Melissa/The Beginning

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The first in a pair of excellent Mercyful Fate two-fers released by Roadrunner Records, Melissa/The Beginning is similar to its successor in that it couples one of the trendsetting metal band's proper albums with an album-like collection of rarities. The proper album here is Melissa 1983, the band's breakthrough first album, and the rarities collection is The Beginning 1987, a reissue of the band's 1982 debut EP with some other rudimentary early recordings appended. If you're new to Mercyful Fate and many surely will be, given the band's brief underground existence yet prolonged infamous legacy, this two-fer is a recommended place to begin, especially when coupled with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
The first in a pair of excellent Mercyful Fate two-fers released by Roadrunner Records, Melissa/The Beginning is similar to its successor in that it couples one of the trendsetting metal band's proper albums with an album-like collection of rarities. The proper album here is Melissa 1983, the band's breakthrough first album, and the rarities collection is The Beginning 1987, a reissue of the band's 1982 debut EP with some other rudimentary early recordings appended. If you're new to Mercyful Fate and many surely will be, given the band's brief underground existence yet prolonged infamous legacy, this two-fer is a recommended place to begin, especially when coupled with its complement, Don't Break the Oath/Return of the Vampire this pair of two-fers should be all the Mercyful Fate you'll ever need, unless you really like this band, in which case there's a whole second phase of lesser recordings from the '90s. Though not quite on a par with the follow-up, Don't Break the Oath, Melissa is nonetheless a landmark metal album. It took the proto-metal of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to another level -- the band's speedy musicianship foreshadowing the rise of thrash in the mid-'80s, and its devilish theatricality foreshadowing the black metal that would come to characterize Mercyful Fate's native Scandinavia during the early '90s. The Beginning isn't nearly as noteworthy, though it is insightful, illuminating the band's origins and rounding up otherwise impossible-to-round-up rarities good luck finding an original copy of that 1982 EP!. Longtime fans already know what's in store here; as for anyone new to Mercyful Fate, know that the soaring, evocative vocals of King Diamond, above all, define Mercyful Fate. Though probably better known for his ghoulish makeup than his actual singing, this guy is right up there with Rob Halford of Judas Priest, capable of hitting notes higher than you can probably imagine, all the while singing operatically about dealings with the Devil. Backing him are dueling guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner, who weave a web of metallic proto-thrashery, again, not unlike Judas Priest, clearly a prime influence, especially that band's late-'70s work. Moreover, this two-fer also features tasteful packaging and includes some substantial liner notes by Ed Rivadavia, who paints a grander picture of what makes these two albums so worthy of reissue. One last thing: Mercyful Fate will probably sound dated and perhaps even ridiculous to contemporary ears, but it's important to keep in mind that they operated during the early '80s, before the likes of Metallica and Slayer raised the bar for extreme metal; back then, this was considered extreme, especially the Satanic motifs the band wrapped itself in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • UPC: 016861835729
  • Catalog Number: 618357
  • Sales rank: 20,650

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil (4:45)
  2. 2 Curse of the Pharaohs (3:57)
  3. 3 Into the Coven (5:11)
  4. 4 At the Sound of the Demon Bell (5:23)
  5. 5 Black Funeral (2:50)
  6. 6 Satan's Fall (11:23)
  7. 7 Melissa (6:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Doomed by the Living Dead (5:07)
  2. 2 A Corpse Without Soul (6:55)
  3. 3 Nuns Have No Fun (4:19)
  4. 4 Devil Eyes (5:49)
  5. 5 Curse of the Pharaohs (3:49)
  6. 6 Evil (4:01)
  7. 7 Satan's Fall (10:28)
  8. 8 Black Masses (4:30)
  9. 9 Black Funeral (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mercyful Fate Primary Artist
Michael Denner Guitar
King Diamond Vocals
Hank Shermann Guitar
Timi Grabber Bass
Kim Ruzz Drums
Benny Petersen Guitar
Technical Credits
Mercyful Fate Producer
Chris Gehringer Remastering
Thomas Holm Cover Art
Jakob Jorgensen Engineer
Henrik Lund Producer
Hank Shermann Composer
Tony Wilson Producer
David Dade Engineer
Jac Hustinx Producer
Willem Steentjes Engineer
Eduardo Rivadavia Liner Notes
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