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TWISTED SISTER Stay Hungry Rhino (2009)

Twisted Sister

Amazingly this two disc version of the classic 'Stay Hungry' marks the album's 25th anniversary and the songs still sound damn fine. The one issue down the years though has been the original production by Tom Werman, so much so that band re-recorded the whole album as 'Still Hungry' in 2004. This version is remastered plus you get a second CD that includes fifteen unreleased songs plus a radio link and the new song '30' (a more rocking version of the song Dee Snider used on a country music reality show). '30' is a great song, maybe not a sing-a-long anthem like 'I Wanna Rock' but it shows the band can still rock like muthas. There is even a hidden eighteenth track 'Lollipop Guild' which features Dee Snider(?) doing a helium influenced version of the Munchkins bizarre.

The original album is one of the band's best for me with two classics in 'I Wanna Rock' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It' plus the 'Horror-Teria' which later resurfaced in Dee Snider's 'Strangeland' movie. 'Burn In Hell' and 'SMF' are another couple of great fist in the air anthems although their power ballad 'The Price' still doesn't cut it even all these years later. Twisted Sister are better at rocking out than lighters in the air.

The bonus CD is on the whole very good considering these are all demos in the main. 'Death From Above' and 'Our Voice Will Be Heard' with a bit more studio polish could have easily made the album, both are classic Twisted Sister hard rockers. The demo versions, which include 'The Price' and 'SMF', don't differ much apart from in the production values from their final versions.

A great package for any fan and even if you own the album you'll want it again for the bonus CD with its unreleased songs. Ideally some background on each song would have been good although the sleeve notes do give an interesting insight to the band and the album's creation at that point in time.

****½

Review by Jason Ritchie


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