You get a shoddy story, dramatic elements, decent guitar and drum work, and a unique experience found in few other albums. Pepper’s… Instead, it was their Mr. Roboto and nearly destroyed the band - and the brand. Worse, shortly before the album was released in November 1981, the track sequence was altered, rendering an already garbled storyline incomprehensible. And we lost our minds.”. Now 1981 was the time when Dungeons & Dragons was becoming a craze, so there were certainly fantasy fans in the rock world. “Oh…Fanfare is supposed to be first…”. But Music From “The Elder” is a good album. The lead guitar on this is great and is actually Paul and not Ace. I shifted loyalties to expanding my interest to other groups and began a life-long music affair with rock music. It isn’t their worst album. No, it isn’t half bad (okay, half of it is bad, but the other half not so much). Brian Carr: Music from The Elder might be the hardest CRAotW yet for me to review (except for Radiohead, of course). With the tempo changes in it, it is well composed but can’t really understand everything being said and the artistry that was meant is lost on me. 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). I've certainly heard worse things. Ace’s Dark Light is the standout track, with quite possibly the best solo he’s ever pulled off. Gene actually plays bass and rhythm guitar on it and does a great job. The album was a gatefold and inside was another medieval looking table and chairs with a candle in the middle. Dark Light by Ace Frehley is another bright spot and again shows that one of the charms of classic Kiss was four vocalists with distinct voices – kinda like the Beatles. “We were convinced that we were making our Sgt. They were now basically a joke. This album is completely different from KISS' older albums. But…years later after reading a book on the album and living with it for 40 years, it isn’t half bad. Odyssey, especially grates on me lyrically. I’ve never heard of this album! This is your last Kiss Ace song until ‘Psycho Circus’ so you better enjoy it and enjoy it I do. This is song #10 and it is called “Odyssey”. 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. And that’s almost the entire album! The album was ‘The Wall”. Blackwell”. I'm not a die-hard Kiss fan, but I do own their catalog and enjoy each release. 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. Sorry, guys - if I want prog, I'll go for the real thing, like Nektar. They were (to my ears) a poor man’s Mott the Hoople – All flash and no bang - playing second rate glam and hiding their mediocre talents behind grease paint and glitter. It is not his best song, but one of the better songs on the album for me at least. Dark Light – Ace Frehley on vocals gives this a slightly Lou Reed sort of vibe. Under The Rose Eric Mehta: It rates a ten for me, however at the time I had the 'what the hell is this?' Sounds fine, no problem. When they re-worked it for the album, Lou Reed and Gene stepped in and changed up some of the lyrics and helped get it to its final version. Hell hath no fury like a music fan scorned. He delivers the lyrics with such conviction and poise, that you for a moment forget you are beyond confused about the story itself. 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. Along with Destroyer and Creatures Of The Night it’s one of my favourite Kiss albums. Even when Kiss “returned to form” with later albums, they never fully recaptured the magic of ’76 and earlier. 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. “We were convinced that we were making our Sgt. But now that I have, I can say it is not as bad as its reputation. Sorry guys, you did it to yourselves. The journey we are undertaking here now takes on a more serious note, with the somber A World Without a Heroes. Kiss in all their make up but with short hair, Mark Knopfler head bands and the most camp costumes. Ein Review von BierBorsti zum Album (Music From) The Elder (1981) von KISS: Die frühen 80`er Jahre waren keine leichte Zeit für die heißeste Band der Welt. There is a lot to like here and I will come back often. Ace’s playing is awesome as expected and a much needed lift for the album. I recall wondering if there was a movie called The Elder since this was Music From "The Elder". If it's a soundtrack where's the film? The opening riff in the Gene Simmons number Only You is mildly hypnotic and supports the spacey vocals really well. Before we get to that, let’s talk packaging. Why not indeed? Elder, however, is not one of them. I’m not sure what to say to this for Gene and Paul. There were no inserts in this album that I am aware. Dark Light is Ace Frehley at his very best – perfect vocals for this song, with a great riff, that could have been the best track on his solo album a couple of years earlier. Shane Hall: A few of my high school friends were among that "small minority of diehard Kiss fanatics" who absolutely loved this album -- for reasons I did not fathom then and still don't. If that wasn’t crazy, look at the band’s costumes for this album…. Only You seamlessly bleeds into Under the Rose with such ease that they could almost be the same song. 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