Not having seen King live in 16 years, his Conspiracy tour being the last one I saw, this double CD was a treat. The production value is stellar, far surpassing the Abigail Live ‘87 show. Nothing gets buried in the mix here.
The crunch of the guitars hits you full on, the relentless assault of the drums is awesome, and it’s great to hear King still has his voice and can hit the notes he did 16 years ago.
To hear old classics like A Mansion in Darkness, The Family Ghost, The Invisible Guests (my all-time fave) to the two cuts from The Eye to the spectacular Puppet Master tracks really made me feel the magic of his live shows again. King doesn’t just put on a show, he GIVES you a show, involving you in it. And to hear tracks like No Presents For Christmas was really cool.
If you’ve ever seen King live, this CD will take you back and put a smile on your face. If you’ve never seen King live, this double CD will give you a small taste of what you’ve missed out on. For you can never really experience a King Diamond show if you’re not there in person. It’s more than just the music, it’s the theatrics that adds to it. What a great trip down memory lane this was.
The only reason I rated this 4 stars instead of 5 was I would have liked a few more old tracks, maybe a couple from Fatal Portrait.
My suggestion is, call up your buds, crack open some beers and CRANK THIS UP.
Now all we need is a live DVD, hopefully he’ll have that worked out soon.