Dec 14, 2021

KISS - "Destroyer 45" / Nashville Pussy - "Eaten Alive"

Category: CD/Video Reviews

NASHVILLE PUSSY

“Eaten Alive”

 Recorded totally live in the UK during the bands “Pleased To Eat You” tour, this record captures the raw power that IS Nashville Pussy onstage.

 This record will be released on December 24, 2021 via the bands own label, Slinging Pig Records.

 Nashville Pussy 2021 consists of husband/wife team Blaine Cartwright (Vocals/guitar) & Ruyter Suys (Lead Guitar) along with bassist Bonnie Buitrago and newest member, drummer Ben Thomas.

 “Kicked In The Teeth” opens the record with a nasty rock n roll swagger and several minutes into the record it’s apparent that the band stick to a routine of beer soaked chords, gristly vocals, Angus Young inspired guitar solos, and solid rhythm/backbeat.

 Drummer Ben Thomas adds new power to the bands live sound and midway through the record the listener is treated to a drum solo from Mr. Thomas.  

 “First I Look At The Purse” is a stand out track on this record and “I’m So High” is a high (No pun intended) moment on the record.  

 “Why Why Why” is a fun cow punk styled rocker that offers a change in pace but the track that follows it, “Strutting Cock” goes right back to the standard Nashville Pussy tone.

 “Go Motherf**ker Go” closes the record with an anthemic chorus and a bombastic style; this is the definitive Nashville Pussy song if ever there was one.

 Fans of Nashville Pussy will devour this record because it’s a true gem and captures the band perfectly in their rawest form.   


 

KISS

"Destroyer 45th Anniversary"


“Destroyer” was a game changer for KISS when it came out; the slick songwriting, the over produced tone, the well polished production; all things that were new to KISS at this point in their career.  Bob Ezrin was the catalyst to it all and despite being known as a tyrant in the studio with very strict rules and quirky behavior, Bob molded KISS into a new brand/band.

 Bob Ezrin brought in Dick Wagner to record the solo on “Sweet Pain” as well as the acoustic guitar in “Beth” but on this new version of the record Bob has replaced the Wagner solo’s with Ace Frehley’s original versions.

 I guess my biggest question is:  “Destroyer Resurrected” was a reinterpretation of the “Destroyer” record and released a few years ago; did we really need another Remix of the same record?

 The Vinyl version of “Destroyer 45” features a gatefold cover with a vintage photo of the band on motorcycles.  The booklet that accompanies the set features the “story” of “Destroyer” along with quotes from the band & Ezrin, vintage photos, and era correct articles from this phase of the bands career.  There are two configurations of the Vinyl, one is simple black vinyl while the other is a limited edition version that features disc one in yellow vinyl and disc two in red vinyl.

 The 2 CD version of “Destroyer 45” is probably your best value because it features the best of the Box Set, you do not get all of the demos and rare tracks; what you get is the complete remaster of “Destroyer” with the best songs, demos, outtakes, and a few live songs

 The Actual Deluxe Box Set is a 4 CD, 1 Blu Ray set that features numerous mixes, demos, outtakes, etc. from the “Destroyer” era and it’s important to note that not all tracks are of the same quality.  Some songs are decent demo quality while others are rough tracks, mono mixes, and weird edits.  The Alternate mixes and early versions are at times boring and come off as filler on this set.

 “Bad Bad Lovin” is a Gene Simmons demo and essentially it’s the beginning of what became “Dr. Love”.

 The Paris 1976 show is a bootleg recording and the levels/mix are spotty at times with random sound drops outs and at times the recording is hard to listen to due to it’s choppy sound.  The show starts off sounding decent but midway through it feels like the recording just didn’t hold up over the years due to recording limitations.  This show is for die hard fans only and displays what the band sounded like in 1976 quite well.  It’s ashame they didn’t include a dvd with this set because KISS in 1976 was a spectacle that translates better in a visual level than in audio.  The Blu Ray was a waste to include with this release because many fans no longer have a Blu Ray player in 2021.

 The extra paper goods that accompany the “box set” are cool but if I’m being honest with you they were unnecessary because a recreation of the KISS Army newsletter, a replica tour book, an iron on, press clippings, posters, and random stickers filled the box out nicely but were not necessary.  The Hardback book is the best part of the package because it captures the “Destroyer” era perfectly with anecdotes from Simmons, Stanley, Ezrin, and those who were a part of the bands 1976 era.  The Super Deluxe Box Set is for the completist/die hard fan only; for the casual fan the 2 CD set is your best buy.  

Author: Bob Suehs