Box Set Guitar Case 1101

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Review Text Longtime Kiss fans have come to expect things done on a grand scale by their masked heroes, and everyone's favorite rock & roll merchandising machine doesn't disappoint with their 2001 anthology, Box Set. Clocking in at a hefty six hours (that's a 94-song track listing of demos, rarities, hits, album tracks, and live material crammed onto five discs), the set comes in three different configurations, the first being a modestly priced, standard seven-by-11-inch box, the second a replica guitar case version, and the third (and most costly) gold premium edition, which features a larger case and additional gadgets. All three sets come with a 120-page color book, including track-by-track commentary mostly by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (a little more insight from Ace Frehley and Peter Criss wouldn't have hurt) and a biography by Jeff Kitts. While some fans voiced displeasure about the absence of certain rarities (most notably the holy grail of all Kiss collectors, several songs that Eddie and Alex Van Halen demoed with Gene Simmons back in 1977) and that this is the umpteenth time the group has recycled their renowned anthems for a compilation, Box Set ultimately delivers. For the most part (give or take a track or two), each disc chronicles a certain time period of the band. Disc one features the pre-Kiss years up to 1975, disc two features 1975-1977, disc three features 1977-1982, disc four features 1983-1990, and disc five features 1991-2000. Included are demos of such Kiss classics as "Strutter," "Deuce," "God of Thunder," and "Love Gun," as well as demos of tracks that never made it to any of their albums: "Doncha Hesitate," "Mad Dog," and "Love Is Blind," among others. But it doesn't end there; you'll also find tracks by the pre-Kiss group Wicked Lester (including an almost unrecognizable version of "She," a song Kiss would later re-record themselves) and a live take of the oft-overlooked Ace Frehley gem "Talk to Me," plus an unreleased Kiss version of "It's My Life" (the song was only previously available on an obscure Wendy O. Williams solo album) from their final studio album, 1998's Psycho Circus. The balance between the obscure and the well-known is tempered out with the inclusion of such scream-along arena rockers as "Black Diamond," "Do You Love Me," "Detroit Rock City," "Rock and Roll All Nite," and "I Love it Loud," as well as spotlighting such underrated album tracks as "Strange Ways," "Parasite," "Goin' Blind," "Larger Than Life," "Sure Know Something," and "War Machine." Although the quality of the material begins to dip on the last two discs (both focus primarily on the group's wishy-washy unmasked era, when Simmons and Stanley were the only two original members left), there's a little something for each Kiss fan to sink their teeth into on Box Set.' ~ Greg Prato

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Strutter - 5:58
  2. 2. Deuce - 3:26
  3. 3. Keep Me Waiting - 3:26
  4. 4. She - 3:07
  5. 5. Love Her All I Can - 3:41
  6. 6. Let Me Know - 4:37
  7. 7. 100,000 Years - 6:53
  8. 8. Stop, Look to Listen - 4:02
  9. 9. Leeta - 2:28
  10. 10. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll - 4:05
  11. 11. Acrobat - 6:21
  12. 12. Firehouse - 5:37
  13. 13. Nothin' to Lose - 3:27
  14. 14. Black Diamond - 5:11
  15. 15. Hotter Than Hell - 4:31
  16. 16. Strange Ways - 3:19
  17. 17. Parasite - 3:03
  18. 18. Goin' Blind - 4:36
  19. 19. Anything for My Baby - 3:33
  20. 20. Ladies in Waiting - 3:32
  21. 21. Rock and Roll All Nite - 3:46

CD: 2

  1. 22. C'mon and Love Me - 3:08
  2. 23. Rock Bottom - 3:20
  3. 24. Cold Gin - 7:40
  4. 25. Watchin' You - 4:55
  5. 26. Doncha Hesitate - 3:40
  6. 27. Mad Dog - 3:32
  7. 28. God of Thunder - 3:54
  8. 29. Great Expectations - 4:21
  9. 30. Beth - 3:45
  10. 31. Do You Love Me - 4:33
  11. 32. Bad, Bad Lovin' - 4:35
  12. 33. Calling Dr. Love - 4:43
  13. 34. Mr. Speed - 4:34
  14. 35. Christine Sixteen - 3:14
  15. 36. Hard Luck Woman - 4:34
  16. 37. Shock Me - 4:47
  17. 38. I Stole Your Love - 3:05
  18. 39. I Want You - 4:31
  19. 40. Love Gun - 3:23
  20. 41. Love Is Blind - 3:45

CD: 3

  1. 42. Detroit Rock City - 4:55
  2. 43. King of the Night Time World - 3:03
  3. 44. Larger Than Life - 4:59
  4. 45. Rocket Ride - 4:07
  5. 46. Tonight You Belong to Me - 5:40
  6. 47. New York Groove - 3:00
  7. 48. Radioactive - 3:09
  8. 49. Don't You Let Me Down - 4:40
  9. 50. I Was Made for Lovin' You - 5:30
  10. 51. Sure Know Something - 4:59
  11. 52. Shandi - 4:35
  12. 53. You're All That I Want, You're All That I Need - 4:17
  13. 54. Talk to Me - 4:40
  14. 55. World Without Heroes - 3:41
  15. 56. Oath - 5:34
  16. 57. Nowhere to Run - 4:26
  17. 58. Creatures of the Night - 4:02
  18. 59. War Machine - 4:14
  19. 60. I Love It Loud - 4:16

CD: 4

  1. 61. Lick It Up - 4:56
  2. 62. All Hell's Breakin' Loose - 5:34
  3. 63. Heaven's on Fire - 3:21
  4. 64. Get All You Can Take - 4:43
  5. 65. Thrills in the Night - 4:21
  6. 66. Tears Are Falling - 4:54
  7. 67. Uh! All Night - 4:03
  8. 68. Time Traveler - 5:57
  9. 69. Hell or High Water - 3:26
  10. 70. Crazy Crazy Nights - 4:46
  11. 71. Reason to Live - 4:01
  12. 72. Lets Put the X in Sex - 4:50
  13. 73. Hide Your Heart - 4:24
  14. 74. Ain't That Peculiar - 3:10
  15. 75. Silver Spoon - 5:41
  16. 76. Forever - 4:50

CD: 5

  1. 77. God Gave Rock & Roll to You II - 5:20
  2. 78. Unholy - 3:25
  3. 79. Domino - 4:03
  4. 80. Every Time I Look at You - 5:39
  5. 81. Comin' Home - 3:51
  6. 82. Got to Choose - 4:31
  7. 83. I Still Love You - 6:09
  8. 84. Nothin' to Lose - 4:45
  9. 85. Childhood's End - 5:26
  10. 86. I Will Be There - 4:48
  11. 87. Psycho Circus - 5:50
  12. 88. Into the Void - 4:22
  13. 89. Within - 4:28
  14. 90. I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock and Roll - 4:33
  15. 91. Nothing Can Keep Me from You - 4:04
  16. 92. It's My Life - 4:45
  17. 93. Shout It Out Loud - 4:37
  18. 94. Rock and Roll All Nite - 6:06

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11/20/01 

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