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Legacy Of Brutality

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'Legacy of Brutality' is a compilation album from American punk/rock band Misfits, featuring selections of their early work, including rare singles and alternate takes. 'Legacy of Brutality' draws from Misfits recordings made between October 1977 and June 1981, though the majority of the material comes from unissued tracks off of the Misfit's 1978 debut album, 'Static Age'. Also included are A-sides of singles, 'Halloween', 'Who Killed Marilyn?', and, 'American Nightmare' - 'Legacy of Brutality' is the only place besides 'Box Set' where you can find the latter track. The material from 'Static Age' was overdubbed and remixed by Glenn Danzig, the lead singer of Misfits. The Misfits still stand as the benchmark for punk, and 'Legacy of Brutality' is an intriguing look into their earlier, and more alternative, material.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000000I3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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So I started listening to the Misfits with Earth A.D. around 1985 and I thought that was the bomb. Around 86, I was able to get my hands on Legacy of Brutality. I think I listened to this record every day for years. Legacy of Brutality is the first Misfits record (yes record, I've got an original pressing) that I pick up even to this day.

From a historical perspective, Legacy of Brutality is really what a lot of people think when they think Misfits. This record basically defined them because it was the first full length LP you could buy (at least where I lived). Everything else was either bootlegs or EP like Die, Die, My Darling.

All the stuff on the new releases like Static Age, I only had as bootleg vinyl and it was tough to listen to on a regular basis becuase the quality was so bad. I don't know where I'd come down if I just heard the Misfits today. All I can say is that there is no other record that defines the Misfits more than Legacy of Brutality. On top of that songs like Attitude, Bullet, Last Caress, Die Die My Darling, London Dungeon, etc.. really fit in with the sound of Legacy of Brutality more so than the stuff from Earth A.D. So I'd say if you really wanted to capture the Misfits from both a musical and historical perspective, there's no better place to start than Legacy of Brutality.
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For me, few albums ring with nostalgia like "Legacy of Brutality." I know that "Static Age" is a little more definitive, but I heard "Legacy of Brutality" first. It has the more familiar versions to me. This is the band at their rockabilliy best, before the disastrous move towards metal. Good catchy pop music with great hooks and lyrics. Excellent tunes include "Hybrid Moments," "Angelfuck," "Who killed Marilyn," and "American Nightmare."
For people who have never heard the Misfits before, this is a good starting place. A true classic for the years.
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Misfits fans tend to be divided on this album, especially since the release of Static Age. More than half of these tracks date back to the original Static Age sessions and were not released prior to this album, albeit with slightly different instrument tracks and mixes. (After the band split Danzig went back with Eerie Von and re-recorded alot of the instrument tracks, the result being a big, full-sounding heavy drum and guitar sound, with almost zero bass and big, reverb drenched vocal tracks). Most fans tend to favor the newer Static Age LP versions, with a more punkish production (ie: punchy bass and a tight compact copressed tone). I like both versions but I REALLY love the LOB mixes, they sound much cleaner and LOUDER, and Glenn's vocals come out much more clear and refined than they do on SA, which, to me, sounds more amateurish and dated.

Even if you prefer the ST Age versions you cannot pass on this LP, the version of Halloween on this album tops all other versions available and it also contains what I feel to be the Misfits greatest song "American Nightmare" (one Glenn claims was recorded during the Walk Among Us Sessions), truly indispensible.

This album also appears in its entirity (tho scattered here and there) on the Coffin Box Set, but if you're putting that one off, you could do alot worse by not getting this. It, to me, is a much better choice than Collection 1 or 2; but everyone seems to disagree with me on that. They can all burn in hell, this album is one of the best.
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these songs where recorded during the static age sessions, these are the other versions of the songs on static age, get both.
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Lots of people compare Legacy of Brutality unfavorably to Static Age and I'm not sure why. Maybe because SA features the original versions of many Misfits classics and fans regard LOB as a bid to cash-in by releasing new recordings of those old tunes. Neither album has great production but each is good in its own way: Static Age has a compact, punchy sound while Legacy has a bigger, more reverb-y sound. I like them both, and Legacy of Brutality's very distinct, '50's rockabilly vibe contrasts nicely with the band's horror lyrics and imagery. By both albums and listen for yourself.
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This early compilation easily deines what this band truly is, incredible! Not to many albums from this era comes close to what The Misfits achieved with these early recordings. Amazing music and lyrics back up these claims and after listening to this treasure, you will agree that this album was way ahead of it's own time. Major thumbs up to Hybrid Moments and American Nightmare.
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Misfits "Walk Among Us" may be the greatest half hour in music history, if you like aggressive music. More people know about this record however and it's definitely worthy in it's own right and in many ways.
Opener is kinda sludgy and I always think that's a crime on rock records and then "TV Casualty" continues in the subdued. Then comes "Hybrid Moments" - what the Misfits did best -catchy, evil, threatening, locomotive, evil hardcore. I love that song.
"Angelf*ck" and "Who Killed Marilyn" lead to the soaring anthem "Where Eagles Dare" - it simply doesn't get any better than that song. ANybody who listens to these guys knows exactly what I mean.
I wish Glen Danzig would choke that new guy. (...) that guy
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