ALBUM OF THE WEEK - KISS' THE ORGINALS
Released July 21, 1976.
A three- record compilation of KISS, HOTTER THAN HELL, and DRESSED TO KILL released to capitalise on the success of ALIVE! and DESTROYER. This has never been release on CD and is extremely rare: in fact, only 250,000 copies of the album were pressed. KISS included some free stuff in the set including a 16-page colour booklet, a KISS Army sticker, and a set of six trading cards showcasing each band member. If i ever get my hands on this, my life could end then and there. This cover KISS' best as the band's first album cover is superimposed on a giant, fiery mushroom cloud showing the members in the flames. How AWESOME!!!
• THE ORIGINALS was so successful that later after LOVE GUN was released in 1977, a second compilation called THE ORIGINALS II, was released in Japan and contained DESTROYER, ROCK AND ROLL OVER and LOVE GUN. THE ORIGINALS II is one of the hardest KISS sets to find because of its foreign release and limited number of copies.
• In Japan, THE ORIGINALS was subtitled THE WHOLE PICTURE OF HELL.
• Peaked at #36on BILLBOARD'S album charts.