Only You Music From “The Elder” was an art-rock concept album based on a fantasy tale written by Simmons and conceived as the soundtrack to a Hollywood blockbuster. I recall wondering if there was a movie called The Elder since this was Music From "The Elder". This was Gene’s album for sure. I like the album more than you do, but you made good points. It sure ain’t fantastic, but it has its moments. Of course, the re-ordering of tracks to emphasise the singles when first released messed up the narrative, and I would love to hear the spoken word passages recorded by Christopher Makepeace but not used. Take it away from the rest of their back catalogue and I believe that it stands alone and has stood the test of time more than most of their 'classic' albums. “I” See what you did there. Hier bei uns wird hohe Sorgfalt auf eine faire Auswertung des Tests gelegt als auch der Kandidat zum Schluss durch die abschließenden Testnote bewertet. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Kiss - (Music From) The Elder at Discogs. KISS hates it. In unserer Rangliste finden Sie zuhause tatsächlich ausnahmslos die Produkte, die unseren enorm festgelegten Maßstäben standgehalten haben. “We wanted a critical success. For me, only 4 songs are keepers. Wade Babineau: Ahh… The Elder. Read and write album reviews for Music from "The Elder" - Kiss on AllMusic I never went back and checked this one out, other than hearing/seeing the videos for A World Without Heroes and possibly I. Still, and another plus point, depending on your point of view, it did make me go through Spotify and listen to selected cuts from their back catalogue which I can’t deny brought a wry smile to my face, a few old memories and a wee toast to their undeniable business acumen and charm. “They are benevolent, but committed to the balance of opposites. Mike Knoop: I like Kiss a lot. It has that type of excitement attached to it. I heard The Oath on the 12” single of Forever (I think) and was desperate to hear the rest of it. Aye I do, it’s the apple of my eye. A tour for this record would have been interesting. Is it some sort of attempt at Prog? Pretentious? Imagine what The Elder could have been if Ace’s vision had been a bit more accepted! Ace's presence is missed on Music From The Elder, and the concept is a bit hokey and ham-fisted but so are many concept albums. In conjunction with their month-long NovElder retrospective, KISS FAQ has issued an interview with Manhattan Model Shop's Bill Finneran, who discusses the creative process and construction of the door prop used for the album cover for KISS’ 1981 Music From The Elder… It’s too nerdy and arty for regular KISS fans and probably too KISS for true prog fans, but for those who are willing to open their mind and listen to the album for what it is, the rewards are great." Een hoes die niks met kiss te doen had muziek die niks met kiss te doen had teksten die niks met kiss … The original cd release matches the original album song order. This was the first album the band wasn’t featured in any of the packaging. Oct 17, 2012 - KISS' 1981 concept album "Music From The Elder" bombed when it was first released, but has developed a cult following over time. A sci-fi/fantasy concept was as far away from Kiss's comfort zone as it's possible to get. The image was outweighing the music and they suffered their first member defection. And that’s almost the entire album! Scott Spalding: Album starts off with a conventional Paul Stanley rocker, The Oath. The chorus has a choir thrown in for good measure. I fucking love you”. Wir haben im großen Kiss the elder Test uns die relevantesten Produkte verglichen und alle brauchbarsten Informationen recherchiert. The Oath Lyrics: 7. I'm pleasantly surprised to find that I still do , not sure about Mr Blackwell though! It has choirs, symphony orchestras, falsettos and odd arrangements, paired with nonsense lyrics about boys, councils, the "Order of the Rose” and all sorts of ominous imagery. The Oath Thanks for stepping out of the box Kiss. Niks concept diepliggende gedachte. Then the disco song. Change can be good and bands need to evolve, but it’s a hard ask for fans of a party-pop rock band to suddenly accept a fantasy-themed progressive concept album. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. “On a mountain high, somewhere / Where only heroes dare / Stand the stallion and the mare”. There are redeeming moments and perhaps if some of Ezrin’s production was stripped back and more focus on the plot it could have been a decent themed record, but it’s a bit over the map and suffers a bit from Gene’s grandiose plans for a movie to be made. Then again, other than Creatures of the Night, and their early stuff, I think that applies to most Kiss albums. Escape From The Island “When the album came out we were embarrassed,” says Simmons. When the record company heard the album, they didn’t like it and had to change the order of the album to give it a better flow and more listening appeal (at least that is what they thought). