This album "MERCYFUL FATE - The Beginning" is a compilation album of tracks recorded before the release of the album "Melissa".
This album is the definitive collector's addition to the Mercyful Fate Catalogue featuring the band's official pre-Melissa recordings - The legendary Rave-On sessions (Fully re-mastered) - The BBC "Friday Rock Show" sessions + Bonus track "Black Masses" from the "Melissa" sessions, never released before on LP.
Heavy Metal, Death Metal
RoadRunner RR 9603
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
1987 Made in Holland
The tracks from this Mercyful Fate mini-LP featured as the first four tracks on this record, were recorded in Holland ( The Netherlands ) in September 1982 at the Stone Sound Studio.
It was the band's first real studio work and it was all recorded and mixed in only three days. Because of the short time allowed for the recording, several of the guitar solos had to be done in one take and the planned vocal arrangements suffered too. Only a few of the intended backing vocals can be heard on these songs.
Soon after the release of this mini-LP Tommy Vance invited Mercyful Fate to record a "Live" session for the "Friday Rock Show" on BBC Radio 1. All three songs were recorded on 19 March 1983 in only 8 hours and were mixed later by Tony Wilson, resulting in a very successful recording. The songs differ from the Melissa LP versions since they were recorded several months prior to the recording of the LP.
"Black Masses" was recorded while Mercyful Fate were in the Easy Sound Studio in Copenhagen, working on the "Melissa" album. The basic tracks were laid on 19 July 1983. Lead guitar on the 22nd followed by the vocals on the 23rd. The track was mixed on 27 July and released in December that same year as B-side of the 12" "Black Funeral".
Jacques Hustinx - Producer
Jacques Hustinx, a Dutch musician, producer, and co-founder of Rave-On Records, played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of heavy metal music during the 1980s. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1965, Hustinx developed a deep passion for music at an early age. His love for the powerful and dynamic sound of heavy metal led him on a remarkable journey, collaborating with legendary bands and leaving an indelible mark on the genre.
Early Years and Musical Awakening
Growing up in a musically inclined family, Jacques Hustinx discovered his natural talent for music from an early age. Fascinated by the raw energy and intensity of heavy metal, he began honing his skills on the guitar, immersing himself in the distinctive sound that would shape his career. With an insatiable hunger for knowledge and a relentless drive to perfect his craft, Hustinx sought every opportunity to learn and grow as a musician.
Collaborations with Influential Bands
During the 1980s, Jacques Hustinx emerged as a prominent figure in the heavy metal scene, working closely with some of the era's most influential bands. His innovative production techniques and keen musical intuition elevated the sound of these bands, contributing to their iconic status and solidifying his own reputation as a sought-after producer.
1. Mercyful Fate
One of Hustinx's most significant collaborations came with the Danish heavy metal band, Mercyful Fate. Recognized for their dark lyrical themes and theatrical stage presence, Mercyful Fate aimed to translate their intense live energy into recorded albums. Hustinx stepped in as the producer for their 1983 album "Melissa", expertly capturing the band's raw power and atmospheric sound. The album, with its intricate guitar work and haunting vocals, became a seminal release in the metal genre and solidified Mercyful Fate's status as a pioneering band.
Another notable collaboration during the 1980s was with the Danish band Evil. Known for their aggressive and uncompromising approach to thrash metal, Evil sought Hustinx's expertise to capture their intense live sound on record. Together, they released the album "Evil's Message" in 1984, which showcased the band's speed, precision, and unrelenting energy. The album received critical acclaim and cemented Evil's position as a force to be reckoned with in the thrash metal scene.
Hustinx's collaboration extended beyond Denmark to the French heavy metal band Sortilège. Recognized for their melodic and technical approach to metal, Sortilège sought Hustinx's guidance to create a polished and powerful sound. He produced their debut album "Sortilège" in 1983, which showcased the band's virtuosity and catchy songwriting. The album propelled Sortilège to the forefront of the French metal scene and garnered them a dedicated fan base.
Legacy and Rave-On Records
Jacques Hustinx's contributions to the metal music scene during the 1980s left an enduring legacy. His meticulous attention to detail, technical expertise, and ability to capture the essence of each band's sound set him apart as a visionary producer. Furthermore, his co-founding of Rave-On Records provided a platform for emerging metal bands to showcase their talent and reach a wider audience.
Beyond the 1980s, Jacques Hustinx continued to make significant contributions to the music industry. His dedication to producing exceptional music and nurturing talent have earned him a revered status among musicians and metal enthusiasts alike. Through his collaborations and tireless efforts, Hustinx has solidified his place as a pioneer in metal music production and an influential figure in shaping the sound of heavy metal.
Tony Wilson for Radio 1's
Tony Wilson ( full-name: Anthony Howard Wilson ) record label owner, music producer, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and BBC Television. In the 1980s he has produced and worked on albums for bands like: Battleaxe, Deep Purple, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate
Henrik Lund - Producer
Henrik Lund ( Music Producer ) founder of Easy Sound Studio and he produced many Danish albums and several "Mercyful Fate" records. He is the brother of Niels Erik Lund.
Willem Steentjes - Sound Engineer
David Dade - Sound Engineer
Jacob J. Jorgensen - Sound Engineer
Stone Sound Studios, Netherlands
BBC Radio One
Easy Sound Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark
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