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Mercyful Fate - The Lost Tapes 1978-1984 (Version 4)

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Scan submitted/created by [Aidanymous]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Howling Leg
Reference :HL-180
Date :2009
Made In :
Quality :Variable
Booklet & packaging :Artwork with colour photos.
Total duration: 79:57

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. This fourth version generally cleans everything up...

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. The second dropped the last three live tracks, replacing them with different ones, at least two being more obscure, and replaced "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). The sound quality was otherwise unchanged.

Version 3 was a definite sonic upgrade. Superior sources seem to have come to hand, and most of the tracks were been replaced with ones with no vinyl scratches and a more immediate and beefed-up sound. An unintended consequence of this was that the second part of "Love Criminals" appeared twice consecutively, with the second part being from the vinyl-sourced version, listed as "Evil Lord". "Death Kiss" was upgraded to the full-length version (like on "Return of the Vampire" and sounding suspiciously similar). "The Witch" remained listed as "I'm all right", and was moved down the batting order. "Walking back to Hell", "Black Funeral" and "Happy Birthday" were dropped altogether, and "On a Night of full Moon" was replaced with a version from a different performance. "I'm all right" reappeared, as "Truck Driver", at the end.

On this, the fourth version, following improvements have been made:
- the mistakes with "Love Criminals" have been eliminated, so that what is here is the full track in its upgraded glory, unsplit and with no repetitions.
- the genuine "Evil Lord", the early Brats demo with King singing more conventionally (ie without the high notes), has been restored. Stereo levels rebalanced.
- "I'm all right" ("Trucker Song" at the end of Version Three) has been restored to its original place on Version 1 as Track 7. It does sound like King Diamond singing, if not with his usual high vocal range.
- "The Witch" has been retained, and finally identified correctly.
- Track 10, "Death Kiss", has been sourced from the version on "House of Satan" with no gap at 4:43.
- The abrupt start to "Shadow Night" has been eliminated, using a different source.
- A different performance of Track 12 ("Walking back to Hell" again) is used.
- A different performance of Track 13 ("On a Night of full Moon") is used.
- "Black Funeral" is reinstated from Version 2 - left channel levels are reduced and used to replace right channel.
- "Happy Birthday" is reinstated from Version 2. Volume reduced.
- The demo of "Death Kiss", featured as a gratuitous and unwelcome bonus track on a reissue of "Don't break the Oath", has been added.
- "The Ripper", recorded for the Judas Priest "Legends of Metal" tribute album in 1996 (and also released as a bonus track on a Japanese album), has been added (making this album's title even more inaccurate!). The only cover version the band has ever done.

Applause/silence has been trimmed to shorten tracks enough to squeeze everything onto the one CD.

Here is what appears to be a contemporary review of the first version, 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

"Supposed to be a Black Rose demo. Black Rose was the band King played in during the late 70s and 1980, from which a CD of rehearsals just surfaced. That’s good, because before that CD there was no question of this song not being Black Rose, nobody knew what they sounded like anyway. But as we were treated with the rehearsal CD (recorded in September 1980) I don’t believe this is a Black Rose song any more. It could be, but where is the Hammond organ that's such a big part of the Black Rose sound? True, I don’t know the band's history too well, but the lack of Hammond organ is a big question mark. I won’t write it off as a fake until I’ve got the chance to ask anyone involved though.

"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".

"7. I'm all right

"I have absolutely no idea what this is. Could be King singing, but I'm not too sure about that. Musically, the song is a standard rock song. Could be anything, a local Danish band which the bootlegmakers thought were Mercyful Fate, who knows. I won’t bother with it anyway...

"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...

[Track 9. is "The Witch" in this version, from the 12 August 1981 Taastrup show]

"[10.] 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 tracks -

11. Shadow Night - Herlev 31 Oct 1981.
12. Walking back to Hell - Herlev 31 Oct 1981.
13. On a Night of Full Moon - Herlev, 31 Oct 1981.
14. Black Funeral - Copenhagen, unknown date [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, in case you're wondering]
15. 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".
16. Death Kiss - demo (another one!)
17. The Ripper - regualar version.



Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
Hard Rocker(Sherman/Diamond)
3:17
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
1981
Mercyful Fate
Upgraded version from the band's first demo tape, recorded in Spring 1981.
2.
Combat Zone(Sherman/Diamond)
5:36
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
1981
Mercyful Fate
Upgraded version.
3.
Love Criminals(Sherman/Diamond)
8:52
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
Parts One & Two
1981
Mercyful Fate
Upgraded version. Early version of "Into the Coven".
4.
Evil Lord(Sherman/Diamond)
4:52
Song
Version details available
Demo
1978
Mercyful Fate
Black Rose. Scratchy vinyl-sourced version.
5.
Some Day(Sherman/Denner/Diamond)
4:56
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
1981
Mercyful Fate
Upgraded version. Early version of "On a Night of full Moon", which turned into "Desecration of Souls".
6.
Death Kiss(Sherman/Diamond)
5:51
Song
Version details available
Rehearsal
1982
Mercyful Fate
Spring 1982. Same as on "Return of the Vampire". Early version of "Walking back to Hell", which became "A dangerous Meeting".
7.
I'm All Right(Denner)
2:44
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
(date unknown)
Mercyful Fate
aka "Truck Driver", but the lyrics tell a different story...
8.
Persecution(Denner)
3:37
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
1981
Mercyful Fate
King and Hank helping Michael Denner, Timi Hansen and their band The Brats? If so, this was the session that led to the band reforming after the two pairs had earlier gone off to form Danger Zone and The Brats, when they also recorded "MDA" and "Leave my Soul alone", found on "The Return of the Vampire".
9.
The Witch(Diamond/Shermann)
5:39
Song
Version details available
Concert
Taastrup, Copenhagen
12 Aug 1981
C1981.08.12.04
Mercyful Fate
From band's first ever show.
10.
Death Kiss(Sherman/Diamond)
4:45
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". Sourced from "House of Satan" - no gap at 4:43 (as on other versions of the album).
11.
Shadow Night(Sherman/Diamond)
7:04
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".
12.
Walking Back To Hell(Sherman/Diamond)
4:56
Song
Version details available
Concert
Herlev Gymnasium, Denmark
31 Oct 1981
C1981.10.31.02
Mercyful Fate
Early version of "A dangerous Meeting".
13.
On A Night Of Full Moon(Sherman/Denner/Diamond)
6:07
Song
Version details available
Concert
Herlev Gymnasium, Denmark
31 Oct 1981
C1981.10.31.03
Mercyful Fate
Early version of "Desecration of Souls".
14.
Black Funeral(Sherman/Diamond)
2:58
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 levels reduced and used to replace right channel.
15.
Happy Birthday(Hill/Hill/Coleman)
1:16
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". Volume levels reduced.
16.
Death Kiss(Sherman/Diamond)
4:29
Song
Version details available
Demo
Full Band
1984
Mercyful Fate
Later demo of the song ultimately recorded as "A dangerous Meeting" for "Don't break the Oath". This version was released as a bonus track on a reissue of that album; interesting, but it hardly added anything to its merits as an album - gilding the lily with a turd...
17.
The Ripper(Tipton)
2:51
Song
Version details available
Regular
Studio
1996
Mercyful Fate
Recorded for a Judas Priest tribute album and also included as a bonus track on a Japanese album, this is the only cover version ever done by the band.
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
Other type of track Other


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Filename: mftltv4
Originally filled by: Aidanymous
Date of creation: 12 Mar 2009 19:17:49
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 12 Apr 2010 04:44:58
Online on : 12 Apr 2010
Type of media: Bootleg CD


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