Friday, September 17, 2021

KISS announce expanded Destroyer 45th anniversary reissues

KISS will release a series of expanded 45th anniversary reissues of their 1976 album, “Destroyer”, on November 19.

Produced by Bob Ezrin, the band’s fourth studio set featured instant classics like “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “God Of Thunder” and their highest-charting US hit, “Beth.”

Coming on the heels of the chart success of 1975’s legendary “Alive!” album, “Destoyer” served as the group’s real commercial breakthrough when it become their first record to sell one million copies in its first year, and it remains their all-time best selling studio album.

The “45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition” of Destroyer is a 4CD + Blu-ray Audio box set that includes a newly-rematsered version of the original album; a disc of 15 demos from Paul Stanley’s and Gene Simmons’s personal archives – 9 of which are unreleased; a series of studio outtakes, alternate versions / mixes and single edits; a live performance from the L’Olympia in Paris, France; and , a Blu-ray Audio disc that delivers the first-ever Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the original studio album plus 2 bonus tracks “Beth (Acoustic Mix)” and “Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)” the latter featuring Ace Frehley’s original recorded guitar solo that was not released on the studio album (this track is available on the 2012 “Destroyer: Resurrected” project).

The box set also features a 68-page hardcover book with extensive liner notes by Paul Elliott and Ken Sharp featuring interviews with band members, then-manager Bill Aucoin, and album producer Bob Ezrin, as well as an extensive collection of KISS memorabilia from the era, including a complete recreation of the original KISS Army Kit with the original folder and following items:

** KISS Army newsletter Volume 1 – No 2 announcing Destroyer
** 2x 8”x10” Destroyer Press Photos
** Discography Sheet
** Ace, Gene, Paul & Peter Bio Sheet
** KISS Army Member Certificate
** KISS Army Membership Card

The 2021 reissue series will also be available in a Deluxe Edition 2CD package, and a 2LP set on standard double black vinyl and limited edition yellow and red double colored vinyl, as well as digital formats.

KISS recently resumed the US leg of their End Of The Road farewell tour after postponing a few shows due to Covid-19 issues within the band.

“Destroyer 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition”

Release date: November 19

Disc 1 – Destroyer - Original Album Remastered
Disc 2 – Destroyer-Era – Demos
Disc 3 - Destroyer - Outtakes, Alternate Versions / Mixes, Single Edits
Disc 4 – Live In Paris - L’Olympia – 22 May, 1976
Blu-Ray Audio – Destroyer - *Dolby Atmos 48kHz 24-bit, *Dolby True HD 5.1 96kHz 24-bit, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 96kHz 24-bit, PCM Stereo 96kHz 24-bit

See also:

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