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Odyssey: The definitive examination of "Music From The Elder," KISS' cult-classic concept album Hardcover – September 16, 2016
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The book is so detailed, it sets up the history of the project as well as defining the environment of the era when Kiss took a left turn in 1981 and embarked on a truly different project.
I can't recommend this book enough. A++++ all the way!
That being said, I wondered how any author could find much to write about an album that was a commercial flop on release and has subsequently been buried by the band that recorded it. Turns out there's a lot to say about The Elder and this book finds most of it.
Consisting of interviews with key people involved (not the band), vintage reviews and as much history as they could dredge up, the author's piece together the story of this cult album. It's a huge book but it reads really quickly. The overview is full of new information and a lot of insights regarding the project.
There are a lot of KISS books out there. Some are great, some are terrible. Odyssey stands, like the album that inspired it, as a unique project that is worthy of the time it takes to read. I really enjoyed it and I'd think any fan of the album will as well. Haters of The Elder might read it and reconsider the album now.
Spinal Tap reference aside, this book is a dream come true for fans of The Elder. For KISS fans like me, fascinated with every detail of the first ten years of their career, "Odyssey" does an amazing job of revealing a staggering amount of specific information about this unique period in KISStory.
I'm forever grateful to Tim McPhate and Julian Gill for their tireless efforts putting this tome together. I'm so glad there are intelligent, resourceful and dedicated KISS fans such as yourselves willing to get the job done right. Thank you for all you do.