> This whole album (Rock and Roll Over) has woody guitars all over it – because it was produced by Eddie Kramer of Zep and Hendrix fame. Probably also woody because it was recorded live, all four guys playing in the same room: the Star Theater in Nanuet, N.Y.
> Eddie said this in an interview: “The way we recorded Rock and Roll Over was essentially live, and any mistakes were corrected later. There was some tape editing to put together the best performances. Recording a band live with everyone playing is still in my opinion the best way to get a great performance on tape.” [Amen Eddie!]
> This album is a great example of a pretty raw recording of set-neck mahogany guitars with DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups (Paul Stanley used a DiMarzio Dual Sound, which is just a coil-splittable Super Distortion) through Marshall heads and cabs.
> Gotta love the bottom of the neck chord riff!
> Ace’s solo on this tune remains one of my favorites of all time. Thirty seconds of simple (by today’s standards), but great. And who ends a solo on that G-string bend?
YouTube and a computer won’t do the wood justice, but:
Here’s the original studio cut:
For comparison, here’s the redone version with the current band and current recording techniques. No comparison imo:
Here they are in ’77. Ace rips the solo…but since all frickin’ live concert vids are produced by people who don’t play guitar, you don’t get to see much of the solo….