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Kiss 11/20/2001

Review

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
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Strutter [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 4:57
  3. 2 Deuce [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 3:22
  4. 3 Keep Me Waiting [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:23
  5. 4 She [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:3
  6. 5 Love Her All I Can [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 2:40
  7. 6 Let Me Know [Bell Sound Studios Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:36
  8. 7 100,000 Years [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 5:52
  9. 8 Stop, Look to Listen [Previously Unreleased][Paul Stanley Demo] Kiss 3:59
  10. 9 Leeta [Gene Simmons Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 2:25
  11. 10 Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll [Previously Unreleased][Bell Sound Studios Demo] Kiss 4:4
  12. 11 Acrobat [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 6:18
  13. 12 Firehouse [Previously Unreleased][Bell Sound Studios Demo] Kiss 4:34
  14. 13 Nothin' to Lose Kiss 3:24
  15. 14 Black Diamond Kiss 5:9
  16. 15 Hotter Than Hell Kiss 3:28
  17. 16 Strange Ways Kiss 3:18
  18. 17 Parasite Kiss 3:2
  19. 18 Goin' Blind Kiss 3:35
  20. 19 Anything for My Baby Kiss 2:30
  21. 20 Ladies in Waiting Kiss 2:28
  22. 21 Rock and Roll All Nite Kiss 2:44
  23. 1 C'mon and Love Me (Love) Kiss 3:8
  24. 2 Rock Bottom Kiss 3:21
  25. 3 Cold Gin Kiss 6:41
  26. 4 Watchin' You Kiss 3:53
  27. 5 Doncha Hesitate [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 2:37
  28. 6 Mad Dog [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 2:30
  29. 7 God of Thunder [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 2:53
  30. 8 Great Expectations Kiss 4:19
  31. 9 Beth Kiss 2:44
  32. 10 Do You Love Me Kiss 3:30
  33. 11 Bad, Bad Lovin' [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:31
  34. 12 Calling Dr. Love Kiss 3:39
  35. 13 Mr. Speed [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 3:32
  36. 14 Christine Sixteen Kiss 3:10
  37. 15 Hard Luck Woman Kiss 3:31
  38. 16 Shock Me Kiss 3:45
  39. 17 I Stole Your Love Kiss 3:1
  40. 18 I Want You [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:29
  41. 19 Love Gun [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 3:19
  42. 20 Love Is Blind [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 2:45
  43. 1 Detroit Rock City Kiss 3:55
  44. 2 King of the Night Time World Kiss 3:3
  45. 3 Larger Than Life Kiss 3:58
  46. 4 Rocket Ride Kiss 4:5
  47. 5 Tonight You Belong to Me Kiss 4:38
  48. 6 New York Groove Kiss 2:57
  49. 7 Radioactive [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 3:7
  50. 8 Don't You Let Me Down Kiss 3:37
  51. 9 I Was Made for Lovin' You Kiss 4:27
  52. 10 Sure Know Something Kiss 3:57
  53. 11 Shandi Kiss 3:33
  54. 12 You're All That I Want, You're All That I Need [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Kiss 4:14
  55. 13 Talk to Me [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:39
  56. 14 A World Without Heroes Kiss 2:39
  57. 15 The Oath Kiss 4:32
  58. 16 Nowhere to Run [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 4:23
  59. 17 Creatures of the Night Kiss 4:1
  60. 18 War Machine Kiss 4:12
  61. 19 I Love It Loud Kiss 4:12
  62. 1 Lick It Up Kiss 3:53
  63. 2 All Hell's Breakin' Loose Kiss 4:31
  64. 3 Heaven's on Fire Kiss 3:18
  65. 4 Get All You Can Take Kiss 3:42
  66. 5 Thrills in the Night Kiss 4:19
  67. 6 Tears Are Falling [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:52
  68. 7 Uh! All Night Kiss 3:59
  69. 8 Time Traveller [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 4:54
  70. 9 Hell or High Water Kiss 3:24
  71. 10 Crazy Crazy Nights Kiss 3:44
  72. 11 Reason to Live Kiss 3:57
  73. 12 Let's Put the X in Sex Kiss 3:47
  74. 13 Hide Your Heart Kiss 4:20
  75. 14 Ain't That Peculiar [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 3:10
  76. 15 Silver Spoon Kiss 4:38
  77. 16 Forever [Single Version] Kiss 3:47
  78. 1 God Save Rock 'N' Roll to You II Kiss 5:17
  79. 2 Unholy Kiss 3:24
  80. 3 Domino [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Kiss 4:1
  81. 4 Every Time I Look at You Kiss 4:37
  82. 5 Comin' Home Kiss 2:50
  83. 6 Got to Choose Kiss 3:32
  84. 7 I Still Love You Kiss 6:9
  85. 8 Nothin' to Lose Kiss 3:43
  86. 9 Childhood's End [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 5:22
  87. 10 I Will Be There Kiss 3:46
  88. 11 Psycho Circus Kiss 4:50
  89. 12 Into the Void Kiss 4:21
  90. 13 Within Kiss 4:26
  91. 14 I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock and Roll Kiss 3:32
  92. 15 Nothing Can Keep Me from You Kiss 4:2
  93. 16 It's My Life [Previously Unreleased][Psycho Circus outtake] Kiss 3:43
  94. 17 Shout It Out Loud Kiss 3:35
  95. 18 Rock and Roll All Nite [Previously Unreleased] Kiss 6:0

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