TITLE: Misfits (a/k/a Collection 1)
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Bullet, Horror Business, Night of the Living Dead, Die Die My Darling
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Where Eagles Dare
LINEUP: Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only. The majority of tracks were with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein or Bobby Steele on guitar, and Arthur Googy on drums.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Probably the best place to start for the Misfits.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Thank goodness cooler heads prevailed, and the Misfits early catalog is available now. This is probably the best collection of that material – as it chose the strongest material and most seminal work.
The Misfits legal docket and personnel problems are probably longer and more complex than about any other band from that era. That caused their catalog to be intermittently available, albums to be unreleased, and tracks re-recorded with other musicians in some instances.
This is the Misfits in their more punk rock / horror punk phase than anything they did later, and while the tunes are a bit same-same as you move along, there’s some essential stuff like “Bullet” and “Die Die My Darling” that was so influential to bands that followed.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There are two other collections, Legacy of Brutality and Collection II, which have other early Misfits material, though they have more of the re-recorded material when Danzig was trying to keep the royalties to himself.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there was a box set available with all of the early Misfits tracks.
GRADE B. Not always recorded in the best fidelity, and sometimes they repeat themselves, but for those wanting to know what the deal was about the Misfits, here is the stuff you need to hear.