Live At The Whiskey-A-Go-Go: Misfits

Rating: 85%

th.jpgReleased more or less as a bootleg in 1982, this Misfits live album is another look into the last moments of the Glenn Danzig era. To me, it’s important piece of Danzig and Misfits history. The band sounds pretty good, with lots of energy, and the audience itself seems to be having fun.

The sound is very raw and intense, with Glenn’s vocals thrown forward of the music. The music itself is on steroids for as fast as they are playing with lots of feedback. It’s heavy! For me, I am hearing the Misfits for who they really were. Henry Rollins of Black Flag appears on the song Bullet.

Track listing:

  1. Halloween
  2. I Turned Into a Martian
  3. Horror Business
  4. Mommy, Can I go out and Kill Tonight
  5. We bite
  6. London Dungeon
  7. All Hell
  8. Halloween
  9. Skulls
  10. We are 138
  11. Astro Zombies
  12. Brain Eaters
  13. Bullet

Death Had No Name (The Lost Ep): Danzig

Rating: Priceless

R-2028854-1406389132-9792.jpegSo, I stumbled across this long lost ep of Danzig that is a bootleg from 1991. It contains the song “When Death Had No Name” with alternate lyrics. The B-side includes the Elvis cover “Trouble” and “Possession.” All three songs, one can more of the Blues influence coming out while Danzig begins loosing the Punk feel to his music as these are to be some of the earliest versions of the songs.

Although, the sound quality isn’t the best, this ep shines light on the making of three songs. All of which I have heard before. The earlier versions of the Elvis cover “Trouble” and “Possession” were released with the Samhain box set. Two versions of the “When Death Had No Name” were released on the Danzig Lost Tracks, and the 1993 version was released as a b-side on the single “Dirty Black Summer.” All three songs are very rough, raw, and dark. This to me is what makes this such a great piece of Danzig history. A small ep, but it packs one hell of a punch.

I have to admit, sound quality aside, I really like these versions of the songs. “When Death Had No Name” again features a totally different set of lyrics, but the tempo is much faster. It’s always a neat thing to hear a song progress from day one to it’s final cut in production. “Trouble” is cut from classic Elvis and is sung is Elvis fashion, but it retains some originality, as Danzig adopted this song and cut it to form his own song. Only Glen Danzig can do a song like this. “Possession” is another one that is pretty damn good.

Track listing:

A When Death Had No Name
B1 Trouble (Demo Version)
B2 Possession (Demo Version)

Box Set: The Misfits

Rating: 100%

Misfits_-_box_set_cover.jpgIn 1996, the Misfits coffin shaped box set was released. I was there, the day it was released. I managed to grab one of the 50,000 first pressings that included ‘Fiend Club’ pin/badge and a special case for the Static Age CD as well as the 28 page booklet with liner notes, photos, and lyrics. Now, I had all of the Misfits on cassette, so when the box set was released, this was my chance to own an upgraded version on CD.

The collection contained both, released and unreleased material going back as far as 1977. It was worth the $50 that I dished out. Lot’s of great material, even though, many of the songs repeat, but they are different versions. The quality was amazing, even the earlier sessions on Disc Three. It’s neat to hear a very young Glenn Danzig compared to the much older Glenn Danzig today. This was a must have for any Misfits, Samhain, or Danzig fan. 

Track listing:

Collection I
1-01 She 1:21
1-02 Hollywood Babylon 2:17
1-03 Horror Business 2:42
1-04 Teenagers From Mars 2:33
1-05 Night Of The Living Dead 1:51
1-06 Where Eagles Dare 2:06
1-07 Vampira 1:19
1-08 I Turned Into A Martian 1:41
1-09 Skulls 1:56
1-10 London Dungeon 2:33
1-11 Ghouls Night Out 1:56
1-12 Astro Zombies 2:09
1-13 Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight? 1:58
1-14 Die Die My Darling 3:07

Collection II
1-15 Cough / Cool 2:14
1-16 Children In Heat 2:05
1-17 Horror Hotel 1:25
1-18 Halloween 1:50
1-19 Halloween II 2:11
1-20 Hate Breeders 2:43
1-21 Braineaters 0:57
1-22 Nike A Go Go 2:13
1-23 Devils Whorehouse 1:47
1-24 Mephisto Waltz 1:43
1-25 Rat Fink 1:50
1-26 We Bite 1:13

Legacy Of Brutality
2-01 Static Age 1:45
2-02 TV Casualty 2:33
2-03 Hybrid Moments 1:38
2-04 Spinal Remains 1:23
2-05 Come Back 4:59
2-06 Some Kinda Hate 2:04
2-07 Theme For A Jackal 2:36
2-08 Angelfuck 1:34
2-09 Who Killed Marilyn? 1:55
2-10 Where Eagles Dare 1:57
2-11 She 1:21
2-12 Halloween 1:46
2-13 American Nightmare 1:42

