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My Review of Live at Max’s Kansas City (1978)

You know, it sucks discovering bands too late. You suddenly find yourself falling in love with a band that you may never have the chance to see live. This is one of the problems that I met once I started listening to The Misfits religiously. I’d listen to their albums and only wonder what it would be like to be in the pit screaming the words to the songs at Danzig. I’d probably get knocked out in the pit, but that’s just some of the stuff you have to deal with when you see someone play.

Now, if I wanted to I could easily see Jerry Only’s Misfits live. However I really don’t want to see them live. From what I’ve heard on YouTube it just sounds like a silly mess. Plus as a hardcore fan of the Danzig-era I don’t want to see his songs butchered in front of me.

I’ve listened to some of the Misfits’ live stuff before, the Evilive album was fun to hear, but was so damn short that I felt like I was being jipped. (Doesn’t matter that I downloaded the album…) Still, listening to the Misfits live were almost a totally different experience than listening to their studio albums. Things were faster and more aggressive, if at times a bit too hectic. It was what I always thought The Misfits would sound like if I heard them play.

When I finally heard snippets of their bootleg album ‘Live at Max’s Kansas City’ I knew I had to get the whole album as soon as possible. Not only was the album longer in duration, but it was also much better in quality than I thought it would be. This in part is due to the fact that the album has been remastered.

I don’t know how old school punk fans feel about this, but I could understand if they were mad at the album being remastered. Keep in mind that I have not heard the original copy of ‘Live at Max’s Kansas City’, so I don’t know if I should be appalled or thankful for the remastering of the album. I have read that Bobby Steele’s guitar only had two strings left by the time they made it to Attitude, so maybe this is a good thing?

I don’t really have any problems with the album. It does a good job of delivering everything I wanted except for the fact that Glenn doesn’t really talk in-between the songs. I know most people don’t give a shit about that, but I really wanted to see how Glenn acted when he was on stage. I mean, I can’t be the only one who wanted to hear more from the band. They’re not as quick as The Ramones were when they played a live show, but nothing really goes on between the shows.

If you’re a fan of Danzig-era Misfits then you should do yourself a favor and get a hold of this bootleg as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.

This is the best album cover I could find, deal with it.