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The Misfits Box Set
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
1996 box set from Caroline in a 6in x 12in black cardboard coffin! Features a special enamel Fiends Club badge, a 28 page booklet with lyrics to all of the tracks featured, liner notes by Eerie Von, a complete discography,... more »
1996 box set from Caroline in a 6in x 12in black cardboard coffin! Features a special enamel Fiends Club badge, a 28 page booklet with lyrics to all of the tracks featured, liner notes by Eerie Von, a complete discography, rare artwork & memorabilia and unpublished photos, and most importantly, 104 remastered tracks: the entire contents of 'Collections I & II', 'Evilive', 'Static Age', 'Earth A.D.','Legacy Of Brutality' & the 30 track collection 'Sessions', featuring alternate versions and outtakes, including the original 'Cough/ Cool' single!
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A must have for Misfits(78'-83') fans. For newcomers, this i
E. Medina | California | 05/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This box set has nearly everything the Misfits have recorded during their 6 year life span. Die hard fans of the Fits will already have this so this review is not really for you, but for the newer fans or the curious bunch read this with close attention. Do not make this your first purchase. Now do not misinterpret this as a bad review against this box set. It's nearly perfect. But for those who wish to start listening to the Misfits I recommend the purchase of the Misfits' "lost" debut "Static Age". It is a better introduction to the Misfits in terms of musical style and appreciation for the band's "horror" image. Not to mention that the stand alone CD has 3 songs (2 in alternate versions and an unreleased song) that are not released on the box set.
If "Static Age" blows you away and you need to crave your appetite for more Misfits mayhem, then purchase their official debut "Walk Among Us". Again, this is the smart way to go because "Walk Among Us" is not featured in the Box Set (the album is owned by another record label). The album also has the better versions of the songs featured in the box set which Misfits fans generally agree upon. Plus, this album gets a little heavier in terms of musical style than its predecessor "Static Age", which makes it easier to see why you would purchase this second.
If you become a casual fan after these two purchases then you never would have plumped down more money for a box set you "sort of" like. If you fall in love with the music, do not buy anymore individual releases because this Coffin box is for you. You will already have material in your hands that is not in the Coffin and the Coffin will compliment everything else you don't have. Although there will be some repetition since you will end up with two copies of Static age (albeit different copies in that one has static noise that bookends the album and the other has bonus material). There will hardly be any needless repetitions in your collection which will save you time and money. As a result you will have every single song the Misfits have officially released. You'll be the envy of your friends who are just getting into the band like you were when you first heard a Misfits song. Hope this helps new fans because I wish there was a guide like this that would have pointed me in the right direction on what is essential to get and what isn't.
Static Age 1st;
Walk Among Us 2nd;
The Coffin Box Set last.
Enjoy and bon appetite!"
E. Medina | 06/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a MUST for any Misfits fan. But I'm almost tempted to give this a four and a half for two reasons:1) Some of the lyrics included in the 26 page booklet are wrong. (This can be due to the fact that Glenn Danzig refused to fork over the original lyrics and Caroline Records had to make due with Jerry Only's).2) When this Box Set came out, it was supposed to contain every Misfits song ever recorded, including recording sessions tapes. This is not true. Shorly after the Box Set came out, Caroline released the Misfits first album "Static Age", with a previously un-released song ("In the Doorway") supposedly found on the Static Age studio master tapes. Hmmmmm. Cheap way to sell more records don't you think? (Heck, it worked with me).But anyway, let me just say that all four CD's included in the Box-Set are great. The physical presentation of the set is cool (Black coffin with a red velvet lining inside). Included in the set is a booklet with all the lyrics and many early band photos. Oh yeah, there is also a cool Misfits Fiend Club Pin inside!"
The Black Box
Patrick W. Schubert | Santa Ana, California United States | 09/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You can argue that Caroline didn't really make a great effort to put this box set together since they basically stuffed a bunch of CD's you can buy individually into a cardboard coffin. However, when you consider how much it would cost to purchase each CD on it's own, it becomes evident how much of a bargain this collection actually is.
Let's examine the contents:
Disc 1: Collection I and II
Both of these essential compilations (especially Collection I) feature some of the band's very best tracks. You can't go wrong here!
Disc 2: Legacy of Brutality, Evil Live, and Earth AD
In my opinion, the weakest disc in this collection due to "Legacy's" terrible 80's remix of earlier material, a very overrated and poorly recorded live album, and the pedestrian hardcore of "Earth AD". Still, you get three individual CD's worth of material on one disc.
Disc 3: Previously unreleased studio rehearsal and demo tracks.
No doubt, what Caroline was hoping to lure hardcore Misfits fans with. Lots of song repetition here, but a worthy listen none the less.
Disc 4: Static Age
A masterpiece. Compare how much better these mixes are to the washed out tracks on "Legacy of Brutality". Featuring such tender and politically correct ditties as "Last Caress", "Attitude" and "Bullet", this is thee definitive Misfits album. Yes, even better than "Walk Among Us".
Sixty bucks is a lot of money to spend all at once on music. But, if you were to purchase each CD seperately, you'd end up spending far more. Plus you would'nt get the booklet (complete with lyrics to every song), a Fiend Club badge (at least a 99 cent value!) and a cardboard coffin that will comfortably accomodate the pet hamster who unfortunately met his maker."