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4.0 out of 5 stars
A very well put together package., 7 Jan. 2002
After nearly 30 years of "the greatest show on earth", Kiss are finally about to pack away the greasepaint and the platform boots for the final time. Just exactly where or when that final time will be is open to question - what is NOT open to question is the attention to detail on this all-encompassing box set, spanning well over 30 years worth of recordings.
Whilst Kiss fans are generally renowned for obtaining bootlegs of their heroes unreleased works, there is plenty to whet even their appetite amongst these 5 discs, although most of these aforementioned hordes will scoff at the high price of this boxset, claiming that they already own 95% of the "previously unheard" tracks on offer. The truth is that, for example, the Wicked Lester songs on Disc 1 (a pre-Kiss band featuring Stanley and Simmons) are infinitely better in quality than any bootleg recordings of the same tunes that I've heard in the past.
The 5 discs run pretty much in chronological order and the hardback book that comes with the boxset has a track-by-track rundown written by the band themselves detailing who, what, why, where and when in relation to each tune. You'll hear demos by Simmons and Stanley where they play ALL the instruments; you'll discover which tune on a Kiss album only features 1 of the 4 members on it (!!!) and you also get to hear a taste of what's to come in 2002 when the long-awaited "Alive 4" gets its worlwide release - a version of "Rock and Roll All Nite" from that album is the last track on CD5.
The boxset compiler (ex-Black and Blue guitarist Tommy Thayer) deserves great credit for his fine job in putting this package together - he was the man responsible for the highly entertaining "Second Coming" Video, which documented the 1996-7 reunion tour of the 4 original Kiss members.
At the time of review (Jan 2002) the Kiss boxset had already reached Gold status, and judging by the quality of its contents, its sales will surely not stop there.
Kiss - the fire-breathing, blood-spitting, tongue-waggling embodiment of the American Dream - we shall not see their like again...