassist has that thumpy simple bass groove that Gene seemed to use on every song. The vocals sound very close to the original band, especially on the Ace tunes, and the harmonies between the Gene & Paul guys are dead on. The songs are constructed with bits and pieces of different songs from the KISS Katalog with totally different lyrics, maybe a phrase or two come from the original tracks. Listen to ‘Ladies Come First’ and you can hear ‘Love Her All I Can’. Listen to ‘Gladiator’ and you can pick out ‘God Of Thunder’. Try ‘She Wants It All’ and you hear ‘Do You Love Me’. The band takes all the parts of the classic songs, mixes them up and come up with something that sounds very KISS but also unique. It almost sounds like a “lost” KISS album or a bunch of unreleased B-sides. Another fun detail 1977 threw in was the “crackles” and “pops” in between each song that sound just like the old vinyl LPs did back in the day. I had ROCK AND ROLL OVER and all four solo albums on vinyl and I remember all those little “pops” from the needle.

Bottom Line:
So is it a tribute album or original material? It’s both! The songs are familiar like vintage KISS but they have their own musical structure and unique lyrics full of simplicity and innuendo. The real KISS hasn’t done anything new since 1998’s PSYCHO CIRCUS so I’m calling this album the next best thing, it just sounds like KISS! If you’re a KISS diehard, you’ll love it. If you are a casual fan, you might not be able to tell the difference. I hope the guys in 1977 do another album because I’d love to hear them interpret some other years in KISStory because ROCK ‘N ROLL is a really good album.

20 comments on “1977 – Rock ‘N Roll (2008)

  1. Guys, let me tell you, listening to 1977 ROCK ‘N ROLL takes me back to my 14th birthday, I got two albums on that faithful day, one of witch was Love Gun by KISS. As with the KISS record, I can’t put “Rock ‘N Roll” away either!

    The members of 1977 have nailed the spirit of 1970’s KISS with this one; 1977 Rock ‘N Roll is well worth a first, second and third listen. Actually, I have just about worn my copy out. Rock ‘N Roll lives up to the standards KISS set with both Destroyer and Love Gun, with its stand-out tracks Ladies Come First, Blast Off and Do You Know What I Want.

    If you’re a fan of The Hottest Band in The World or a rock music fan in general, then this is one CD you should definitely add to your collection as a reminder of the days when rock and roll was fun. 1977 Rock ‘N Roll is a perfect time-capsule of melodic, riff driven rock and roll from start to finish.

  2. Excellent review of the best cd to be released in 2008…that could have been released in 1977! This cd is fun from start to finish. The songs, the artwork, all of the extra details….everything is top notch. All KISS fans should hear this!

  3. I have this CD and let me just say that it’s the best CD I have purchased in a very long time. This CD is rockin’ from start to finish….if you are a KISS fan or just a rock & roll fan, do yourself a favor and get 1977’s new CD “Rock ‘n Roll”

    • Im a diehard kiss fanatic and i cant find this cd anywhere to download for free but i do however have tons and tons of unrelesed shows,such from kiss maybe a trade?


  5. Personally, I would have to agree with everything this reviewer offers up about 1977. If you want to see what he’s talking about with the “vinyl CD”, you can check it out at the bands official site. Long live 1977 !

  6. A tribute band with song writing ability, this must be some kind of first. Kudos to the band 1977 for defining a new era in KISStory. This CD is sure to be a favorite of Klassic KISS fans worldwide.

  7. I purchased the 1977 cd and let me tell you, it rocks! Kiss was my first concert when I was a young girl and I’ve been a diehard fan since. This cd takes me back to those days. It is exactly what you would expect from Kiss back in the 70’s, except it’s probably better than what Kiss would write today, in my opinion.

    Whether you are a Kiss fan or just love rock & roll, do yourself a favor and get this cd!! I’m anxiously awaiting the next one….

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  9. I have this album as well. It is really cool to listen to. I’ve been watching to see if these guys would do another one but have yet to see anything else. Nice review!

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