Published Dec 05, 2012Late last month, Exclaim! offered up our picks for some of the top box sets of 2012 via our Holiday Gift Guide, but classic rockers Kiss are vying for some of your Xmas cash via the release of their mighty The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 vinyl box set, which was issued this week through Universal.
As the title implies, the collection features 29 7-inches released by the band between the years in question, housed in a die-cut box with silver plating. All the singles have been remastered, and many feature different mixes from their LP counterparts.
The collection kicks off with the band's debut single "Nothin to Lose" / "Love Theme from KISS," heads through other classics like "Strutter," "Rock and Roll All Nite (Live)," the monumental "Detroit Rock City" single (which housed smash ballad "Beth" on the flip), all the way to their much-maligned Music from the Elder period. It caps with the "I Love It Loud" single, from their redemptive Creatures in the Night LP. Twenty-six of the singles are packaged in artwork from original single releases around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain and Britain.
Additionally, four singles compiled from each member's 1978 solo albums are included and are pressed on colour vinyl. Paul Stanley's "Hold Me, Touch Me" / "Goodbye" is pressed on purple, Ace Frehley's "New York Groove" / "Snow Blind" is on blue wax, Gene Simmons' "Radioactive" / "See You in Your Dreams" is on red vinyl, and drummer Peter Criss' "You Matter to Me" / "Hooked on Rock 'N' Roll" comes on green vinyl. The records also include with paper masks of their respective artist.
The limited-edition box set also features a 36-page booklet full of previously unseen photos and track annotations.
You can see all the details on the tracklisting and the regionally specific artwork over here, and watch a trailer for the set down below.
"This box set represents us at the very beginning of our career, and documents the band's early success and subsequent growth," Simmons said in a statement, with Stanley adding, "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."
In case you've already got all this, note that Kiss also released their 20th album, Monster, in October.