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Editors’ Notes

KISS’s fourth studio album, Destroyer, had been the group’s great leap forward in terms of concept and production. The earlier double LP Alive! had broken them commercially but also pointed out that their studio releases lacked the energy and firepower of their concerts. Alice Cooper/Lou Reed producer Bob Ezrin—a man of serious musical training—helped educate the group on music theory. As 1976’s Destroyer neared its 35th anniversary, Ezrin approached the group about doing a remix and rerelease of the original album. With band approval, Ezrin brought the 16-track analog master tapes into the 21st century. Ace Frehley’s original guitar solo for “Sweet Pain” was included on this edition, with Dick Wagner’s better-known solo featured as a bonus track. Additional vocals omitted from the original mix were brought back to fortify “Detroit Rock City” and “Beth,” and the entire album received a re-equalization with the guitars becoming brighter, tougher, and louder. The song “Rock and Roll Party” (which had only been available on the first pressings of the original album’s vinyl as a "hidden track") was added to complete the overhaul.

Customer Reviews

Classic

A classic album with a well deserved new audio mix. Still sounds great.

First!! Awesome frickin album!'!

Destroyer is one of the best albums of all time and to resurrect it and give it a new life for the new generation... Genius! Keep rockin' kiss!!

Why?

All Gene and Paul have done is eliminate all royalties to Ace and Peter. Nothing new to the music except the business of it.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rooted in the campy theatrics of Alice Cooper and the sleazy hard rock of glam rockers the New York Dolls, Kiss became a favorite of American teenagers in the '70s. Most kids were infatuated with the look of Kiss, not their music. Decked out in outrageously flamboyant costumes and makeup, the band fashioned a captivating stage show featuring dry ice, smoke bombs, elaborate lighting, blood spitting, and fire breathing that captured the imaginations of thousands of kids. But Kiss' music shouldn't be...
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