Kiss: Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley (vocals, guitar); Gene Simmons (vocals, bass); Eric Carr (drums).
Additional personnel: Robert Christie, Anthony Parr, Christopher Makepeace, The American Symphony Orchestra, St. Robert's Choir.
Engineers include: Brian Christian, Rick Hart, Robert "Ringo" Hryeyna.
Includes liner notes by Robert V. Conte.
Personnel: Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar); Eric Carr (vocals, drums); Gene Simmons (vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Joseph M. Palmaccio.
Liner Note Author: Yasuhito Kitai.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (03/1981-09/1981); Ace In The Hole Studios (03/1981-09/1981); Ezrin Farms, King, Ontario, Canada With Record Plant St (03/1981-09/1981); Record Plant Studios, New York, NY (03/1981-09/1981); Sounds Interchange Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (03/1981-09/1981).
Ensemble: American Symphony Orchestra.
Photographer: David Spindel.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Antony Parr; Kuni Takeuchi; Robert Christie.
Taking a dip in sales with their previous effort UNMASKED, Kiss decided to deliver a more hard-driving rock album and enlisted the aid of Bob Ezrin, the man who produced DESTROYER (their most successful studio album). Upon his hiring, Ezrin discarded the heavy rock demos Kiss had recorded and suggested the band experiment with a concept album, a Kissified version of THE WALL.
Disgruntled at the band's new direction, Ace Frehley only contributed one track, "Dark Light" (featuring a blistering solo), and aside from basic tracks, the rest of the record was completed without him. THE ELDER is a creative left turn for the band. Kiss brought in co-writers Tony Powers ("Odyssey", "The Oath") and Lou Reed ("Dark Light", "A World Without Heroes", "Mr. Blackwell") to contribute to this epic fantasy, and the result is some magnificent music. The American Symphony Orchestra is heard throughout the album, adding to the grand scale. The finale, "I" is a powerful ode to self-esteem, sung convincingly by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. THE ELDER is a highly underrated Kiss album that showed the band's depth and ability to branch out in different musical directions.