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Misfits Import, Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 24 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Import
  • Label: Velvel Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQI9C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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
8. Out Of The Wardrobe
9. Trust Your Heart=20
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)

Product Description

Their Top 40 1978 classic. Includes the #30 hit A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy .

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Format: Audio CD
Excellent music and excellent sound quality. If you care about these two things, get yourself some SACDs and something to play them on. Many Playstation 3 units before the most recent ones will work (check to be sure though) and most if not all of the latest Sony Blu-Ray players work too (i.e. the 2010 models just released). SACD is awesome technology for music lovers especially jazz and classical for which there are a lot of releases every month. Enjoy!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sounding SACD Stereo Sept. 13 2004
By IJEFF - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is a SACD Hybrid Stereo only remaster. Plays on both standard cd players and SACD, but it is not a 5.1 multi-channel remix (The label implies a SACD multi-channel). That said, the sound quality on a SACD player is the best I've ever heard for this cd. You will even be impressed with the sound on a good quality car stereo (I played it on an AUDI A4 BOSE system). On a SACD player, the sound is well beyond anything I've heard for this cd and I have a Japan remaster as well as the recent Velvel remaster from a few years ago. The great songs on this cd (Misfits, RnR Fantasy, Live Life UK version) sound incredible. The other songs sound excellent too, but the quality of the material isn't up to the best Ray Davies standard. The Dave Davies contribution, "Trust your Heart" is an underappreciated treasure amongst a number of Ray Davies songs that for me, haven't aged real well. For Kinks fanatics, I wouldn't hesitate to buy. For a casual fan, there are better places to start. Overall, a frustratingly average Kinks cd that could have been much better. A 5 star for audio quality and the 3 great songs, 3+ stars for overall songs and performances.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You've Been Sleeping in a field, but you look well rested". Dec 20 2006
By Daniel Eglesia - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Misfits is my personal favorite Kinks album! Offerings of wit, humor and charm can be found on Misfits, picking up where Sleepwalker left off and pointing to where Low Budget would be headed, as the Kinks once again came of age in the late 70's. The opening track, Misfits, paints the picture of personal introspection, with Ray Davies' candor recognizing his individual quirks and song writing talent, while also feeling dismayed over the lost opportunities. "This is your chance, this is your time, so don't throw it away, you can have your day, cause it's true what they say every dog has his day". It's as if Ray Davies was having a premonition of the popularity the Kinks were about to enjoy, while also well aware of the many good years of music the Kinks had already provided us. Rock and Roll Fantasy is song with perfect tempo and lyrics, inviting the listener to visualize the typical fan's dream world, and is further comment on the Kinks' own destiny. The songs on Misfits, like the best Kinks songs, grap ahold of the listener and entertain you on several levels, as the music and words tell a story. Younger listeners, who usually don't listen to the words, anyway, will miss the gift of Misfits, and the Kinks music in general, but For Those Who Have Ears To Hear this is a Kinks' album you don't want to miss.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent April 30 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is really the end of the line for the 1960s Kinks. Ray Davies had begun to streamline the band's sound on Sleepwalker, sick of taking a bath money wise with rock operas like Preservation: Acts 1 & 2.

Sleepwalker and Misfits are like bookends, except with misfits, there is not as much of a theme, such as Sleepwalkers nuance of yearning and loneliness.

But the music is still hot: power pop, ska, souped up punk. This album has Ray experimenting with late 1970s form in the same way--though without as edgy a feel--as Something Else by the Kinks did in with all the new forms in 1960s rock.

Of course 1978 was a lot different from 1968, and the music here is more guitar based and much more streamlined then the leave-no-idea untouched attack of Something Else. Getting into stadiums and making a musical scrap book of Swinging London sounds were two very different contexts.

Is it a sell out: well yeah, but that's fine. In 1978, you had dance, new wave, punk: all the music making money was still artistically viable. Ray taking ideas from Bob Marley and Joe Jackson was a far cry from his going all Captain and Tinelle on us--and besides, Ray is, frankly, much too vain to do anything within ten miles of cheeze whiz; at least without irony to it.

Soon, Ray dropped all the pretense that he was going to remake The Village Green Preservation Society any decade soon, and it was off to permanent waves, fine hotels and football fields with the ironically titled Low Budget.

But its ok. It is still Ray, and if you listen to Misfits and even the albums after, I am sure Walter, Anabella, Monica and Johnny Thunder are hiding deep in there, SOMEWHERE!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood and Underappreciated. Feb. 17 2006
By wm - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This a strong entry from the Kinks Arista period, and much preferable to the arena rock sound of Low Budget. Some songs here might feel a little cheesy or overproduced to some but overall there are plenty of great songs, not the least of which are the frank and straightforward narratives of Black Messiah and Out of the Wardrobe. I must respectfully disagree with another reviewer who characterized these songs as racist and clumsy. First off if you listen even slightly to the lyrics of Out of the Wardrobe, it is not about homosexuality at all but cross dressing, an important distinction that should be obvious, especially to those who get so easily offended due to their extreme sensitity in matters of race, gender and sexual preference. And the song treats the subject matter lightly perhaps but in Ray's usual empathetic and humane style.

Black Messiah on the other hand is Ray's response to living next to some extremely hostile Rastafarians, its honest in a manner that is lacking in today's world of political correctness (which ironically is most usually invoked by privelaged whites who haven't ever interacted with others from different cultural and socieconomic backgrounds ) and the song should resonate with anyone that's ever been treated poorly based on their skin color. And if you never have been then how can you honestly empathize with those who have? Anyway these were points I felt worth clarifying. These songs represent the kind of outsider and individualistic perspective that makes Ray Davies a unique and important writer and shouldn't be dismissed out of hand simply because they dare to address sensitive issues in an honest manner that may deviate from what is considered acceptable in these times.

With that said Misfits and Rock n' Roll Fantasy stand out as probably the two best songs on this record, but there's plenty here to like and the remastering is top notch!
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing CD sound quality March 4 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My remarks are about ASIN: B0002IQI9C - The Kinks 'Misfits' Hybrid SACD - DSD on the Velvel label.

Amazon's product info on this disc says an SACD player is required. That's not quite true, this is a dual-layer CD/SACD "hybrid", and you can play it on any standard CD player as well as SACD. Whether you would want to is another question...the sound is screechy, scratchy and tinny, like a low-quality MP3. I can't speak to the SACD layer, as I don't have an SACD player, but the CD part has been subjected to the worst excesses of "loudness war" remastering practices. The music has been compressed, limited and EQ'd to within an inch of its life. There's audible clipping distortion, and the dynamics and tonal balance are noticeably skewed. I don't know if there's a better disc out there, but this one sounds terrible. Shame, I like The Kinks quite a bit, and the music deserves better.