Mittwoch, Mai 26, 2010 / Eingestellt von peter / Kommentare (0)

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R.I.P. > Ronnie James Dio - 1942-2010 

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Dienstag, Mai 11, 2010 / Eingestellt von peter / Kommentare (0)

Kiss - Destroyer is the fourth studio album and fifth album overall by hard/glam rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976 in the United States. It was the second consecutive Kiss album to reach the Top 20 in the United States, as well as the first to chart in Germany and New Zealand. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on April 22, 1976.

It was certified platinum on November 11, 1976, the first Kiss album to achieve that distinction.

Coming on the heels of the group's breakthrough album Alive!, Destroyer is easily the most ambitious studio recording of Kiss's '70s catalogue. Bob Ezrin, who had previously worked with Alice Cooper, was brought in to produce the album. Among the production flourishes Ezrin introduced to Kiss were sound effects, strings, screaming children (on "God Of Thunder") backwards drums (Also on "God of Thunder") as well as a children's choir.

Destroyer is the first Kiss album to prominently feature outside musicians, such as members of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra. However, one musician was not credited: Dick Wagner, from Alice Cooper's band, replaced Ace Frehley on tracks such as "Sweet Pain" (as Frehley didn't want to interrupt a card game he was playing during recording sessions for the song) and even on a song that Frehley himself co-wrote "Flaming Youth". Wagner also played the acoustic guitar found on the song "Beth".The success of Alive! and Destroyer enabled the band to embark on their first tour of Europe.

After attaining modest commercial success with their first three studio albums, Kiss achieved a commercial breakthrough with the 1975 concert album Alive! It was the first album by the band to be certified gold, and eventually went multi-platinum. The success of Alive!, which spent 110 weeks on the charts, benefited not only the struggling band but their cash-strapped label, Casablanca Records. Kiss signed a new contract with Casablanca in late 1975, partly because the label had been very supportive from the start of the band's career. The contract was only for two albums, however, an indication that Casablanca was unsure if the group could duplicate the accomplishments of Alive!

Destroyer sold well upon its release on March 15, 1976 and was certified gold on April 22. Although exact sales figures are not known, Paul Stanley stated that the album initially sold 850,000 copies in the U.S., well in excess of any of Kiss's first three studio albums.

After peaking at #11 on the Billboard album chart on May 15, however, Destroyer quickly fell and by August was at #192.

The first three singles — "Shout It Out Loud," "Flaming Youth," and "Detroit Rock City" — failed to ignite sales any further, leading the band and its management to view the album as a failure relative to Alive! The band and Ezrin cited fan backlash as the reason Destroyer did not meet sales expectations. Ezrin also stated that the "grassroots rock press" was particularly critical of the album. Rolling Stone referred to "bloated ballads," "pedestrian drumming," and "lackluster performances" in its review.

It was not until radio stations started playing the B-side of the "Detroit Rock City" single, "Beth," that the album started to sell as expected. The ballad, which according to Simmons was deliberately put on the B-side to force stations to play "Detroit Rock City," started receiving numerous listener requests and became an unexpected hit. "Beth" was re-released as the fourth single in late August, and it peaked at #7 on the Billboard singles chart on September 25. It was the group's first Top 10 song and re-ignited sales of the album. On November 11 Destroyer became the first Kiss album to be certified platinum.

Das ist der Meilenstein des Glam-Rocks schlechthin! Leider kann man die Lederkostüme und geschminkten Gesichter nur auf dem Cover sehen, doch auch musikalisch haben Simmons, Stanley, Frehley und Criss theatralische Feuerwerke zu bieten. Jeder der neun Rocksongs ist ein Juwel für sich und transportiert auf eine Weise Spaß und augenzwinkernde Arroganz, wie das nur die vier amerikanischen Alpträume beherrschten. Nach einem aberwitzigen Hörspiel-Beginn mit Autostart und Crash rasen die Jungs das Album entlang wie auf einer Highway, die nur ihnen gehört. Nur ,Beth', der Schmuse-Song der Platte, kommt etwas getragener daher, sorgt aber gerade dadurch für willkommene Abwechslung. In jedem Rocker schlummert eben auch ein Lover! Holzhammer-Fans werden reichlich durch Mitgröl-Hymnen wie ,Shout It Out Loud' bedient, und die Gitarrenarbeit kann sich im weiten Umkreis der Siebziger sehen lassen. Die Jungs schockten und rockten nicht nur, sie machten richtige Herzblut-Musik! Milestone:******(6)

"Detroit Rock City" – 5:17
"King of the Night Time World"– 3:19
"God of Thunder" – 4:13
"Great Expectations" – 4:21
"Flaming Youth" – 2:59
"Sweet Pain" – 3:20
"Shout It Out Loud" – 2:49
"Beth" – 2:45
"Do You Love Me" – 3:33

Gene Simmons – bass guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals
Paul Stanley – rhythm guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals
Ace Frehley – lead guitar
Peter Criss – drums, lead vocals on "Beth," backing vocals
Additional musicians
Dick Wagner – guitar solos on "Flaming Youth" and "Sweet Pain"; acoustic guitar on "Beth"
Boys Choir of Harlem – vocals on "Great Expectations"
David and Josh Ezrin – voices on "God of Thunder"

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Donnerstag, Mai 06, 2010 / Eingestellt von peter / Kommentare (0)

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Richie Sambora - Stranger in Town (1991). I was not surprised to find that Mr.Sambora is as talented as he is. He is and was. He is an amazing singer and songwriter, and this will come as no surprise, he's a wonderful guitarist. But what really stands out on this album are the songs. "One Light Burning" is a ballad of intense passion and heart. "Stranger in This Town" is a bluesy, down beat gem with great arrangements and vibe through out it. On "Mr. Bluesman", Richie gives way to his hero, Eric Clapton, and on a song that Sambora wrote about him. It is a magnificent album from first song to closing track, and it explores every emotion of love.. from hurt to joy and wonder. If you ever liked Bon Jovi, then don't hesitate to get this one. Great production, terrific songs, and top notch musicianship are what this album is all about. A MUST have.
 No pop-metal riffs, no shredding and fast keyboards like 7800 Fahrenheit , Slippery When Wet and New Jersey . Sambora creates an album full of blues riffs and melodic solo.

Rest in Peace (Richie Sambora, David Bryan) - 3:47
Church of Desire (Sambora) - 6:09
Stranger in This Town (Sambora, Bryan) - 6:15


  Ballad of Youth (Sambora, Tom Marolda) - 3:55
One Light Burning (Sambora, Marolda, Bruce Foster) - 5:51
Mr. Bluesman (Sambora) - 5:16
Rosie (Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child, Diane Warren) - 4:51
River of Love (Sambora) - 5:11
Father Time (Sambora, Child) - 6:05
The Answer (Sambora, Foster) - 5:07
Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix) - 5:57 / When a Blind Man Cries (Deep Purple) - 5:31

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