KISS: Destroying It for 45 Years...


KISS celebrates the 45th anniversary of their 1976 and fourth studio album, Destroyer, by reissuing it this Friday as a Super Deluxe four-CD + Blu-ray Audio box set, a two-disc black vinyl set, a limited-edition yellow and red double colored vinyl set, a two-CD set, and digitally.

Produced by Bob Ezrin, known at that time for his work with Alice Cooper, it gave us such KISS staples as "Detroit Rock City," "Shout it Out Loud," "God of Thunder" and their only Top 10 song, "Beth."

Destroyer was the band's first platinum album and remains their best-selling studio disc.  

Here is what is contained in tomorrow's release of the album's Super Deluxe set:

The first CD includes the original album newly remastered at Abbey Road Mastering.

The second disc contains 15 demos from Gene Simmons' and Paul Stanley’s personal archives – nine of which are unreleased.

The third disc features studio outtakes, alternate versions / mixes and single edits – most notably a brand-new stripped-down mix for “Beth (Acoustic Mix).”

And disc four is a concert from the Olympia in Paris on May 22nd, 1976.

The Blu-ray Audio disc is a Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the original album plus two bonus tracks -- “Beth (Acoustic Mix)” and “Sweet Pain (Original Guitar Solo)” featuring Ace Frehley’s original recorded guitar solo that was not released on the studio album. It was previously released on 2012'sDestroyer: Resurrected.

And, in addition to all that, the Super Deluxe box contains:

  • KISS Army newsletter Volume 1 – No 2 announcing Destroyer
  • Two 8”x10”Destroyerpress photos
  • Discography sheet
  • Gene, Paul, Peter & Ace bio sheet
  • KISS Army member certificate & membership card
  • KISS logo iron-on & KISS Army sticker
  • “Detroit Rock City” bumper sticker & Destroyer cover sticker
  • 11”x17” KISS on Westminster Bridge U.K. poster
  • Four new 8”x10” band member photos and trading cards
  • 8”x12”Destroyerfoil flyer & a rare Canadian flyer
  • 16”x24” KISS over New York skyline poster
  • 16”x24” KISS Halloween 1976 concert poster
  • Two 9”x12” never before seen Destroyer tour stage blueprints
  • 16-pageDestroyer1976 tour program
  • Gotham Rock City News Volume 1newspaper with a track-by-track interview with the band and producer Bob Ezrin
  • 68-page hardcover book featuring band interviews and more

This all comes in a lift top- style box and features artist Ken Kelly’s original Destroyer cover art.

And as for bonus audio, it's as follows:

Paul Stanley demos:

  1. Doncha Hesitate
  2. God of Thunder and Rock and Roll
  3. It’s the Fire (previously unreleased)
  4. Detroit Rock City***
  5. Love Is Alright***

Gene Simmons demos:

  1. Bad, Bad Lovin’
  2. Man of a Thousand Faces
  3. I Don’t Want No Romance***
  4. Burnin’ Up With Fever***
  5. Rock N’ Rolls Royce***
  6. Mad Dog
  7. Night Boy***
  8. Star***
  9. Howlin’ For Your Love***
  10. True Confessions

Outtakes, Alternate Versions / Mixes, Single Edits:

  1. Beth (Acoustic Mix)***
  2. Shout it Out Loud (Single Edit)
  3. Flaming Youth (Single Edit)
  4. Detroit Rock City (Single Edit)
  5. Shout it Out Loud (Mono Single Edit)
  6. Flaming Youth (Mono Single Edit)
  7. Detroit Rock City (Mono Single Edit)
  8. Beth (Mono)
  9. King of the Night Time World (Live Rehearsal Instrumental)***
  10. Do You Love Me? (Mono Instrumental)***
  11. God of Thunder (Early Instrumental Mix)***
  12. Ain’t None of Your Business (Instrumental)***
  13. Detroit Rock City (Instrumental)***
  14. King of the Night Time World (Alternate Mix)***
  15. Great Expectations (Early Version)***
  16. Flaming Youth (Early Version)***
  17. Do You Love Me? (Early Version)***
  18. Shout it Out Loud (Alternate Mix)***
  19. Ain’t None of Your Business (Outtake)***
  20. Beth (Take 6 – Instrumental)***
  21. Beth (Instrumental)***
  22. Do You Love Me? (Alternate Mix)***

Live in Paris – L’Olympia – 22 May, 1976***:

  1. Deuce
  2. Strutter
  3. Flaming Youth
  4. Hotter Than Hell
  5. Firehouse
  6. She / Ace Frehley guitar solo
  7. Nothin' To Lose
  8. Shout it Out Loud / Gene Simmons bass solo
  9. 100,000 Years /Peter Crissdrum solo
  10. Black Diamond
  11. Detroit Rock City
  12. Rock and Roll All Nite

***Previously unreleased


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