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Mercyful Fate - The Lost Tapes 1978-1984 (Version 2)

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Scan submitted/created by [Aidanymous]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Unknown
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Date :
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Quality :Variably scratchy
Booklet & packaging :Artwork with colour photos and inaccurate contents.
Total duration: 60:27

Comments
Compilation of rare songs by Mercyful Fate. This album seems to have gone through a few permutations over the years - I've been meaning to list it for ages, but was never entirely satisfied that I had the genuine article: after listening to a couple of versions, comparing them track by track, and looking at some widely differing reviews and track descriptions, it seems to be that there have been at least four versions...

The first version was sourced from inferior sources - vinyl demos and truncated tracks, and was rounded off using a few (not otherwise obscure or indeed lost) tracks from the 1983 Aardshockfestival bootleg. This one, the second, drops the last three live tracks, replacing them with different ones, at least two being more obscure, and replaces "I'm all right" (which had been questioned for being a fake, or a contemproary Danish demo with no MF association) with the only known live version of "The Witch" (without changing its title on the sleeve). "Evil Lord" has been dropped, and the previous track, "Love Criminals" has been split into two, disguising its omission. The sound quality is unchanged.

Here is what appears to be a contemporary review, which has floated around the internet ever since, increasingly inaccurately, to describe all the other versions -

"This is an exciting collection of old material from Mercyful Fate's early days, however I’d like to write down my thoughts and opinions about the tracks. A big question for me is : What is a demo recording? For me, it's a song or collection of songs recorded professionally or at least semi-professionally at a recording studio. That excludes some of the "demos" listed as being demos. Most songs are probably recorded live at rehearsals with a standard tape recorder or something to that effect. More on this below.

"1. Hard rocker

"This was part of the first ever demo recorded by Mercyful Fate, which also included "Walking back to Hell" (Death Kiss), "Leave my soul alone" and "You asked for it" (Black Masses). "Leave..." and "You asked..." were released offically on the "Return of the Vampire" CD in 1992, "Walking back to Hell" can be found below.

"2. Combat Zone

"This and track 3 are listed as Brats demos from ca. 1980. Brats was a band that consisting of Hank Shermann, Michael Denner, Yenz Cheyenne and "Monroe". They played a sort of punk music, and released their self-titled album on CBS in 1980. The music on this track is very unlike Brats, and as far as I know King was never a part of this outfit. This leads me to believe that this track, with King clearly audible on lead vocals, is actually a rehearsal with Mercyful Fate sometime in early 1981. See track 3.

"3. Love Criminals

"Said to be a second Brats demo, this song was slightly rearranged and had new lyrics written, thus becoming "Into the Coven" on Mercyful Fate's first LP "Melissa". Again, by no means a Brats demo.

[4. Evil Lord, though listed, is in fact absent]

"5. Some Day

"Early Mercyful Fate 1981, but again not a demo, probably just a rehearsal. This song evolved to "On a Night of full Moon" which was recorded as a demo in late Autumn 1981, and subsequently into "Desecration of Souls", released on the 1984 release "Don’t break the Oath".

"6. Death Kiss

"This is interesting. On the "Return of the Vampire" CD, this song (albeit another version) is called "Death Kiss", but before that everybody knew the song as "Walking back to Hell". A friend has the original first demo recorded by Mercyful Fate, and the song is listed as "Walking..." there, but since King called it "Death Kiss" in 1992 everybody changed their minds. Anyhow, this version is a rehearsal of the song, probably slightly prior to the band recording it in the studio during Spring 1981. "Walking back to Hell" or "Death Kiss"? You be the judge. The song ultimately evolved into "A dangerous Meeting" on "Don’t break the Oath".

[Track 7 deleted and substituted with "The Witch" from their 12 Aug 1981 Taastrup gig.]

"8. Persecution

"Another Brats demo from 1980, but King is singing this one too. True, the music could be Brats, and King could be asked in to help with vocal melodies or lyrics, but I don't know any more than you. According to the "Return of the Vampire" CD, King and Hank were asked by Michael to help him with his 3-piece band on the songs "M.D.A." and "Leave my Soul alone" (which ended up as a Mercyful Fate demo), and this could be another helping-out thingy...

"9. Walking back to Hell (Death Kiss)

"And finally here is the original "Walking back to Hell". This was the first song on the first demo by Mercyful Fate, recorded in the Spring of 1981, the one that was later (and/or earlier) called "Death Kiss". But this version is "Walking back to Hell", don't you believe anything else!"

