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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)|
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Nifty collection.. Being a Kiss fan for over 35 years I never knew there were alternate "single" versions of these songs... It was great to hear something fresh!Published 1 month ago by Clubber Lang
I bought the vinyl set. It really came down in price since last year. If there are any left I would highly recommend it for any fan. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven Soseman
this is a gift, so i can't comment on it, since I don't have one.. I hope my friend will enjoy it, this will be a CHRISTMAS gift,,, an A+AAA+++A+++++ seller!!!Published 23 months ago by todd a shulek
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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