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This review is from: Project 1950 (Audio CD)
How does Jerry Only do it? I doubt even he knows, wanting as he does merely to play some loud fast rock 'n' roll. Yet the apparent simplicity of this album disguises genius. The genius of being able to evoke the tone of THREE different eras (the innocent glee of the fifties/sixties that spawned the tracks provided here, the snarling punk of the seventies from whence the 'Fits sprang, whilst clearly sounding as fresh as the 21st century act that they are today). The genius of being able to retain the distinctive sounds of both The Ramones and Black Flag via the (excellent) work of their ex-members (Marky Ramone and Dez Cadena respectively). And the genius of being able to do all this whilst simultaneously defining the album as quite clearly a Misfits product. A contradiction? In print, most certainly, but this miracle needs to be heard to be understood. If you know the 'Fits, then reviewing each track is largely redundant. It's simply a collection of songs from wayback given the full Misfits makeover. Not heard the album? Just IMAGINE what The Misfits tearing through Richie Valens's "Donna" might sound like, and with sublime reliability, that's exactly what Jerry has provided. For EVERY SINGLE TRACK. Not one duff number. And if that's not enough, they've thrown in a DVD featuring live performances of 5 of the tracks, plus a performance of "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" with 'Fits disciples Balzac. A joy for 'Fits completists, novices and - well, anyone who EVER appreciated Rock 'n' Roll played with the joy and gusto with which it was intended. An instant timeless classic, but then again isn't that what The Misfits have been providing for over 25 years now?