Remembered perhaps more for their crazy make-up and stage pyrotechnics than their music, Kiss will undoubtedly go down as one of the most collectible bands of the late 20th century. The group has changed several times over the decades, but their most familiar line-up includes Paul Stanley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Gene Simmons on vocals and bass, Ace Frehley on lead guitar and vocals, and Peter Criss on drums and vocals.
After several successful albums in the mid-1970s, a Gallup poll in 1977 named Kiss the most popular band in the nation. The group’s fan club, the KISS Army, included tens if not hundreds of thousands of members, and the band was happy to satisfy their desire for Kiss products. With their 1977 album “Love Gun,” Kiss unleashed a slew of merchandise which would go down in KISStory forever—Marvel comic books, board games, masks (of course), and more, many of which are now collectible.
In terms of their actual music, Kiss’s most desirable collectible may be any of the first 50 copies of Kiss’s 1977 live album “Alive II,” which included extra tracks that were later removed from the album.
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