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The Casablanca Singles Box set

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Rock legends KISS were the first signing to the late Neil Bogart's newly formed Casablanca Records label after he saw and recognized their talent and showmanship during their spectacular performance at a showcase concert at New York City's Le Tang's Ballet Studio in 1973, offering them a contract on the spot. Now, KISS celebrates their 40th anniversary in 2013 having broken box-office records set by The Beatles and Elvis, more than 28 U.S. gold albums the most gold records for any American rock band 40 million sales in the U.S. and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.

In their early years, KISS released a total of 29 singles on seven-inch 45 RPM records for the Casablanca label. These were available for sale to the public, used for commercial radio airplay and to promote album sales. Many of these singles had entirely different mixes, edits and material that didn't appear on their vinyl albums. Now for the first time, these musical snapshots of KISS formative years, which have never been available in a commemorative singles edition, will be released in a box-set entitled The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 from Mercury/Casablanca/UMe.

In typical KISS fashion, these are no ordinary boxes. The sets are housed in a beautiful die-cut shadow box with a limited edition, etched silver metal plate and ribbon-pull magnetic closure, custom KISS 45s box with 26 collectible picture sleeves from original single releases around the world, including Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain and Britain. Also included is a booklet which tracks the genesis and chart history of each single represented in the package and four individual KISS masks.

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.


1. Nothin' To Lose / Love Theme From KISS
2. Kissin' Time / Nothin' To Lose
3. Strutter / 100,000 Years
4. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll / Hotter Than Hell (Germany sleeve)
5. Rock And Roll All Nite / Getaway (Holland sleeve)
6. C'mon And Love Me / Getaway (Japan sleeve)
7. Rock And Roll All Nite (live) / Rock And Roll All Nite (Germany sleeve)
8. Shout It Out Loud / Sweet Pain (Japan sleeve)
9. Flaming Youth / God Of Thunder (U.S. sleeve)
10. Detroit Rock City / Beth (Japan sleeve)
11. Beth / Detroit Rock City (Germany sleeve)
12. Hard Luck Woman / Mr. Speed (Germany sleeve)
13. Calling Dr. Love / Take Me (Germany sleeve)
14. Christeen Sixteen / Shock Me (France sleeve)
15. Love Gun / Hooligan (Sweden sleeve)
16. Shout It Out Loud (live) / Nothin' To Lose (live) (Germany sleeve)
17. Rocket Ride / Tomorrow And Tonight (live) (Germany sleeve)
18. Strutter '78 / Shock Me (Germany sleeve)
19. Hold Me, Touch Me / Goodbye - Paul Stanley (U.K. sleeve)
20. New York Groove / Snow Blind - Ace Frehley (U.K. sleeve)
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 29
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Mercury/Casablanca/UMe
  • ASIN: B009KNPNXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Coates on December 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've dreamt that one day KISS would do just this: compile all the Casablanca singles into one set.
The edits/different mixes are a must-have for the KISS fanatic. The only thing missing that I would have liked are the Japanese Talk To Me/Easy As It Seems single,I/Only You single,The Oath/Escape From The Island single & I'm A Legend Tonight/Love Gun(remix)single. I'm aware that they are only compiling the North American release singles & not ones exclusive to other countries. It just would've been even greater with the addition of these as well!
Overall, excellent packaging with attention to detail. An amazing addition to a KISS fanatic's collection...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carlos. on February 22, 2013
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If you are a KISS fan or a KISS collector, buy it, the package is great the box is beautiful, no new songs, some different versions, but I recommend that this is for fans only, I as a fan really loved it, there are some fans that have turned bitter against the band, but KISS has always been Gene and Paul really, but still this is great for collectors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Garbutt on March 9, 2013
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This box set offers us old-school fans the opportunity to acquire those special single versions of songs we only had on vinyl or maybe could never acquire due to them being foreign versions.

Fast delivery from the US of A to the UK too - full credit!
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By DJ Control on February 3, 2015
Format: Vinyl
A review of the vinyl box...

Ok,what's in this box of classic Kiss 7" vinyl singles? Twenty-nine of the band's singles released while they were on the Casablanca label. The first four are in generic plain white die cut card sleeves. The remainder are reproduced picture covers. I say reproduced because some are good some not so. They've obviously been sourced from collectors (probably Gene Simmons personal collection, after all he has the largest Kiss collection in the world) and scanned with varying results. A little more care with the reproduction of the covers and this would've been an outstanding set of singles.

Now the music and the various tracks included and sometimes duplicated in this set. There are many unique mixes and edits in this set and a couple of tracks have been presented twice. Take Detroit Rock City for example. It's flip side is Beth. When DRC was not a hit with radio djs they turned the record over and started playing the other side and the single was re-released with Beth as the A-side and it became a hit. For some strange reason, I'm guessing for the sake of collectors and perfectionists, two copies of the single have been included in this box. Yes there are two different picture covers but both records are exactly the same except for the printing on the label which states which track is the A-side. They even have the same catalogue number! But wait there's more. Their first single Nothin' To Lose,was not a hit. Their manager suggested recording a cover version of the song Kissin' Time and what did they use for the B-side? Nothin' To Lose. So it's here twice as well. Rock And Roll All Nite is here twice,three times if you count the live version,as is Getaway. So the track inclusions/variations are a bit meagre for the first 11 singles.
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Format: Audio CD
Great collection for original fans who grew up with the singles. Also, for those who missed out on the "mania". Every song is the actual single mix from the hyper edited "Detroit Rock City", the cold intro to "Radioactive" and the totally different "Strutter '78" (A real missing gem!) Instead of the fade version, you get the cold ending to "Hard Times". Available in a set of CD's or vinyl singles. I love the CD set! My only complaint is the exclusion of "The Elder" single "I"/"The Oath" that had a radio friendly mix. It was a sought after single for the fans. Instead they jumped to "I Love It Loud" I can see a Volume 2 of this set with the later singles released on Mercury. A nice addition to the collection! (I added the sleeve to "I"/"The Oath". I think it was released in 3 countries.
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By David S. Sandberg on November 21, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I give this 5 stars because I am a big fan and these are some pretty awesome sleeves. I'm a sucker for vinyl as well. The idea of this on CD is just stupid. What a waste of 29 CD's that could all be combined into a two disc set. As cool as I think this set is, I simply would never pay $300 for it. Amazon charged me $157 at the time and I still consider that about $57 too much. KISS is notorious for pricing folks out of the market on most of their merchandise but they can do so because there will always be someone (like me) who is willing to buy it.

Overall, amazing set in very sturdy packaging. Way overpriced and not worth nearly what the current asking price is. Buyer beware.
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Having been a Kiss fan for the last 35 years, I've acquired quite a collection, but this is the most money I've ever spent on a Kiss item. I don't regret it a bit. This is an incredible collection, and is well-packaged in an attractive case. I bought the 45's version, and from a collecting standpoint, I'd say that's the one to go with. I've listened to every song now, and they sound great. No issues. No complaints. My only advice would be to keep an eye on the price because it seems to fluctuate quite a bit.
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vinyl box?
I am with J. Walsh in his previous message. The cost far outweighs what you are getting and I am a huge collector of anything KISS. I have probably almost as much as Gene himself but I am getting very tired of the costs of the merchandise, even if I can afford it, it makes me feel like a sucker... Read More
Dec 2, 2012 by Charles Stolz |  See all 11 posts
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