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Abigail Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000000H49
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Masked Jackal on June 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love King Diamond, and "Abigail" was my very first King purchaced back in the 1980's. From the very first listen, I was addicted for life. The story is bone-chilling, and the musicianship / production on "Abigail" is absolutely flawless. I've been a Metalhead since about 1980, and not since Iron Maiden released "Piece Of Mind" back in 1983, has there been a Metal recording that has effected me as much as "Abigail" has. It's an incredible masterpiece, and in my opinion, King's finest hour...

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Read on June 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Abigail is my favorite King Diamond record. To me, there are three essential King Diamond records: Abigail, Them, and Conspiracy. These three records comprise some of the best metal recorded in the late 80s. It's hard to put King Diamond, the band, in a category. This is metal for sure, but may not appeal to die-hard thrash/death/speed metal fans who shy away from melody and harmonies. That's not to say that this goes as far as Helloween or other such melodic-metal bands, but it's more towards that ballpark.
King Diamond, and these three records, work so well because of a perfect combination of great songwriting; inspired and extremely skillful playing; tight, well-rehearsed arrangements; and the chemistry and personality of the players. Mikkey Dee is one of the great unsung metal drummers. Andy LaRoque's hooks and flourishes are always a joy. Earlier and later King Diamond records suffer from the lack of at least one of these qualities, or from the lack of some of the personnel. Mikkey Dee, especially, is sorely missed in the post-Conspiracy era. The songwriting on the later records is lacking the great hooks of the Abigail/Them/Conspiracy triumverate (but, after 1990, songwriting for most metal bands changed in a way I did not like). Also, King's story conceptions on these three records have always seemed to me to be more inspired.
The bottom line is that there are plenty of people who are never going to like Kind Diamond. Either they're simply not into this kind of metal, or they can never get used to King's singing style. For my money, though, these three records are important, inspired, and a must-have.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By I. MUNOZ on July 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I own the remastered version of this album. I must say that I really love it, but the too much evident influences from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest make me hesitate in giving five stars to it. Also, it sounds less progressive and mature than the next three releases of the band. For these reasons I give four stars (and a half!) to "Abigail", in spite of its high quality and its historical importance.
As a concept album, the storyline is superb. This is a horror tale, and has nothing to do with satanic cults and all that commercialist and childish stuff surrounding KD since Mercyful Fate. The musicianship is also impeccable. Vocals are as good as usual, delivering passion, anger and fear; while keeping a majestic and mysterious style in every track. Drums and bass, added to vocals, probably form the most attractive playing ensemble of this album. However, guitars don't sound so elaborated here, although show by times where they would go one year later. I'd say that the guitar work here is very good, but doesn't peak because of some abuse of metal clichés.
On a more positive way: in the remastered version of "Abigail" you'll find a bonus song titled "Shrine". This song is bombastic and explosive, but it wasn't included in the original LP due to some divergence from the overall concept. I recommend this tune to any metal fan. The opening riff is an instant classic, and its melody is one of KD's greatest.
You'll also find in the remastered CD three more bonus tracks that are different versions (raw mixes) of some songs that you already know. These are mixes without keyboards, containing some variations from the definitive songs. I find them very interesting. Of all of them, please listen carefully to "The Family Ghost" raw mix.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 1999
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This album will ram your head through a brick wall! There are so many great elements in it. It's a shame that more people haven't heard it, as it truly is a work of genius. It's true that King Diamond's approach to singing is a bit unusual and takes some getting used to, but he really is an excellent singer who grows on you after a while. If you like vocalists such as Bruce Dickinson (formerly of Iron Maiden) and Rob Halford (formerly of Judas Priest), then you'll probably like KD's vocal style. What really sets him apart, however, is his music-writing ability. The instrumental music on ABIGAIL is so complex and full of contrasting moods and tempos that it might not sink in the first time you hear it; however, after giving it a few more listens, you'll never be able to live without it again. Guitarists Andy La Rocque and Michael Denner deserve special praise, as their playing -- particularly Andy's blinding speed and Mike's emotional, melodic leads -- is simply astounding. Without exaggeration, these are two of the best guitarists on the globe, and they have been grossly overlooked and underrated. Not only is the playing terrific, the actual guitar sound itself is the best I've ever heard on any album; it sounds downright evil! The bass playing of Timi Hansen is also strong and solid, and drummer Mikkey Dee unleashes very complex patterns with creativity and enormous technical skill. I've owned ABIGAIL for about ten years now, and it still sends shivers down my spine. If you're seriously into metal (and I mean REAL metal, not the corny alternative stuff you hear on the radio incessantly), then you NEED this album.
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