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Infinite (Special Edition)
August 2010
Released: 2010, Armoury Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

It’s hard to believe that this fantastic album came out 10 years ago. It doesn’t seem that long ago to me when the band were at the height of their power. Through the magic of multiple record companies in multiple territories and multiple versions of the same album, Stratovarius have a very convoluted discography. Armoury now holds the rights to some Stratovarius material and the time is right to reissue this record. This is more of a public service announcement as the album was reviewed on this very site when it came out. Feel free to check out the original review. I’m also pairing this review with the POLARIS reissue that came out at the same time. Check out that review as well, if you wish.

The 2010 reissue is now a two-disc issue with the added disc having three of the five tracks on ‘Hunting High And Low’ EP/Single. Another two tracks are the ‘It’s A Mystery’ single which also appeared on INTERMISSION. The final two songs are live songs, which were originally found on the ‘A Million Light Years Away’ single. So what does all this mean? Basically the bonus disc is all the extra stuff from the album recording sessions and the three singles, but no new material. Still, it’s nice to have it all here in one place.

The packaging is intact with only a slight change in the cover art indicating that this is the ‘Special Edition’. It sounds great as ever and if you missed it the first time around, grab this one with the seven bonus tracks which by now are a decade out of print. You can’t go wrong.
Track Listing

1. Hunting High And Low
2. Millennium
3. Mother Gaia
4. Phoenix
5. Glory Of The World
6. A Million Light Years Away
7. Freedom
8. Infinity
9. Celestial Dream

Disc Two

1. Why Are We Here?
2. It's A Mystery
3. Neon Light Child
4. Hunting High And Low (Demo version)
5. Millennium (Demo Version)
6. Phoenix (Live)
7. Infinity (Live)


Timo Kotipelto-Vocals
Timo Tolkki-Guitar
Jari Kainulainen-Bass
Jens Johansson-Keyboards
Jorg Michael-Drums

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