The Kinks – Misfits (1978/1998) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96 kHz]

The Kinks – Misfits (1978/1998)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:58 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

“Misfits” is the English rock band The Kink’s sixteenth studio album. The record is part of the group’s second coming during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, taking a turn for the better after the group’s earlier, less successful concept albums. The 1978 album features US top 40 hit “A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy”.

The Kinks became arena rockers with Sleepwalker, and its follow-up, Misfits, follows in the same vein, but it’s a considerable improvement on its predecessor. Ray Davies has learned how to write within the confines of the arena rock formula, and Misfits is one of rock & roll’s great mid-life crisis albums, finding Davies considering whether he should even go on performing. “Misfits,” a classic outsider rallying cry, and “Rock and Roll Fantasy” provide the two touchstones for the album – Davies admits that he and the Kinks will never be embraced by the rock & roll mainstream, but after Elvis’ death, he’s not even sure if rock & roll is something for mature adults to do. Over the course of Misfits, he finds answers to the question, both in his lyrics and through the band’s muscular music. Eventually, he discovers that it is worth his time, but the search itself is superbly affecting – even songs like the musichall shuffle “Hay Fever,” which appear as filler at first, have an idiosyncratic quirk that make them cut deeper. Although Ray would return to camp on their next album, Misfits is a moving record that manages to convey deep emotions while rocking hard. The Kinks hadn’t made a record this good since Muswell Hillbillies.

Tracklist:

01 – Misfits
02 – Hay Fever
03 – Black Messiah
04 – A Rock ‘N Roll Fantasy
05 – In a Foreign Land
06 – Permanent Waves
07 – Live Life (U.K. Album Version)
08 – Out of the Wardrobe
09 – Trust Your Heart
10 – Get Up
11 – Black Messiah (Single Remix) [Bonus Track]
12 – Father Christmas [Bonus Track]
13 – Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy (U.S. Single Edit) [Bonus Track]
14 – Live Life (U.S. Single Mix) [Bonus Track]

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