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Under the Blade

Twisted SisterAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Known for their hits, "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock", the New York City metal band Twisted Sister come home for the holidays with their album, A TWISTED CHRISTMAS. This hard rocking glam band found their fame on MTV in the 1980s and has been performing on and off ever since.

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  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Eagle Records
  • ASIN: B004WJRJUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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1. What You Don't Know (Sure Can't 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. Day Of The Rocker
10. What You Don't Know (Sure Can't Hurt You) (Ruff Cutts Version)
11. Shoot `Em Down (Ruff Cutts Version)
12. Under The Blade (Ruff Cutts Version)
13. Leader Of The Pack (Ruff Cutts Version)
14. Shoot `Em Down (Live At Reading)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded two disc (CD/DVD) edition includes bonus tracks plus a bonus DVD. Under The Blade was Twisted Sister's debut studio album. Originally released on Secret Records in 1982. The album being released features the original UK release tracklisting, and includes the four tracks from the Ruff Cutts EP, which have never been on CD before, plus the live version of 'Shoot 'Em Down' from Reading in 1982. In addition there is previously unreleased bonus DVD of Twisted Sister's appearance at the 1982 Reading Festival, which also contains over 40 minutes of newly shot interviews with the band about the recording of Under The Blade and the Reading Festival

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Must For Twisted Sister's Loyal Fans". 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own for every SMF! 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the "original" Under the Blade!!! June 10, 2011
By WAM
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Hungry pales in comparison to this one! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good, but you can tell it was the ...
It was pretty good,but you can tell it was the first album.
Published 2 months ago by Raymond Britton III
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure classic
They just don't make 'em like this anymore. Twisted Sister is these days known as a glam band, which is a description that really sells the music short. Read more
Published 6 months ago by whiskeyfinder
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite!!
Under the blade was always one of my favorite songs!! great cd and any fan would love!!I highly recommend!!Good stuff.
Published 6 months ago by John Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars censored?
No reason to not give this 5 stars I guess, except that the F word at the end of "Shoot em Down" is censored. Not with a beep, but the vocals just drop out of the mix. Read more
Published 9 months ago by N. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Why The DVD!
I was wondering about Twisted Sister's Under The Blade. I was not happy because it has a DVD and i don't want that mess
besides a cd with bonus tracks please! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Trasaction went very well !
This was twisted sister first cd they put out. And i enjoyed every song and the cd. there good cd. If you are a t s fan like me you'll want to have this in your collection!
Published 13 months ago by Dean Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
re-mastering is great from original tracks, nice packing, and a great bonus dvd to boot!! bOTH CD & dvd QUALTY ARE EXCELLENT!!
Published 16 months ago by William S. Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars What's with censorship???
The album is good but it's censored. Why would you a censored album and not tell someone it is censored. Otherwise the album is great!
Published 20 months ago by Jeffrey J. Micke
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL SOUNDS RAW!
Even remastered this cd still sounds raw ! Under the Blade has some great songs on it What You Dont Know is one of the best opening songs for a concert that Ive ever heard and TS... Read more
Published 22 months ago by E. D. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Under The Blade!
This album is one of rock's greatest! It features some hard - rocking songs like "Under the blade" and "sin after sin". Read more
Published 23 months ago by TwistedELo
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