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Over time, the album has come to be regarded as a cult classic by certain Kiss fans. It is a high energy track that rocks out and is the big chance for Eric to shine and be front and center. Als Produzent hatte hier Bob Ezrin seine Finger im Spiel, der bereits dem Kiss-Klassiker „Destroyer“ seinen Stempel aufgedrückt hatte und ein Jahr vor „Music From „The Elder““ (also 1979) Pink Floyds „The Wall“ produziert hatte. The closing track, I, sounds right at home beside Kiss at its anthemic best. Eric wasn’t happy and Ace was miserable. Please refresh the page and try again. “It bombed,” Simmons says. There is a short reprise of “Just a Boy” which is actually a nice touch. Nice job, My man Matt (gig buddy and featured in many an SFTD post) is obsessed with The Elder and it rubs off. The album was a gatefold and inside was another medieval looking table and chairs with a candle in the middle. That is cool! The band's stature was in jeopardy. Long story short - the album is not a total disaster! It feels all Broadway and over-the-top and if that was what they were going for then they succeeded. Apparently, Music From "The Elder" was supposed to be Kiss's attempt at a concept album. Auf unserer Webseite lernst du alle markanten Unterschiede und wir haben viele Kiss the elder verglichen. Pleasant enough, decent rock. But listening to it out of context and not as a part of the Kiss canon, it isn’t terrible. Just A Boy It will grow on you if you let… And Ace, well Ace wasn’t happy at all. I like the album a lot. What I like about this song is actually two things. On November 1, link textKissFAQ, the self-described "most comprehensive and most informative KISS web site inhabiting the Internet," will launch NovElder, a month-long retrospective dedicated to the band's controversial 1981 concept album, "Music From The Elder". It has that rock anthem feel and it rocks out. Songs like Just A Boy, Odyssey, Only You, Under The Rose and A World Without Heroes still get me to this day. Jim Kanavy: I became a Kiss fan in the 80s and even by mid 80s like 86/87 this was fairly hard to find. That said, while there are a few half decent tracks there’s nothing I’m tempted to add to my ‘bit of everything’ playlist and it’s not likely I’d listen to the album again by choice. Again more like BOC than Kiss. Dark Light – Ace Frehley on vocals gives this a slightly Lou Reed sort of vibe. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices. But…years later after reading a book on the album and living with it for 40 years, it isn’t half bad. Great stuff at digging out the KISS facts and incorporating them into this post. The song was written by Paul Stanley and his demo was called “Every Little Bit of Your Heart”. Sorry, guys - if I want prog, I'll go for the real thing, like Nektar. Fazit: Ich find’s zutiefst schade, dass Mr. Stanley und Herr Simmons nicht über ihren Schatten springen können und endlich mal ein paar Songs von diesem Album live wiedergeben. Nobody but me likes Odyssey!! Here are what seem to be the three major problems with this album: 1 - It’s not what Kiss fans expected. Under The Rose Album Review: “Music From ‘The Elder'” — Kiss (1981) Hokeyboy / 11/05/2014 In a lot of ways, you have to admire the sheer chutzpah that Kiss exhibited by dubbing their 1981 concept album Music From “The Elder” with that moniker. I think the thing that upset people most is that it's not a 'Kiss' album. Benny Richards: I am a huge Kiss fan but this album is incredibly bad. They brought in the American Symphony Orchestra and St. Robert’s Choir to record parts, they brought in actors to record voice-overs, they tried everything and experimented with so many styles and sounds. Maybe you can keep us grounded in reality. No, it isn’t half bad (okay, half of it is bad, but the other half not so much). "It's certainly a shock when you first put it on," producer Bob Ezrin said of the LP back in 1981. Yes, the face paint and image were an over riding factor to my early teen ideals in appreciating the band but lets say that in the end, the music never quite managed to match up to how I interpreted the darkness of the image. They enlisted Bob Ezrin, who had masterminded the sound of Destroyer, and who had just finished recording Pink Floyd’s The Wall to sprinkle his magic on the songs. Ach, shoot me down if you like. