Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Look Inside The 'KISS Casablanca Singles Box Set' (CD Version)


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 Here's a look at the CD version of the KISS box set of singles from 1974-1982, and a few of my thoughts on the package as a whole.

 The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 covers KISS' remarkable eight-year stay on Bogart's label, from their very first single "Nothin to Lose" b/w "Love Theme from KISS," from their self-titled debut, to their very first charted 45, "Kissin' Time." The band's subsequent string of hits included Dressed to Kill's live version of "Rock and Roll All Nite" (No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100), Destroyer's "Shout It Out Loud" (No. 31) and the Top 10 ballad "Beth," Rock and Roll Over's "Hard Luck Woman" (No. 15) and "Calling Dr. Love" (No. 16), Love Gun's "Christeen Sixteen" (No. 25), Ace Frehley's solo hit, "New York Groove" (No. 13) and Dynasty's "I Was Made for Lovin' You" (No. 11).

"Even I haven't heard some of this stuff, but this is all part of our master plan to celebrate KISS at this milestone in our careers," says Gene Simmons. "This box set represents us at the very beginning of our career, and documents the band's early success and subsequent growth."

Adds Paul Stanley: "This collection is meant for the true KISS aficionado. The packaging really captures the development of both our music and image at a very crucial period in the band's history."

The special set comes out after the release of Monster, their 20th studio album. Showing the band at the top of its game, Monster embodies all that is KISS and the music that first inspired them to pick up their guitars and flame-throwers and don makeup to entertain millions. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, return stronger than ever with their new album to continue the legacy of the spectacular larger-than-life extravaganza known as KISS.

Get your copy HERE.



1 comment:

Todd said...

Great set, well worth getting for the awesome alternate mixes of:
Detroit Rock City - bizarre editing for this mix
Calling Dr. Love - very powerful mix, so cool
Strutter '78 - completely different from "Double Platinum" mix, great version!
Shock Me - heavily compressed "Double Platinum" reject
Radioactive - weird edit on the intro
Sure Know Something - again, heavily compressed
Hard Times - heavier mix with extra guitar coda

The only error; the booklet says the "Shout It Out Loud (live)" b-side is "Nothing To Lose (live)" is a "true collector's item", supposedly dropped from the final version of "KISS Alive II", but it is in fact the regular previously released "KISS Alive" version. No biggy, just the facts maam.

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