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Review of the 2011 Special edition CD + DVD,
This review is from: Under The Blade (Special Edition Cd Bonus Dvd) (Audio CD)
This 2011 release of the Twisted Sister debut album "Under the blade" contains the original mix from the original 1982 Secret Records album. Not to be confused with the earlier CD-versions containing the 1985 remix of the album.
This album is full of raw energy, and killer songs, which instantly made me a fan of Twisted Sister back in the 80's. Here's everything from the slow, heavy Destroyer, via mid-tempo rockers like Sin after sin and Bad boys (Of rock n' roll), and the fast and furious Tear it loose, featuring a twin-solo by Jay Jay French and "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motorhead.
Some people might not like the production, which can be described as raw and dirty sounding, yet powerful.
Still, I love the songs and the vibe and energy on this recording. A killer debut, and among my all-time favorite albums.
As a bonus on this CD, you get the "Ruff cutts" EP, a compilation of 4 demo-songs, and also a live version of the song "Shoot'em down".
As for the bonus DVD, it contains a recording of the band's performance at the 1982 Reading Festival, in England.
I was especially looking forward to this, but I was a bit disappointed.
The audio is full of overdubs, and most of the rhythm guitars is obviously re-recorded. I also suspect that the bass parts and some solos are newly added overdubs.
So I didn't get the "live" experience I was hoping for. Why not release the video/DVD with the original audio?
But it is great fun to watch the band in the days just before the rollercoaster-ride to stardom started.
Also, there are new interviews with the band members, telling stories from the Reading Festival and the recording of "Under the blade".