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Under the Blade Import

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Japanese only SHM pressing. Features 24-bit mastering and packaged in a paper sleeve. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.

1. What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. Bad Boys (Of Rock 'n' Roll)
3. Run for Your Life
4. Sin After Sin
5. Shoot 'Em Down
6. Destroyer
7. Under the Blade
8. Tear It Loose
9. I'll Never Grow Up Now!
10. Day of the Rocker

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002BD4UJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Allanach on June 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Let's clear a couple of things up first. For starters, the artwork associated with this release shows the 1985 US remix version artwork. The artwork that is actually on the package is, in fact, the original artwork used (blue Twisted Sister logo) for the original UK Secret Records release from 1981. This is also the re-mastered version of that same original Secret Records mix so for those of you that never cared for the US remix (like me), then you're in luck!

OK. Now down to business. "Under the Blade" has never been known for its great production values. It's more about the energy and the rawness of the music. This album always has had and still does have a very New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound and feel to it. If you love the first Iron Maiden album or that first Def Leppard record or some of those Saxon albums, then this one will fit right in with your collection. The re-mastering brings out more low-end than the original version and it sounds a bit more full. The drums really benefit as they sound more powerful and the sound overall has a little more "beef" to it. Short of the band going back in and re-recording this album, this is probably about as good as it's going to get. And even if they did re-record it, I highly doubt that they would be able to re-capture the energy that they had during the original recording. And I can't see how Dee would ever re-create those screams he lets out during the title track. The second one has to be one of the greatest screams in rock and roll history! I'm not going to go thru a track by track review because if you've gotten to this point, you're already familiar with them. But if you've got a nice sounding system and a subwoofer, "Destroyer" will rattle your windows and piss off the neighbors!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on June 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The heavy metal band from the 80s Twisted Sister has re-issued their 1982 debut album 'Under The Blade'. It's digitally well remastered plus 4 never before released tracks from the Ruff Cutts EP, namely "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You" (marginally better than the album version), "Shoot 'Em Down" (great version, wonderful guitar & melody. Much better than the album version.), "Under The Blade" (great melodical guitar, again much better than the album version. The base track of this song sounds like that of U2's "Bullet The Blue Sky" which was released only later in 1987, so may be U2 was inspired by this track) & "Leader Of The Pack" (cover version of this 60s classic). There is also "Shoot 'Em Down(Live at Reading)" (a great live version, they can really play magnificently live!). The tracklisting used in this re-issue is the UK version (Twisted Sister was for practical purposes overshadowed by the legendary heavy metal band Kiss in the US & they 'felt they had more success' in UK & Europe, hence may be this preference). The bonus DVD has 1982 live at Reading concert (they really can have fun & entertain, great perfomances considering this was at their neophyte year. This material has never been released before plus some recent interview of this band). On overall, loyal fans of Twisted Sister now have the band's debut album remastered (UK tracklisting) plus 4 previously unreleased Ruff Cutts EP tracks & a bonus DVD of their performance at Reading in 1982, a must sought after collection by all Twisted Sister fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Kanish on January 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to buy the original Secret Records release on vinyl as an import from Italy back in the 80s and I am so happy that I still have it because I really don't like what was done to this album in the remastering process. All of the raw intensity has been stripped away in favor of way too much reverb on the drums and vocals, ostensibly to "clean up" the sound. UTB was not a clean-sounding album to begin with and that was part of why it succeeded so well. Sadly, this happens with way too many remasters -- reverb effects or drum triggers that did not exist in the original production are added supposedly to modernize the production and, in every case where this is done, it detracts from what made the album so great so many years ago. I don't know if a CD has ever been released with the original mixes of these tunes, so you may have no choice but to hear it only in its remastered form. Fortunately the tunes are great and, if you've never heard what the original mix sounded like, you won't know what you're missing anyway so definitely buy it on the strength of the tunes. Me...I'll stick to my vinyl copy thank you very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WAM on June 10, 2011
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I will keep this short & sweet. This is the ORIGINAL Under the Blade that has been out of print for decades. It is raw & in your face. Sounds a hundred times better than the 1985 remixed version (which I always thought sounded too perfect & way too polished). Bonus tracks just add to the greatness of this album. This has always been my favorite Twisted Sister album. Now it is remasterd & re-released in all it's glory. PLAY IT LOUD MUTHA!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina M. Johnson on September 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I probably should have said it in my first review, but I'm really a 14 year old kid using my mom's account.

My older sister had the album Stay Hungry when I was little, and I found myself listening to it quite a bit. Last Christmas I got my own copy of it, and this got me interested to see what other music Dee Snider and the gang had come out with. So, I found this album, Under the Blade. The title track caught my interest the first time I listened to the 30-second preview, and once I got my hands on the CD I found "Under the Blade" to be my all-time favorite Twisted Sister song. My other favorites on this album are "Run for your Life", "Bad Boys (of Rock N Roll)", and "Shoot Em Down".

The one and only thing that disappointed me about this album was the sound (or lack thereof) that the snare drum made. Just imagine if that sound was replaced with the roaring snare sound that they had on Love is for Suckers! It's good regardless of the snare, but I think it might have been better if they got a louder sound for when they remastered it. Everything else, I think, is top notch, except for the lyrics that were included. Like I said in my last review for Love is for Suckers, the lyrics are missing lines, have wrong words etc.

Despite these two points, Twisted Sister's debut album made it to the top of my favorites list. I think Under the Blade far outdoes Stay Hungry, even though that was TS's biggest hit.
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