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1989 CD release of (Music From) The Elder on Discogs. I suppose this crap-sterpiece of an album deserves better now, in retrospect. I don’t even know where this fucking story takes place. To me, Music from “The Elder” sounds like any other Kiss album, but with less (or no) party in the songs, which may be its biggest pitfall. I didn’t see it mentioned (might have missed it) but the remastered CD release has it in the story order. Good job, Ace. Very interest. 1) It has both Paul and Gene singing and 2) It sounds like Kiss. As a matter of fact, this song is so special we also get to hear one of Paul Stanley’s few guitar solos. Every week, Album of the Week Club listens to and discusses the album in question, votes on how good it is, and publishes our findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute. Escape from the Island is an instrumental track that focuses heavily on Frehley’s guitar work, with some decent tub thumping tribal rhythm from Eric Carr. Kiss has done some fantastic albums over the years. MUSIC FROM THE ELDER: Explaining the KISS Album Everyone Hates. The Cover – ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’. “We were convinced that we were making our Sgt. Eric Mehta: It rates a ten for me, however at the time I had the 'what the hell is this?' It did go to #57 on the Billboard charts. All rights reserved. It has Ace’s guitar sound prominently on it. The Oath, Mr Blackwell and I, have some semblance of the band I recognise, along with Dark Light. The result was a dull mix of mediocre prog-rock that bears little resemblance to the quartet that gave us such iconic albums as Destroyer and Love Gun. I think, with the original lineup, Gene Simmons generally accomplished his goal of creating the Beatles of hard rock. I discovered during the junior high school years that other music fans did not share my enthusiasm towards the pop direction the group was headed. Enough chatter, let us get to the music and the reason we are here. Visit our corporate site. Bei uns wird hoher Wert auf die faire Festlegung des Testverfahrens gelegt sowie der Artikel in der Endphase mit einer finalen Testbewertung bepunktet. Vocally much superior to my expectations. Expecting a sudden shift in fans’ tastes was perhaps a bit too ambitious. Since the album did so poorly, the never released it and currently no one knows who has that video. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Music from the Elder (German Version) Odyssey: The definitive examination of … Man, this is definitely not my uncle’s Kiss. Music From “The Elder” was an art-rock concept album based on a fantasy tale written by Simmons and conceived as the soundtrack to a Hollywood blockbuster. Some of the songs could have been classics if the pompous and/or hard-to-decipher lyrics were replaced, such as The Oath, Only You, I, and Just a Boy." Dynasty and Unmasked were pop rock schlock and no one seemed to have an irrational hatred of those two. To add insult to injury, it was the first Kiss album that failed to go gold in the US. The history of rock, one album at a time. Sadly, no Ace on this song as lead guitar is done by Paul. They are trying to go and do this overblown, look how artistic we can be crap that fails on every level. Nothing was going right. This is a ballad, plain and simple. There were the jokey ones (“And you thought Gene Simmons was overblown…”), the serious, analytical ones (“KISS go heavy metal and rock opera all at once with disastrous results”) and the critical ones (“All the confusion of KISS’s early 80’s career made into music”). The opening riff in the Gene Simmons number Only You is mildly hypnotic and supports the spacey vocals really well. There are some cool vocal effects on it and it is another really great rock track on the album. © So I knew this was going to be an interesting listen. The fans hate it. The reason? A review of the 1981 release from KISS - Music from The Elder. Kiss the elder - Unser Gewinner . Kiss is juist een band die het moet hebben van simpele rech toe recht aan rock&roll en de show uiteraard. Mr. Blackwell) there are moments where Kiss are way ahead of their time with sounds and styles that didn’t get embraced until years later with the emergence of grunge and 90’s alt-rock. A World Without Heroes Lyrics : 6. It has a wintry magical vibe to me. Kiss: The Elder: A World Without Sun » Kiss: The Elder: A World Without Sun #1 - Volume One released by Dynamite Entertainment on April 2017. I think “I” is by far the best song on this one and it’s Ace and Gene to a lesser degree who shine most here. ( Log Out /  Odyssey, especially grates on me lyrically. Feb 5, 2015 - KISS' 1981 concept album "Music From The Elder" bombed when it was first released, but has developed a cult following over time. Who is they? This album is completely different from KISS' older albums. It is awful. Same style and fills, but obviously with the correct swagger and drive. Then I remember them meeting the Phantom Of The Park and I guess it isn’t much of a surprise (though my six year old self thought that movie was the greatest thing ever). “There’s just no other way to look at it.”