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Under The Blade [CD/DVD Combo]

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Armoury Records
  • ASIN: B004WJRJUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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**At the time I wrote this review this was selling for $3.99**
First of all this is NOT the Atlantic records version. This album has sold over 2 million copies. Atlantic records & Warner international are not going to turn over their master tapes to bottom feeders like Eagle Rock.
Eagle Rock obtained these tapes from Jay Jay French & French Management Enterprises then did the remastering themselves. The copyright on this copy is 1982. The Atlantic version is copyright 1982 & 1985. The reason being that Atlantic didn't release this album until after Stay Hungry.
This CD is missing the song "I'll Never Grow Up" which Atlantic shoved on the album at the last minute.
So what does all of this mean? It means this is as close to the original as you're going to get w/o shelling out a small fortune.
Anybody that claims this to be the Atlantic recordings is sadly mistaken.
Sorry to burst a few bubbles but what I speak is truth.
Now as for my 5 star rating. For $3.99 this CD not only contains the full copy of Under the Blade (minus I'll Never Grow Up). It contains the full Ruff Cuts EP as well as a DVD from the the 1982 Reading Festival.
The picture quality of the DVD is "Ruff" but the audio exceeded my expectations. The Sister is pumped up for this concert. Raw Power! With Fast Eddie Clark, Pete Way, & Lemmy coming out for the finale of the Stones cover It's Only Rock and Roll.
Like I said $3.99 for all of this? Plus Auto-Rip?
Its almost to good to be true.
So come on you SMF pinch yourself & make sure your not dreaming.
Then throw it in the basket & proceed straight to check out.
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