New live tracks -
10. Shadow Night - Herlev 31 Oct 1981.
11. Walking back to hell - Eindhoven, 9 April 1983
12. On a Night of Full Moon - Eindhoven, 9 April 1983
13. Black Funeral - Copenhagen, unknown date. Listed as Fort Lauderdale 16 February 1993, they actually played there on 16 June that year, and King says thank you and goodnight to Copenhagen at the end... [it's not the 15 Apr 1984/03 Jul 1982/11 Apr 1985 show there either, in case you're wondering]
14. Happy Birthday - Recorded live at the Stone, San Francisco, 3 Aug 1987, James Hetfield's birthday: he, Lars and Kirk showed up at the end of the show, and King leads the crowd into "Happy Birthday".

Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Hard Rocker(Sherman/Diamond)
3:21
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
1981
Mercyful Fate
Scratchy vinyl-sourced version from the band's first demo tape, recorded in Spring 1981.
2.
Combat Zone(Sherman/Diamond)
5:29
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
1981
Mercyful Fate
Scratchy vinyl-sourced version. Last few seconds missing.
3.
Love Criminals(Sherman/Diamond)
7:22
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
Part One
1981
Mercyful Fate
Scratchy vinyl-sourced version. Contiguous with next track as it dies down - The song has somehow been split and has replaced the real "Evil Lord" on version 1.
4.
Love Criminals(Sherman/Diamond)
1:18
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
Part Two
1981
Mercyful Fate
Scratchy vinyl-sourced version. Contiguous with previous track as it dies down - Part two of the same song, which has somehow replaced the real "Evil Lord" on version 1. Listed as "Evil Lord".
5.
Some Day(Sherman/Denner/Diamond)
4:57
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
1981
Mercyful Fate
Slightly muffled-sounding early version of "On a Night of full Moon", which turned into "Desecration of Souls".
6.
Death Kiss(Sherman/Diamond)
4:30
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
1982
Mercyful Fate
Spring 1982. Scratchy vinyl-sourced version of the song found on "Return of the Vampire", which fades out a minute or so too early. Early version of "Walking back to Hell", which became "A dangerous Meeting". Listed as ""Walking back to Hell"...
7.
Persecution(Denner)
3:38
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
1981
Mercyful Fate
King and Hank helping Michael Denner and his band?
8.
The Witch(Diamond/Shermann)
5:42
Song
Version details available
Concert
Taastrup, Copenhagen
12 Aug 1981
C1981.08.12.04
Mercyful Fate
From band's first ever show. Erroneously listed as "I'm all right".
9.
Death Kiss(Sherman/Diamond)
4:44
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
1981
Mercyful Fate
From the band's first demo tape, recorded in Spring 1981. Early version of "Walking back to Hell", which became "A dangerous Meeting". Gap at end at 4:43. Listed as "Walking Back To Hell"...
10.
Shadow Night(Sherman/Diamond)
7:40
Song
Version details available
Concert
Herlev Gymnasium, Denmark
31 Oct 1981
C1981.10.31.08
Mercyful Fate
Early version of "Nightmare". Only known recording. Also known as "Devil's Daughter".
11.
Walking Back To Hell(Sherman/Diamond)
5:30
Song
Concert
Eindhoven, The Dynamo
9 Apr 1983
C1983.04.09.06
Mercyful Fate
12.
On A Night Of Full Moon(Sherman/Denner/Diamond)
5:40
Song
Concert
Eindhoven, The Dynamo
9 Apr 1983
C1983.04.09.12
Mercyful Fate
13.
Black Funeral(Sherman/Diamond)
3:04
Song
Version details available
Concert
Copenhagen
(date unknown)
Mercyful Fate
Unknown date [King says thank you and goodnight to Copenhagen at the end... it's not 15 Apr 1984/03 Jul 1982/11 Apr 1985 show, in case you're wondering]. Left channel overloaded, right channel distorted.
14.
Happy Birthday(Hill/Hill/Coleman)
1:26
Song
Version details available
Concert
San Francisco, The Stone
3 Aug 1987
C1987.08.03.13
Mercyful Fate
James Hetfield's birthday: he, Lars and Kirk showed up at the end of this King Diamond solo show, and King leads the crowd into "Happy Birthday".
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
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Filename: mftltv2
Originally filled by: Aidanymous
Date of creation: 12 Mar 2009 19:17:35
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 18 Mar 2009 19:58:48
Online on : 14 Mar 2009
Type of media: Bootleg CD


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