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Master of Disguise Original recording remastered, CD+DVD, Original recording reissued

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Disc: 1
1. Master Of Disguise
2. One False Move
3. Love Is A Crime
4. Sins Of The Flesh
5. Phantoms
6. Never Too Young
7. Be One Of Us
8. Psychodrama
9. Waiting In The Wings
10. Roll Over And Play Dead
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Making Of Master Of Disguise (bonus dvd)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, CD+DVD, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000MMLPAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had originally written off Lizzy Borden as not being worth my time, largely due to Lizzy's over-the-top image and theatrics. A friend tried to get me interested in the band's early albums a few years back, but it just wasn't working for me. Then one day I ran across a copy of Master of Disguise for $1.99 and figured I'd give it a try. I couldn't believe what I was hearing! This was no poor man's KISS or Twisted Sister reject; this was a serious metal album!

Master of Disguise is traditional metal with a power metal edge and the sophistication of progressive metal. It wasn't quite a concept album, but I kept thinking of Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime as I listened to it. Not that it sounds like Queensryche, or that it is as influential as Mindcrime; it just had that same aura of maturity and intelligence that was relatively lacking in most other 1989 metal albums.

I could see this album appealing to a variety of metal fans. Fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and other traditional metal bands will enjoy the album's classic metal sound. Fans of Queensryche, Fates Warning, and other progressive metal bands will enjoy the intelligent lyrics and symphonic arrangements; though I should point out that Lizzy's band doesn't have the technical prowess that most prog bands have. Power metal fans should enjoy all of the above.

The 2007 reissue of Master of Disguise is a real treat. The main attraction is that the album has been given a much needed digital remastering that brings the sound quality to a level with most of today's releases. You also get a pair of bonus tracks - a spooky slow tune called Vampire's Kiss and a brief orchestral postlude called (appropriately enough) The Orchestra, which serves as a fitting end to this ambitious album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1998
Format: Audio CD
With this CD, Lizzy shows he can also be a mature songwriter, as many of the lyrics are well written and structured. The music on this CD is dark and moody, which shows this artist can do much more than your typical metal. I loved this cd because it not only was strong lyrically and musically as demonstrated by the songs Phantoms, Master Of Disguise, Love Is A Crime and Never Too Young. It was also a cd you would not mind listening to more often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 8daysawk on March 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Many people wrote off Lizzy Borden in the mid-80's as another lousy, Hollywood hair metal band stuck on gore and killing. Well "Master of Disguise" puts that baby to rest. "Mature" is the most apt description for this metal wonderment. While more of a solo Lizzy effort than a "Lizzy Borden the band" release, "Master of Disguise" raised the level of metal songwriting to a new high in 1989. Too bad few other bands of that era except Queensryche were capable of this kind of storytelling. From the opening title track to the ending song "We Got the Power", Lizzy takes us for a journey through the underworld of Vampires and Sex addiction. Heavy stuff for a guy who wrote "Give "Em the Ax" just 3 years earlier.

Lizzy paints lush, audio soundscapes ranging from outright power metal to soft and delicate emotionalism. Some songs do segue from one to another with sound effects or background ambience, but to me that just adds to the storytelling. Lizzy's vocals on this are nothing short of spectacular. He is a truly a very underrated singer. Some look at the added horns or orchestration as a bad thing but to me it just showed Lizzy was growing and expanding his musical palette. This isn't a pure metal album. Its progressive in its approach and delivery. I have been playing this album once every few months since 1989, and I never tire of it.

I saw the band live supporting this record back '89 and they did almost the entire album - and it went over well - sampled orchestration and all.

Lizzy has ventured more mainstream nowadays with his new band "Starwood" but "Master of Disguise" was his crowning achievement. Pick it up for $6.00 used, slap on some headphones and enjoy the truly lost art of mature metal songwriting. Pick up the album before this "Visual Lies" as its another Lizzy masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on April 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I first stumbled across Lizzy Borden, my first reaction was hey Bette Midler wants her hair back....but then I listend to Master of Disguise and Visual Lies and was blown away. M of D is a great album, not typical to 80's hair metal. With orchestral intros, horn sections and haunting lyrics this disc reminds me a good deal of "Sad Wings of Destiny" era Judas Priest. These aren't songs made for radio fodder, they all have legs. 15 years later they still sound fresh and original. Master of Disguise opens the disc and really sets the mood with a great hook. One False Move is a quick tune that comes in under 2 minutes but is so damn haunting I keep humming the opening bass line (which to me sounds a lot like the Halloween Movie theme slowed way down). What I like most about this album and Visual Lies is they both seem to revolve around a theme. M of D is not a concept album, but an album where all of the songs revolve around an idea. If you have never heard Lizzy Borden, or just thought Lizzy was another 80's Ratt wannabe, buy this disc, give it a listen. Lizzy has more in common with late mid to late 70's metal than he does with the hair metal scene. You won't be able to get this album or these songs out of your head for a long time.
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