On the second reissue of what is starting to look like a series, Kiss is releasing an anniversary edition of their 1982 album “Creatures of the Night.” Available in multiple formats including vinyl, CD, and of greatest interest to high resolution audio fans is the super deluxe edition that contains a Blu-ray audio disc featuring the entire album mixed in 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Atmos, 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround, and 96kHz / 24-bit High-Resolution PCM Stereo. At this time, the mixing engineer is unknown, but assumed to be Steven Wilson as he was the engineer for their Destroyer Atmos and 5.1 Surround mixes released in 2021.
The Super Deluxe Edition boasts 103 total tracks with 75 unreleased tracks. The album has been newly remastered, CDs 2 & 3 feature 34 demos, rarities & outtakes including unreleased gems like “Deadly Weapon (Penny Lane Demo),” “Not for the Innocent (Demo)” and “Betrayed (Outtake).” CDs 4 & 5 highlight 26 soundboard live recordings from the Creatures ‘82/’83 Tour and 7 super rare tour sound effects, all recorded and archived by the Creatures Tour sound engineer Harry Witz. The Blu-ray Audio disc showcases a first-ever Atmos and 5.1 surround mix of the album, plus the high-resolution newly remastered 1982 stereo mix of the original album.
Fans who shell over the $300 for this set will also get an extensive array of bonus collectibles including: an 80-page Hardcover Book with extensive liner notes by Ken Sharp, plus a monstrous amount of unreleased photos and imagery; a Creatures Of The Night 1982 Press Kit featuring Creatures Band Press Bio Sheet, Creatures Tour Band New Poster 11”x17”, 2 Stage Drawings, The Loudest Band In The World Poster 16”x24”, Japanese Promo Poster 16”x22.5”, Band Black & White Promo 8”x10”, Gene, Paul, Eric & Vinnie Color Photos 8”x10”, Creatures 40th T-shirt Iron-on Transfer Sheet, “I Love It Loud” Bumper Sticker, Australian Creatures Sticker, Marcanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro 6/18/83 Replica Ticket, Creatures Tour “Detroit” VIP Cloth Sticky Backstage Pass, 4 Killers-era Trading Cards, plus a Creatures 1982 Replica Tour Program, along with Gene, Paul, Eric & Vinnie –Chris Hoffman Illustrations 9”x12”, and a Gotham Rock City News Volume 2 Newspaper –Track-By-Track Interviews with Gene, Paul, Eric, Vinnie, Michael James Jackson, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Adam Mitchell and Mikel Japp, as well as 5 glow-in-the-dark Guitar Picks, and an Iron-on Patch, plus 4 Buttons.
The media in the box includes CD 1: Creatures of the Night (remastered original mix), CD 2 & 3: Demos, Rarities & Outtakes, CD 4 & 5: Creatures Tour Live ‘82/’83, and the Blu-ray audio: featuring Creatures of the Night in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 Surround and Hi-Res Stereo.
Scheduled for release November 18, 2022.
5CD + 1 Blu-ray with 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Atmos, 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround, and 96kHz / 24-bit High-Resolution PCM Stereo.. Also available on Vinyl and CD, plus via streaming sites.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.