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Misfits

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 24 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KOCH ENTERTAINMENT LLC
  • ASIN: B00000FDJU
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Misfits
2. Hay Fever
3. Black Messiah
4. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
5. In A Foreign Land
6. Permanent Waves
7. Live Life (UK Album Version)
8. Out Of The Wardrobe
9. Trust Your Heart
10. Get Up
11. Black Messiah (Single Remix)
12. Father Christmas
13. A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy (US Single Edit)
14. Live Life (US Single Mix)

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.

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Misfits was originally released in 1978, by which point the Kinks were already a handful of years beyond their creative peak, and becoming even more marginalized in their native Britain as punk took hold. To Ray Davies's credit, he does not shy from addressing his increasing irrelevance on this deeply flawed but compelling confessional. The title is an apt summary of Davies's painfully acute self-awareness. As he stares down middle age, Davies is refreshingly frank about nagging feelings that maybe it's time to get a real job: "Rock & Roll Fantasy" is a spectacular display of self-delusion and self-abasement. Unfortunately, what might have become a cathartic masterpiece is marred by music that sounds like the Kinks buying some time by impersonating Styx and Boston. --Andrew Mueller

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Format: Audio CD
This is truly a cathartic piece of work by a band that never knew its relevance to the world at large. The Kinks did not enjoy the 70's like the rest of us. Instead, at the point when they signed their big contract (with RCA) they were immediately steeped into the visions of Ray Davies with a series of eclectic and difficult to comprehend operatic efforts which ultimately cost them their audience to all but the most ardent of fans. Imagine the journey of a fan of the "You Really Got Me" era trying to evolve from the likes of "Waterloo Sunset" (not so hard) on to "Lola" (getting strange) through to "Soap Opera" (what is this?). Quite a difficult journey for the fan, as well as the artist.
Stop at August 16, 1977. The King is gone, and the Davies' brothers realize that his bloated corpse represented something about them as well. Were they past their prime? Maybe. Could they still make relevant music? Who knows. Did they even want to? This is what the album ends up answering.
"A Rock-n-Roll Fantasy" is as interesting a song as the band ever wrote. In it the band forms a bond with their fans, with a full realization that they are all victims and benefactors of the mirage that was the 70's rock scene. Davies yearns not only to shake off the malaise and become a full person, but to finally recognize that being loved by one person is ultimately a very profound thing. They made this album for one person: anyone who wanted to listen.
"Misfits" expands on this theme. Setting the standard for bands like Big Star and the Replacements, Davies ultimately realizes that his approach will never be fully embraced. Not that he could live with that kind of acceptance, anyway. "...This is your chance, this is your time.
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Format: Audio CD
By 1978, the Kinks hadn't had a Top 40 hit since 1970's "Lola." And their concept albums, beginning with 1973's PRESERVATION ACT 1 had not garnered much praise in the rock press. It was time for Ray Davies and Co. to prove that they were more than just an oldies act, and MISFITS succeeded on all accounts. It gave them a hit with "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" (#30) and their best album since MUSWELL HILLBILLIES.
Ray seems to have come to grips with the fickleness of pop music. In "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" he ponders if "the world's just passing us by." In the title track, Ray asserts that "even in your day, somehow you could never quite fit in." But in "Live Life," he tells the listener that "you gotta live life and be yourself." And on the Dave Davies-sung "Trust Your Heart," Ray's lyrics include the admonition, "comfort the weak and feed the poor, what on earth do we need government for?" Obviously Ray has moved beyond "You Really Got Me." Sure, there were a few oddball songs like "Hay Fever" and "Out of the Wardrobe," but overall this is a mature and thoughtful Kinks album, one that fans who had been with the band for the past fourteen years were ready for. The Kinks would never again make an album this good--although LOW BUDGET came close. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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By A Customer on June 2 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Misfits reissue is an excellent CD, and remains a must have when upgrading those worn out vinyl Kinks albums. From the opening song on, the digitally remastered Misfits sounds great. Misfits represents quintessential Ray Davies, that is immediately recognizable to Kinkophiles. As expected, Ray uses songs like "Misfits", "Live Life" (a long version with an extra verse), "Black Messiah" and "Get Up", to provide his social commentary and unique philosophy of life, not in a pedantic lecture, but in a casual, pints at the pub manner. The humor is there too, in songs like "Hay Fever", "In A Foreign Land" and "Permanent Waves", where all your troubles can be solved by a good haircut. While the Kinks have always had a knack for blending social commentary and biting humor, they can also be very real, as seen in "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" (the song that makes the CD) and "Trust Your Heart", sung by Dave Davies in true rock and roll fashion. Dave also lays down some classic guitar work, particularly on "Live Life". And if that weren't enough. Bonus tracks! "Father Christmas" is included along with a remix of "Black Messiah" and the US versions of "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy" and "Live Life". Get Misfits, crank up "A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy", sit back and enjoy a fine Kinks CD.
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Format: Audio CD
After the nadir of Schoolboys in Disgrace and A Soapbox Opera, Ray returned to areas that, while not quite as ambitious as his rock operas, were more accomplished lyrically and musically. Misfits has a number of terrific moments. The tounge in cheek "Hay fever" would provide a template for much of their early 80's material, but without much of the charm found here. Yes, its filler, but darn good filler and a minor Kinks classic due to Ray's hillariously stuffy singing. Makes you wonder how bad his allergies were during the recording of the song. The most accomplished and lyrically adept songs on the album, "Misfits", "A rock 'n' roll fantasy" and "Live life" all play to Ray's strengths as a songwriter; topical, sympathetic, wry observations about the world . "Black Messiah", which sounded fresh in 1978, hasn't aged as well lyrically, luckily the melody and playing carries the song. Misfits never sounded better. The previous Arista issued cd sounded thin compared to the original lp and while listenable, doesn't come close to the rich sound of the remastered version. The bonus tracks, although not a relevation, are nice bonuses like extra frosting on an outstanding cake.
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