The Casablanca Singles 74-82 Box Set by Kiss
In 1973, KISS signed its first record deal with the newly-formed Casablanca Records. KISS was the first band signed to the upstart label, which helped launch the success of the hottest band in the world.
After seeing KISS play a showcase concert at New York City’s Le Tang’s ballet studio, Casablanca founder Neil Bogart offered the band a record contract on the spot. From 1974 to 1982, Casablanca Records released 29 KISS singles on 45 RPM records. These singles were released for sale to the public, used for commercial radio airplay and to promote album sales. In many cases, as a bonus to the fans who already owned the record albums, many of these singles featured entirely different mixes, edits, and material that did not appear on any album.
These musical snapshots of KISS’ formative years have never been released in a commemorative singles edition until now.
Out of the 29 singles featured in the box sets, there are 26 highly collectible picture sleeves from original single releases around the world including Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain and the U.K., plus a 36-page booklet with unreleased photos and track annotations.
The sets also feature reissues of the 4 singles from all four solo albums from 1978 – the vinyl collection with special purple, blue, red and green vinyl – complete with a mask picture sleeve representing each individual member as originally released in the U.K.
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 (U.K. MASK SLEEVE / PURPLE VINYL)
20. New York Groove / Snow Blind – Ace Frehley (U.K. MASK SLEEVE / BLUE VINYL)
21. Radioactive / See You In Your Dreams – Gene Simmons (U.K. MASK SLEEVE / 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 (U.K. MASK SLEEVE / 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)
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