Released: 2011, Eagle Rock Entertainment / Armoury Records
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Eagle Rock Entertainment has recently re-released CLUB DAZE VOLUME 1: THE STUDIO SESSIONS by Twisted Sister, originally released back in 1999 via Spitfire Records. This collection features thirteen early studio recordings of songs that made up Twisted Sister's live repertoire in the early club days of the New York glam rock pioneers.
The accompanying booklet features liner notes by guitarist Jay Jay French as well as noted heavy metal journalist/guru Martin Popoff. The booklet also features many early historical photo montages of Twisted Sister, further showcasing a band poised for future world domination.
Many of these songs would go on to become future hits and live staples for the band such as "Shoot 'Em Down" "Under The Blade" and "Leader Of The Pack". It's worth noting that even though these tracks were recorded in the late seventies and early eighties, the sound quality is sonically consistent with many major label players at the time and are well above your average demo quality bonus track fodder. This is very well engineered material and it shows in the end result.
CLUB DAZE VOLUME 1: THE STUDIO SESSIONS is probably not the place to start for those unfamiliar with Twisted Sister as their future studio releases are far more accessible and catchy even, but longtime supporters of the band would do well to secure a copy as this release is a treasure trove of sorts of historical hard rocking importance.