. Ace’s playing is awesome as expected and a much needed lift for the album. Bob had come off the success of doing a concept album with a band you might know name Pink Floyd. I can't fault a band for trying, and in retrospect I believe that much of the scorn heaped on this album is due to its commercial failure. You can find a loyal geeky contingent online and in the darker regions of KISS-dom that sing its praises. Fanfare Kiss fans will buy any old tat won't they?!?!? It’s not to say that rock doesn’t have its place for nerdy music - Rush and Weezer are prime examples. Leave a review. But Music From “The Elder” is a good album. Think a 20th Century Fox movie opening theme and you have an idea of what this sounds like. By doing it this way, you completely lose sight of the concept album as now it is just an album with no storyline in proper order to follow (not that you could follow it anyway). Music From The Elder has grown on me a lot since I first heard it back in 1986. Scott Wiemann: Staying away due to the negative press, I have never listened to this album. It just sounds like more Kiss music, which like usual, is okay at best with moments of excellence sprinkled in sparingly. They sound like Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons songs, but they don’t make you want to get up and dance or rock out. Alcohol and drugs were destroying the band from within: drummer Peter Criss had been replaced by Eric Carr, and guitarist Ace Frehley’s behaviour was becoming ever more erratic. Kiss were all about (to quote one of Paul Stanley's old stage raps) what was in your jeans rather than your genes. At the end of the song, we get the only speaking parts from the actors. Hugh Lynch: I am reminded of the concept albums of Alan Parsons and Mike Batt (no, really!) The song is very dark and a little morose while at the same time quite beautiful. But, not only did Kiss lack the musical ability of Pink Floyd, they also didn't work out that 1981 was not the time and place for a confusing, prog rock album about medieval times. First, there was the over-exposure, the sheer arrogance of releasing literally millions of the four simultaneous solo albums, which served heavy duty in cut-out bins for years afterwards. Sadly, the vision far out-stripped the reality – the likes of Just A Boy and The Oath sounded like a bunch of brickies trying to be Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ah, yes, the concept. The bassist claims that a movie deal was close to being made, with actors signed up for key roles. At least Ace and Eric looked great. Auf welche Faktoren Sie bei der Wahl Ihres Kiss the elder Acht geben sollten. It just reinforced my loss of interest and relegation of the band to irrelevance. I’m down, First of all, this line made me laugh out loud and I’m still smiling: “Apparently Mr. Blackwell is feeling well.” Yep that’s about as much as I get out of some of these lyrics too, especially when played in that incorrect running order. (AllMusic), "What could be less promising at this stage of the game than a concept album by Kiss? Join the Album Of The Week Club on Facebook to join in. Along with Destroyer and Creatures Of The Night it’s one of my favourite Kiss albums. A fun fact, there was actually a music video recorded for this song but never saw the light of the day. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Unser Team hat verschiedenste Hersteller ausführlichst analysiert und wir zeigen Ihnen hier die Ergebnisse unseres Vergleichs. More bizarrely, Seb Hunter, author of heavy metal memoir Hell Bent For Leather, is seeking funding to make his own movie of The Elder. This album saw the band sink even lower. Fortunately, The Oath comes to the rescue, with Paul on one of those horses from Odyssey, galloping fearlessly into battle, wooden sword in hand... or laser rifle... Where are we again? https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/kiss/music-from-the-elder-2 View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1981 Gatefold Vinyl release of (Music From) The Elder on Discogs. The best moments of the album are Ace Frehley’s contributions with the slamming Dark Light and rock-out instrumental Escape From The Island, which is especially discerning when you hear the stories about how Stanley and Simmons out-voted Frehley on most album-based decisions. It was such a mish-mash of songs and most didn’t sound anything like Kiss. Gregorian chanting monks (why not?) Ace Frehley leaving the band after this album just proves how awful it was. I did the review of the original format I had when I was a kid so you could understand what the public got back in the day. I ended up ordering the cassette through a local record shop. From Rihanna’s quasi–rolling papers to Father John Misty’s tarot cards to a SZA air freshener, here are some unique gift ideas for the superfan in your life. I’ve always liked the album but the movie, the podcasts the fanficton comic books. Well done John. