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Friday, November 11, 2011

KISS: "The Elder" 30th Anniversary

"When the earth was young, they were already old..."

Arguably KISS' most controversial album, and an album that is either loved or loathed by the KISS Army, "(Music From) The Elder" was released 30 years ago today in the United States on Nov. 10, 1981.

Back in 2006,
KISSFAQ head Julian Gill published a fantastic feature celebrating the album's 25th anniversary. Content includes album facts and details; song-by-song analysis; lyrics; PDF of the original album press kit from Casablanca Records; and more.

Check out this special content

Also, to indulge your inner "Elder," check out the FAQ's other great resources on the album:

Discography Notes

KISS Album Focus
Art or arrogance? Love it or hate it, Music From “The Elder” has long been considered to be the most divisive album released by KISS. Where “Unmasked” was vilified in many quarters, due to its overly polished production and weak material, “The Elder” simply left most fans scratching their heads. While the production kept the song’s sonic edge, the confusing concept, track-order, and packaging seemed to make little sense for a heavy metal band. “The Elder” was simply ignored, doomed to sink into obscurity as the fans either grew up or ran to the arms of certified heavy metal acts like AC/DC, Judas Priest, or the bludgeoning NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard – KISS even considered working with Mutt Lange though he was unwilling to leave the UK at the time. Read the rest

Finally, last March the staff at PodKISSt hosted an excellent "Elder roundtable" discussion, which features the FAQ's Julian Gill, among others. Listen to PodKISSt #42: Under The Rose! below:

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