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Coming August 26!!

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Double Platinum
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Features Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / Not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its US first press LP design, including a sticker, a platinum award card, and a merchandise order form. Comes with a six-folded poster and an obi faithfully replicating its Japan first press LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. *The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.

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Best of Solo Albums
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Features mini LP packaging for the first time. Features Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using German original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / Not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its German first press LP design. Comes with a bonus mini LP cover faithfully replicating its France first press LP design. Also comes with an obi fictionally imitating Japan first press LP designs of each member's solo albums. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. *The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.

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KISS Killers
Universal UICY-40317
Features mini LP packaging for the first time. Features Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using Japan original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / Not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its Japan first press LP design, including a 6-page photo and a sticker. Comes with an obi faithfully replicating its Japan first press LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. *The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.

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Smashes, Thrashes, & Hits
Universal UICY-40318
Features mini LP packaging for the first time. Features Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / Not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its US first press LP design, including an inner sleeve. Comes with an obi faithfully replicating its Japan first press CD design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. *The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.
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Admin wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:11 am Coming August 26!!

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Features Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology). Features the DSD master in 2020, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players / Not digitally distributed up to this time). The mini LP faithfully replicates its US first press LP design, including a sticker, a platinum award card, and a merchandise order form. Comes with a six-folded poster and an obi faithfully replicating its Japan first press LP design. Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. *The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.
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I wish that Double Platinum had gotten a general release as part of the Kiss 40 vinyl releases as opposed to being a box set exclusive.
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Order here: https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/searches?term ... at=&q=kiss

Lyrics with the best of solo albums, is that a first?
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I’ve ordered DP and Best of Solos. All I need now is a MQA player 😁.
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this new DSD master cd's may be an indication of new remaster series possibly superior to the '97 remaster..

also first time Killers and Smashes Thrashes &Hits have been remasterd on cd & first time Best of the Solos has been officially released on cd
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More stuff I've bought multiple times over the years in different formats. No thanks.
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Stanley! You look so cute wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:40 am Order here: https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/searches?term ... at=&q=kiss

Lyrics with the best of solo albums, is that a first?
All Japanese music media come with lyrics translated to english if need be. I am guessing its some sort of requirement? If its the standard thing expect them to be horribly butchered.
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Bah, that's my least favorite of the best of the solo albums cover and songs/sequencing.
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Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:51 am
Stanley! You look so cute wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:40 am Order here: https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/searches?term ... at=&q=kiss

Lyrics with the best of solo albums, is that a first?
All Japanese music media come with lyrics. I am guessing its some sort of requirement? If its the standard thing expect them to be horribly butchered.
My Japanese version of Let Me Rock You features lyrics where Peter defiantly states that he ain't gon be no wipey boy for you no more.
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Nately120 wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:54 am
Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:51 am
Stanley! You look so cute wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:40 am Order here: https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/searches?term ... at=&q=kiss

Lyrics with the best of solo albums, is that a first?
All Japanese music media come with lyrics. I am guessing its some sort of requirement? If its the standard thing expect them to be horribly butchered.
My Japanese version of Let Me Rock You features lyrics where Peter defiantly states that he ain't gon be no wipey boy for you no more.
Ha Ha!!! Yeah the lyric translations aren't something controlled by the band. I am guessing there are people in Japan's music industry whose only jobs are to translate lyrics to the best of their abilities. Accuracy not a requirement. I'd love that job!!! I think weirdly if your inner sleeve contained lyrics as part of the official art that you probably still get the standard white Japanese translation sheet.

Something I think is rather cool is 12 inch singles and Ep's even have the lyric sheets. Something that never happens in the US. Not sure about 7 inch singles however.
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Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:57 am
Nately120 wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:54 am
Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:51 am
Stanley! You look so cute wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:40 am Order here: https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/searches?term ... at=&q=kiss

Lyrics with the best of solo albums, is that a first?
All Japanese music media come with lyrics. I am guessing its some sort of requirement? If its the standard thing expect them to be horribly butchered.
My Japanese version of Let Me Rock You features lyrics where Peter defiantly states that he ain't gon be no wipey boy for you no more.
Ha Ha!!! Yeah the lyric translations aren't something controlled by the band. I am guessing there are people in Japan's music industry whose only jobs are to translate lyrics to the best of their abilities. Accuracy not a requirement. I'd love that job!!! I think weirdly if your inner sleeve contained lyrics as part of the official art that you probably still get the standard white Japanese translation sheet.
Yup. I'll have to dig that up and look for zingers.
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Anybody getting these or any Japanese media, keep your obis and keep them in good condition. You would be amazed how much having the obi add's value to the price of something should you decide to resell at a later date.
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Under The Rose wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:20 am I’ve ordered DP and Best of Solos. All I need now is a MQA player 😁.
Maybe Kiss will start selling them. :lol:
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I dig the way the best of solo albums comes with both the German and French sleeves. I originally owned the French copy on vinyl, so will be nice to have a replica of that.

