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Twisted Sister - 1983 You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll



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ARTIST: Twisted Sister
ALBUM: You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 7 80074-1 (LP), 7 80074-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1999, Spitfire, 5025-2 * 2011, Armoury, ARM250482

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dee Snider - vocals * Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda - guitars * Mark Mendoza - bass * A.J Pero - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Kids Are Back * 02 Like A Knife In The Back * 03 Ride To Live, Live To Ride * 04 I Am (I'm Me) * 05 The Power And The Glory * 06 We're Gonna Make It * 07 I've Had Enough * 08 I'll Take You Alive * 09 You're Not Alone (Suzette's Song) * 10 You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll

WEBLINKS: www.twistedsister.com


Background
Well, I will admit to falling under the spell of the krazed klown outfit Twisted Sister. Their back-history goes way back to 1972. You can read it here. Back at the turn of the decade, the New York band had travelled to England to sign with small Brit label Secret Records, after doing well putting bums on sets at various venues around the city that never sleeps. 'Under The Blade' was the resultant album, and during the early 80's TS got heavier and heavier. A far cry from their days where doing Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper covers was their bread and butter. After the 'Under The Blade' release, Atlantic Records came calling, and a deal was struck, culminating in this excellent set 'You Can't Stop Rock N Roll'. The difference between 'Under The Blade' and this album was like night and day. The Tom Werman production lifts TS to a whole new level.


The Songs
When returning on a nostalgia trip to this album after 32 years, I wasn't expecting much. Man was that impression given a huge kick up the arse! This is as good as heavy metal from 1983 than many others. I loved Dio in 1983, so too Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Krokus, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Saxon, Thin Lizzy.. all heavy-hitters during 1983, and you can add Twisted Sister into the crockpot! There's no real weakness on this album. All the tracks are even more memorable than my booze infused youth from three decades ago. Anthems such as 'The Kids Are Back', 'Ride To Live, Live To Ride' and the party special (and single) 'I Am (I'm Me)' are all rabble rousers from that year. 'The Power And The Glory' is not a Saxon rehash, but TS's very own power rocker. 'We're Gonna Make It' kicks serious ass, while the very heavy 'I'll Take You Alive' is Judas Priest revisited. This could've been outsourced from JP's fantastic 'Point Of Entry' album. To top it off, the title track 'You Can't Stop Rock N Roll' excels as another anthem that causes cerebral overload. Oh dear, where's the wet cloth?


In Summary
Without doubt, 'You Can't Stop Rock N Roll' is a fantastic LP, and increased their stocks in the heavy metal industry. The same couldn't be said for their dress sense.. lol! Becoming even more bizarre and macabre into the next year and beyond. As most of us know, TS earned the wrath and ire of Tipper Gore and PMRC, but not before the band went up another notch with 1984's 'Stay Hungry', which we'll get to soon..


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#1 | gdazegod on December 14 2015 09:14:26
Twisted Sister - 1983 I Am (I'm Me)
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#2 | gdazegod on December 14 2015 09:15:35
Twisted Sister - 1983 I'll Take You Alive
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiP_QNjrOSA[/movie]
 
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