Love him or loathe him, there is no denying the impact that Glenn Danzig has had on punk and goth rock over the past three decades. From founding The Misfits to forming Samhain, all the way to his glory years as simply Danzig, he has never stopped making the music he wanted to make.
Since his departure from The Misfits and the disolution of Samhain, the Danzig years have spawned 8 studio albums, one EP, and one live album, along with a number of singles, soundtrack contributions, and two modern classical albums. In addition to all of that music, there have been a great number of songs recorded that were not included on any other release. Glenn has said it was not because they were bad or weak, it was just that they did not fit the sound or theme being built on for the given album. Now, we get a two disk set with 26 of these unreleased tracks.
The Lost Tracks of Danzig is split onto two disks of 13 songs each. Each disk is arranged chronologically from the first Danzig I sessions straight through to the Circle of Snakes leftovers. Okay, leftovers isn't the right word, as the connotation is not all that positive, but that is essentially what they are, it is not that they were the scraps cut off the meal, rather the portion that you could not finish at the time but eagerly anticipated at a future date. Just like every album, not every song is a keeper, but there are some definite gems here.
Disk one opens with two of the earliest recordings, and they are a bit rough around the edges, but do exhibit the beginnings of that classic Danzig sound. The songs are "Pain is Like an Animal" and the first version of "When Death had No Name." The later is a song that went through a number of permutations over the years, and is represented with two versions on this set, with the second coming from the Danzig III: How the Gods Kill sessions. The latter version is vastly superior, not only in production values, but in the dark vibe that it generates.