Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Destroyer by Kiss, featuring a Japan-only gatefold cover, the original obi, and the rare poster.
The poster did not come with the album from the factory; it was given away at record stores as a point-of-sale bonus.
About this copy: This copy of Destroyer is a 1976 pressing on the Casablanca label.
The cover is VG++, with a bit of edge and corner wear. The obi is M-; the “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.
The lyric insert is M-. The poster is M-.
The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
This version of the album does include the short track, “Rock and Roll Party” that was omitted from some later pressings.
A beautiful copy of an ultra-rare Kiss item and the only copy we’ve ever seen to include the poster.
Background: Released in 1976, Destroyer was the fourth album by Kiss.
The album reached #11 on the U.S. album charts.
Destroyer is one of Kiss’ most experimental studio albums, but also one of their strongest and most interesting. Alice Cooper/Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin was on hand, and he strongly encouraged the band to experiment — there’s extensive use of sound effects (the album’s untitled closing track), the appearance of a boy’s choir (“Great Expectations”), and an orchestra-laden, heartfelt ballad (“Beth”). But there’s plenty of Kiss’ heavy thunder rock to go around, such as the demonic “God of Thunder” and the sing-along anthems “Flaming Youth,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “King of the Night Time World,” and “Detroit Rock City” (the latter a tale of a doomed concert-goer, complete with violent car-crash sound effects). But it was the aforementioned Peter Criss ballad, “Beth,” that made Destroyer such a success; the song was a surprise Top Ten hit (it was originally released as a B-side to “Detroit Rock City”). Also included is a song that Nirvana would later cover (“Do You Love Me?”), as well as an ode to the pleasures of S&M, “Sweet Pain.” Destroyer also marked the first time that a comic-book illustration of the band appeared on the cover, confirming that the band was transforming from hard rockers to superheroes.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1976|