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Destroyer: Resurrected Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B008GOAFBQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Detroit Rock City
  2. King Of The Night Time World
  3. God Of Thunder
  4. Great Expectations
  5. Flaming Youth
  6. Sweet Pain
  7. Shout It Out Loud
  8. Beth
  9. Do You Love Me
  10. Sweet Pain

Product Description

Product Description

Newly remixed from the original master tapes by the album’s original producer, Bob Ezrin. Destroyer: Resurrected also includes rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.

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 rediscovered 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 will be included as a bonus track. Additionally, KISS classics such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Do You Love Me?” and “God of Thunder” were painstakingly remixed.

Destroyer: Resurrected now comes with the originally intended cover art thought too controversial for the time. 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.

Destroyer remains one of the group’s most ambitious recordings and greatest accomplishments. In both Kerrang! and Guitar World magazine it is listed as one of the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" and in 2003, it was included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
So what happened to the two disc version with all the outtakes, demos, alternate versions etc that Gene talked about in the press releases ?

It's not a bad remix, it's interesting to hear Ace's "Sweet Pain" solo at last but the "Beth" change is basically a copy & paste of Peter's end high note to the mid section ? & that's all we get.

Where's "Ain't None Of Your Business" or any of the other demos that have been circulating in fan circles for 20 odd years. Hell, where's the "God Of Thunder" demo that was on the box set ?

As is often the way with Kiss we are left thinking of what this could have been. Mainly because Gene hyped up a version that ended up not being released.
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So at last someone has gotten around to giving one of Kiss's best albums a bit of a spit and polish and who better than it's original producer, Bob Ezrin.Take note though, potential buyers, anyone expecting wildly different takes on songs this is not for you.No,what this release is,is the original album given a high definition makeover.Does it work?Well I compared this with my original, and boy,sonically this is in a whole different ballpark.The bass notes and drums on this mix thunder out of the speakers with a clarity missing from the original.Subtle things that were previously buried in the mix,like an acoustic guitar playing all the way through 'Beth',or,the piano chords doubling up the guitar on songs like 'Detroit Rock City'can be heard clearly(The alternate Sweet Pain solo is not much to write home about though).It's as if someone has taken a dirty old camera lens and given it a good wipe.I gave this four stars because as much as I enjoyed it,and my copy doesn't have a skip on 'Flaming Youth'that some other people have mentioned,it could have been more.They could have included some outtakes and demos to complete the package,like the original demo for 'Detroit Rock City'(Go to Youtube to hear what I mean).Now I'm going to buy the vinyl copy,lie back on my bed and have a drink and a smoke, and pretend it's 1976 again.Bliss.
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1976 was the year that KISS really took off. They were awarded their first platinum record (for 1975 Alive!) and scorred two top ten US hit singles as well as two tripple platinum studio albums. Oh, and the music wasn't that bad either!

Opening with Detroit Rock City (generally regarded as the band's best ever tune) it sets the tone with its banrstorming stlye before leading into King of the Nightime World and God of Thunder. Then it takes a turn with the bizarre Great Expectations (cruelly ignored by the band for almost 20 years on stage) and Flamin' Youth. Sweet Pain is also a decent song but it is over the last three songs that the album picks up again. Shout it out Loud is classic arena rock. The heart pounding, adrenlin flowing, meat and potatoes anthemic metal was to become a KISS classics on stage for the next two decades. Then another twist with the softer ballard Beth. This was the song that got me into KISS and although many fans never forgave the band for losing the rock edge, it stands out as a must listen of their extensive and impressive catalogue. The album then fades into Do you Love Me, superbly produced and sung although often over played down the years it is none the less a fitting way to end the album. There is also an uncredited 'hidden' track, made up of Great Expectations and Paul Stanley's talking to the crowd at a show mixed together as if to sound ghostly. It must have freaked people out when they first heard it but it all added to the myth that was KISS circa 1976.

Destroyer is often touted by KISS as their best and has been the yardstick against which all subsequent ones were judged. Although they go too far sometimes, it is not for no reason that the album is so loved.
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This is undoubtedly the high point in KISS's very long and successful musical career. The songs are all killers - Detroit R.C. is their all time best song - one of the most original intros from a band not renown for original! and some stunning dual guitar soloing.
Shout it out loud, Flaming youth and Do you love me are great driving/party anthems - in fact every song is except the gentler Beth and Great expectations which are brilliant none the less. I think beth could have benifited from some acoustic or slide guitar work but is still very listenable.

If you only get one KISS album get this - the production and song writing both have far more kick and clarity than their earlier material (live or studio) and the later albums conatin filler which Destroyer certainly doesn't.
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I've only recently got into Kiss and wasn't sure which album to buy so I went for Destroyer, which is believed to be their best album and I'm glad I did as it's got some of their catchiest songs and it was also the most bargainously priced of all their MP3 albums. If you like Kiss and want to but one of their albums, this is a great choice.
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The best produced kiss album ever made. Bob Ezrin made Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter into a world class super group. The Children's choir on Doctor Love alone added depth and class to a band perceived as 4 nu-yawk street bums who were just a gimmick band.If you don't own this..why bother living?
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