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“The Lost Tracks Of Danzig” by Danzig

Artist: Danzig
Title: “Lost Tracks Of Danzig”
Label: 7/10/2007
Release Date: Evilive Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

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.
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