"Admiration: Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to
BOLLOCKS-ACHINGLY OLD STUFF THAT WORTH THE DOSH FER SURE
by Richard Karsmakers
Welcome to the ""golden oldie(s) re-reviewed" section, which
basically contains some miscellaneous remarks about one (or maybe
a few) genuine classics that you should buy in case you haven't
yet. I guess these classics will have to be at least five years
KISS - DESTROYER
The other day I had a feeling that must have been in many people
during the renaissance. Upon having gotten some vinyl items
recently, I got a sudden urge to start searching for long
forgotten relics from the vinyl age, i.e. some of my old LPs. God
knows where I had put them. They had moved with me at least
twice. Or perhaps three times. The basement deep within the
bowels of the appartment building I live in had been broken into
once. Where they still there? I was hesitant to go and see,
afraid of what might be divulged to me.
After having searched through about a dozen boxes, yielding to
me secrets of childhood memories in the form of Playmobil
puppets, some Lego blocks and a zillion books and magazines that
had once had my fancy, I stumbled upon a box that was heavier
than most of the others. My eyes lit up expectantly. Indeed, my
LP collection was still there. Somewhere during all the moving
operations, indeed, my dad seemed to have found it necessary to
add some of his pre-CD-era stuff to it. I had to sift through
Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens and Trio Hellenique to get to the core
of my heavy metal being, the vinyl discs that once shaped the
basics of my musical taste, a time before computers, and way
before ST NEWS.
Most of the LPs I saw had in the mean time been replaced by CDs.
I encountered all Rush albums that I now had on CD, likewise with
Yngwie Malmsteen. No Metallica though. I only started to dig this
particular band in the silvery disc age. After looking through
this ancient collection of remarkably preserved history I went
back upstairs holding about 25 LPs that I reckoned deserved a
second chance. Such as there were the two early Rush live double
albums that had one more track than their CD versions. Rush'
"2112" with lyrics. The Iron Maiden "Live After Death" with a
fourth side never released on CD thusly. Venom's "At War With
Satan", Queensrÿche's "Warning" and Napalm Death's "Scum" albums
complete with lyric sheets the CDs lacked. And, of course, there
were some albums of the band that started off everything for me.
Kiss' "Alive!" and "Alive II" (which sound a hell of a lot better
on vinyl than those exceedingly poorly mastered CDs). And
"Destroyer". My first LP ever.
Upon beholding the sleeve and touching its scantily battered
cardboard, childhood memories came coarsing back through my
veins. I got "Destroyer" early 1981. My parents hadn't divorced
yet, my father hadn't yet turned into the cynical, almost
paranoid person he is today. I was a pre-computer-age geek if
ever there was one. I spent most days upstairs in my room,
designing one-man submarines, one-man nuclear shelters, fantasy
planets. One-man. One-man. I was a real loner back then.
Thank God I've changed quite a lot (even though he doesn't
But let's get back to "Destroyer". I had adored every note. "God
of Thunder", classic doom track if ever I heard it. "Detroit Rock
City", evergreen archetype rock. "Beth", the first rock ballad I
had ever heard. Kiss really did it for me back then. As a matter
of fact I had been obsessed with them, trading just about any of
my valuables for Kiss memorabilia.
When I slammed it on the turntable that other day I felt
that inspiration again. Perhaps listening to your first LP is a
bit like meeting again the girl you first kissed. A truly unique
feeling, a weird sentimental sensation that is special in its own
way, trivial though it may in fact actually have been. No matter
how brilliant the best CDs are today, nothing can equal listening
to your first LP every once in a while. Especially if it's been
at least six years since you last heard it.
"Destroyer" is probably the best Kiss album ever, not counting
the live efforts. For me it marked the beginning of a gradually
worsening musical taste. First Kiss, then Saxon. Venom came after
that, and from then on it was downhill all the way with
occasional surges of sense when guitar masters came across my
path of musical appreciation.
Should I go out and buy the CD one day? It's bound to be cheap
now. Or should I cherish the blackness of the original, the vinyl
version, actually still pretty much intact and not at all
irritating to listen to despite the few tics?
I guess I'll stick with the good ol' 33 RPM here. Some old stuff
shouldn't be touched by lasers. Maybe I'll get Kiss "Double
Platinum" on CD one day, if I get across it at an OK price.
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