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The Casablanca Singles
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
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
on February 22, 2013
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
on March 9, 2013
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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on February 3, 2015
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. After that there's quite a few unique single mixes and edits to be found within the set such as the single mix of Strutter '78,Shock Me and Calling Dr.Love which can only be found in this box. In fact over the remaining 18 singles there are numerous edits and different mixes to be found and almost no repeated songs only Shock Me is here twice but at least they are two different versions.

But the thing I find the strangest about the box is what IS included here and what has been left out and the reasoning behind deciding what to use for the records is a bit strange to say the least. The compilers have used the original American versions of the singles for the audio but have used overseas releases for the picture covers. The major reason that they have made this decision is because only two Kiss singles were released with picture covers up until 1982 in the United States. So you have a mishmash of the European and Japanese covers for the picture sleeves and the two singles that were released in United States.

It's a nicely presented boxset if you're into collecting records. If you're not into playing vinyl you could always buy "The Casablanca Singles (1974-1982)" CD version although I'm sure it's just as much hard work to play as you would be changing discs after every two songs. For collectors there are a lot of unique versions of Kiss classics in here. Just be aware that some of the printing and reproduction for the single covers is not as good as it could be. There's an informative paperback book with track info,release dates,chart performance and other bits of Trivia but the one other major thing that's missing is a download of the contents. A digital download of all the singles would've also been a nice extra for such an expensive release but of course means if you want digital versions of all the singles you have to buy the CD set.

For the new fan,even if your into vinyl,I'd give this a miss or you could buy it as a present for someone you know that is a Kiss fanatic. They'll love you Forever!

"I've Been A Gambler But I'm Nobody's Fool And I Sure Know Something Sure Know Something..."
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on June 7, 2015
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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on November 21, 2014
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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on May 21, 2015
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
Although mostly a reissue of already relaeased material, the Casablanca Singles does offer some rare single edits yet to be released oficially until now, in novel sleeve replicas. Some additional material as a bonus may have made the package a more attractive and worthwhile deal, but it does stand a s a great buy as it is, for die-hard fans. I hope to see a further volume of the Mercury Singles perhaps...?
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on December 10, 2014
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. The packaging is great and a lot of the mixes are a little different than the album versions. The solo album singles are all colored vinyl corresponding to each member, purple, blue, etc.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
There are several songs that are remixed and edited for radio or other reasons. I actually have all the remixes on their original 45 RPM's from back in the day so I bought the CD version for the quality sound for transfer to my ipod. DRC, Dr Love and Strutter 78 make it all worth it but check out See you in your Dreams from Gene's solo or Dirty Livin. They are different. Hard Times has a different ending. Shout it out loud fades out at the end. The singles are sometime far more interesting then their album counterparts. Getting the masks was cool, reminded me of the posters in the solo albums or the Love Gun "BANG" insert. Felt like getting a KISS album from the good ol days. I have been waiting for this set for a long time. If you love KISS it is a must have collection. It's all KISS, back when it really was KISS. No Tomfoolery here. The picture sleeves are awesome too. I give it 1111976 thumbs up.
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