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KISS 40 Years of Rock and Roll

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century.

Rock legends KISS were the first signing to Neil Bogart’s newly formed Casablanca Records label after he saw and recognized their talent and showmanship during their spectacular performance at a showcase concert at New York City’s Le Tang’s Ballet Studio in 1973, offering them a contract on the spot. Four decades after releasing their self-titled, major label debut, KISS will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April, proof of the unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World” as they rallied together to have the band included in this year’s induction ceremony.

Having earned 28 U.S. gold albums along with 40 million U.S. and 100 million in world sales, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with long-time members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. Their last album, Monster, proved that they are still at the top of their game with impressive sales and topping the charts worldwide debuting at No. 3 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart and Top 10 in twenty other countries.

To celebrate their incredible 40-year recording career and their upcoming, long-overdue induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Universal Music will kick off the celebration on March 31, 2014 with the first batch of 10 individual KISS remastered albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl with 18 more vinyl titles coming through the first half of 2014. In May, fans can look forward to a 2 CD KISS 40 compilation with one track from every major album release, live selections and an unreleased demo from 1977. And finally, starting today, the definitive KISS vinyl box set, KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case, featuring 34 KISS LPs –  including titles never-before issued on vinyl, six exclusive albums to the box set and a plethora of collectibles only available in KISSTERIA will be available exclusively for D2C pre-order at

Millions of people around the world originally discovered KISS when they brought home an album and put it on their turntable for the first time. Now, those original KISS albums will be available remastered and on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl prior to KISS’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A new compilation KISS 40, a 2 CD set featuring forty tracks spanning KISS’s incredible forty-year recording career. This set includes one track from every major album release (studio, Alive & hits collections) plus three live selections from the 2000-era and features the band’s biggest songs including rock and roll anthems such as “Detroit Rock City,” “Love Gun,” “Beth,” “Rock And Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” “Psycho Circus,” “Forever,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.” “Lick It Up,” “Heaven’s On Fire” and “Hell or Hallelujah.”  First time commercial CD release live recordings of “Deuce” (from 2004 tour), “Cold Gin” (from 2009 Alive 35 tour), “Crazy Crazy Nights” (from 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour) and the previously unreleased 1977 demo of “Reputation” round out the set for the KISS Army.

And for a ultimate KISS collector, with only 1000 copies being produced worldwide, KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case is a highly-collectible vinyl road case box set featuring 34 KISS LPs including nineteen studio albums, all five of the Alive releases, the four original KISS solo albums, each with exact replicas of the original inserts, plus six exclusive vinyl titles that will not be made available individually. All albums are pressed onto audiophile 180g vinyl and are newly remastered from the ultra-high definition Direct Stream Digital transfers from original analog tapes to bring out maximum fidelity of these iconic albums.

Exclusive KISSTERIA extras include eleven 11”x17” archival posters, including the band’s very first promo poster; a KISS vinyl cleaning cloth; a KISS turntable mat; a set of KISS dominoes; four band lithographs highlighting four decades of the band; and a certificate of authenticity displaying the limited edition number for each of the individual box sets.  Reserve your KISSTERIA road case

Forty years ago KISS released their eponymous debut album, which would propel the band to the top of the rock and roll hierarchy where they have reigned for the past four decades making the KISS legacy a global brand with more than 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including a recent partnership with the Arena Football League as owners of the Anaheim-based expansion team LA KISS.


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·      Alive!
·      Animalize
·      Destroyer
·      Dressed To Kill
·      Dynasty
·      Hotter Than Hell
·      KISS
·      Lick It Up
·      Revenge
·      Unmasked
Release date: May 5, 2014
·      Asylum
·      Creatures Of The Night
·      Love Gun
·      MTV Unplugged
·      Psycho Circus*

Release date: May 26, 2014

·      Rock And Roll Over
·      Alive III
·      Music From The Elder – First Vinyl Release in Concept Album Sequence
·      Crazy Nights
·      Hot In The Shade
·      Alive: The Millennium Concert*
·      Carnival of Souls:  The Final Sessions*

Release date: June 23, 2014

·      Alive II
·      Ace Frehley
·      Gene Simmons
·      Peter Criss
·      Paul Stanley

