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“KISS Boxed Set” by KISS

Artist: KISS
Title: “Boxed Set” (remastered)
Label: Mercury/Universal Music
Release Date: 11/20/2001
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

It was really only a matter of time before KISS got around to releasing a career spanning boxed set after delivering what seemed to be endless editions of “Greatest Hits” packages that often featured the same songs as the last one had dished out or ones that only featured a minor change in the track listing, order of the songs or the photos. Even though I have been a lifelong KISS fans, the sheer number of these kinds of releases from the band was making me start to feel a little bit played. Despite this viewpoint, I still picked up a copy of the boxed set when it was released and wanted to present to you its track listing and some thoughts on what I liked and where I felt that they let us down a little bit. The massive release does give us five CD’s with a total of 94 tracks and 30 of them are ones that were never before released. These unreleased tunes cross a wide gamut from missing tracks, demos, live recordings and alternate versions. Percentagewise that means that of the whole package, just under a third of it will be “new” to the fans ears. I used quotations there based on the amount of bootlegged CD’s that had been circulating the conventions that often had this stuff.

As a lifelong KISS fan I was eager to hear more of the demos of the tracks that became legendary parts of Rock and Roll history and I was very interested in cleaner copies of the Wicked Lester stuff. Yeah that particular band was a total out of left field sounding one from what KISS was to become when they founded it; but it is relevant to the bands history and hence something that the fans want to be able to enjoy. When it comes to unreleased tunes from the bands archives; the more the merrier in the eyes of the KISS Army without a doubt. Check out what they did give us on the release.
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