The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Kiss were half-heavy metal band, half-circus act in their heyday, a time known as their "golden age" amongst fans, "the make-up era" to the rest the world, or 1974-1982 if you're being generous by a couple years on either end. Those happen to be the years the group were signed to Neil Bogart's label Casablanca Records, a successful '70s hypemachine that found success at the far ends of the pop spectrum with comic book heavy metal (Kiss) and disco (the Village People, Donna Summer, Lipps Inc., Irene Cara, and a truckload of producer-based acts). The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 collects all 29 singles Kiss released on Bogart's label, making them available on vinyl 7" or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Kiss were half-heavy metal band, half-circus act in their heyday, a time known as their "golden age" amongst fans, "the make-up era" to the rest the world, or 1974-1982 if you're being generous by a couple years on either end. Those happen to be the years the group were signed to Neil Bogart's label Casablanca Records, a successful '70s hypemachine that found success at the far ends of the pop spectrum with comic book heavy metal (Kiss) and disco (the Village People, Donna Summer, Lipps Inc., Irene Cara, and a truckload of producer-based acts). The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 collects all 29 singles Kiss released on Bogart's label, making them available on vinyl 7" or CD singles with picture sleeves from around the world faithfully reproduced (which in the case of 1974's "Nothin' to Lose" b/w "Love Theme from Kiss" means all-white promo packaging). Career-defining A-sides like "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City," "Beth," "New York Groove" (officially an Ace Frehley track, but singles from all four of their 1978 solo albums are included), and even the disco-flavored "I Was Made for Loving You" are all on the track list thanks to the A-sides, which are also responsible for lesser-known gems like "Rocket Ride" and "C'mon and Love Me." The B-sides vary wildly as "Shock Me" sits on the back of "Christine Sixteen" like a bonus prize, while the great heavy metal rocker "Sweet Pain" is here thanks to the Japanese single of "Shout It Out Loud," but there's also the awkward and not-so-sexy "She's So European" and redundancy as well, with "Rock and Roll All Nite" showing up as a B-side twice, and an A-side once. Also, Kiss and Casablanca never looked at B-sides as a place to feature rare material, so expect album mixes for the most part, minus an early fade or two. Of course, this set isn't made for new or casual fans but rather veteran collectors seeking perfect reproduction and top-shelf presentation. On that level, The Casablanca Singles succeeds, coming in a hefty, well-done die-cut shadow box that, if dropped, could put a kink in your demon boots. An etched metal plate sits on the front, the booklet inserted features a history of the group's singles, and when it says "FREE Gene Simmons MASK INSIDE" on the outside of the "Radioactive" sleeve, it's the truth, with Paul, Ace, and Peter's masks included as well. Unnecessary? Yes it is, but it's twice as beautiful for anyone who held office in the Kiss Army back in the day. Consider the price and consider the fan, but don't lump this well-executed executive piece with odd ideas like the Kiss Kassket or the group's Kiss Him/Kiss Her line of fragrances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Ume
  • UPC: 602537104048
  • Catalog Number: 1719302
  • Sales rank: 70,163

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nothin' To Lose (3:28)
  2. 2 Love Theme From Kiss (2:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kissin' Time (3:52)
  2. 2 Nothin' To Lose (3:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Strutter (3:12)
  2. 2 100,000 Years (3:23)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll (2:16)
  2. 2 Hotter Than Hell (3:31)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Rock And Roll All Nite (2:48)
  2. 2 Getaway (2:43)
Disc 6
  1. 1 C'mon And Love Me (2:59)
  2. 2 Getaway (2:43)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Rock And Roll All Nite (3:25)
  2. 2 Rock And Roll All Nite (2:47)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Shout It Out Loud (2:41)
  2. 2 Sweet Pain (3:20)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Flaming Youth (2:42)
  2. 2 God Of Thunder (4:12)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Detroit Rock City (2:58)
  2. 2 Beth (2:44)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Beth (2:45)
  2. 2 Detroit Rock City (2:57)
Disc 12
  1. 1 Hard Luck Woman (3:35)
  2. 2 Mr. Speed (3:20)
Disc 13
  1. 1 Calling Dr. Love (3:07)
  2. 2 Take Me (2:57)
Disc 14
  1. 1 Christine Sixteen (3:14)
  2. 2 Shock Me (3:46)
Disc 15
  1. 1 Love Gun (3:16)
  2. 2 Hooligan (2:58)
Disc 16
  1. 1 Shout It Out Loud (3:19)
  2. 2 Nothin' To Lose (3:36)
Disc 17
  1. 1 Rocket Ride (3:07)
  2. 2 Tomorrow And Tonight (3:26)
Disc 18
  1. 1 Strutter '78 (3:20)
  2. 2 Shock Me (3:47)
Disc 19
  1. 1 Hold Me Touch Me - Paul Stanley (3:41)
  2. 2 Goodbye - Paul Stanley (4:10)
Disc 20
  1. 1 New York Groove (3:02)
  2. 2 Snow Blind (3:54)
Disc 21
  1. 1 Radioactive - Gene Simmons (2:55)
  2. 2 See You In Your Dreams - Gene Simmons (2:41)
Disc 22
  1. 1 Don't You Let Me Down (3:24)
  2. 2 Hooked On Rock 'N' Roll (3:38)
Disc 23
  1. 1 You Matter To Me (3:13)
  2. 2 Hooked On Rock 'N' Roll (3:38)
Disc 24
  1. 1 I Was Made For Lovin' You (4:02)
  2. 2 Hard Times (3:33)
Disc 25
  1. 1 Sure Know Something (3:41)
  2. 2 Dirty Livin' (3:47)
Disc 26
  1. 1 Shandi (3:36)
  2. 2 She's So European (3:29)
Disc 27
  1. 1 Tomorrow (3:15)
  2. 2 Naked City (3:51)
Disc 28
  1. 1 A World Without Heroes (2:42)
  2. 2 Dark Light (4:14)
Disc 29
  1. 1 I Love It Loud (4:16)
  2. 2 Danger (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiss Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Peter Criss Composer
Ace Frehley Composer, Producer
Kiss Producer
Gene Simmons Composer, Producer
Paul Stanley Composer, Producer
Russ Ballard Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Sean Delaney Composer, Producer
Bob Ezrin Composer, Producer
Anton Fig Composer
Jimmy Ienner Executive Producer
Michael James Jackson Producer
Kenny Kerner Producer
Eddie Kramer Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bernie Lowe Composer
Kal Mann Composer
Adam Mitchell Composer
Michael Morgan Composer
Vini Poncia Producer
Corky Stasiak Engineer
John Vastano Composer
Richie Wise Producer
Neil Bogart Producer
Lewis Reed Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Tom Jermann Booklet Design
Jeff Fura Compilation Supervisor
Stan Penridge Composer
Pepe Castro Composer
Robert Kulick Composer
Vincent Poncia Composer
Vincent Cusano Composer
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Gerhard Wimmer Memorabilia
Keith Leroux Track Annotations
Jill Cataldo Track Annotations
Alexander Zihlmann Memorabilia
Tom Shannon Memorabilia
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