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Danzig: The Lost Tracks of Danzig

It's been nearly 20 years since Danzig unleashed its classic and highly unholy debut album unto the world. In that time, the band's leader (Dare we speak his name?) has continued growing the legend that already existed when he disbanded Samhain and moved to higher artistic ground with this outfit. In that time, he's amassed a heavy collection of unreleased tracks and many of those are now available on this two-CD set.

Not much has gone on in the way of cleanup: "Pain Is Like An Animal" and "Angel Of The Seventh Dawn," for instance, sound like fully-realized songs but you they don't quite sound like all the production bells and whistles have fallen in place. Just rough enough to stand out from tracks that wound up on official albums, the tunes contained here also retain and warts-and-all feel. Not everything, you see, in Glenn's vault was a gem. The "Less Than Zero"-esque "Cold, Cold Rain" is gorgeous in its incompleteness; the cover of T. Rex's "Buick McCane" is appropriately rough and sounds more like something the band whipped up at soundcheck and just happened to roll tape on. (It's cool, so chill, yo.) Others, such as "When Death Had No Name" and "White Devil Rise" could have easily taken a place beside "Mother," "Twist Of Cain" or anything from the second band outing; "Come To Silver," a track that apparently made its way to Johnny Cash's tape deck at some point, is of particular interest, rendered here with spooky accuracy and haunting effect.

That's just the first disc, of course, as the second has numerous treats, including the psychedelic "Crawl Across Your Killing Floor," the thoroughly brutal "I Know You Lie" and the eerie (A redundancy?) "Bound By Blood" and the crunch chord mother "Soul Eater." For anyone who missed out on the latter portion of Danzig's career, the second disc will certainly offer its share of surprises and instill regrets. Lost Tracks probably isn't for the uninitiated but it is great fun and filled with surprises, even for those who've remained faithful all along.

Track Listing
Disc One
1. Pain Is Like An Animal
2. When Death Had No Name
3. Angel Of The Seventh Dawn
4. You Should Be Dying
5. Cold, Cold Rain
6. Buick McKane
7. When Death Had No Name
8. Satan's Crucifixion
9. White Devil Rise
10. Come To Silver
11. Deep
12. Warlok
Disc Two
1. Lick The Blood Off My Hands
2. Crawl Across Your Killing Floor
3. I Know You Lie
4. Caught In My Eye
5. Cat People
6. Bound By Blood
7. Who Claims The Soulless
8. Malefical
9. Soul Eater
10. Dying Seraph
11. Lady Lucifera
12. Under Belly Of The Beast
13. Unspeakable Shango Mix

Added: October 31st 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Danzig Website
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Language: english

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Danzig: The Lost Tracks of Danzig
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-10-31 09:19:11
My Score:

Glen Danzig's newest release will be half treasure hunt and half an incredible reminder of the singer's earliest work and its all done with music that you have never heard before in your life. How did he accomplish this well the answer is quite simple because based on his rather prolific writing nature he was one of those performers who always had far more material than was needed on any particular album. Given the restrictions of time on each recording the singer would pick and choose that which he felt best fir the album and leave these other tracks to be used in some fashion on another day. They were by no means throwaway tracks which you will find clearly evident in excellent numbers like "Cold, Cold, Rain" and "Angel Of The Seventh Dawn" among many others. The tracks are for the most part on the raw side as no real re-mastering seems to have been done to them but that's ok because better to have the music in this fashion as opposed to not having them at all. Without laboriously going over every single track I will say that there are more winners on this collection than losers. I loved the T-Rex cover of "Buick McKane" since it had such a solid groove going on, and I admit that I hated "White Devil Rise" based on the redundancy of the verse and chorus. Yes the subject matter is a tad risqué on that one and you can read it in the books liner notes but it didn't do anything for me except for the slightly psychedelic section. There's a tune that was written for Johnny Cash in "Come To Silver" which apparently the late legend was crazy about and there is even a rendition of the David Bowie number that was always a personal favorite of mine with "Cat People". Danzig's version is far different from that of the Thin White Duke. He experiments again into the psychedelic with "Crawl Across Your Killing Floor" and gets slightly Gothic Industrial for "Caught In My Eye" and all of them show that this is something that everyone who ever followed the singer at any point in his career should have in their collection.

The two CD's are packaged in a book format case that features unseen photos and comprehensive liner notes about the tracks and the albums that were released around the time each song was written. The CD's are presented chronologically according to album released so the earliest stuff is on the first disc. I admit that I leaned more to the first CD since I was most into Danzig's music on his first solo efforts more than I ended up being in my later years. So far the reviews for this piece have been quite positive and after listening myself I can honestly see why. Danzig definitely showed the world how dark Metal could be and just how strong this darkness is when it comes down to it. Raise those horns high so Glenn can see 'em Metal minions.

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