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Music from "The Elder" - Kiss on AllMusic - 1981 - By the end of 1980, Kiss knew that their next… Ezrin was the right man to produce. Then we get an Ace rocker. This is song four, but was supposed to be song #6 so again, all plot is lost. To me it's an album recorded by a band who've totally lost their identity & have no clue where to go next, led by a coked up producer who just happened to … Kev Hutchins: It's a much more coherent album if you listen to the tracks in the order they were intended to be played, rather than the weird running order that was on the original release. The bad reception this album received was unfortunate. On a positive note, A World Without Heroes is a great song but the rest of the album, besides a few cool riffs, is incredibly stupid and Kiss were trying too hard for a style of music they do not understand or suit. It bores me, but yes, the bass is nasty…I will give you that. It isn’t their worst album. I wish I knew, because the massively downtuned bass and creepy vocal delivery by Simmons make it my favourite song. Unlike some fans I was not turned off by the Dynasty and Unmasked albums. Thankfully, the KISS ship would be righted somewhat by the band's next album, Creatures of the Night, which allowed Eric Carr to show people what type of drummer he really was and give Gene Simmons meatier tunes to sink his tongue into. Exit to the left. 3 - The songs are a bit lacklustre. I could go on and on about what went on behind the scenes, in fact, you could write a book about it. A World Without Heroes It's a bit of a convoluted mess, and could have benefited from more Ace Frehley guitar work, but I'll admit to listening to this on a regular basis. Regardless of it being Kiss. Then comes the bass heavy, dark and actually awful song “Mr. The Oath sounds like one of those killer heavy tunes they’d churn out on Creatures, but then the chorus (is that a chorus?) I don’t like the fact that the group have pretty much disowned it when there are songs that are very good on it. Great writing and research. Mr. Blackwell is right as rain in that regard. Louder is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. For his part, Simmons is still embarrassed by the whole fiasco. Actually sung by Gene and a song the band has been known to play in their acoustic sets. Kiss was almost certainly the first band I ever loved. They should have let Ace rock it out a bit and encouraged his participation. As a teenage Kiss fan in the late 80s it was like gold dust. If Destroyer was their Revolver, maybe Music From "The Elder" could’ve been their Sgt. Things were crumbling and the Kiss train was about to come to the end of its tracks…or was it. Fuck you, but not IRL. BA1 1UA. Kiss were so lost at this time of their career after the failures of the pop rock they took on for Dynasty and Unmasked and also Peter Criss leaving the band. Die frühen 80`er Jahre waren keine leichte Zeit für die heißeste Band der Welt. I still play my original vinyl copy regularly. Nine albums that could have been condensed to 4-5 really awesome records. So can I step outside my perception of a Kiss album and listen to it like a new band? If they were to deviate at all, it would be back into the oncoming truck of heavy metal. It is that order change, that we will discuss because the album I have has the original track listing issued which was arranged by the label. The band’s late manager and its label hated it. I Lyrics: 9. Only You Lyrics: 3. And someone actually did so I will review that book later, but here we are going to get the condensed version. Check out the rest of the series if you have time!! Sergio Mendoza Hochmann: It’s a good album, actually. I tried to do that. All from when I was getting into rock music in the early 80s and listening to everything that was recommended to me. Lol. Amid this instability, Simmons and guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley were uncertain of what kind of record Kiss should make after two pop-oriented albums – 1979’s Dynasty and 1980’s Unmasked – had alienated many fans. That aside, I own Animalize, Lick it up, Dynasty and double platinum. And the back cover was the rest of the door. Music from "The Elder" is the ninth studio album released by American rock band Kiss on the Casablanca Records label in 1981. As for The Elder, I remember when this came out and there was a fair bit of buzz that Kiss were trying to do something new, setting aside the codpiece rock and pyros to create a concept album. Quite frankly, this entire album was too ambitious. A review of the 1981 release from KISS - Music from The Elder. