10/21/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Mercyful Fate - Melissa (Remastered) - 2005 - Roadrunner Records
The release includes BBC Radio 1 Sessions and they were a nice touch as with them you get the chance to hear the band live at a very early stage. Very clean production on them from this famous Studio. You also get to own a good version of two of the bands demos instead of referring to long ago worn cassette tape copies. I am sure there are fans that have that stuff hidden in cabinets for years. The DVD that makes up the second disk is short but worth watching. The concert captures the group during a performance at the Club Dynamo back in 1983. There are odd camera angles and its very non-pro shot but it’s nice to be able to see the band live from that long ago. You are offered the chance to listen to King Diamond commentary during it and he maintains that this should be from before they even signed their record deal. It’s the same year but he explains that his face makeup was different when the album “Melissa” was actually released. Songs performed are “Doomed By The Living Dead”, “Black Funeral” and “Curse Of The Pharaohs”. The packaging is a digipak case with a full-color booklet. It’s loaded with photos, lyrics and a significant amount of liner notes on the history of the album. I found the fact that the book could not be taken out on the cumbersome side since you needed to hold the entire package to review it. A small critique and the only own that I could find on the release.
Quite honestly this is one of those CD’s that belongs in any Metalheads collection because it was to set off quite a career of some of the most talented people Heavy Metal assembled. Today King Diamond has a profound body of work on his own and continues to tour while Fate members Shermann and Denner joined up and formed the Force Of Evil. Get yourself a copy of this and listen to where it all began.
-- Ken Pierce 10.14.05
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