Offered for sale is a complete copy of the rare Japan-only triple album The Originals II by Kiss.
About this copy: This copy of The Originals II is an original 1978 pressing of the Japan-only 3 LP set. All of the contents listed above are included. The lyric book, masks and inner sleeves are M-; the photo booklet is VG++, with slight wear.
The cover is VG+, with wear at the corners and edges and a small tear (1/2″ or so at the bottom of the spine.) The original obi is included and is M-.
The records are M-. There are a few spindle marks on the labels, but the vinyl is clean and the records appear to have had little play.
A nice copy of a terrific Kiss rarity and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: In 1976, the fourth album by Kiss, Destroyer, became the band’s first album to be certified gold. In order to spur sales of the band’s first three albums, Casablanca Records repackaged those three albums in a special triple album called The Originals.
The Originals reached #36 on the U.S. charts, and sold well in several other countries, including Japan.
In 1978, the band’s Japanese record label decided to create a similar package for the band’s fourth, fifth and sixth albums – Rock and Roll Over, Destroyer, and Love Gun.
This album was titled The Originals II, and was issued in Japan only. The album was available for a short time only and has never been reissued.
The Originals II came in a gatefold cover that was similar to that used on The Originals and contained the following items:
- Three discs containing the material from Rock and Roll Over, Destroyer, and Love Gun
- A paper inner sleeve for each disc printed with that album’s original cover art
- A black and white booklet with lyrics (in English and Japanese) and liner notes (in Japanese only)
- A color photo booklet
- A 12″x12″ paper mask representing each of the four band members
The album rarely turns up for sale and when it does, the masks (and the obi on the cover) are nearly always missing.