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Morbid Tales (Vinyl)
Released: 2017, Noise
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
It was back in the mid-late 80’s that I discovered Celtic Frost. Their video for “Circle Of The Tyrants” was played on the Power Hour and I was mesmerised. Nothing had I seen or heard before was that heavy, or cool. I became obsessed with that song and video so much so that a schoolmate started calling me Celtic Bob and it stuck. Here we are 30 years later and I am still Celtic Bob and still listening to “Circle Of The Tyrants”.
When I read the news that there was going to be deluxe reissues of the Celtic Frost catalog I was beyond ecstatic. I was hoping for some nicely pressed LP’s as I am a vinyl junkie. Then I read there would be double vinyl sets with deluxe booklets and my excitement grew then, the more I read, the more something was not right. Something was missing..............COLD LAKE. My favourite Frost album was MIA. I knew Tom hated it but for the sake of completion?
Anyhow, we start off with the debut, MORBID TALES.
Even though I was a Frost fan, I was not too familiar with all their music. Being from a small town with no real record store for hundreds of kilometres, in a time before the internet existed discovering music was not the easiest but when we did....what a feeling. That is how it was with me and CF. MORBID TALES is an album that I am basically discovering for the first time with this new LP.
After a quick clean, as my LP’s were were a bit dusty with what looked to be fibres from the inside of the cardboard jackets, I popped it on my table and put the needle in the groove. From that moment, I sat, in awe at the glorious sounds that were coming from my speakers. Never in my life have I heard Frost sound so wonderful. I was discovering the band all over again. Songs like “Into The Crypts Of Rays”, “Danse Macabre” and “Morbid Tales” really benefit from this new mastering. Even the bonus tracks sound good yet maintain that rawness.
The packaging for this is exceptional. A beautiful gatefold sleeve, 2 glossy foldout posters and a beyond amazing 36 page book. Yes, 36 page book. The book is about 10x10 in size and filled with photos, lyrics, information and essays. I own hundreds of LP’s and apart from a couple of boxed sets I have never seen such a wonderful book included with a record in my life. I will be keeping mine on one of my bookshelves as it is too thick to store inside the record sleeve for an extended period. The photos of the bands early days is a real treat. Many of which I have never seen before.
Even though this was no longer endorsed by Tom G Warrior his input is still felt. You cannot go wrong with this double LP set. It is well worth your hard earned cash.
01. Human (Intro)
02. Into The Crypts Of Rays
03. Visions Of Mortality
04. Dethroned Emperor
05. Morbid Tales
06. Procreation (Of The Wicked)
07. Return To The Eve
08. Danse Macabre
09. Nocturnal Fear
* Bonus Tracks
Morbid Tales (1984 Rehearsal)
11. Messiah (1984 Rehearsal)
12. Procreation (Of the Wicked) (1984 Rehearsal)
13. Nocturnal Fear (1984 Rehearsal)
Tom Gabriel Warrior - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Eric Ain - Bass, Additional vocals
Stephen Priestly - Drums
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