Evilive
2-14 20 Eyes (Live) 1:55
2-15 Night Of The Living Dead (Live) 1:43
2-16 Astro Zombies (Live) 2:03
2-17 Horror Business (Live) 2:05
2-18 London Dungeon (Live) 2:14
2-19 Nike A Go Go (Live) 3:22
2-20 Hate Breeders (Live) 2:39
2-21 Devils Whorehouse (Live) 1:40
2-22 All Hell Breaks Loose (Live) 1:33
2-23 Horror Hotel (Live) 1:12
2-24 Ghouls Night Out (Live) 1:42
2-25 We Are 138 (Live) Guest, Vocals [Guest Screams] – Henry Rollins
1:27

Earth AD
2-26 Earth A.D. 2:08
2-27 Queen Wasp 1:30
2-28 Devilock 1:25
2-29 Death Comes Ripping 1:53
2-30 Green Hell 1:52
2-31 Wolfs Blood 1:11
2-32 Demonomania 0:43
2-33 Bloodfeast 2:28
2-34 Hellhound 1:13

Sessions
(1977)
3-01 Cough / Cool 2:06
3-02 She 1:15
(Date Unknown. No Studio)
3-03 Who Killed Marilyn? 1:58
3-04 Where Eagles Dare 2:00
3-05 Horror Business 2:42
3-06 Teenagers From Mars 2:32
3-07 Children In Heat 2:05
(Date Unknown. Songshop)
3-08 Night Of The Living Dead 2:02
3-09 Where Eagles Dare 1:51
3-10 Vampira 1:36
3-11 Violent World 1:50
3-12 Who Killed Marilyn? 1:50
3-13 Spook City U.S.A. 2:13
3-14 Horror Business 2:32
(9/5/80. Master Sound Productions)
3-15 I Turned Into A Martian 1:49
3-16 Skulls 1:52
3-17 Night Of The Living Dead 1:51
3-18 Astro Zombies 2:13
3-19 Where Eagles Dare 1:37
3-20 Violent World 1:34
3-21 Halloween II 2:28
(8/81 Reel Platinum)
3-22 20 Eyes 2:07
3-23 I Turned Into A Martian 1:57
3-24 Astro Zombies 2:13
3-25 Vampira 1:19
3-26 Devils Whorehouse 1:44
(Date Unknown. Mix-O-Lydian Or Newsoundland)
3-27 Nike A Go Go 2:38
(Date Unknown. Studio Unknown)
3-28 Hate Breeders 3:07
(Date Unknown. Reel Platinum)
3-29 20 Eyes 1:45
3-30 Violent World 1:36

Static Age
4-01 Untitled 0:06
4-02 Static Age 1:46
4-03 TV Casualty 2:23
4-04 Some Kinda Hate 1:59
4-05 Last Caress 1:55
4-06 Return Of The Fly 1:34
4-07 Hybrid Moments 1:40
4-08 We Are 138 1:40
4-09 Teenagers From Mars 2:48
4-10 Come Back 4:57
4-11 Angelfuck 1:36
4-12 Hollywood Babylon 2:17
4-13 Attitude 1:28
4-14 Bullet 1:36
4-15 Theme For A Jackal 2:35
4-16 Untitled 0:08

You and Me: Glenn Danzig & the Power and Fury Orchestra

Rating: 100%

danzig.jpgIn 1987, the Glenn Danzig did something different since Samhain was pretty much on hold. He contributed the song “You & Me” to the movie “Less Than Zero.” The results were big. Glenn vocals for the first time in the studio really shined. Using the influences of the likes of Elvis and Morrison, Glenn proved that he can not only do Punk music and Heavy Metal, but he could rock with other styles of music.

The vocal work is amazing. The song structure with the Power and Fury Orchestra is fantastic. The song itself, still remains somewhat dark in nature, but it’s so enlightening at the same time. This song also kind of sets the stage for the band Danzig and the direction that Glenn is going for.

In fact, the entire “Less than Zero” sound track is pretty good, even with Slayer performing “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” originally released by Iron Butterfly.

Black Hell: Danzig

Rating: 95%

DanzigBlackHell12Web.jpg“Black Hell” was released on the sound track for the 2011 movie “The Hangover Part II.”  It opens on a lone almost out of tune and heavily distorted guitar. Then Glenn’s classic low vocal style, almost to the point of a spoken word, comes in. Between the vocal and the guitar, the song becomes a very dark, eerie, and evil to listen to.

