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Come Out And Play
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2001
Having owned this recording on vinyl I was so glad to see it re-released on CD. The title track sums up the entire attitude and genre of rock, in your face but with tongue in cheek. The cover of "leader of the Pack" gives the energy to this classic track that it deserves. Other highlights are "I believe in you" for very meaningful lyrics, "Be chrool to your scuel" for its underlying humour and the guest appearance of Alice Cooper,and "Out on the streets", because everyone, at some time, can understand what these lyrics are about. All in all a solid recording, and unlike so many, not a weak track on here.
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on 1 July 2015
Twisted Sister kind of died a death in the UK after 1983. They got their first record deal in the UK in 1982, built up a loyal following for their ferocious live shows. They had 2 hits (I Am Im Me & The Kids Are Back) and played at Donington Monsters of Rock. Stay Hungry broke them in the US in 1984,, but the album was barely promoted in the UK. So by 1985 and Come Out & Play I wasn't aware of the over exposure of Dee & The Boys. This undoubtedly hurt the band in the US, this album bombed in the worst way possible, and basically killed their career. It's a little puzzling why. This is not a bad record by any stretch of the imagination. The sound has matured, as well as the lyrics but that surely was a natural evolution for the band. The production is a little distant, and hollow, but that does help some of these songs. Some brilliant rock numbers here, title track Come Out & Play & Kill Or Be Killed are ferocious, I Believe In Rock N Roll has a menacing feel like an Under The Blade song. King Of The Fools is a moving ballad easily matching The Price or You're Not Alone from previous albums. Those are the good songs. Leader Of The Pack is enjoyable, but a little silly and a strange decision to place it on an album where they are trying to show maturity. Be Chrool To Your Scuel is horrible old school rock n roll with piano. I Believe In You is a poor ballad, and Out On The Streets & You Want We Got sound generic, and lack the bands normal fire and energy. In summary, if you liked any of the previous albums there will be something for you on Come Out & Play.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Although this album is often treated with contempt, along with it's follow up 'Love Is For Suckers', by Twisted Sister fans for it's blatant commerciality on such songs as Leader Of The Pack and Be Chrool To Your Scuel, I personally rate it as one of their better moments. The mix is great and Dee's vocals are extremely powerful expecially on the ballad 'I Believe In You' which shows a tender side of the band rarely seen. There are some great rock tunes on here and the album features guest appearances from Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Brian Setzer, definitely worth adding to your collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
Twisted Sister were on a roll with Stay Hungry. They knew they had a winner on their hands, even before it was released - quite how big it would become, due to MTV, surprised everybody. However the follow up of Come Out and Play is a different story. Dogged by poor production, that saps the guitars and drums of any power, it remains a pale imitation of its predecessor.

The title track rattles off the starting line with some degree of promise (the intro having been knicked from the film `The Warriors'), being both pacey and anthemic. But the cracks are painfully evident on the dire follow up, and surprising cover of `The Leader Of The Pack'. A bit like the story in the song, this is literally a car crash. It sounds as if it's been written and performed, on the first take, by 5 blokes hauled off the streets of downtown Dumsville. Interestingly this horror originally surfaced on the bands Rough Cutts 12 inch, which means it has some history with the band. Suffice to say, it's ghastly on Rough Cutts as well but it is made slightly more palatable by being under produced on this earlier version - a case of less is more in this instance. To this day I can't figure out if it is a joke track or not.

But it gets worse. 'Be Chrool to Your Scuel' is the type of banal nadir that Alice Cooper trots out, replete with Jerry Lee Lewis style piano hammering. It's notable that Alice had a hand in this cartoon monstrosity so it's no surprise that it apes his style.

These two (joke?) songs are so bad it's hard to ignore them but it's definitely not all bad news. Closing the original album is `Kill or Be Killed', which is a ferocious track with a great harmony in the memorable chorus, and `The Fire Still Burns' is an excellent pounding anthem that still smoulders to this day as a great live staple for the group. ` I Believe in Rock N Roll' and `You Want What We Got' are straightforward air punching rabble rousing anthems, whilst `I Believe In You' and the extra track `King Of Fools' are more honest, slower and introspective in approach.

This, unlike Stay Hungry, is not a classic album. It has fatal flaws in the one dimensional light production and the dire LOTP and BCTYS tracks, but ultimately it's minimum depth bubble gum approach makes it perfect fodder for yelling along to whilst driving the car.
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on 17 October 2014
I had this on vinyl back in 19 85 and now on cd I think this is one of the best ts albums songs like out in the streets and lookin out for number 1 fantastic songs we also have kill or be killed and leader of the pack re done from ruff cuts that been the weakest tune on this album all in all a realy great album.
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on 24 August 2014
Great
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on 8 August 2014
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