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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)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000000I3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,947 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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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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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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Unbeatable, Indomitable, Classic, and Legendary hardly begin to describe the intensity and sheer genius that is the voice, the music, and the man... excuse me, the band.
If you like horror, goth, punk, rockabilly.... then your collection's not complete if you don't have THIS.
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This album sounds great on vinyl! It's a great package of vintage Misfits tracks, from real early stuff to better known tracks. Many are different takes/mixes of the songs. It's a great album for people to get if they want to grab their first Misfits album.

The album cover is pretty cool, too! By far, my most favorite album by the Misfits!
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This is obviously a classic, start to finish. After reading some of the critical reviews, I feel like I need to point out that throughout most of the 80's and early 90's this compilation was the only accessible way to listen to old Misfits: the singles were way too hard to find and "Walk Among Us" was out of print for a long time (and recorded much later than most of this material). When I think of the Misfits, I think of this record-- you can't compare it to "Static Age", because that album was finally released only very recently. Walkman, skateboard, and a tape of this record: I could get anywhere in LA. I know it probably seems unfathomable to some these days, but some music used to be really hard to find: that's what made a lot of the mystique around this band.
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The static age tracks on this Compilation aren't worth buying it for, I'd suggest you just got for buying Danzig's final iteration straight up for a much better quality package altogether. However, its really nice to have this for the singles like 'Halloween' and especially 'American Nightmare'
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