I have been a King Diamond fan for over 20 years, but was reluctant to purchase this live album – would the sound quality suck? Would King not quite hit the highs and lows of his vocal range and, if he did, would the notes be flat in relation to the music? How could King do this without the Freddy Mercury-esque layering of tracks?? But after the first song, these fears were quickly laid to rest.
This is one amazing record. And it demonstrates just how incredibly talented King Diamond and his band are. Apart from being a “live” album that is a collection of songs, this release could easily stand on its own as a great work – one that I will listen to repeatedly unlike other live albums that are just neat to have in your collection.
As far as “he didn’t play this song or that song” in the set list is inconsequential. ALL the tracks were nailed. Sure we want to hear “Come to the Sabbath” blah, blah, blah. But this isn’t just a greatest hits record. It takes elements from many of his stories to form mini operas, like the combination of the Abigail and Abigail II tracks. It was great to hear songs like “Burn” and “Halloween” just relentlessly put through the shredder as this album captures an intensity and agression lost on some of the studio works.
I’ve never written a review for this forum and probably won’t again. But this album is simply that good. It’s one of those albums you play for your friends and say, “Did you just hear that?! How the hell did he do that??!!”
Don’t be like I was and put this purchase off as just another crappy live album. This is a concert experience and a very good one. From the opening note I was glad I spent the money and I hope you feel the same way if you take the advice of this review.
Thanks King, listening to you live was worth waiting for.