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Hell hath no fury like a music fan scorned. When the album was done and the song order was complete, the record company heard the album and probably shit a brick. Unser Gewinner sollte im Kiss the elder Test sich gegen die Konkurrenten den Sieg erkämpfen. Die Qualität des Tests ist extrem relevant. He delivers the lyrics with such conviction and poise, that you for a moment forget you are beyond confused about the story itself. Do you like this album? There is a lot to like here and I will come back often. The second side kicks of with the only U.S. single, “A World Without Heroes”. ), but I came to it with no preconceptions and really liked it. Sämtliche in der folgenden Liste getesteten Kiss the elder sind jederzeit auf amazon.de im Lager und dank der schnellen Lieferzeiten in kürzester Zeit vor Ihrer Haustür. The album opens with “The Oath” which is a more metal song and actually had Paul singing in a falsetto which is not his strong part. I’ve always heard Music from “The Elder” is bad, so I’ve never given it a listen until now. It will always be one of those albums I put on at Christmas time. It’s not the Kiss fans wanted and they rejected it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The album was ‘The Wall”. Anyway, The Odyssey bravely follows unto the breach of the unbelievers, with dramatic hammered pianos, sweeping strings and a very important Paul Stanley once again as the Chief of Theatrical Operations. It was a total trainwreck. Oh wait, he's the Spaceman. They turned it in to this song to fit the story. Well, The Elder was the band’s ambitious foray into art rock, wishing to create something that would finally give them their Sgt Pepper moment with the critics (because the critics were… mean). Now this is more like it. Startseite ... Review von BierBorsti. The one with the Demon singing a ballad about a world without heroes. ), but it completely bombed upon release. Finally we get a Gene song called “Only You” which is a perfect sounding Gene song. And here we are today. That video, they used to call them promos before MTV. Complete your Kiss collection. Nasty bass, that song’s cool. The first eight albums are part of my musical DNA. After having written off Kiss as pure pap for eight-year-olds, who even wants to think about taking them seriously? Kiss the elder - Betrachten Sie dem Favoriten der Experten. Overall it’s not the worst album out there. It seems vital to the story-line, but I forgot my 80’s Rock Opera Decoder Ring in my other Kiss lunch box, so we will unfortunately be none the wiser. Auf was Sie vor dem Kauf Ihres Kiss the elder achten sollten! Worauf Sie als Kunde bei der Wahl Ihres Kiss the elder Aufmerksamkeit richten sollten! But in the end, the movie got lost in “development hell”. If that wasn’t crazy, look at the band’s costumes for this album…. I don’t want to sound like this album has no redeeming qualities. But some cool songs though. Kiss the elder - Der absolute TOP-Favorit . In January 81, the band had started recording at Ace in the Hole studio at Ace’s house and they were doing much harder, rock recordings. KISS - Music From The Elder (1981, 1997 remaster) Exit Peter Criss. Damit Sie mit Ihrem Kiss the elder hinterher auch wirklich zufriedengestellt sind, hat unser Team an Produkttestern auch die ungeeigneten Produkte im Test rausgeworfen. Yet their new songs are catchy, the performances respectable, and, despite its concept, Music from “The Elder” is better than anything that the group has recorded in years. I shifted loyalties to expanding my interest to other groups and began a life-long music affair with rock music. Kiss - Music From "The Elder" (Remastered) Album Lyrics; 1. 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Worse, shortly before the album was released in November 1981, the track sequence was altered, rendering an already garbled storyline incomprehensible. I’ve never heard of this album! As others have said, it doesn’t sound like a Kiss album. I even kind of liked Just A Boy. This was a concept album, remember, so the actors were brought in to speak dialogue that would link the story together, but was nixed and only used for the very last song. Not a duffer in my book but I can see how it might have caused a bit of head scratching back in the day. Hallo und Herzlich Willkommen auf unserer Webpräsenz. Kiss the elder - Alle Auswahl unter der Menge an verglichenenKiss the elder . You might have been made for loving me, but the feeling is not mutual. I think it’s superb. It isn’t much musically, mostly bass