Would seriously love an MQA player, but they don’t seem to have taken off, at least not at reasonable prices as far as I’m aware.

These releases will prompt me to go searching for one.

As far as I’m aware the only other high def Audio KISS physical release was Destroyer on SACD. And that commands a pretty high price these days.
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Are CDs still a thing?
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Will get Killers and Best of Solo Albums, will be nice to have in my collection.
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Tito wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:49 am Are CDs still a thing?
I believe really high end players (super expensive) are popular with audiophiles. Probably what one needs to get the most out of these cd's.
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Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:51 am
Stanley! You look so cute wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:40 am Order here: https://www.cdjapan.co.jp/searches?term ... at=&q=kiss

Lyrics with the best of solo albums, is that a first?
All Japanese music media come with lyrics translated to english if need be. I am guessing its some sort of requirement? If its the standard thing expect them to be horribly butchered.
Aha, got it, thanks for replying. Ordered the Double Plat in case I ever see one of those fancy CD players in CEX.
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ObiWanFrehley wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:14 am Will get Killers and Best of Solo Albums, will be nice to have in my collection.
Agreed. I ordered those two as well.
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Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:38 am
Tito wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:49 am Are CDs still a thing?
I believe really high end players (super expensive) are popular with audiophiles. Probably what one needs to get the most out of these cd's.
I'm not super hardcore about audio, but I do have an SACD player and I have a few super audio CDs that were mastered from quadraphonic tapes...wacky.
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Just asking because I'm not up on audio things, Will these play on my cd player and will they sound superior to my old CDs? Thank you!
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Sounded good until it would be $45
Wouldn’t pay $45 for any cd
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Nately120 wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:53 am Bah, that's my least favorite of the best of the solo albums cover and songs/sequencing.
Me too, but... rip, reshuffle and change the artwork on your digital player.
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If they weren't limited edition, I would imagine Smashes would end up in the discount bin rather quickly. Kinda crazy to have a release like this and focus on four comps at once.
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Ugh. Again Kiss, I Iove ya but please look at what Def Leppard has been putting out lately. Geez.
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Very cool, especially DP and Best of the Solos. Thanks for the update.
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Four-Who-Are-One wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:39 pm
Nately120 wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:53 am Bah, that's my least favorite of the best of the solo albums cover and songs/sequencing.
Me too, but... rip, reshuffle and change the artwork on your digital player.
If I go to that trouble I just do the double LP format with the songs I want on it, dagnabbit!
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Tito wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:49 am Are CDs still a thing?
Yeah, for people who still appreciate the artwork and a better sound than streaming shit.
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OrigialEraFan wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:43 pm Just asking because I'm not up on audio things, Will these play on my cd player and will they sound superior to my old CDs? Thank you!
Yes, they will play on your CD but only in the usual CD quality, although they claim UHQCD do sound slightly better due to the materials/manufacturing process.

However, you will not be able to play these in Hi Res 352.8kHz/24bit unless you have an MQA enabled CD player or decoder. The players are typically very expensive from what I know.

This video from a couple of years ago is useful if you want to know more, although things might have improved since then!

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Tito wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:49 am Are CDs still a thing?
That is a good question. When I listen to KISS, it is never on CD. However, I just cannot part with my KISS CDs. I know you feel the same way about your Animalize VHS tape. :)
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CHRIS ARMY wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:10 pm
Tito wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:49 am Are CDs still a thing?
Yeah, for people who still appreciate the artwork and a better sound than streaming shit.
That can't be it. Those people prefer vinyl records.
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Waiting on the 8-track reissues. Dang.
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pepperkitty wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:53 am Waiting on the 8-track reissues. Dang.
How about re releasing KMTPOTP on BETA?
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southernkiss wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:54 am
pepperkitty wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:53 am Waiting on the 8-track reissues. Dang.
How about re releasing KMTPOTP on BETA?
Still waiting for the catalogue on MiniDisc.
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I'm curious if anything is left to squeeze out of these tapes to top the 2014 remasters.
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Nately120 wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:33 pm
Going Blind wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:38 am
Tito wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:49 am Are CDs still a thing?
I believe really high end players (super expensive) are popular with audiophiles. Probably what one needs to get the most out of these cd's.
I'm not super hardcore about audio, but I do have an SACD player and I have a few super audio CDs that were mastered from quadraphonic tapes...wacky.
Kool. I got pretty caught up in the whole badass system stuff 20 plus years ago. Still have my HDCD palyer which sounds great, but like ALL the fadish stuff it all died off.
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Would be a bit of effort ripping these to digital while retaining the HQ, plus you'd need the right hardware for playback.

