Kiss – ‘Creatures of the Night: 40th Anniversary 3-LP Deluxe Edition (Color Vinyl)’ – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series)

As I said a few weeks back when I reviewed the 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, 1982 was a pivotal year for Kiss. After the disaster of their last album, ‘Music from the Elder’, Kiss were in a do or die situation. They needed to get back to their hard rock roots and show the world that Kiss was still Kiss. Producer Michael James Jackson was brought in to produce the album and Kiss new they needed to rock. Heck, Eric Carr was telling them that all the time…and he was right. To celebrate this pivotal album, Kiss delivered the 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, but that set was only CDs (and a lot of goodies). They also released a 3-LP Deluxe Edition Vinyl set to commemorate the album as well. And that is what we will review this time around.

The 3-LP set has the original album remastered, a set of Demos, Rarities and Outtakes and the 3rd LP is a live set with songs taken from various shows. It doesn’t have any where near as much as the box set, but if you have the Super Deluxe, you don’t need that stuff again. This set does have a 20 page booklet as well.

The album is packaged in a tri-fold album jacket with some stunning pictures included. The first two spaces have a large group photo, then on the 3rd tri-fold, you get individual shots of the members on both the front and pack of that section. Although the cover has Ace, these pictures all include Vinnie, who is actually on the album…not all songs, but most.


First up is the remastered original album. And let me tell you it sounds fantastic. The drums are just as powerful as before and cranked it rocks out like never before. I will not go in to detail with this album as I have reviewed it before as you can click on the links below to see the full Kiss Review Series below. This is one of my favorite albums and favorite Kiss albums and I will say after listening to this remastering, it still is one of my favorite albums of all time!! I do love it loud too!!


This is where the sweetest stuff lies in this box set. The unreleased material. It kicks off with the original demo of “Deadly Weapon” which would later become “Love’s A Deadly Weapon” off the band’s Asylum album some years later. Then you get a well known, passed around in the bootleg circles the outtake for the song “Betrayed”. The last two tracks on the first side are both instrumentals. You get Mix 4 of instrumentals and background vocals for “I’m A Legend Tonight” from their compilation release “Killers” that came out in Europe only prior to Creatures. The last one is another instrumental take for the song “Nowhere to Run” also from “Killers”.

The second side starts off with one of Kiss’ most famous unreleased tracks, the Gene demo of “It’s My Life”. Wendy O. Williams covered this song for her album W.O.W. Then it is the best unreleased track on this whole set. “Not for the Innocent” which wound up on the album ‘Lick it Up’ in a final form, but this version is something Kiss should’ve been doing more of. It was a duet version with both Gene and Paul and it is simply Fucking Awesome!! This alone was worth the price of admission for me. A huge missed opportunity for the band!! Then we get two Creatures tracks with the 2nd take of the song “Rock And Roll Hell” and then an alternate Mix (#21) of “I Love it Loud”, and both are great. Lastly, we get a track that has never come out and it is only drums and guitar for the song “Don’t Leave Me Lonely”. All of these are only a sample of what is on the full Super Deluxe Set.


The third LP is a collection of live songs from the Creatures Tour in 1982-1983 fro shows in Rockford, Illinois; Sioux City, Iowa; and Houston, Texas. It would’ve been even cooler if they include the full versions of all three shows, but we will take what we can get. What I do like about this LP is that all the songs on it, except for one, are songs off the Creatures of the Night album. You get 6 live tracks of those songs. The 7th song a great version of “I Want You” from the Houston show. It is a short and sweet set, but great they way they pieced it together. It is too bad we could get all the tracks to be from the album, I mean all 9 songs, but they had the right idea.


In this booklet, you get 20 pages of new interviews and photos, but not as in-depth as the 80-page hardback book you get in the Super Deluxe Edition. You do get interviews with Gene & Paul on the The Plan for the album along with Michael James Jackson, the producer. You get stuff on the Tour, the music video for I Love it Loud, the guitarists, the drum sound and on the publicity surrounding the album. It really is some great stuff. You will also be fascinated with the vivid color pictures of the band. It is really a sweet booklet.

And there you have it. It isn’t meant to be the full package, but it is a great sampling of what you get in the Super Deluxe Edition. I bought this for two reasons…1) I want to own at least one of everything they’ve released on vinyl. Yes, I already had the Creatures album on vinyl, but I did not have LP 2 & 3. 2) the beautiful blue color of those vinyl was too enticing to pass up. I’m not rating this because it doesn’t compare to the other box set, but it is still sweet on its own. Here is the whole set…

Thanks for hanging around. I hope you enjoyed the walk-through. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all again soon.

