KISS to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Vinyl Reissues, Massive Box Set and Two-CD Compilation

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KISS is set to mark its 40th anniversary and impending Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with a variety of special releases, including a series of album reissues on high-quality vinyl, a two-CD compilation and a massive vinyl box set.

The LP reissue series will launch on April 1 with the arrival of remastered versions of 10 of the band’s albums on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.  Additional LPs will be released on May 6, May 27 and June 6.  Among the reissues will be three albums that never have been available before on vinyl — 1997’sCarnival of Souls: The Final Sessions, 1998’s Psycho Circus and 2006’s Alive: The Millennium Concert, which previously was only available as part of the KISS Alive! 1975-2000 box set.

The double-CD retrospective, meanwhile, is titled KISS 40 and will hit stores sometime in May.  The collection will feature 40 tracks, including one from ever major album the band put out.  Among the songs are such classic hits as “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” “Hard Luck Woman,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Christine Sixteen” and “Lick It Up.”  The compilation also offers four previously unreleased tunes, a 1977 demo version of “Reputation” and live renditions “Deuce” from 2004, “Cold Gin” from 2009 and “Crazy Crazy Nights” from 2010.

Lastly, there’s the vinyl box set, an expansive limited-edition package called KISSTERIA — The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case that will contain 34 LPs, including the 28 records that are being released in conjunction with the reissue series and six discs that only will be available as part of the package.  The exclusive titles are Double PlatinumGreatest KISSKillersYou Wanted the Best, You Got the BestSmashes; Thrashes & Hits; and KISS Symphony: Alive IV.

KISSTERIA will feature all of the KISS albums’ original artwork, packaging and extras, including posters, sticker sheets booklets and more.  The set comes housed in a heavy-duty gear case and boasts an impressive variety of bonus memorabilia, including replica archival posters, a KISS vinyl cleaning cloth and turntable mat, a set of KISS dominoes and a certificate of authenticity.  Only 1,000 copies of the collection will be produced.  Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting

KISS released its self-titled debut album in February 1974.  The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony held April 10 in Brooklyn, New York.  KISS also will hit the road with Def Leppard on a just-announced joint summer tour kicking off June 23 in West Valley City, Utah.

Here is the track list for the KISS 40 compilation:

CD 1
“Nothin to Lose”
“Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll”
“C’mon and Love Me”
“Rock and Roll All Nite” (Live)
“God of Thunder” (Demo)
“Hard Luck Woman”
*”Reputation” (Demo)
“Christine Sixteen”
“Shout It Out Loud” (Live)
“Strutter ’78”
“You Matter to Me” (Peter Criss)
“Radioactive” (Gene Simmons)
“New York Groove” (Ace Frehley)
“I Was Made for Lovin’ You” (Single Edit)
“A World Without Heroes”
“I Love It Loud”
“Down on Your Knees”
“Lick It Up”
“Heaven’s on Fire”

CD 2
“Tears Are Falling”
“Reason to Live”
“Let’s Put the X in Sex”
“Forever” (Remix)
“God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You II”
“Unholy” (Live)
“Do You Love Me?” (MTV Unplugged)
“Room Service (Live)”
“Jungle (Radio Edit)”
“Psycho Circus”
“Nothing Can Keep Me from You”
“Detroit Rock City” (Live)
**”Deuce” (Live 2004)
“Firehouse” (Live 1999/2000)
“Modern Day Delilah”
**”Cold Gin” (Live 2009)
**”Crazy Crazy Nights” (Live 2010)
“Hell or Hallelujah”

* = Previously Unreleased
** = Unreleased Commercially.

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