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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. If this present disc had been accompanied with a second disc of demos and outtakes, then there would hardly have been any negative reviews. The Remix is great for what it is. The packaging is good (although they SHOULD HAVE altered the color of the back to match the front artwork). The black disc even has a faux record label. There is so much that is good about this issue. But the complaints are valid. The bonus track is the original solo to "Sweet Pain"? THAT doesn't qualify for an Anniversary acknowledgement. KISS has just rejoined Universal Music Group. They have nearly all of KISS' recorded stuff. There is plenty that they could have included. A live DVD or cd would have been SOMETHING. A stripped bonus disc would have been SOMETHING. A symphony remix as a bonus disc would have been SOMETHING. But what they have issued--great as it may be sonically--is unremarkable in value. I have bought this album in several formats numerous times. I don't regret buying this version, either. BUT all of it was unnecessary. Want to revisit something? How about a remix and remaster of Hot In The Shade? Some of the 80s percussive things on that disc, particularly "Read My Body" need an exit. How about a guitar-dominant remix of Unmasked? What if you release a version of The Elder with Ace's guitar parts present? There's a lot that could be remixed and remastered in the KISS World. BUT--and it's a big one--do it with determination. I'm not knocking Ezrin's remix. The disapointment is not with this issue's sonics. It's with its packaging, what it does not do because of what it does not include.
Bottom line is that completists and die hards will buy it. New fans won't appreciate the differences. And most will feel cheated.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2012 2:50:11 PM PDT
Michael Dobey says:
they could have put out the alt versions of songs and 'aint none of your business' it's just a shame!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 9:48:26 PM PST
little prince says:
Posted on May 8, 2013 7:00:00 PM PDT
Michael S. says:
Simpsons did it!!! Nice review well written, I bought the vinyl for the original printed artwork on the cover just to add it to the pile.
Posted on May 17, 2013 4:57:41 PM PDT
Tonto Epstein says:
I don't believe for a second that Ezrin approached Simmons and Stanley. Not a chance in hell. I think anybody that believes that line of baloney is naive beyond belief. Simmons and Stanley will do anything to bleed a few extra bucks out of the back catalogue. When those two are out walking on the street, those ridiculous toupees of theirs don't clean themselves, it takes a professional. Remixing this album will pay for their toupee stylists, and maybe for a nice Italian leather couch.
Posted on Aug 3, 2013 1:15:59 PM PDT
A. MacEwen says:
I'm new to Kiss and I prefer Destroyer Resurrected to the original. In fact, I'm upset that I spent the $$$ on the original. Even if Simmons and Stanley were being their usual venal selves with their decision to remix this album, I think it paid off.
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