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Favorite Ezrin Album

What is your favorite Bob Ezrin produced album?

Destroyer
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The Elder
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Revenge
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:00 pm

Favorite Ezrin Album

Bob Ezrin produced three very different KISS albums. There is no question about which one was the most successful, but that's not what I'm asking here. Not talking purely production, but the album as a whole, which one is your personal favorite and why? I am not including Destroyer: Resurrected here; if that's your favorite, simply vote Destroyer.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Destroyer by a mile. It had vision and was a successful vision. Based on the demos for "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth," we know he did his job as producer by pushing for better songwriting, developing better arrangements, etc.

The other two albums have too many outright terrible songs (The Elder) or generic filler (Revenge). The vision for The Elder was the worst example of coke-induced folly in music history, and Revenge is relatively uninspired.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

My fav Ezrin produced album is Revenge
My least fave Ezrin produced album The Elder
The album I listen to Most of the 3 is The Elder
Destroyer is Overrated in all aspects aside from the cover
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:15 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Elder by a country mile.

It's the only one of the three I'd be interested in hearing it all the way through.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

black diamond wrote:Bob Ezrin produced three very different KISS albums. There is no question about which one was the most successful, but that's not what I'm asking here. Not talking purely production, but the album as a whole, which one is your personal favorite and why? I am not including Destroyer: Resurrected here; if that's your favorite, simply vote Destroyer.

Destroyer. The Elder is complete garbage, and Revenge has only about 5 good songs on it.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

The Elder.

In fact it's my favourite KISS album. Destroyer is up there too, probably my second or 3rd favourite.
Revenge is fairly low on the list. It's a good sounding record, but generally the songs don't amount to much. It's highly rated (overrated IMO), I think because it followed a series of very lacklustre albums and was a minor improvement.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:05 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Revenge.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:06 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Elder. Without a shadow of doubt.

Destroyer and Revenge are like a mixed bag to me, production-wise, while Elder feels a lot more focused overall.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Thunderous_Lay wrote:Elder. Without a shadow of doubt.

Destroyer and Revenge are like a mixed bag to me, production-wise, while Elder feels a lot more focused overall.


All three albums have amazing sonics, but that's more engineering than production.

2 of the 3 have a lot of shitty songs....then there's Elder...the goofy, off the wall little album that couldn't...but it's still so much fun!
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battra wrote:
Thunderous_Lay wrote:Elder. Without a shadow of doubt.

Destroyer and Revenge are like a mixed bag to me, production-wise, while Elder feels a lot more focused overall.


All three albums have amazing sonics, but that's more engineering than production.

2 of the 3 have a lot of shitty songs....then there's Elder...the goofy, off the wall little album that couldn't...but it's still so much fun!

I used to think that when I was younger - particularly in regards to Destroyer - but over the years, the uneven songwriting combined with the uneven production, compounded by Ezrin's tacked-on effects on Destroyer, leave a sour taste for me.

At least Elder feels like a even, finished product, instead of trying to be multiple things, all at once.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:50 pm

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Gonna have to go with Destroyer but I also absolutely love The Elder
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:51 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

A lot of people looking back at The Elder with coke-colored glasses
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:54 pm

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goinblind wrote:A lot of people looking back at The Elder with coke-colored glasses

There was a lot of coke going around during the Destroyer sessions too, BTW...
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:58 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Love all three of them but Destroyer casts a long shadow over the other two

Destroyer gets my vote
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:03 pm

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goinblind wrote:A lot of people looking back at The Elder with coke-colored glasses

Personal tastes are a wonderful thing.

For me The Elder had some pretty solid precendence when it came out, so it never really stood out too much, in fact I thought it was a vast improvement over the previous album.
I was too young to be doing anything other than coca cola at the time it was released.
It struck a chord with me then, pretty much loved it at the time and it really hasn't dimmed over the years.
I kinda understand why folks don't like it, but I also like to mention, at least musically, there were pretty solid hints throughout their career up to that point as to some of the musical directions appeared on The Elder.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:07 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

I liked "Revenge" because it was a much needed "kick in the ass" after "Shit In The Shade"...
..and Ezrin brought out the best in the band...

..but I picked "Destroyer". :mrgreen:
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Not a huge fan of Revenge. It's okay. Destroyer and The Elder were close but got to go with Destroyer. I love the one-two punch of DRC and KOTNTW.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:50 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

1. The Elder
2. Destroyer
3. Revenge
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:58 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

The Revenge of The Elder Destroyers.

