Thursday, August 2, 2012
Kiss To Release 'Destroyer: Resurrected'
By Jon Stickler/Stereoboard
KISS is set to release ‘Destroyer: Resurrected’ through Universal on August 20th 2012 as well as a 1LP vinyl edition on 27th of the same month.
KISS is regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time and holds the honour as one of America’s top gold-record champions.
On August 20th, 2012, Universal Music will release KISS’s 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' will also include rare and unreleased recordings rediscovered during the remixing process, plus the originally intended cover artwork.
Hot on the heels of their breakthrough hit album 'Alive!', KISS released their fourth studio album 'Destroyer' which is considered the most ambitious studio recording of KISS's '70s catalogue. 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 Number 11 position on the Billboard Top 200 and, with the help of the surprise Top 10 hit '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 Number 7 position on the 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.