The lyrics are very dark. The music and song structure is also very dark. The song itself has a great slow and mid level tempo. The chorus has some outstanding harmony between the vocals and the music itself. This is classic Danzig at it’s best.

Box Set: Samhain

Rating: 100%

SamhainboxIn 2000, Glenn Danzig released the box set for his formal band, Samhain. Although, not much in the way of unreleased material, the box set basically released the Samhain catalog that had been out of print for several years. Although, I had three of the five albums in this box set on cassette, this was an awesome release for me to grab the day this was package as a box set. I paid $40 for this the day it came out, and now, you can’t buy this box set for under $100 and most of the CDs are again, out of print.

Let’s break down the box set. The VHS live recording it comes with, the sound and video quality sucks. But you do get a chance to see this band on stage in their prime. The comic book that came with the box set is pretty cool too! Other than that, the rest is CDs.

The quality of the CDs is pretty good. Some of them were remastered, such as “Unholy Passion” due to Glenn laying out new guitar tracks. It also contains some material that went over to the actual Danzig band. Such songs as “Twist of Cain”, “Trouble”, and “Possession.” Now, with that being said, there is a good amount of Samhain material floating around out there, that is not part of the box set, including a very early version of “Archangel.” I had to download that.

What makes this box set so special is the fact that you finally got a chance to covert your cassettes for CDs. That is what made me happy about this box set. My old tapes were so chewed up and beaten up to the point, that I wasn’t able to enjoy the music. That’s why I rated this as 100%. Samhain wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this box set bridges the gap of the glorious Misfits and the actual Danzig band.

Track listing:

Initium (Disc One)
“Initium” / “Samhain”
“Black Dream”
“All Murder, All Guts, All Fun”
“Macabre”
“He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Named”
“Horror Biz”
“The Shift”
“The Howl”
“Archangel”

Unholy Passion (Disc Two)
“Unholy Passion”
“All Hell”
“Moribund”
“The Hungry End”
“Misery Tomb”
“I Am Misery”

Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire (Disc Three)
“Diabolos ’88”
“In My Grip”
“Mother of Mercy”
“Birthright”
“To Walk the Night”
“Let the Day Begin”
“Halloween II”
“November’s Fire”
“Kiss of Steel”
“Unbridled”
“Human Pony Girl”

Final Descent (Disc Four)
“Night Chill”
“Descent”
“Death…In Its Arms”
“Lords of the Left Hand”
“The Birthing”
“Twist of Cain”
“Possession”
“Trouble”
“Lords of the Left Hand: 2nd Version”

Samhain Live ’85-’86 (Disc Five)
“All Hell”
“Samhain”
“The Shift”
“The Howl”
“Unholy Passion”
“All Murder, All Guts, All Fun”
“I Am Misery”
“The Hungry End”
“Horror Biz”
“He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Named”
“Black Dream”
“Death Comes Ripping”
“Mother of Mercy”
“To Walk the Night”
“Halloween II”
“In My Grip”
“London Dungeon”
“Archangel”

Live VHS
“All Murder, All Guts, All Fun”
“The Shift”
“Unholy Passion”
“Black Dream”
“The Hungry End”
“I Am Misery”
“Horror Biz”
“Moribund”
“All Hell”
“London Dungeon”
“Archangel”
“Mother of Mercy”
“To Walk the Night”
“Samhain”
“Moribund”
“Black Dream”

Sacrifice ep: Danzig

Rating: 75%

418126HNNDL.jpgThis is for the 2000 reissue which contained two two “Deep”versions and “Serpentia.” The two “Deep” versions, I think are better than the one that was released for the X-Files soundtrack. This, although, is a bit out there, has some good points to it.

The song “Sacrifice (Rust Mix)” and “Sacrifice (Martyr Mix)” are really good versions of the song “Sacrifice” that was released as part of the “Black Acid Devil” or Danzig 5 album. “Serpentia (Winter Mix)” is slightly better than the actual album version.

Everything else, it’s a good listen, but no actual lyrics and mostly electronic noise. If you’re into the song “Sacrifice”, you’ll enjoy the tracks where Danzig is actually singing on, but may not like the instrumental versions. It’s was a good concept, but, it really doesn’t feel like Glenn Danzig to me.

Track listing:

2000 reissue version

“Sacrifice (Rust Mix)” – 3:46
“Sacrifice (Trust Mix)” – 3:46
“Sacrifice (Must Mix)” – 6:26
“Sacrifice (Crust Mix)” – 6:28
“Sacrifice (Martyr Mix)” – 6:20
“Sacrifice (Album Version)” – 4:28
“Deepest (Kennedy acid death mix)” – 4:54
“Deeper Still (French Eric Cadieaux techno Mix)” – 6:50
“Serpentia (Winter Mix)” – 7:01