“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.

The players on this piece are mostly names you know with Dee Snider, J.J. French, Eddie Ojeda and Mark Mendoza. The only main difference is that drums are done by Tony Petri and not A.J. Pero. The CD comes with a highly detailed liner notes section and some comments on the various tracks by French and veteran music writer Martin Popoff. There are a ton of photos from this period in the bands life and many of the clubs that they used to perform at are listed. That alone will take you back should you have been a fan from way back. If I can draw some criticism on the CD it would have to be based on the omission of tracks like “Plastic Money” and “You Know I Cry” which I have long been a fan of. Otherwise this is a must have for any fans of Twisted Sister, new and old. I highly recommend this as you will not find these tracks anywhere else.

Track Listing:
1. Come Back
2. Pay the Price
3. Rock N Roll Saviors
4. High Steppin’
5. Big Gun
6. T.V. Wife
7. Can’t Stand Still
8. Follow Me
9. I’ll Never Grow Up Now
10. Lady’s Boy
11. Under The Blade
12. Shoot ‘Em Down

Official Web site: www.TwistedSister.com
Official Web site: www.DeeSnider.com

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