The Oath - Kiss - (Music From) The Elder
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Music from "The Elder" is the ninth studio album released by American rock band Kiss. The album marked a substantial departure from their previous output with its concept and orchestral elements. The Oath - Kiss - (Music From) The Elder to poor sales, 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. While " A World Without Heroes " was later performed on the band's MTV Unplugged appearance, Kiss have largely avoided live performances of songs from the album following initial promotional appearances in Kiss was in the midst of a transitional phase as the s began.
Peter Criss was not involved in the recording of 's Unmasked : he officially left Kiss in May of the same year. His replacement Eric Carr was officially introduced in July. The group had recently embarked on a hugely successful tour of Australia and New Zealand where the group's popularity was at its peak in November, but the band's commercial fortunes at home were drastically reduced from the —79 era.
Due to the lackluster sales of UnmaskedKiss toured exclusively outside the U. The overseas tours were well attended, partly because Kiss had rarely ventured abroad and because the more pop -oriented Dynasty and Unmasked albums did better in the European markets than their earlier hard rock albums. This commercial downturn is attributable to many factors; two of the İnanmam - Göksel - Mektubumu Buldun Mu? being the softening of Kiss' image in an effort to appeal to a broader fanbase and the softening of their music.
The glut of Kiss merchandising that had cropped up in the late s led to a backlash from many fans who felt that Kiss was then more concerned with making money than with making good music. In an effort to return to their hard rock roots, Kiss began recording music more akin to the hard rock style that launched Nitro - Marquetz - Nitro to popularity in the mids.
The fall issue of the Kiss Army Newsletter hinted at the style the new album was to take: "It will be hard and heavy from Al Andalus - The Rootsman - Realms Of The Unseen to finish, straight-on rock and roll that will knock your socks off. They believed that only a bold, artistic statement would regenerate public interest in Kiss.
To that end, they enlisted producer Bob Ezrin to work with the group, who, in turn, employed members from the American Symphony Orchestra and St. Robert's Choir to Throw Away Your Television - Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way tracks for the album. Ezrin had worked with the group before, producing the group's hit album Destroyer.
He had also co-produced Pink Floyd The Oath - Kiss - (Music From) The Elder concept album The Wall. Simmons, Stanley, and Aucoin felt that Ezrin could help bring their ambitions to fruition.
The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve. This was the first Kiss album to feature no image of the group, not even the customary front-cover appearance. According to one story, the hand reaching for the door knocker is not that of Stanley: Aucoin has stated that it belongs to a handmodel, hired for the shoot; however, in a The Oath - Kiss - (Music From) The Elder surfaced from the album cover shoot showing a partially naked-faced Stanley with his hand on the door knocker.
Recording sessions for the album commenced in March During the recording, Ezrin and Kiss worked in complete secrecy. Ezrin, in particular, had insisted that he would only communicate with Kiss Tokyo Summer Time Love Affair Number 69 - Kim Fowley And The BMX Bandits - Hidden Agenda At The 13th Aucoin.
No one other than Ezrin and Kiss ever heard the album in progress. Additionally, a number of guitar solos Frehley recorded were not included in the final cut. Carr was not a partner in Kiss as the other three members were, but rather an employee. Frehley resented what he felt was Simmons' and Stanley's domination of the The Oath - Kiss - (Music From) The Elder sessions.
When Kiss premiered Music from "The Elder" for their management and record company Karmin - Hello Octoberthe reaction was a mixture of confusion and resentment. Business manager Howard Marks refused to allow his company's name to appear in the liner notes.
But while reviews like the one printed by Rolling Stone were much kinder than past reviews,  the album quickly disappeared from the charts by February, Although budgets were prepared for a tour, none was ever undertaken. Frehley was absent for the Studio 54 appearance, so the group performed as a trio. Most participants in the album's recording admit that it was a major misstep for Kiss.
Ezrin, despite his recent success with the even more ambitious Wall album, admitted that his judgments concerning Music from "The Elder" were clouded due in large part to a cocaine addiction at the time.
Stanley and Simmons admit that they were "delusional" concerning the project, while Frehley has stated that he felt that it was not a good idea to begin with. Despite the general negative feelings towards this album, it has garnered some occasional praise in recent years. The basic plot of "The Elder" involves the recruitment and training of a young hero The Boy by the Council of Elders who belong to the Order of the Rose, a mysterious group dedicated to combating evil.
The Boy is guided by an elderly caretaker named Morpheus. The album's lyrics describe the boy's feelings during his journey and training, as he overcomes his early doubts to become confident and self-assured. The only spoken dialogue is at the end of the last track, "I". During the passage, Morpheus proclaims to the Elders that The Boy is ready to undertake his odyssey.
The version of Music from "The Elder" released in the US, Europe and Brazil contained a different song order than the one originally intended. This order was chosen in order to emphasize "The Oath" and "A World Without Heroes" as potential singles the two songs started each side of the record. One effect of this alteration in song order was to disrupt the narrative flow of the album's story. The Japanese pressing of the album contained the intended song sequence, although "Escape from the Island" was excluded from the album and instead included as the B-side of "The Oath" single.
These passages were meant to provide details of the story, and to act as transitional elements between songs. A heavy metal track that opened the original version of the album, many parts of the song also feature Stanley singing in falsettoa vocal technique he utilized on several of the album's Do Me Right - Various - Disco 20 Disco. Stanley played lead and rhythm guitars, while Frehley played bass.
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