This time around, we have a little bonus edition for you. There is no dramatic story behind this release, it is simple a way to give the fans something kind of cool and the band a little more money. There are no new songs or remixes, these are all songs you already have in some way shape or form. On November 13, 2012, Kiss released the box set, ‘The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982’ collection. It houses all 29 singles the band released on Casablanca Records. They have all been digitally remastered and given some very collectible sleeves from the original single releases from around the world.
Now, this is not going to be review of each song, been there done that with all of the album reviews. No, this is going to be a picture review of the entire box set. You are going to see everything there is to see in this box set. There are over 90 pictures so sit back and enjoy. We will do them in order of each album, but first we will start with the box set itself and the booklet. I hope you enjoy…
The box set is literally housed in a box. There is a flap on the side you open and all the singles and booklet slide right in. It is nice and sturdy. There is a cool effect on the front where the box there is an empty space with a fiery red, orange and yellow swirled backing that gives the Kiss logo its fiery appearance. The box also has an etched metal plaque engraved with the name “The Casablanca Singles 1974-1982 Limited Edition”. But here is the big question…What’s in the Box??
After the massive success of ‘Destroyer’, the band was riding high. Now the hard part, following up a massive album. Despite the success of the prior album, there were many fans who didn’t like the direction Kiss was going. They felt the rawness of the band was missing. It was that rawness they loved. They weren’t alone, Ace and Peter felt the same way. They did not want to repeat what Ezrin had done, but Gene and Paul didn’t want to completely throw it away either.
So, Eddie Kramer was brought back in to produce. They camped out at the Star Theater in Nanuet, New York i hopes to have a live feel for the album to make sure they capture the true essence of the band. And whether or not they did is still up for discussion. You get a mixed bag of thoughts on the production of this album, I will just say I think it is one of their most consistent albums they have done and we will get in to the meat of it later.
This piece of Kiss Bootleg I found at my local independent record store called Lunchbox Records. It is Kiss from February 7th, 1995 and was recorded at the Hilton Hotel Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia while they were down under on tour. The album is an acoustic show and this is a collection of outtakes from that show.
The line-up is Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of course and since this is pre-reunion, it also includes Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer. A great non-makeup lineup. The band sounds great and even Paul is singing his heart out. The recording I believe is an audience recording only due to the loudness of the crowd, but let me tell you it sounds freaking awesome.
The crowd is really in to and at times it feels like a campfire singalong. The band is definitely enjoying themselves as they are interacting with the crowd and seem to be having a blast.
The set is a single LP and includes a full size poster in with the album. The picture is of the front cover so not something different from what you already see…