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 artwork.
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 Ive 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 Stanleys 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 thats just side one." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio Magazine, No. 52, January 2013
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