1/19/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Twisted Sister “Still Hungry” Spitfire Records 2004 reviewed by: Ken Pierce
The main tracks that I felt suffered the most in the redo, was ones that most Sister fans have so embedded in their minds that it is hard to swallow a new version. In particular “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (with an extended guitar solo) and “Burn In Hell” (just lacking the anger and motivation that I felt made the original so special in the first place). When “Stay Hungry” was released, the band was still a hungry entity fighting its way in the music industry, you can’t simply go in and re-record these songs and expect them to be the same. It just cannot happen. Maybe Rush could pull it off, or Dream Theater, but not so much Twisted Sister.
The real highlight for me was the inclusion of some of the really old classic Twisted Sister numbers that were never placed on an official release before now. Many of the fans have had bootlegs of these tunes or live tapes that were taken from radio shows that were done very early in the bands career. Rough versions of these tracks are featured on the “Club Daze” V1 and V2, but this rendition holds them cleaner and with better production (well, they were just done so that makes sense). The placement of these songs on the redo just shine through the whole piece, especially “Come Back” and “You Know I Cry” (my favorites for almost XX years). These are killer tunes that fans of the group in the later years should certainly be exposed to. I know they have been featured in the touring set once again, and it’s nice to have a professionally recorded version of them to enjoy.
There is not much in the way of photographs on the piece, just the front and back cover. The front pic shows the band in makeup and without which is pretty cool. The booklet also includes lyrics to every song on the piece. This is similar to the original however it also includes the new bonus tracks. As my opinion was skewed on this release, I can only offer the following suggestion. If you purchase it (and you should based on the unreleased tracks) don’t discard your original “Stay Hungry” and instead use this as a measure against it. You decide if this way sounds better or not, and if you think not, as least you have some excellent bonus tracks that you would not hear anywhere else.
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--Ken Pierce 1.20.05
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