and mostly lyrics. I’m not sure what I can say about this track other than it is sung by Paul, has Allan Schwartzberg on drums and Tony powers on keyboards and is trying to be something it is really not. Everyone hates Music from The Elder. Even when Kiss “returned to form” with later albums, they never fully recaptured the magic of ’76 and earlier. Only You starts with a riff and then the bass kicks in. If it's a soundtrack where's the film? ᐅ Vergleichstabelle 11/2020 ᐅ Umfangreicher Test ⭐TOP Waren ️ Aktuelle Angebote ᐅ Sämtliche Vergleichssieger ⭐ Direkt vergleichen! Kiss the elder - Die ausgezeichnetesten Kiss the elder auf einen Blick! Musical themes from Just a Boy are revisited to lend some credence to the idea of this album being a cohesive piece of rock operatics. The typical Kiss "edge" is hard to find in The Elder, but it's there, just a little softer at times. Fair score and as you point out that over 40 years maybe The Elder isn’t all that bad when you really think of it. Part 17 of my series of Kiss reviews, leading up to the release of Monster! Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. There was a problem. I’m not a huge fan of Kiss, so I’ve never really even considered it. It ain't that bad, but ain't that faint praise? I am willing to bet it was left out of those sessions and just re-purposed with Dungeons and Dragons lyrics for this record. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? This album is completely different from KISS' older albums. This is likely the intention based on the subject matter, but once again, this doesn’t really seem to satisfy what should make a Kiss album. Kiss – ‘Music From The Elder’ (1981) – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series) Published on October 15, 2020 October 14, 2020 by 2loud2oldmusic Kiss came off a very successful Australian Tour thanks to Unmasked and the song “Shandi” being huge hits in that country, but in the States, Kiss had floundered significantly. Blackwell”? Long story short, the three main take aways for me from the experience were - firstly, this is not the Kiss I know or recognise, which in itself is not a bad thing, what band wants to retread the same album throughout their career? Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Music from the Elder at Amazon.com. reaction as most rock fans did. Yet their new songs are catchy, the performances respectable, and, despite its concept, Music from “The Elder” is better than anything that the group has recorded in years." There was no way to determine the concept of this album with the songs being in the order they were in. And then... that's where your heartaches begin. Sort of, but not necessarily in good ways. But Kiss wasn’t exactly that band. Unsere Redaktion wünscht Ihnen zuhause nun viel Vergnügen mit Ihrem Kiss the elder! As a whole, it’s not good, but it’s got some good – even great – songs on it, if you can make it past the flutes and strings and Paul Stanley’s choirboy vocals. Fanfare, Just a Boy... (WTF? "It's certainly a shock when you first put it on," producer Bob Ezrin said of the LP back in 1981. It almost sounds live or at least should be played live. I give them kudos for trying to do something different as I think all bands need to shake it up a bit. Ace’s Dark Light is the standout track, with quite possibly the best solo he’s ever pulled off. As far as the story goes, it sounds like Ace is warning the Boy of the darkness that was to come. Also the image the band had at the time of this album was the worst. Odyssey returns us to the land of cheese with a song that wouldn’t be out of place on Rocky Horror, but sadly this isn’t meant to be a joke. Kiss wanted to create a big heavy dark counterpoint to the soft-glow commercial failures of Dynasty and Unmasked. When he read Simmons’ short story, titled The Elder, Ezrin saw a chance to make another concept album like The Wall – “a big statement”, as he told the bassist. By 1981, Kiss were in chaos. Elder came on the heels of the KISS disco superfreaks, Dynasty and Unmasked; people believed KISS had committed to that boppy road. Obviously they were inspired by Bob Ezrin's recent success with The Wall. After all, what is a bell that never rings? As it turns out, the swan song of this record is a pretty decent collaboration between Gene and Paul trading vocals, and the inevitable Broadway chorus will send the dancers in, all decked out in Kiss make up, and with mini-Space Aces flying on strings across the back drop of an… island? Some of us still say "Death to Disco". The record company changed the order of the songs. Finale. Why not indeed? The only thing was the album sleeve was actually a clear plastic sleeve with the Kiss information on it as seen in my copy below. The lead guitar on this is great and is actually Paul and not Ace. Ace sounds like Ace on Dark Light. MUSIC FROM THE ELDER: Explaining the KISS Album Everyone Hates. The Oath starts with a chunky riff that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Scorpions or Heart album but the vocal melody and Paul Stanley’s falsetto singing in particular doesn’t do anything for me. Das Team hat im genauen Kiss the elder Test uns die empfehlenswertesten Artikel verglichen sowie die brauchbarsten Informationen aufgelistet. Either way, apparently something happens (maybe due to the acts of Mr. Blackwell, but who knows?) Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Music from "The Elder" - Kiss on AllMusic - 1981 - By the end of 1980, Kiss knew that their next… Jamie Laszlo: If a bunch of 12 year old kids got together and tried to make an album that sounds like The Who's Tommy, it would sound like The Elder. There was a movie script supposedly being done for this story concept and if it would’ve been done this would probably have been an action sequence with the boy escaping an island. Why should he go to hell? Music From "The Elder" is het tiende album van de hardrockband Kiss.Het album verscheen op 10 november 1981 en werd geproduceerd door Bob Ezrin. David Heaton: A very good album. I think the remastered version has the correct story order and I believe anything since, but the early versions all were the old order. It wouldn’t be a Kiss album (or whatever this is), if we didn’t get one of Gene’s Hey-Hey-Fat-Albert songs. Eric Walker: It’s a very un-Kiss-like album with the concept and all, but some good tunes. I really don't understand why some people hold this album in such esteem. “That was the one time I would say that Kiss succumbed to the critics,” he says. Deswegen ordnen wir beim Vergleich eine entsprechend große Diversität an Faktoren in die Auswertung mit ein. Almost. The album marked a substantial departure from their previous output with its concept and orchestral elements. Er sollte beim Kiss the elder Test beherrschen. I'm not a die-hard Kiss fan, but I do own their catalog and enjoy each release. It is not his best song, but one of the better songs on the album for me at least. Although the album was a little all over the place, it was went out with a bang. When browsing through the available titles on NetGalley's website, was there reallly any chance that I'd see this: Last song, I, starts as if Abba wrote a rock song. The song gets a little heavier and Paul sings in more falsetto and is all completely strange. When they recorded the video for “A World Without Heroes”, the went ahead and did another one. Damit Sie als Käufer mit Ihrem Kiss the elder am Ende auch zufriedengestellt sind, hat unser Team auch noch eine große Liste an weniger qualitativen Angebote im Test aus der Liste geworfen. Maybe you have taste and everyone else doesn’t. Gene sings the last line of the song, and the music fades with the light. Dark Light Lyrics: 5. A great part of the album's appeal lies in … The album cover is just a medieval looking door with a young hand reaching to know on the door. Under the Rose again sounds nothing like Kiss. Paul Stanley gets to be the diva on centre stage as he hits the falsettos in the chorus. Any thought of understanding the concept is completely lost. I remember reading in a Dale Sherman book about that, and suddenly it all made sense. Wider den Sieger kam keiner an. Peter Criss was no longer in the band, their music was no longer rock and things looked pretty dire for them. Songs like Just a Boy, The Oath, Only You, Odyssey, A World Without Heroes, and I are excellent songs. Is it a full Kiss album, a soundtrack? Gene actually plays bass and rhythm guitar on it and does a great job. Ace shined the little he was on it. Why???? In comes producer Bob Ezrin. Elder, however, is not one of them. “They are benevolent, but committed to the balance of opposites. Hell, Ace barely showed up at all. And third, a plus point, side two is actually not that bad, in places. Crazy. On first listen I knew it was kind of weird, but I still really enjoyed it. It’s a lot darker than their usual upbeat party veneer and closer to how dark I always though they looked. And then, it all comes back to me. As mentioned in several of your posts, the press shredded it, the band shoved it in the corner, along with many, many fans. It wasn't great but I didn't see why there was so much hate for it. The fans hate it. “We didn’t know which direction to go,” admits Simmons. Check out our album review of Artist's Music From "The Elder" on Rolling Stone.com. Time, almost 34 years now, has healed some of the wounds. Unser Team hat eine große Auswahl an Marken ausführlichst getestet und wir zeigen Ihnen als Leser hier die Ergebnisse unseres Vergleichs. 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