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August 12, 1997

  Song Title
Detroit Rock City
King Of The Night Time World
God Of Thunder
Great Expectations
Flaming Youth
Sweet Pain
Shout It Out Loud
Do You Love Me
Rock And Roll Party

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  • Total Length: 34:04
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary Revisit August 25, 2012
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There are alot of negative reviews for this disc which was rumoured to be a double disc event. For a 35th Anniversary reissue, this is not at all worthy of that moniker. It is a disappointing revist to say the least. Bob Ezrin approached KISS about this remix because he wanted to do something for its 35th. But the thing about Ezrin's recording is that so much of it was premixed during the making of it and many of the tracks were recorded "wet" (meaning that there was no way to EVER alter its effects, etc). So, from the get-go, this project had many limitations, as he notes in the cd booklet. There are differences, however. For examples, an omitted background vocal from the archived tape of "Detroit Rock City" makes its debut along with an added effect to the end of the last verse. Also, Ace's stinging feedback intro to "King..." isn't as prominent. The piano is more upfront in "Great Expectations" . And there are other such differences throughout. Then there is "Sweet Pain" with a different solo (I, myself, was hoping that the different solo was going to be an Ace Frehley outtake) and louder harmonized gang vocals folowing the guitar part. Overall, the mix is more present. The piano agumentations on some songs is not as noticable (eg, Detroit...) and in the process it sounds more "band" like because it sounds more like just the four guys. The opposite approach could have produced a KISS Symphony version . The drum sound (as noticed in the beginning of "Shout...") is tighter, with less air.

With all of the differences, however, this release is "nothing new" and the lack of fanfare is most distressing. Diehard fans will notice the differences but those who are just coming to the band will not even be able to appreciate them. So, for a 35th Anniversary, this really is targeted at diehards.
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135 of 168 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another KI$$ Ca$h-Grab August 21, 2012
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This is garbage. Gene and Paul had nothing to do with it because they don't own the masters of their original studio albums anymore, so this was done totally by Ezrin. Yes everything is remixed marginally, so if you've been listening to Destroyer for decades you will notice slight differences. But where is the bonus stuff? This was originally advertised as a two disc set with demos, live stuff etc. None of that made it, not even the already-released demos that appeared on the 2001 KISS Box set, let alone stuff like "None of Your Business" (sung by Peter) that was demoed at the time. Where is all the live stuff? There are countless Destroyer-era concerts professionally recorded. Also, the blurb about this cover being the original 1975 Ken Kelly painting is bogus. The original 1975 rough image that was rejected by Casablanca for being "too violent" is available on the web, it's the one that is seen in KISStory and on the KISS My A## DVD. This version is a modern repainting of that, done by Ken Kelly in the last ten years. It's signed "1975" which is another fabrication. Seems that nothing KISS does these days isn't surrounded by lies and false advertising? To sum it up, this is a massive wasted opportunity. See the excellent "Deluxe Edition" series for how this SHOULD have been done - a second disc full of live stuff, rare demos, working mixes etc. Not this ca$h-grab that ultimately, with the exception of one previously-unheard guitar solo, offers nothing. Also : there are glitches in the mastering of this, there are several pops and clicks and errors which have been discussed in length on the KISS forums. There is a glaringly obvious bad edit in the intro to "Flaming Youth" that makes the whole song skip a beat. This is garbage.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty unneccesary, BUT August 23, 2012
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It is cool to see this CD get some kind of treatment after all these years. Granted, there is not a heck of a lot to hold your hopes on. The remix is not bad, but it does take away a lot of the mysticism and allure from the original. The Original version was kind of dark and had a muddy sound that was really different for its time. When I was a kid i would stare at the cover all day and just listen in awe to the darker vibe of Kiss. Very, very different from the straight, clean sounding 'Dressed to Kill' which was their prior studio effort. These songs were longer, more adventurous and the album as a whole had a great flow to it. A lot of that (in fact most of that) can be attributed to Bob Ezrin and his more artistic approach to producing. The layers he created, the effects, the orchestration and slower songs all made this album the perfect showcase to go with the bands image and show. What an album for its time. A true classic.

Then there is this. It isnt over the top different, but just enough to make it slide more to the 'rock' style of Kiss. Some of that darkness is lost a little but it really doesn't do it much harm either. I still would prefer the Original version easily over this. BUT be forewarned that myself and most others writing negative stuff grew up on this album. We worshiped it. Knew all the words to all the songs, had posters on our walls and this album was the reason for that. We probably have all heard this 1000+ times. So a bias is definitely there. Why change a masterpiece that holds so many memories? Well, really, after 35 years why not.

My biggest disappointment is that it didnt go a little further with content.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just enjoy. A bargain
I am talking about the vinyl edition.I was about to not buy it at all. I read/ know every little complaint lots of fans have made about this album. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Federico P.
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's KISS!
So much fanfare has been made over The Rock N Roll Hall of Shame and the long overdue induction of KISS. Remember that everything about KISS is decadent, over the top, and sleazy. Read more
Published 15 days ago by metalhead Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Comic Book for the Ears!!
More listening fun after the huge success of the 1975 "Kiss Alive." What comic books are to literature, this c.d. is to rock music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Yazum Apple
5.0 out of 5 stars The remastered version
Upon listening to this for the first time, I noticed the differences compared to the original which I have on vinyl record, which I've listened to since '79. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kiss' best albums
Great album. Not all the songs are masterpieces, but there is a reason half of this album is on their many greatest hits collections.
Published 2 months ago by Austock
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rather Disappointing Album From Kiss
This album came out in 1976 and it is their fourth in the studio overall. It seems that the band decided they would make an experimental album and hired producer Bob Ezrin who at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chappa
5.0 out of 5 stars SEARCH & DESTROY
KISS-DESTROYER: No hard rock outfit of the seventies harnessed the raw unbridled power of teen angst better than KISS, the freakish market savvy New York foursome who reached a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This was Kiss' fifth album and several of these songs are all time hits that will never go away. People that don't even like rock music can tell you the name "Kiss" when... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Stiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroyed when I was 6 yrs. old and then Resurrected at 42!
I was six when I happened to see KISS perform for the Paul Lynde halloween special. Before this I didn't think much of Rock and Roll. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Almost Human
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool. Worth it?
It sounds great that's for sure. I'm just not sure that there;s enough of a difference from the original to justify the cost.
Published 3 months ago by Rob C.
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