The Kiss Review Series:

  1. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
  2. Kiss – Kiss (1974)
  3. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell (1974)
  4. Kiss – Dressed to Kill (1975)
  5. Kiss – Alive! (1975)
  6. Kiss – Destroyer (1976)
  7. Kiss – “Flaming Youth” 45 Promo Single – Bonus Edition (1976)
  8. Kiss – “Beth” – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition (1976)
  9. Kiss – Special Kiss Album For Their Summer Tour (1976)
  10. Kiss – The Originals (1976)
  11. Kiss – Rock & Roll Over (1976)
  12. Kiss – “Calling Dr. Love” – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition (1977)
  13. Kiss – Love Gun (1977)
  14. Kiss – “Christine Sixteen” – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition (1977)
  15. Kiss – Alive II (1977)
  16. Kiss – Double Platinum (1978)
  17. Kiss – Paul Stanley (1978)
  18. Kiss – Gene Simmons (1978)
  19. Kiss – Peter Criss (1978)
  20. Kiss – Ace Frehley (1978)
  21. Kiss – Best of Solo Albums (1978)
  22. Kiss – Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Movie (1978)
  23. Kiss – Dynasty (1979)
  24. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” (1979) – 12″ & 7″ Singles (Bonus Edition)
  25. Kiss – Unmasked (1980)
  26. Peter Criss – Out of Control (1980)
  27. Kiss – Music From The Elder (1981)
  28. Kiss – Killers (1982)
  29. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1982)
  30. Kiss – Lick It Up (1983)
  31. Kiss – Animalize (1984)
  32. Wendy O. Williams – WOW (1984) (Bonus Edition)
  33. Kiss – Animalize Live Uncensored (1985)
  34. Kiss – Asylum (1985)
  35. Kiss – “Tears Are Falling” 7″ Single (Bonus Edition) (1985)
  36. Kiss – Creatures of the Night (1985 Re-Issue)
  37. Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Vinnie Vincent Invasion (1986)
  38. Black N’ Blue – Nasty Nasty (1986)
  39. Ace Frehley – Frehley’s Comet (1987)
  40. Kiss – Exposed VHS (1987)
  41. Kiss – Crazy Nights (1987)
  42. Kiss – “Crazy Crazy Nights” – 12″ Single (Bonus Edition)
  43. Kiss – “Reason To Live” – 12″ Picture Disc (Bonus Edition)
  44. Kiss – Chikara (1988)
  45. Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (1988)
  46. Kiss – Hot In The Shade (1989)
  47. Kiss – “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II” (1991) – 12″ Picture Disc
  48. Kiss – Revenge (1992)
  49. Kiss – Alive III (1993)
  50. Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Live)” (1993) – CD Maxi Single (Bonus Edition)
  51. Kiss – Konfidential VHS (1993)
  52. Kiss – Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved (1994)
  53. Kiss – MTV Unplugged (1996)
  54. Kiss – You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!! (1996)
  55. Kiss – Greatest Kiss (1997)
  56. Kiss – Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions (1997)
  57. Kiss – Psycho Circus (1998)
  58. Kiss – The Second Coming Documentary (1998)
  59. Eric Carr – Rockology (1999)
  60. Mark St. John – Mark St. John Project (1999)
  61. Eric Singer Project – ESP (1999)
  62. Bruce Kulick – Audiodog (2001)
  63. Kiss – Kiss Symphony: Alive IV (2003)
  64. Gene Simmons – Asshole (2004)
  65. Kiss – Rock the Nation 2004 World Tour: Instant Live (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC 7/28/04) (2004)
  66. Kiss – Rock the Nation Live! DVD (2005)
  67. Kiss – Alive! The Millennium Concert (2006)
  68. Paul Stanley – Live to Win (2006)
  69. Kiss – Kissology: Volumes 1 to 3 (2006-2007)
  70. Kiss – Jigoku-Retsuden (2008)
  71. Kiss – Sonic Boom (2009)
  72. Kiss – Monster (2012)
  73. Kiss – The Casablanca Singles 1973-1982 (2012)
  74. Kiss – Kiss 40 (2014)
  75. Kiss – Kiss Rocks Vegas (2016)
  76. Kiss – Kissworld: The Best of Kiss (2017)
  77. Kiss – Off the Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 (2021)
  78. Kiss – Off the Soundboard: Live in Virginia Beach July 24, 2004 (2022)
  79. Kiss – The Albums Ranked From Worst to First (2021)
  80. Kiss – Creatures of the Night: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2022)
  81. Kiss – Creatures of the Night: 40th Anniversary 3-LP Deluxe Edition (Colored Vinyl) (2022)

