Kiss – Solo Albums Box set complete Japan 4 LP set with obi and die-cut posters

$1,495.00

Free U.S. shipping!  A rare 1978 Japan-only box set containing all four Kiss Solo albums, including the original obi and die-cut posters.

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Offered for sale is a limited edition Japanese box set containing all four 1978 Kiss solo albums – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley.

All four albums include the original cover, obi, lyric insert, custom inner sleeve, and die-cut poster.  All are complete.

These albums were not sold as a set.  The special boxes were a giveaway item that retailers provided to customers who purchased all four albums at once.

About this set: This box set of Kiss solo albums is an original 1978 release on the Victor/Casablanca label.

The box itself is VG++, with a couple of minor creases on the back side and a tiny 1/4″ (less than 1 cm) tear near the edge of the flap at the top of the box.

As the box was a giveaway item, and the albums were sold individually, the box itself did not come with an obi.

Albums:

Paul Stanley (VIP-6577) – Cover is VG++, with trace corner and edge wear.  The custom inner sleeve, obi, and lyric insert are M-.

The disc is M-, with a single spindle mark on one label only.  The record many have been played once.

Gene Simmons (VIP-6578) – Cover is M-, with trace corner wear.  The custom inner sleeve, obi, and lyric insert are M-.

The disc is M-, with a single spindle mark on one label only.  The record many have been played once.

  Ace Frehley (VIP-6579) – Cover is VG++, with a tiny dent in the lower right-hand corner.  The custom inner sleeve, obi, and lyric insert are M-.

The disc is M-and may be unplayed.

Peter Criss (VIP-6580) – Cover is M-.  The custom inner sleeve, obi, and lyric insert are M-.

The disc is M-, with a single spindle mark on one label only.  The record many have been played once.

All four albums have a tiny sticker on the Side One label that has the printed initials “D.P.”

A beautiful copy of a rare Kiss set that is seldom found in this condition.

The price includes Priority Mail shipping and double-boxed packing within the United States.

Background: In 1978, taking a break from their work as a group, all four members of Kiss released solo albums on the same day.

Gene Simmons reached #22 on the U.S. album charts.
Ace Frehley reached #26 on the U.S. album charts.
Peter Criss reached #43 on the U.S. album charts.
Paul Stanley reached #40 on the U.S. album charts.

All four albums were certified Platinum by the RIAA and were also released as limited edition picture discs.

Allmusic.com rated the albums as follows:

Gene Simmons (3 stars) –Most Kiss fans associate Gene Simmons with the band’s hardest-rocking compositions, …which makes Gene’s solo album an unpredictable yet ultimately enjoyable release.

Ace Frehley (4 stars) – Of the four Kiss solo albums released simultaneously in 1978, the best of the bunch is guitarist Ace Frehley’s. Similar in approach to Paul Stanley’s album, Frehley did not stray far from the expected heavy Kiss sound (like Gene Simmons and Peter Criss did with their releases), but Ace was equipped with better compositions than Stanley.

Peter Criss (2 stars) – . Peter Criss’ effort was one of the most undistinguished of the bunch, lacking hooks on either the pop-metal rockers or the power ballads, as well as personality throughout.

Paul Stanley (3 stars) – Paul Stanley’s 1978 solo album was the most Kiss-like of the four, sounding more like an official band release rather than a solo outing. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing — Stanley had become a seasoned hard rock songwriter by this point, churning out some of Kiss’ best material (“Love Gun,” “Detroit Rock City,” “I Want You,” etc.), and wisely stuck to his winning formula on Paul Stanley. … Stanley’s album is more or less what a new Kiss album released in 1978 would have sounded like. 

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Casablanca
Catalog Number:
VIP-6577~80
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Weight 70 oz
Dimensions 13 × 13 × 2 in