10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES


The live double LP Alive! had broken Kiss commercially, but they still needed a studio album that captured that same firepower. For the bicentennial the group chose to work with Alice Cooper/Lou Reed producer Bob Ezrin, who'd earned his reputation for being an active participant and a tough taskmaster who wouldn't accept second best. The jump in quality was immediate in 1976 terms. (Ezrin remixed the album in 2012 with the band’s blessing as Destroyer (Resurrected).) The payoff was right there in the thunderous drumming guiding “Detroit Rock City”: as surefire a concert opener and album leadoff track as any song the band had ever written. Drummer Peter Criss’ ballad “Beth” brought Kiss their first Top 10 single, but it’s purebred rockers such as “King of the Night Time World” (written in part by L.A. impresario Kim Fowley), “God of Thunder,” and “Shout It Out Loud” that satisfied the hardcore fans.

EDITORS’ NOTES


The live double LP Alive! had broken Kiss commercially, but they still needed a studio album that captured that same firepower. For the bicentennial the group chose to work with Alice Cooper/Lou Reed producer Bob Ezrin, who'd earned his reputation for being an active participant and a tough taskmaster who wouldn't accept second best. The jump in quality was immediate in 1976 terms. (Ezrin remixed the album in 2012 with the band’s blessing as Destroyer (Resurrected).) The payoff was right there in the thunderous drumming guiding “Detroit Rock City”: as surefire a concert opener and album leadoff track as any song the band had ever written. Drummer Peter Criss’ ballad “Beth” brought Kiss their first Top 10 single, but it’s purebred rockers such as “King of the Night Time World” (written in part by L.A. impresario Kim Fowley), “God of Thunder,” and “Shout It Out Loud” that satisfied the hardcore fans.

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