In the last two weeks, I have talked about special Kiss albums or singles in my Big Box of Vinyl and that continues one more time. This time in my big box of vinyl there was one more special Kiss album. Now I bring you ‘The Originals’. This was released on July 21st, 1976 which actually turns out to be 44 years ago just two days ago! Why didn’t I schedule this for Tuesday…who knows. Sometimes I am stupid.
‘The Originals’, as noted on the album cover, are “the albums that touched off a Rock & Roll explosion.” It was a special edition re-release of the albums ‘Kiss’, ‘Hotter Than Hell’ and “Dressed to Kill” in one package. With the overwhelming success of the live album ‘Kiss Alive!’ and ‘Destroyer’, Casablanca Records wanted to take advantage of that success and re-release the albums in one glorious package.
The album comes with a 16-page history booklet, a color Kiss Army sticker, and a sheet of six trading cards. It looks something like this…
Mine, however, looks nothing like that. I do not have the 16-page history booklet, a color Kiss Army Sticker or a sheet of six trading cards. Mine looks like this…don’t you love the album rings on the cover!!
The paper sleeves holding each album are actually duplicates of the original album covers which is cool. One problem, mine are not. Mine look something like this…
I was curious as to why this version was so very different. There are many possible reasons. First, my brothers were really crappy at taking care of their albums and they lost everything and then tried to get creative with the album sleeves (which looks like something I could have done at 8 years old). Or the other possibility is that this was a promotional copy and didn’t have all the nice to have items.
The correct answer is probably a little of both, but it actually is a promotional copy of the set which was not for sale. I know this because on each album, a black marker has scratched over the phrase “promotional copy not for resale”. And the album jacket has the corner sliced off.
All three of the Kiss special albums I have talked about on this site have been promotional copies. I find that interesting and I need to get to the bottom of why my brother had all these promotional copies. I don’t think he worked for a radio station.
Here are the all the albums included…(you can plainly see the black markers on each side). I guess if you cover up the phrase “promotional copy not for resale” then you can actually sell them…good to know.
HOTTER THAN HELL:
DRESSED TO KILL:
The whole package isn’t in great condition and isn’t even close to being complete, but the albums do play and for me that is all that matters. There was one little bonus when I opened the album jacket to pull out the albums, a copy of ‘KISS’ was actually included but no album sleeve or cover. So, this set gave me two copies of the first, original album.
And that is my copy of the Originals. Someday, I will pick up a nice, pristine copy, but for now, this will do. Even if I get a new one, this one will stay with me forever since it is a family copy from 1976. It is still too cool to part with.
Next Up: Kiss – ‘Rock And Roll Over’ (1976)
Check out the rest of the series if you have time!!
The Kiss Review Series:
- Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
- Kiss – Kiss (1974)
- Kiss – Hotter Than Hell (1974)
- Kiss – Dressed to Kill (1975)
- Kiss – Alive! (1975)
- Kiss – Destroyer (1976)
- Kiss – “Flaming Youth” Single – Bonus Edition
- Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976)
- Kiss – The Originals (1976)
The Bootleg Series:
- Kiss – ‘Accept No Imitations’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ASYLUM TOUR)
- Kiss – Look Wot You Dun to Me (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR)
- Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out! (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DESTROYER TOUR)
- Kiss – Return to Capital Center (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DYNASTY TOUR)
- Kiss – With Fire & Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (HOTTER THAN HELL TOUR)
- Kiss – Northhampton PA March 19th, 1975 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DRESSED TO KILL TOUR)
- Kiss – The Hottest Show On Earth (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2010)
- Kiss – All the Way to the Ball Room (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (Australian Tour 1995)
- Kiss – Kiss of Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (The Rising Sun Tour 2006)
- Kiss – Agora Ballroom 1974: The Cleveland Broadcast plus Bonus Cuts (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE KISS TOUR)
- Kiss – Hotter Than Hell: Radio Broadcast 1976 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ROCK & ROLL OVER TOUR)
- Kiss – The Tickler (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (LICK IT UP TOUR 1983)
- Kiss – Barbarize (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – North American Tour)
- Kiss – They Only Come Out At Night (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – EUROPEAN TOUR)
- Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
Kiss – The Box Set:
- The Box Set (Part 1 of 6)
- The Box Set – Disc One 1966-1975 (Part 2 of 6)
- The Box Set – Disc Two 1975-1977 (Part 3 of 6)
- The Box Set – Disc Three 1976-1982 (Part 4 of 6)
- The Box Set – Disc Four 1983-1989 (Part 5 of 6)
- The Box Set – Disc Five 1992-1999 (Part 6 of 6)
Gene Simmons – The Vault:
- Part 1 – The Grand Opening
- Part 2 – Disk 1
- Part 3 – Disk 2
- Part 4 – Disk 3
- Part 5 – Disk 4
- Part 6 – Disk 5
- Part 7 – Disk 6
- Part 8 – Disk 7
- Part 9 – Disk 8
- Part 10 – Disk 9
- Part 11 – Disk 10
- Part 12 – The Bonus Disk
- Part 13 – The Best Songs of the Vault
- Part 14 – The Worst Songs of the Vault
- Part 15 – The Final Verdict