Zone 451: Echo Rotations Jan. 1996 ------------------------------------ The Misfits Collection II (Caroline - 1996) Reviewed by Nick Sagos Fanatical collectors, attemping to compile the definitive Misfits discography, soon learn the lessons others that have gone broke before them already know. It's expensive, it's pathological, and it's impossible. Despite seventeen brave years of trying, Glenn Danzig beat us to it. The Misfits, was essentially one man's artistic vehicle, frontman Glenn Danzig's. With Collection II, he begins to lift a little more of the shroud of his self-imposed silence which cloaks a unique musical and non-musical legacy. Collection II is intended as an addendum to the Danzig compiled Colection I, that appeared in 1988. The album is twenty remastered tracks of rarities again all supervised by Danzig. Mainly, it's selections (with lyrics) from the long out of circulation 7-inch's, stuff from the extremely rare Beware LP, and demo/alternate versions, deriving mostly from their previously released Earth A.D. album. The sound is excellent. The Misfits have remained musically relevant, because of their music's ageless passion. Every element, in any Misfits' song, is there intentionally to invoke reaction. The song's lyrics, music, vocals, feedback, noise, are all there for the same reason. They're all there to intimidate. The purpose of all their songs is the same . . . to bayonet you with an emotionally drenched point. From their birth, The Misfits pulled off a kind of art that in pinciple is impossible for a punk band. During their career they liked to add insult to injury, on and off the stage, and did it effectively. The Misfits achieved an artistic calibre and punk bands aren't supposed to have "calibre". They wrote a total of 104 songs. Every one of them, was a straight mainline of hardcore punk. With stats like that, each track on Collection II starts becoming just another bone in the bucket, and another case in point. Collectors be warned, some stuff off this album may reappear on Caroline's authoritative Box Set being released on February 27. Evil Ive's grinnin' . . . and that says it all.