Twisted Sister ‘Best of the Atlantic Years’ announced

Rhino Records is celebrating Twisted Sister’s 40th anniversary with a 19 song collection that spotlights the band’s best with the August 26th release of Twisted Sister: The Best Of The Atlantic Years. “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” are among the tracks, in addition to the band’s previously unreleased cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild.”

In 1982, after years of honing their craft in New York-area clubs, Twisted Sister released their debut album, Under The Blade. Produced by UFO bassist Pete Way, this hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll manifesto exploded with riffs and street-tough attitude on “What You Don’t Know (Sure Don’t Hurt You),” “I’ll Never Grow Up Now!” and ‘”Sin After Sin.”

The core lineup – singer Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda, bassist Mark Mendoza and drummer A.J. Perro – returned a year later with the group’s Atlantic Records debut, You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll, which became the band’s first gold record. This new collection highlights three songs from the album: “I Am (I’m Me),” “The Kids Are Back,” along with the title track.

Stay Hungry was Twisted Sister’s third and best-selling album. Released in 1984 and produced by Tom Werman (Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick), the album went multi-platinum in the USA, with sales of more than three million. The album is well represented on Best of The Atlantic Years with six songs: “I Wanna Rock,” “The Price,” “SMF,” “The Beast,” “Burn In Hell” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

The second half of the compilation focuses on the band’s last two releases on Atlantic Records: the gold-certified Come Out & Play (1985) and Love Is For Suckers (1987). Among the highlights are: “You Want What We Got,” a cover of the Shangri-La’s “Leader Of The Pack,” “Hot Love” and “Love Is For Suckers.”


1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. I’ll Never Grow Up, Now!
3. Sin After Sin
4. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
5. I Am (I’m Me)
6. The Kids Are Back
7. I Wanna Rock
8. We’re Not Gonna Take It
9. The Price
10. S.M.F.
11. The Beast
12. Burn In Hell
13. Come Out And Play
14. Leader Of The Pack
15. The Fire Still Burns
16. You Want What We Got
17. Hot Love
18. Love Is For Suckers
19. Born To Be Wild – Previously Unreleased

Author: Buddy Iahn

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