-Frequently Asked Questions-
1. Was this cd ever released?
Technically no, this cd was never released. It was very close to the actual release date when Caroline Records/Astralworks canceled the release of the album. They had already sent out thousands of the promotional cd's to stores everywhere around the world. There were a few different versions of promotional CD's sent out, but the most common version had the full artwork and basically it was the exact same version as the cd that was going to be released with the exception that it had either a scratch through the bar-code or a whole punch in the upper right side of the j-card, plus the promos were never sealed or given a description sticker. When the CD was canceled a letter was sent out on October 11th, 2001 to stores, its purpose was to recall all of the promos that were sent out. The stores were instructed to send the CD's back to the company. Obviously most of them were not sent back and that is the reason why die-hard Misfits fans have been able to get their hands on copies of the CD The cancellation of "12 Hits From Hell" automatically created an extremely rare and collectable CD
2. Why was this album recalled/canceled at the last minute? - Why hasn't the CD come out?
This is the most
interesting question of all. Since there are so many different opinions
on the subject, I'm going to quote the record company and the band
members who were involved with the project, that way you can decide
Caroline Records/Astralwerks (the record company): They stated the album would not be released "due to an inferior mastering error" in their original cancellation letter that they sent out. One year later after the original release date of the album I personally received an e-mail from Ashley at Astralwerks telling me exactly this: "The version that was withdrawn was not pleasing to the Misfits because this was a false remix and not a representation of the band's authentic sound as it had 2 guitars in the mix - the Misfits never had two guitarists." Now remember, when they say Misfits, that just means Jerry, because he owns the Misfits name now. After I read that, it seemed more like what Bobby stated was true. If you think about it, many of the original Misfits recordings have 2 guitars or more in the song mix. It is common to double your guitar tracks when recording. "12 Hits From Hell" was no different it even featured the original album producer Rob Alter playing additional guitar on "London Dungeon" and "Violent World". Are they going to take him off the album too??? Who ever said playing additional guitars on an album changes the band to a 5 piece??? Obviously that excuse is complete junk. We all know Misfits were never a 5 piece band. They never had this problem when they put these same songs in the "Misfits Box Set", or the original "3 Hits From Hell" 7 inch, or the original "Halloween" 7 inch, so why now? My point is, the complaint seems totally stupid, the band never recorded as a five piece, they just added an additional guitar track when a new member joined the band. Obviously that's what they wanted back then, and if you ask me, I think it is actually pretty great having a Misfits album that was fully recorded with 2 original Misfits guitarists!
3. Will the CD ever come out?
The version of the CD that you see on this web site will never be released. It is also not likely that you will ever see another version of the CD released either. The record company still says that they are trying to work something out. But they have also said "it looks as though we have lost so much money on this project that it seems like it never coming out." Caroline records had to cancel the CD just 2 ½ weeks before its release. They destroyed all the CD's and not to mention all the advertising and posters that were sent out. Needless to say a lot of money was lost on this project. We now know that if this CD ever does come out, it will be greatly altered (different artwork, and a mix that portrays the Misfits as a 4 piece band). If they do ever go forward with all the changes, the album will be much less desirable then the discontinued version, so it probably wouldn't be worth making. When Glenn Danzig was asked if it was ever coming out he was quoted saying "I doubt if they (the record company) will ever get that thing done correct."
4. What happened to all of the CD's that were made to be sent out to the stores before it was canceled?
We are told that they were all destroyed.
5. How many of these CD's were made?
No one knows for sure. One source says approximately 2000 promo CD's were pressed and distributed. It also says 40,000 of the regular store ready CD's were pressed and destroyed, but a few of these are floating around out there in Misfits collecting land.
6. What about the 12 inch vinyl record? Were those ever made?
Originally I told you, no, absolutely not. Thats not the truth. The truth is that 3 black vinyl copies were made -Caroline: CAR11207 (September 5, 2001)- . These test pressings were created by Universal Test Pressing and have "OUCH THAT'S HOT!" matrix etchings. At least 2 LP sleeves were also printed for review by band members. No further vinyl was ever pressed. The original plan was to press 2000 copies of orange vinyl and 1000 copies of white vinyl. None of the actual store shelf records were ever made. Caroline/Astralwerks, the record company has confirmed this over and over again. As for the Acetate, 1 set was made. This acetate set was created by The Hit Factory Mastering, inc.-Caroline: 24381-1207-1 (August 23, 2001)-
7. Are you sure there isn't a record, because I have seen it in stores and on eBay, and it even has the Caroline Records logo on it?
Nope, in 2002 someone bootlegged the whole album right from the CD It is said that they pressed 1000 of these records, they look authentic, but they are not. They may have come from Germany, it seems that's where they first popped up. Don't be fooled, if you get one $20 is a fair price to pay. The black vinyl has gone into second pressing on a bit thinner record. There is also a limited number of them pressed on RED vinyl (about 78 records worth). All of them are bootleg.
8. Where can I get one of these rare CD's?
Check eBay, but act fast because Caroline Records usually notices them and they will have the auction ended so it makes it hard to buy and sell them on eBay. Lots of collectors buy and sell them online, or check local music stores and see if by chance they have a promo for sale.
9. Was this CD really ever meant to be a full album, and how do you know the songs are in the order that they were originally intended to be in?
The master tapes of the album had the track listing written out and it that described the songs that would eventually go on side A and the songs that would go on side B of a record. The track listing was written by Glenn Danzig, you can actually see a scan of his handwriting on the back of the CD that shows the track listing.
10. Haven't these songs been released already?
Yes, all but one of them were in the box set and on various other Misfits releases, but this album finally brings them together as they were meant to be for the first time. Also every song was completely re-mixed and mastered for this release. Now all the songs sound like they belong together.
11. What's so great about these versions of the songs?
It is the only recording session to feature both Bobby Steele and Doyle on guitar. The sound on this album is much different then your typical Misfits release. The guitar is much less distorted then most other albums and is said to have an eerie vibe to it.
12. Is there anything that was previously unreleased on the album?
Yes, there is a never before released out take version of London Dungeon
13. I have a sealed version of the promo CD, should I keep it sealed?
To my knowledge these were never made. If it was factory sealed it would have a sticker on it. I have never heard of them shrink wrapping the promo CD's If yours is sealed, it was probably just sealed by the record store owner to make it look authentic or to add value to it. You can get anything shrink-wrapped at your local kinkos store. So go ahead and just open it up, why not?
To find out more about the History of this recording read:
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About "12 Hits From Hell"