Danzig - Live on the Black Side

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I’ve been a big Danzig fan since the first time I heard the Misfits. Keep in mind that I’m an old bastard, so that was a long time ago. Anyway, I was really excited about checking out this live album. But, as with more or less all live recordings, there is just too much history to sort through, even if you only consider the band Danzig and not Misfits and Samhain, and I’m always a little disappointed that some songs weren’t included. However, this two-disc set, recorded at three distinct times in the band’s career (‘92, ‘94, and various times during 2000), covers most of the bases (including a nice rendition of “Halloween II”), probably better than most live albums do. It is somewhat strange to me that this isn’t all one show - even the second disc (all from the 2000 Satan’s Child tour) has songs recorded from three different gigs. But the most strange things about this set are, first that sometimes the guys sound sort of exhausted, especially Glenn at the beginning of the first show form ‘94, and second the quality of the recording itself is sometimes lacking. It never sounds as bad as some bootlegs I’ve heard, but then again, I have a couple bootlegs that sound better. If they were going to takes songs from different shows anyway, and had a decade of live recordings to choose from, I’m surprised that this collection was the best they could come up with, both sonically and performance-wise. I guess that might make you think that I don’t like this album, but that’s not true. I do like it quite a lot, and think it’s obviously a must-buy situation for any fans. But, I do think that it could have been better. Maybe after the machine-like (and disappointing) Blackacidevil and somewhat “modern” sounding not-quite-return-to-form Satan’s Child, Glenn decided that a “raw” sounding live album would be a good idea. I agree with that conceptually, but this is a little too far in the other direction to be the flawless masterpiece that I was expecting.

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