KISS – The Casablanca Singles (1974-1982)

Kiss Casablanca Singles smallKISS the very first signing to the newly formed Tim Bogart label Casablanca on the evidence of a single performance at New York City’s Le Tang’s Ballet Studio in 1973, have released a limited edition box set of their singles while at the label to celebrate their 40th anniversary in the music business.

In true KISS style this isn’t a simple 2 CD release of their back catalogue for the mass market that’s what other bands do and KISS never do what other bands do! So in true “Hottest Band in the World” style this commemorative release is available in two formats:

1. The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982, 29 x CD Collection
2. The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982, 29 x 7″ Vinyl Collection

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. The vinyl collection also features singles from all four solo albums in purple, blue, red and green vinyl with a picture sleeve representing each individual member as originally released in the U.K. Both sets also include a booklet which tracks the genesis and chart history of each single represented in the package and four individual KISS masks now that’s more like the style we’ve come to expect from fire breathing, blood dripping New Yorkers.

To make this release even sweeter some of the mixes on the singles are quite different to the album versions that most of us already know and enjoy, so unless you own the original 7in single you won’t have heard them and that even includes the band!

“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.”

Containing such KISS classics as Detroit Rock City, Beth, the disco infused “I Was Made For Loving You” and of course the ultimate KISS song “Rock and Roll all Nite” this is a must have for any KISS aficionado out there who wants to listen to the development of the band from it’s early days in New York to the huge global spanning monster that it’s become today.

Kiss Band

Line Up

  • Gene Simmons Bass/ Vocals
  • Paul Stanley Guitar/ Vocals
  • Ace Frehley Lead Guitar/ Vocals
  • Peter Criss Drums/ Vocals

Track Listing

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
CD: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE STARCHILD MASK) / Vinyl: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE STARCHILD MASK / PURPLE VINYL)
20. New York Groove / Snow Blind – Ace Frehley
CD: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE SPACEMAN MASK) / Vinyl: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE SPACEMAN MASK / BLUE VINYL)
21. Radioactive / See You In Your Dreams – Gene Simmons
CD: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE DEMON MASK / Vinyl: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE DEMON MASK / RED VINYL)
22. Don’t You Let Me Down / Hooked On Rock ‘N’ Roll – Peter Criss (GERMANY SLEEVE)
23. You Matter To Me / Hooked On Rock ‘N’ Roll – Peter Criss
CD: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE CAT MASK) / Vinyl: (U.K. SLEEVE + THE CAT MASK / GREEN VINYL)
24. I Was Made For Lovin’ You / Hard Times (GERMANY SLEEVE)
25. Sure Know Something / Dirty Livin’ (GERMANY SLEEVE)
26. Shandi / She’s So European (HOLLAND SLEEVE)
27. Tomorrow / Naked City (JAPAN SLEEVE)
28. A World Without Heroes / Dark Light (SPAIN SLEEVE)
29. I Love It Loud / Danger (U.S. SLEEVE)

Links

http://www.kissonline.com/

About Neil Henderson

The other half of the Scottish duo :) Failing miserably at keeping Sheila in line ;)
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