*First Time on Vinyl

KISS – 40

Unless indicated all selections are album versions

CD 1

1.     Nothin To Lose
2.     Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
3.     C’mon and Love Me
4.     Rock And Roll All Nite (Live)
5.     God Of Thunder (Demo)
6.     Beth
7.     Hard Luck Woman
8.     Reputation (Demo) – PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
9.     Christine Sixteen
10.  Shout It Out Loud (Live)
11.  Strutter ‘78
12.  You Matter To Me (Peter Criss)
13.  Radioactive (Gene Simmons)
14.  New York Groove (Ace Frehley)
15.  I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Single Edit)
16.  Shandi
17.  A World Without Heroes
18.  I Love It Loud
19.  Down On Your Knees
20.  Lick It Up
21.  Heaven’s On Fire

CD 2

1.     Tears Are Falling
2.     Reason To Live
3.     Let’s Put The X In Sex
4.     Forever (Remix)
5.     God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II
6.     Unholy (Live)
7.     Do You Love Me? (MTV Unplugged)
8.     Room Service (Live)
9.     Jungle (Radio Edit)
10.  Psycho Circus
11.  Nothing Can Keep Me From You
12.  Detroit Rock City (Live)
13.  Deuce (Live 2004) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
14.  Firehouse (Live – 1999/2000)
15.  Modern Day Delilah
16.  Cold Gin (Live 2009) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
17.  Crazy Crazy Nights (Live 2010) – UNRELEASED COMMERCIALLY
18.  Hell or Hallelujah

KISSTERIA – The Vinyl Road Case

Custom ANVILTM Road Case to house 34 KISS LPs and a plethora of extras.

·      KISS
·      Hotter Than Hell
·      Dressed To Kill – Includes Embossed Front & Back Jacket Covers
·      Alive! – Includes 8 Page Color Booklet
·      Destroyer
·      Rock And Roll Over – Includes Sticker Sheet
·      Love Gun – Includes Paper Gun with “Bang” Sheet
·      Alive II – Includes Tattoo Sheet & 8 Page Color Booklet
·      Ace Frehley (Solo Album) – Includes “Ace” Interlocking Poster
·      Gene Simmons (Solo Album) – Includes “Gene” Interlocking Poster
·      Peter Criss (Solo Album) – Includes “Peter” Interlocking Poster
·      Paul Stanley (Solo Album) – Includes “Paul” Interlocking Poster
·      Dynasty – 22” x 33” Poster
·      Unmasked – 22” x 33” Poster
·      Music From The Elder – First Vinyl Release in Concept Album Sequence
·      Creatures Of The Night
·      Lick It Up
·      Animalize
·      Asylum
·      Crazy Nights
·      Hot In The Shade
·      Revenge
·      Alive III
·      MTV Unplugged – Includes 24” x 24” Poster
·      Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions – First Vinyl Pressing Ever
·      Psycho Circus – First Vinyl Pressing Ever will include a 12”x12” Lenticular Cover
·      Alive: The Millennium Collection – First Vinyl Pressing Ever
·      Monster

Exclusive vinyl titles for the Road Case:

  • Double Platinum – Includes Embossed front & back jacket covers + Embossed platinum award insert
  • Greatest KISS – Includes First Vinyl Pressing Ever.  Will combine all exclusive tracks used worldwide into one package
  • KILLERS – Includes First U.S. Release Ever. Will combine both Japan and Australia track lists into one package
  • You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best
  • Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
  • KISS Symphony: Alive IV
Exclusive Bonus Items for Vinyl Box:
Eleven 11”x17” Archival Posters in a poster tube:
First Band Promo Poster
Hotel Diplomat Concert Poster
Asylum Promo Poster
Lick It Up Promo Poster
KISS 1984 Promo Poster
Alive III Promo Poster
You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best Promo Poster
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Promo Poster
MTV Unplugged Promo Poster
Live 1996 Tour Poster
Psycho Circus Promo Poster
  • KISS Vinyl Cleaning Cloth
  • KISS Turntable Mat
  • KISS Dominoes
  • Four Band Photo Lithographs
  • Certificate of Authenticity with Exclusive Box Number
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