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“Live At Wacken: The Reunion” (re-issue) by Twisted Sister

Artist: Twisted Sister
Title: “Live At Wacken: The Reunion” (re-issue)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 10/25/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Originally released in 2005 as a “dual disc” meaning one side was the DVD while the other the audio CD, Eagle Rock Entertainment has re-issued the Spitfire Records album by Twisted Sister entitled “Live At Wacken: The Reunion” as a double disc set. This time around the release comes housed in a clamshell DVD case and offers you both a DVD disc and the separate audio one and I think that they should have done this in the first place. Of course they very well might have, but I only saw the one that was a dual disc when I was shopping for my Metal. Since the content is exactly the same as the original issue, I decided to use most of my words from that review but bear in mind some of the thoughts have been modified to remain a little more current. Dig in.

As a Metal fan for a number of years, I remember the initial sense of excitement when Twisted Sister’s Reunion was announced for the “NY Steel 9-11″ Benefit Show” that was put together by radio deejay Eddie Trunk. They had been one of my very favorite bands for a long time and getting to see this classic N.Y.C. band perform again would be a treat for everyone who would be smart enough to catch them at this show since it also featured Ace Frehley, Overkill and Anthrax. This performance was followed up by the appearance of “Bent Brother” at L’Amour and this was a band that featured all the members of the classic lineup of Twisted Sister who would be using this name to rehearse a set of music for an upcoming world tour as Twisted Sister. My Friends and I attended this show en masse at the famous and now shuttered club and that makes me happy to proclaim that this CD/DVD is perfect way to recapture the reunion stuff the band has done since that time along with hearing some previously unavailable live music from the bands personal archives. Obviously the main highlight is the reunion footage that was held at the fabled Wacken Open Air festival and it does find the band hungry for blood once again. The DVD is exciting when you take it as a concert piece but one issue I had with it and failed to bring up the first time was how the live footage breaks back and forth between interviews with the band and that is annoying as hell. Granted the interviews are good to have but an option to watch the full concert would have been awesome instead of the way it was delivered. In terms of the set list performed its clear that all of the songs that you want to be there are present and as expected there is a strong concentration from the “Stay Hungry” album which gets six songs in full. As you watch it you are reminded of just how much of a kick ass band Twisted Sister is on the stage and it’s easy to see how they have remained so even this many years later. Once again wearing their signature makeup the group rockets through their most killer material from the seminal album and even knocks you out with songs like “You Cant Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “The Fire Still Burns”. Dee Snider is clearly the most energetic of the entire group, and one would expect this of the outspoken and impressive front man. The concert showcases his and the bands excitement and enthusiasm for Hard Rock and Metal music and it’s truly a must have for any Traditional (I mean “Old School”) fan and newbie alike.
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“Club Daze Vol.1: The Studio Sessions” by Twisted Sister

Artist: Twisted Sister
Title: “Club Daze V1”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 11/2/1999
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

It’s a sad fact that a majority of the world did not realize that Twisted Sister was a band long before the hit song “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. This song, which was released in 1990 on the “Stay Hungry” album was essentially featured on the group’s third album and there was so much music that was missed by the larger public. In dollars it did not matter for the album and songs included made them millionaires but in the music sense it was a shame that this material that pre-dated “Stay Hungry” was unavailable. I enjoyed Twisted Sister back in the day and remember searching Greenwich Village the day their very first album “Under The Blade” was released. Until that day, all I owned recording wise was a 4 song EP entitled “Ruff Cuts” and this is still a part of my collection to this very day. Spitfire Records gives us these impossible to find songs in one place on a collection that is an amazing part of Hard Rock history. Many of these songs were recorded before Twisted was even a signed band and these were released independently to the public. There was a lot of excellent stuff from this time period and now everyone stuff was excellent. This is a perfect CD for fans of pure Hard Rock and Roll done in its purest manner. Long-time fans of the group who might own some of this on now very old vinyl or cassette tapes will love the chance to hear “Come Back”, “Rock N Roll Saviors” and “Lady’s Boy” once again but on a cleaner and more produced release. Two of these tracks were from that classic vinyl EP “Ruff Cuts” but for some reason they cut the “Leader Of The Pack” rendition that was on this album. To this day I love the version of “Shoot ‘Em Down” from this album and can’t believe this was never a Rock Radio hit.
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“Live At Wacken: The Reunion” by Twisted Sister

Artist: Twisted Sister
Title: “Live At Wacken: The Reunion”
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 6/28/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

I remember the initial sense of Metal excitement when Twisted Sisters Reunion was announced for the “NY Steel 9-11″ Benefit Show”. They had been one of my very favorite bands for a long time and getting to see this classic N.Y.C. band perform again would be a treat for everyone who would be smart enough to catch them. This performance was followed up by the appearance of “Bent Brother” a band that featured all the members of the classic lineup of Twisted Sister who would be using this name to rehearse a set of music for a coming world tour as Twisted Sister. My Friends and I attended this show en masse at the famous L’Amour venue. I am happy to proclaim that this CD/DVD is perfect way to recapture the Reunion stuff they have done as well as hear some previously unavailable live music from the band archives.
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