The Bootleg Series:

  1. Kiss – ‘Accept No Imitations’ (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ASYLUM TOUR)
  2. Kiss – Look Wot You Dun to Me (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (CRAZY NIGHTS TOUR)
  3. Kiss – The Summer of Satan: The Devils Ride Out! (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DESTROYER TOUR)
  4. Kiss – Return to Capital Center (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DYNASTY TOUR)
  5. Kiss – With Fire & Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (HOTTER THAN HELL TOUR)
  6. Kiss – Northhampton PA March 19th, 1975 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (DRESSED TO KILL TOUR)
  7. Kiss – The Hottest Show On Earth (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2010)
  8. Kiss – All the Way to the Ball Room (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (Australian Tour 1995)
  9. Kiss – Kiss of Thunder (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (The Rising Sun Tour 2006)
  10. Kiss – Agora Ballroom 1974: The Cleveland Broadcast plus Bonus Cuts (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (THE KISS TOUR)
  11. Kiss – Hotter Than Hell: Radio Broadcast 1976 (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ROCK & ROLL OVER TOUR)
  12. Kiss – The Tickler (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (LICK IT UP TOUR 1983)
  13. Kiss – Barbarize (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – North American Tour)
  14. Kiss – They Only Come Out At Night (Bootleg Series) – Album Review (ANIMALIZE WORLD TOUR 1984 – EUROPEAN TOUR)
  15. Wicked Lester and the Progeny Demo Sessions (Bootleg)
  16. Kiss – Black Diamond: Lafayette Music Room, Memphis, TN April 18th, 1974 – FM Broadcast
  17. Kiss – End of the Road: In Allentown 2020 (PPL Center, Allentown, PA, 4th February 2020) (End of the Road Tour) – Blu-Ray
  18. Kiss – ‘Monster Tour: Simpsonville 2013’ (Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, Simpsonville, C – 13th August 2013) – Blu-Ray
  19. Wicked Lester – The Original Wicked Lester Sessions (Bootleg)
  20. Kiss – The Ritz on Fire (August 12, 1988, The Ritz, New York City. A radio broadcast – Crazy Nights Tour)
  21. Kiss – Kiss My Axe 1978: Live from the Los Angeles Forum in California, August 25, 1977 (Love Gun Tour)

Kiss – The Box Set:

  1. The Box Set (Part 1 of 6)
  2. The Box Set – Disc One 1966-1975 (Part 2 of 6)
  3. The Box Set – Disc Two 1975-1977 (Part 3 of 6)
  4. The Box Set – Disc Three 1976-1982 (Part 4 of 6)
  5. The Box Set – Disc Four 1983-1989 (Part 5 of 6)
  6. The Box Set – Disc Five 1992-1999 (Part 6 of 6)

Gene Simmons – The Vault:

  1. Part 1 – The Grand Opening
  2. Part 2 – Disk 1
  3. Part 3 – Disk 2
  4. Part 4 – Disk 3
  5. Part 5 – Disk 4
  6. Part 6 – Disk 5
  7. Part 7 – Disk 6
  8. Part 8 – Disk 7
  9. Part 9 – Disk 8
  10. Part 10 – Disk 9
  11. Part 11 – Disk 10
  12. Part 12 – The Bonus Disk
  13. Part 13 – The Best Songs of the Vault
  14. Part 14 – The Worst Songs of the Vault
  15. Part 15 – The Final Verdict

11 thoughts on “Kiss – ‘Creatures of the Night: 40th Anniversary 3-LP Deluxe Edition (Color Vinyl)’ – Album Review (The Kiss Review Series)

  1. Sharp looking vinyl set Sir. If this had been available on Amazon I would have ordered this than the Box but in a way I’m glad I go that Creatures box as its friggin GOLD. So I guess things work outdoor a reason even though it cost an arm and a leg!

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