Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Destroyer by Kiss, including the obi, insert, and gatefold cover.
About this copy: This copy of Destroyer is an original 1976 Japanese pressing, featuring a gatefold cover and the original obi and lyric insert. This version features the then-current dark blue Casablanca label and the album includes the short instrumental track “Rock and Roll Party” which was untitled on original pressings an deleted from some later ones.
The cover is VG++, with just traces of wear at the corners. The disc is M-. No poster.
A nice copy of a hard to find Japanese Kiss album.
Background: Released as their fourth studio album, Destroyer, released in 1976, was the album that finally got Kiss their first hit. Granted, it was “Beth,” a ballad, rather than the hard rock for which the band was known, but the album sold well and received a fair amount of airplay.
The pressure was on Kiss for their fifth release, and the band knew it. Their breakthrough, Alive!, was going to be hard to top, so instead of trying to recreate a concert setting in the studio, they went the opposite route. 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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