All 5 albums from the legendary King Diamonds late 80s solo run on Roadrunner Records. The former Mercyful Fate singer came into his full form this period with conceptual songwriting and complex interweaving album storylines.
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First, I'm going to confess, I don't have prior issues of any of these CDs or their vinyl counterparts to offer an A/B comparison here. I'll leave that to more tenacious folks.
This box is a slightly classier older brother to the "Original Album Classics" sets that are flooding the market right now. With those, you get essentially a paper slipcase with five (or so) cardboard album sleeves that emulate old vinyl sleeves (provided they weren't gatefold). No inner sleeves to protect the discs from the coardboard they're packaged in, no booklets, no liners, no frills. The trade-off is understood to be the lower prices (if you're buying them from the right outlets or keeping an eye out for a price dip on Amazon).
With this Roadrunner box, the contents are the same, but the outer box is a heavier card stock clamshell-style box which, sadly, would have had plenty of room to include even a compiled reprint of the liner books that came with the original cds. A minor...
I got this brand new box set when the price dropped to $13.99, and it was an amazing deal. There are 5 complete albums in this set. I was worried that the sound quality might be lacking, but they sound fantastic. Inside the box, each CD is safely housed in its own sleeve, like an old record (as seen in product photo) so there are no booklets with the lyrics. If you want to listen to King Diamond, and you don't care about extra features, you can't beat this set. I'm very glad I bought it and I'm completely satisfied.
I have been a King Diamond fan since the mid 80's. I love his version of the ghost story and I love how he carries concepts from album to album. His early solo stuff after Merciful fate (featured in this collection) is haunting, powerful, and really creative. The King started a lot of things in metal music and is rarely credited for his influence.
The production value on these disks is quite good. They sound great. The collection itself would be considered by many as an unrivaled run of quality horror-metal which has not been surpassed in quality or concept even 30 years later. I would recommend, after sitting down with this mini box set that you listen to the disks in their entirety and in order. King Diamond put a lot of effort and had a lot of success creating very flowing albums where each song not only was an ordered piece of the story but had a musical flow.
King Diamond is a story teller...and his stories are scary and sometimes grotesque...but people...
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