The Originals

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Just as Kissmania was getting underway in the mid-'70s, Casablanca issued the limited-edition, specially priced LP box set The Originals. It didn't contain any unreleased or rare material, it's just a repackaging of Kiss' first three records (1974's Kiss and Hotter Than Hell, and 1975's Dressed to Kill), which made sense since many of Kiss' fans just owned their hit Alive! and Destroyer albums. Also included was a 14-page booklet that recounted the band's history up until that point, as well as six biography trading cards and a Kiss Army sticker ("Kiss Army" was the name of the band's fan club). The Originals is a much-sought-after collectible among Kiss fans and collectors. And as far as the music goes, all three albums are hard rock classics -- "Deuce," "Black Diamond," "Cold Gin," "Strutter," "Got to Choose," "Parasite," "Hotter Than Hell," "She," and "Rock & Roll All Nite" are among the many highlights.

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