I'm guessing Tidal would be a decent digital alternative.
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I have to admit, I'm kind of interested in the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits one. So Universal did for sure do a new remaster in 352.8kHz/24bit? Or is there a chance this is just an upscaled version of the 192kHz/24bit that's was done in 2014?
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Ummm...that D.P. artwork is not the same as the original vinyl, it's the 8-track and cassette art.
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thunderballs wrote: Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:46 am Ummm...that D.P. artwork is not the same as the original vinyl, it's the 8-track and cassette art.
That’s not the finished product. I expect the finished product will be done correctly.
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AJrox wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:02 pm I have to admit, I'm kind of interested in the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits one. So Universal did for sure do a new remaster in 352.8kHz/24bit? Or is there a chance this is just an upscaled version of the 192kHz/24bit that's was done in 2014?

No, the 2014's were done in DSD (2.6 or 5.2 don't remember)..

so it's converted from that
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Liveshowz wrote: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:55 pm
AJrox wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:02 pm I have to admit, I'm kind of interested in the Smashes, Thrashes & Hits one. So Universal did for sure do a new remaster in 352.8kHz/24bit? Or is there a chance this is just an upscaled version of the 192kHz/24bit that's was done in 2014?

No, the 2014's were done in DSD (2.6 or 5.2 don't remember)..

so it's converted from that
Oh, ok. For some reason I thought they were only remastered at 192/24.
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I wonder if there’ll be a Disk Union promo box made for these...
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Hey everyone! Forgive me if someone made another thread on this, but I got my copy of Killers today and just wanted to share my thoughts for anyone curious. I also have Double Platinum on order, but it hasn't shipped yet. Not sure if I'll get the other two. So, as far as Killers goes, it really is mostly a faithful replica of the original Japan LP. The only exception is the generic green label that all UHQCDs seem to have, which kind of annoys me for the price. I'm pretty sure all of the four will be like this judging from the descriptions.

So what you get is: a resealable clear plastic outer sleeve, the OBI which replicates the original, a mini cardboard LP sleeve which seems pretty high quality to me, the green CD with a clear sleeve, a CD-sized version of the original fold-out poster, a small replica of the KISS sticker that came with the original, a lyrics booklet that contains both Japanese and English lyrics for each song (pretty standard for Japanese mini-LPs), and a fold-out booklet that I'm guessing is explaining/selling the whole UHQCD x MQA thing. Unfortunately it does not include a mini version of the original promo bag. Not that I expected it, but it would've been nice.

I'll be honest, I don't understand what UHQCD x MQA means and how exactly that works. I get that MQA is an audio format and you need "MQA-enabled" hardware and software to use MQA, but I don't understand how the UHQCD physical format relates to MQA. All I know is that you can still play it on a standard CD player without using "MQA" (I think?). And as far as that goes with playing it in standard CD players, I'm not blown away by it. It sounds better than my 1993 German CD copy, but I'm not like "woah this is awesome!" I think the SHM-CDs from 2008/2011-2016 sound better, but that could very well be the placebo effect. I'm guessing it's just another Japanese "high quality format" marketing gimmick. The track listing is also the original Japanese listing. It doesn't add "Talk to Me" from the Australian release like the 2014 digital versions do. I'm also unsure if it's a new remaster or what source was used if not.

As for if it's worth the money, I can't tell you. It depends on what you want to get out of it. It sounds perfectly fine to me through standard hardware, but if you already have the 2014 remaster I think you won't find anything new unless you have MQA hardware. I mainly bought it for the packaging and curiosity.

Here are some photos of the whole package. Let me know if you have any questions or want to see anything else.
https://imgur.com/a/QKvWsNY
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Thanks for sharing that The Space Ace
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metaldad wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:29 pm Sounded good until it would be $45
Wouldn’t pay $45 for any cd
I had pre order three of them and decided to cancel and bought the tom petty wildflowers box set
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I believe the source for Killers was the original Japan master tapes, it’s not a remaster. Flat transfer? I’m not sure. Also the best of solo albums uses German master tapes, also not a remaster.
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thunderballs wrote: Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:46 am Ummm...that D.P. artwork is not the same as the original vinyl, it's the 8-track and cassette art.
And it’s the exact same as the BMG record club version of the 1980s Double Platinum CD.
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