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“Kiss' ambitious rock opera is about a young boy who's chosen to fight for "The Order". The band decided to do something different so they made this concept album.”
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Music from "The Elder" is a 1981 concept album released by the American hard rock band Kiss. It was an attempt on the part of the group to establish Kiss as credible artists, and also to reverse the trend of declining album sales and commercial popularity that had begun in 1979. Instead, the album further served to alienate the group's fan base and represents the lowest point commerciality for the group.[citation needed]

To date, Music from "The Elder" is one of only two Kiss studio albums to fail to earn any US sales certification (the other is 1997's Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions). Album 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.[1]

Music from "The Elder" was the last Kiss album on which lead guitarist Ace Frehley appeared until the 1996 Reunion Tour. Frehley, disgruntled with the band's creative direction as well as with the production of Bob Ezrin, stopped actively participating in the Kiss operation by early 1982, and officially quit the group by November that same year.[2][3]

While "A World Without Heroes" was later performed on the band's 1995 MTV Unplugged appearance, the entire album has been largely ignored in live performances. During a 2004 Australia show, the band attempted to perform "I", but bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons had long forgotten the lyrics.[4]

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Label: Casablanca
Genre: Rock
Release Date: November 16, 1981

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