I’m sure many of you are familiar with the seminal KISS album Destroyer. As you may or may not know, the last track “Do You Love Me” is followed by a “hidden” track of distorted sounds, commonly known nowadays as “Rock and Roll Party”. The CD editions handled this two ways: the first CD pressings (circa 1987) had “Do You Love Me” as one continuous 4:57 track with “Rock and Roll Party” included, the two separated by silence. On later pressings (starting with the 1997 remaster) “Do You Love Me” and “Rock and Roll Party” were split into two separate tracks. (All digital releases were modeled after the 1997 release, and thus “Rock and Roll Party” is a separate track and listed by that name.)
With this all in mind, it begs this question: how do we handle the track times/recording associations for the vinyl and cassette pressings? On no physical release of the album is “Rock and Roll Party” mentioned or acknowledged; on every release image with times I’ve seen thus far “Do You Love Me” is printed as having a track time of 3:33 (example). I’ve currently thought of 3 ways to handle this:
- Use the 4:57 recording and modify the track list accordingly (changing the time from 3:33 to 4:57 and using the track title “Do You Love Me / [untitled]”)
- Use the 4:57 recording and leave the track name/time as printed
- Use the 3:33 recording and add “Rock and Roll Party” (listed as “[untitled]” since it is not named on the release) as a separate track with its own time
What do you all think is the appropriate course of action? Alternative suggestions welcome!