Remastered re-release of the ninth full-length studio album by legendary American Horror/Glam/Hard Rock band.
“Music From The Elder” marked a substantial departure from band's previous output, "Unmasked", with its epic concept and orchestral elements: its sales were so poor that Kiss did not embark on a supporting tour for the first time in its eight-year history, opting instead to make a handful of promotional appearances. In an effort to return to their Hard Rock roots, KISS began recording music more akin to the Hard Rock style that launched them to popularity in the mid-1970s. But at the same time, Simmons, Stanley, and creative manager Bill Aucoin felt that just returning to a harder sound was not enough. They believed that only a bold, artistic statement would regenerate public interest in KISS. To that end, they enlisted producer Bob Ezrin to work with the band, who, in turn, employed members from the American Symphony Orchestra and St. Robert's Choir to record tracks for the album. Ezrin had worked with the band before, producing their hit 1976 album "Destroyer". He had also co-produced Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album "The Wall". Simmons, Stanley, and Aucoin felt that Ezrin could help bring their ambitions to fruition. Most participants in the album's recording admit that it was a major misstep for KISS. Ezrin, despite his recent success with the even more ambitious "Wall" album, admitted that his judgments concerning "Music From The Elder" were clouded due in large part to a cocaine addiction at the time. Stanley and Simmons admit that they were "delusional" concerning the project, while Frehley has stated that he felt that it was not a good idea to begin with.
"Music From The Elder" was the first album with drummer Eric Carr and the last album to feature Ace Frehley until their 1996 reunion Alive Worldwide Tour apart from appearing on the cover of the compilation album "Killers" and the next album "Creatures Of The Night" and a handful of promotional appearances with the band until late 1982.
Despite the general negative feelings towards this album, it has garnered some occasional praise in recent years. In 2011, the American website Guitar World mentioned the album among their 50 Great Albums Celebrating Their 30th Anniversary in 2011 while the Brazilian magazine Roadie Crew did likewise in a list of The 81 Greatest Albums of 1981. Roadie Crew would later, in 2017, rank it among their greatest 40 concept albums ever, at #22. In 2016, Classic Rock ranked the album among a list of The 20 Most Underrated Classic Rock Albums Ever. In 2018, the French edition of the Rock Hard Magazine included it in the Volume 2 of its "ideal metaltheque", in the concept albums category. There are rumors that "The Elder" has sold around 500 000 copies, however, this has yet to be substantiated by any official audit, and has not been certified Gold as of 2018.
KISS is one of the best-selling bands of all the time, having sold more than 75 000 000 records worldwide, including 25 000 000 RIAA-certified albums.
KISS also holds the title as America's #1 Gold record award-winning band of all time, having earned 30 Gold albums. Band has 14 Platinum albums, with three albums being multi-Platinum.
On April 10, 2014, the four original members of KISS were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS was ranked by MTV as the ninth "Greatest Metal Band of All Time", and placed tenth on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list, as well as being ranked as the third "Best Metal and Hard Rock Live Band of All Time" by Loudwire.
"Music From The Elder"
"Music From The Elder" was re-released in 1997 in a remastered version.
KISS Catalog, Ltd./Mercury Records, a PolyGram Company, 1981/1997/2014 (378 641-0). Made in EU. Pressed in Austria.
1. Fanfare 1:21
2. Just A Boy 2:25
3. Odyssey 5:36
4. Only You 4:17
5. Under The Rose 4:51
6. Dark Light 4:18
7. A World Without Heroes 2:40
8. The Oath 4:31
9. Mr. Blackwell 4:52
10. Escape From The Island 2:52
11. I 5:03
Total playing time: 42:46 min.