I like all 3 for various reasons, but have to ultimately go with Destroyer.
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:14 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

1. Destroyer
2. Revenge











The Elder
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:48 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Destroyer
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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:00 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Destroyer by a mile.
The other two albums never should have been made and will fade even further into the abyss as time goes on.
Gotta give Ezrin credit for helping to make 3 COMPLETELY different sounding records though.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

LoveGuns wrote:Gonna have to go with Destroyer but I also absolutely love The Elder


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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:15 pm

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LoveGuns wrote:Gonna have to go with Destroyer but I also absolutely love The Elder


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Post Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:47 pm

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

KrazySwede wrote:1. Destroyer
2. Revenge











The Elder


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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

The Elder

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Sheesh, Revenge really takes a beating on this forum.
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Post Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:06 am

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Love all 3. All 3 would be in my Top 10. I wish there was more Ezrin produced albums in the catalogue... which there would have been if he was available more often!

But gotta be Destroyer. Ambitious, theyre stretching themselves, they're upping their game... It's KISS' own A NIght At The Opera.. Really puzzles me that there are some here that dont rate it.. But each to their own..
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Post Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:23 am

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

The Elder. No question about it. It's a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. Majestic, bold, ambitious and sounds beautiful.
That said, Destroyer is a stone cold classic too.... but overrated, no doubt.
Revenge? A handful of great songs. But too many clunkers weigh it down. I will say it is a beautiful sounding record though. Song for song, I think HITS is better than Revenge. I just wish HITS sounded like Revenge....
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It is a toss up between Destroyer and Revenge. Love both equally. Love the songs on Revenge, no filler all great. Bruce's playing is great, Gene really brought everything to the table on that album. Eric's drumming was awesome, wish he sounded a bit more like that today. Paul was great on Revenge also.

Destroyer is the awsome classic that it Is and gave us many great songs! The first "KISS Metal" album in my opinion. I can listen to these two albums anytime.

Now as for the Elder, well I liked World With Out Hero's when it was played on MTV Unplugged. It is not an album I can just play anytime. Have to be in the mood to listen to it.

I voted for Revenge to give that album some love. Can't believe that it is way in the bottom of the votes. I don't get it, crazy, does not get more love on the FAQ.
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Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

Revenge easily, it's great sounding and most songs are great too. The whole band shines, very cool. Definitly deserves my vote.

Destroyer is great too, but not an album that I give a lot of spin, though it contains some signature songs. Overall it's really good, but not all great in my book (probably in part something to do with my dislike of the original Beth...).

The Elder I find interesting and sometimes great depending on my mood. But not one I put on often. It's not bad persé, justnot what I want from a Kiss record. Where the 2 above are.
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SaintN'Sinner83 wrote:Sheesh, Revenge really takes a beating on this forum.


It did not age well.

But it is funny to read about how the image was contrived....(On a Kiss forum...)
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Post Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:31 am

Re: Favorite Ezrin Album

brokentiny wrote:The Elder.

In fact it's my favourite KISS album. Destroyer is up there too, probably my second or 3rd favourite.
Revenge is fairly low on the list. It's a good sounding record, but generally the songs don't amount to much. It's highly rated (overrated IMO), I think because it followed a series of very lacklustre albums and was a minor improvement.


I dont think Revenge is highly rated on the FAQ, going by the poll and past threads, but defentley highly rated with me :D I got to get back to work before I get in trouble, FAQ is my addiction, lol.
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Destroyer by a long shot.
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Post Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:40 am

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brokentiny wrote:The Elder.

In fact it's my favourite KISS album. Destroyer is up there too, probably my second or 3rd favourite.
Revenge is fairly low on the list. It's a good sounding record, but generally the songs don't amount to much. It's highly rated (overrated IMO), I think because it followed a series of very lacklustre albums and was a minor improvement.


I dont think Revenge is highly rated on the FAQ, going by the poll and past threads, but defentley highly rated with me :D I got to get back to work before I get in trouble, FAQ is my addiction, lol.


Things like that move in cycles around here. Not too long ago, Revenge was the darling of the FAQ. There was a time it would have been handily winning this poll. Give it time and everybody here will be singing it's praises once again. Me personally, I never thought much of it. Yeah, it's got a few good enough songs, but the overall vibe of Revenge... I just ain't feelin' it.
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Post Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:51 am

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Phyllis Simmons wrote:Love all 3. All 3 would be in my Top 10. I wish there was more Ezrin produced albums in the catalogue... which there would have been if he was available more often!

But gotta be Destroyer. Ambitious, theyre stretching themselves, they're upping their game... It's KISS' own A NIght At The Opera.. Really puzzles me that there are some here that dont rate it.. But each to their own..

To each its own but in my book, The Elder is Kiss' equivalent of Queen's Night At The Opera.
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Thunderous_Lay wrote:
Phyllis Simmons wrote:Love all 3. All 3 would be in my Top 10. I wish there was more Ezrin produced albums in the catalogue... which there would have been if he was available more often!

But gotta be Destroyer. Ambitious, theyre stretching themselves, they're upping their game... It's KISS' own A NIght At The Opera.. Really puzzles me that there are some here that dont rate it.. But each to their own..

To each its own but in my book, The Elder is Kiss' equivalent of Queen's Night At The Opera.


Is A Night At The Opera a concept or thematic album and I've just missed it lo this many years?
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