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Released: 1999, Sanctuary
Another CD full of covers but one with a difference. It is from the mighty Helloween. The idea behind this CD was that the band would make a disc of their favorite songs to mark their fifteenth anniversary. It was purely for their own personal enjoyment. The band had 36 songs to choose from at the end of the recording sessions. Eleven of these songs found their way onto Metal Jukebox with the remainder being used as future b sides. They have a wide variety of artists represented ranging from fellow countrymen The Scorpions to Swedish pop icons Abba.
The disc begins with "He’s a woman, She’s a man" by The Scorpions. They do a respectable version of this tune with some nice double bass drumming. Next up is "Locomotive Breath" by Jethro Tull, who will always be indelibly implanted in my mind as the band who beat Metallica for the first Heavy Metal Grammy. I mean, come on!! This is a rather forgettable version of a forgettable song. "Lay all you love on me" by Abba is the next tune. Not too bad. Has to be better than the original. I bet there was no double bass drums in the Abba version. Again pretty forgettable. So far everything is pretty forgettable. The band then rolls through versions of "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, "From Out of Nowhere" by Faith No More, "All My Loving" the Beatles, "Hocus Pocus" by Focus, Alex Harvey’s "Faith Healer", "Juggernaut" by Frank Marino, The Cream’s "White Room" and finally "Mexican" by Babe Ruth. The Bowie tune is surprisingly good while they cannot do justice to "From Out of Nowhere." Again the rest are forgettable. Forgettable! Seems to be a reoccurring theme.
When I got the CD I couldn’t wait to hear it. My curiosity had gotten the better of me. When I did finally listen to the disc I realized that one listen was enough. My curiosity had been satisfied and there was nothing really to make me want to listen to this over and over and over. I’m sure that the CD represents some of the favorite songs of the band but after the initial interest wears off all that is left is a bunch of forgettable cover songs.
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