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The Definitive KISS Collection,
By A Customer
This review is from: Guitar case box set (Audio CD)
Years in the making, KISS have finally delivered the definitive collection of their music which has covered a whopping 28 years in the business. Releasing a 'Standard' and a 'Deluxe' version was, of course, yet another merchandising ploy, but one they have pulled off with great aplomb!
Whichever version you have opted to buy, you'll be pleased to know that the music is the same on each of the mammoth 5 CD collection. Disc 1 (1966 - 1975) contains 21 tunes, 12 of which are previously (and some very rare) unreleased demos containing the much sought after 'Acrobat' recorded live at The Daisy in August 1973. Disc 2 (1975 - 1977) has 20 tunes of which only 8 are demos, but does include the much talked about original version of 'God of Thunder' with Paul Stanley on vocals. Disc 3 (1976 - 1982) has 19 tunes of which only 3 are demos, but does have a live version of Ace Frehley's 'Talk To Me' from his last KISS show in Australia in 1980. Disc 4 (1983 - 1989) has 16 tunes, but only 2 are demos, of which though, one is Eric Carr's original version of 'Little Ceaser' called 'Ain't That Peculiar' - a nice touch from the producers of this set. Finally, Disc 5 (1992 - 1999) has only 2 demos/unreleased, but does have an acoustic live version of 'Got To Choose' from the vinyl version of MTV Unplugged.
All in all, a wonderful collection of tracks from the (underated) band that stand second only to The Beatles in the number of gold records awarded. My reasoning for not giving the release the full 5 stars is based only on the fact that there are just too many album tracks on the latter discs and should have included one or two more rarities for the die-hards. Still, you can't please all the people all the time.
You wanted the best? Well, with KISS: The Box Set you definately have it!