KISS finally achieved mainstream success in 1975 with Alive!, but their next studio album had to be big, and just six months later, the band roared back with Destroyer.
Considered one of the strongest albums in the band’s catalog, it wasn’t well-received by critics out the gate. Initial sales of the album were strong, but they dropped significantly. That is, until they released the ballad “Beth,” as a single.
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Beth · Kiss Destroyer ℗ 1976 The Island Def Jam Music Group Released on: 1976-01-01 Producer: Bob Ezrin Studio Personnel, Engineer: Jay Messina Studio Personnel, Engineer: Corky Stasiak Associated Performer, Rhythm Guitar: Paul Stanley Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Gene Simmons Associated Performer, Lead Guitar: Ace Frehley Associated Performer, Drums: Peter Criss Composer Lyricist: Bob Ezrin Composer Lyricist: Peter Criss Composer Lyricist: Stanley Penridge Auto-generated by YouTube.
Originally the B-side of “Detroit Rock City,” “Beth” became the band’s first Billboard top ten Hot 100 single and helped reignite sales of Destroyer to make it the first KISS album to be certified platinum. And for better or for worse, it helped pave the way for countless power ballads for years to come.
While “Beth” might be the most commercially successful song from this album, the rest of the track listing contains a bunch of staples of KISS’s live show over the years. From “Shout It Out Loud” to “God of Thunder,” to “King of the Night Time World” and “Do You Love Me?,” it’s safe to say that if you wanted the best, reach for Destroyer, and you’ll get the best.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.