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The Kinks - Misfits - Original 1978 UK Arista label 10-track LP

€ 27
ArtistThe Kinks
TitleMisfits - Original 1978 UK Arista label 10-track LP
Price € 27
Record labelArista Records
Catalogue noSPART 1055
Year of release1978
GradingVG+(+) (Vinyl and labels)/VG++ (Insert)/VG++ (Cover)
Stock listThe Kinks
Additional infoOriginal 1978 UK Arista label 10-track LP - their 16th album - like with the previous album 'Sleepwalker' a more hard arena rocking affair'... labeled "one of rock & roll's great mid-life crisis albums" by Allmusics Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who wrote "...a moving record that manages to convey deep emotions while rocking hard." - featuring the singles 'A Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy', 'Live Life and 'Black Messiah'.

The UK issue - this one - contains a longer version of "Live Life" with an additional verse not included on the US LP.

Vinyl is manufactured with the black and silver-centre printed company labels with blue rimprint and upper 'A' logo & company name.

Vinyl has handetched (he) and machine stamped (ms) matrix information:
Side 1: SPART 1055 - A 2 (he) SPART 1055 A//5 MD (ms); father/ mother/ stamper: 1 1 2 (ms)
Side 2: SPART 1055 B1 (he) MASTERDISC (ms) sf (he) MD (ms); father/mother/stamper 1 1 1 (ms)

suggesting that this album was manufactured from a mastering supplied my the New York based Masterdisk - mastered by Sam Feldman - and subsequently pressed by the Phonodisc Ltd. pressing plant in Walthamstow/Chingford.

We have no simply idea which is the first Side 1 mastering on the one... the A-2(he)/A-5 (ms) is basically confusing... the Side 2 B-1 matrix suffix suggests the 1st mastering for Side 2. and the father/mother/stamper information on both sides hints at an extremely early stamper for Side 1, the 1st for Side 2.

Vinyl is accompanied by illustrated fold-out lyric insert - packaged in a fully laminated picture cover.

Condition: VG++ (Vinyl and labels)/M- (Insert)/VG+(+) (Cover):
Vinyl is beautifully shiny - has a touch of sleeve wear only - labels has a single or two barely noticeable spindletraces and a small Side 1 label edge imperfection.

Vinyl is overall graded close to perfect.

Insert is plain perfect.

Cover has perfect front and back centres and a very few lighter flaws along edges: a single marginal lower front edge and upper back spine wrinkle, a dent to upper back opening edge and upper spine corner... a touch of rubbing to corners... a couple of smaller areas of laminate lift at top and bottom back along spine... all in all a series of mostly marginal defects which are hardly noticeable and which has no effect on the viewing on the distorted cover artwork. Cover is graded close to near perfect/excellent.


Side 1:
1. Misfits 4:41
2. Hay Fever 3:21
3. Black Messiah 3:24
4. A Rock 'n Roll Fantasy 4:58
5. In A Foreign Land 3:02

Side 2:
1. Permanent Waves
2. Live Life 4:47
3. Out Of The Wardrobe 3:36
4. Trust Your Heart (Dave Davies) 4:10
5. Get Up 3:20

All tracks written by Ray Davies, except as noted.

Recorded July 1977 - January 1978 at Konk Studios, London
Mastered by Masterdisk, Peekskill, NY 10562, USA
Pressed by Phonodisc Ltd. Record Works, Walthamstow Ave., Chingford E4, UK

Vinyl is accompanied by illustrated foldout lyric insert - housed in a fully laminated single pocket picture cover.

Condition: VG+(+) (Vinyl and labels)/VG++ (Insert)/VG++ (Cover):

Vinyl is bright and shiny - has a light degree of sleeve inflicted only wear... a little too much for a near mint grading - graded close to near mint/excellent..
Labels has a light degree of spindlewear - graded near mint.

Insert is extremely close to mint - cover has faint laminate only wear to vinyl outline and a little light wrinkling from edges - otherwise perfect - graded near mint overall.


The Kinks:
Ray Davies - vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
Dave Davies - lead guitar, vocals (lead vocals on "Trust Your Heart")
Mick Avory - drums except as noted
Andy Pyle - bass guitar except as noted
John Gosling - piano, organ, synthesizer

Additional Musicians:
John Dalton - bass guitar on "In a Foreign Land"
Ron Lawrence - bass guitar on "Live Life", "A Rock & Roll Fantasy" and "Get Up"
Nick Trevisik - drums on "Trust Your Heart", "A Rock & Roll Fantasy" and "Get Up"
Zaine Griff - bass guitar overdubs
Clem Cattini - drum overdubs
John Beecham - trombone on "Black Messiah"
Nick Newall - clarinet on "Black Messiah"
Mike Cotton - trumpet on "Black Messiah"

Technical Credits:
Raymond Douglas Davies - Production, Writing
Dave Davies - Production (Trust Your Heart)
Steve Waldman - Engineer
Sam Feldman - Mastering Engineer

Jean-Luke Epstein - Cover design & Artwork
Jack Stewart-Grayson - Art Direction
James Wedge - Cover Photography
Keith Ramsden - Insert Photography
Dick Ward - Insert Retouching