KISS Destroyer - Resurrected LP
35th Anniversary Revival Of Kiss's Landmark Album!
Newly Remixed By Original Producer Bob Ezrin From Original Master Tapes!!!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 489/500!
Destroyer was the first KISS album to be certified platinum. Now it's been
Resurrected to celebrate it's 35th anniversary with out-takes, remixes, and
original artwork by Ken Kelly that was originally rejected by Casablanca Records
for being too violent.
Originally released in March 1976, Destroyer was the second Kiss album to reach
the Top 20 in the U.S. Released on the heels of their breakthrough album,
Alive!, Destroyer is their most ambitious studio recording of their 1970's
catalogue and features their well-known ballad "Beth".
Kiss is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time
and holds the honor as one of America's top gold-record champions. Universal
Music Enterprises now revive the 1976 multi-platinum, landmark album Destroyer:
Resurrected, newly remixed from the original master tapes by the album's
original producer, Bob Ezrin. Ezrin pulled the tapes from the vaults and
painstakingly remixed the entire album, enhancing the sound and bringing out its
rich texture and vibrancy, while keeping the integrity of the original recording
intact. Destroyer: Resurrected also includes rare and unreleased recordings
rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover
Hot on the heels of their breakthrough album Alive!, KISS released their fourth
album Destroyer which is considered the most ambitious studio recording of
KISS's '70s catalog. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was
brought in to produce the album and among the production flourishes Ezrin
introduced to KISS were sound effects, strings, a children's choir, reversed
drumming and the eerie, echoing sounds of screaming children over Gene Simmons'
vocals on "God of Thunder". Upon its release, Destroyer reached the No. 11
position on the Billboard Top 200 and, with the help of the surprise top-10 hits
"Beth", was their first album to go platinum.
Originally released as the B-side to the single "Detroit Rock City", "Beth" -
the heart-yearning ballad co-written and performed by drummer Peter Criss - was
quickly picked up by radio nationwide and became the first top 10 for KISS,
climbing all the way to the No. 7 position on Billboard Hot 100 chart. While
going through the original tapes, a forgotten vocal piece that was originally
edited out in the final mix of "Beth" was discovered and now, for the first
time, the complete original vocal recording has been restored and is included in
the final mix. Other discovered gems include a complete, alternate guitar solo
for the track "Sweet Pain", now heard for the first time since it was originally
recorded. The newly remixed "Sweet Pain" with the original guitar solo is
included as a bonus track. In addition to the treasures found buried in the
hours of recordings, KISS classics such as "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out
Loud", "Do You Love Me?", and "God of Thunder" were painstakingly remixed by
Ezrin as he fleshed out the drums and guitars, bringing out the bottom end to
the bass, making his mixes tight and tough.
In addition, Destroyer: Resurrected is issued with the originally intended cover
art thought too controversial at the time of it's original release in 1976.
Created by artist Ken Kelly, the 'brown' cover depicts KISS dressed in their
ALIVE! costumes and standing on rubble in front of a burning city in ruins. At
the time, the record company thought it was too violent and settled for the
tamer 'blue' version known today. This release also marked the first time that a
comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the
band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.
"Destroyer boasts plenty of sound effects, orchestras, and choirs that paved
the way for other bands to rip them off for many years to come... easily one of
the best albums in the Kiss canon." - Pitchfork
"This is the way a rock record is supposed to sound: thundering bass, over-the-top dynamics, and a wall of
guitars that sounds larger than life. And I’ve been there since the first tour. Excitement builds on the HD Tracks version the second the car door slams in “Detroit Rock City.” The opening guitar riff sinks the hook into the listener, and is firmly set by the first chorus... Guitar interplay between Paul
Stanley and Ace Frehley is clearly delineated, as Stanley’s rhythm licks are no longer buried in the mix... Best of all, Gene Simmons’ bass playing not only has more pace, but
the convincing weight it deserves. Also, the chorus on 'Great Expectations' no longer sounds like it was recorded in a high-school bathroom. And that’s just side one." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio Magazine, No. 52, January 2013
• Vinyl LP
• Remastered by original producer Bob Ezrin
• Remastered from original master tapes
1. Detroit Rock City
2. King Of The Night Time World
3. God Of Thunder
4. Great Expectations
1. Flaming Youth
2. Sweet Pain
3. Shout It Out Loud
5. Do You Love Me
||There is a GLITCH on this reissue
|Universal Music made a mistake when putting this album out. On the first pressing, there is a second of time removed from the beginning of the song Flaming Youth, which makes it sound like a skip. UME is apparently repressing this album to fix the glitch. Otherwise it is a great release. A cool companion to the original album. A nice reissue with good packaging and sound.|