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Kiss takes a chance and records a concept album.

  • Sep 20, 2009
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Music From the Elder was going to be a huge album for Kiss.  They wanted to make a Pink Floyd type of album and turn it into a big production complete with a movie and other money making merchandise.  But the album turned out to be their lowest selling disc and their huge plans never materialize.  The album was recorded with the help of Bob Ezrin (he has worked with several bands on their concept albums such as Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd and Lou Reed).  But the band was in distention, lead guitarist Ace Frehley wanted nothing to do with the record and only contributed the song Dark Light.  Paul Stanely and Gene Simmons were totally dedicated to the project.  Lou Reed contributed lyrics to "A World Without Heroes" and Mr. "Blackwell".  During the final mixing and post production, a lot of the dialog between songs were removed making the album's concept extremely hard to follow.

When the album didn't chart as long as the band thought it would, they began to make up excuses for why it failed.  Bob Ezrin blamed it on his cocaine addiction at the time, Stanley felt the material just wasn't up to snuff, Simmons claims to hate the album and calls it garbage while Frehley didn't care for it to begin with.  But I don't agree with the,.  The band needed to do something different at the time and that what this album was.  I wished they didn't cut out the in between song dialog and it's a shame they never included a lyric sheet.  The concept is about a young boy who has been chose by the Order of the Rose to become a warrior and through his difficult training would become a very powerful one who would led the world from one filled with darkness into a brighter one.

Recommended for fans of concept albums.

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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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