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The definitive examination of "Music From The Elder," KISS' cult-classic concept album

By Tim McPhate & Julian Gill

Odyssey: Reviews & Media

"Bravo to authors Tim McPhate and Julian Gill for their informed and meticulously researched tome chronicling KISS's most misunderstood album, 'The Elder,' which is teaming with extensive interviews conducted with key principals ranging from producer Bob Ezrin to engineers, record company personnel to PR reps and countless others involved in the recording and marketing of the album; along with insightful essays about various 'Elder' related topics. "Odyssey: The definitive examination of "Music From The Elder," KISS' cult-classic concept album" is an exhaustive examination of a fascinating chapter in KISS's storied history and is essential reading for the KISS Army." --Ken Sharp

"Examination of KISS' Music From The Elder" from my pal, and fellow author, Julian Gill. He and author Tim McPhate did a masterful job researching and cobbling together everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING about this "cult classic" Just skimming through it now and it is simply fantastic... Take it from someone who spent three years of his life embroiled in KISS-mania researching and conducting interview for my "Shout It Out Loud", this is a fine read and a yeoman's job; an incredible achievement!" --James Campion

"It's beautifully packaged and extremely dense. This is not a picture book. Just a ton of info. It really is a great tome for any KISS fan. If you hate the record there is still a ton of previously unknown info on the band. And if you love the record your passion will be rewarded with a detailed telling of the Odyssey making this record took. The stories and interviews allow the reader to come to their own conclusion as to what actually happened during its creation. Leaving the record a certain shroud of mystery. It seems fitting that dedicating an entire book to it still leaves one with little conclusion. After reading this book you will only be able to say for sure that it was recorded. And Gene and Paul sort of regret that. Exactly where you were before you read it. Exactly the way it should be. It comes out Sept. 16th, 2016. Buy it!" -- Decible Geek Podcast

See below for multimedia featurettes.

The "Elder" Files

Jan. 18, 2016 - "Odyssey" Vlog #2: Collecting The Elder, Part 1

Jan. 2, 2016 - "Odyssey" Vlog #1: Book Backstory/Questions For KISS Fans

Jan. 1, 2016 - Bound galleys of the book, 2013-2015

Here are some bound galleys of the forthcoming "Odyssey" book which includes one that is nearly 2 years old! The most recent, from September 2015, doesn't include roughly 70 pages added since and there's still a few things to do. #ThisBookExists (BTW - This is not the actual cover art - just temporary - there's real artists out there, and we have a concept...) Check out the Jan. 2 Vlog #1 for an explanation of the journey...

Dec. 30, 2015 - Bob Ezrin: Reaction To Hearing "A World Without Heroes"

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