Club Daze Volume II: Live in the Bars
Review by Scott Prinzing
Originally released in 2001, this disc will be a “must have” for any Twisted Sister fan. How many of your favorite bands recorded live shows broadcast on the radio years before their first vinyl was released? The bulk of this collection is from a 1979 broadcast that had been sitting in a closet for over 20 years! The band sounds tight, fresh and hungry. It’s the classic lineup with the exception of the drum stool commandeered by Tony Petri on all the live songs.
Most of these songs were new to me, so I tried to imagine myself back in high school, listening to this on a midnight broadcast, wondering how it would have sounded without the visual presentation that came with most of our first exposure to them on MTV. I think I would have sought out a better copy than what I would have gotten with my mono Radio Shack tape recorder. Now, I just need to pick up a copy of Volume I. Bassist Mark Mendoza did a fine job of cleaning up the original recordings. The last four tracks suffer a bit from the original, compressed radio broadcasts, preserved on cassette tapes. The real gems of this 13-song set are the last two covers.