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Best of Vision
Released: 2000, Lion Music
I have recently had the pleasure to review ANOTHER DIMENSION, the latest CD from Lars Eric Mattsson. I enjoyed it so here I am with THE BEST OF VISION which also incluse Mattsson. This guy is a bundle of energy and always seems to be busy with one project or another. VISION was put together in 1992 after Mattsson had released 3 solo CDs but felt the need to work with an actual band. He recruited Conny Lind for vocal duties, Tony Mattsson: drums and Micke Ahlskog for the bass job. The band recorded its first self titled CD in 1992. The album did well in Japan and Europe but was never released in the United States because of the supposed death of hard rock and metal. Lots of money had been spent on the band by their record company and the lack of a U.S. release took its toll on the band and they broke up. First I will keep this simple by sticking with one vocalist at a time. the band did try a comeback in 1997 with a new vocalist but I will get to that in a minute. The Cd opens with the rocker "Fields of No Return". This is an infectious hard rocker with a catchy chorus and some great guitar work by Mattsson. "Round n’ Round" is one of those songs that if released 3 years earlier would probably have been a hit. Lind has a great voice that fits so well with this style of music. Rough and powerful yet with soul. "Sail Away" can be put right up there with "Round n’ Round" as potential hits if they had been release in 1989. A great power ballad. "Don’t Go" is a great mid tempo rocker that again focuses on the voice of Lind.
As I said earlier, Vision broke up and tried to reform in 1997. Conny Lind was unavailable for the vocal duties so Randolph Reymers was nabbed for the frontman position. They recorded the album TILL THE END OF TIME but didn;t get any farher than the studio and never went on tour. Stand out Reymers era tracks include "Surrender to Love" which is again a showcase of Reymers vocal talents. He doesn’t have the unique sound of Lind but he is no slouch. The ballad "Open Up Your Heart" which resembles Mattssons later work and the funky track "Angel in the Night".
Definitely the best era of Vision was with Conny Lind at the helm. The band had hit upon a great sound bujt unfortunatly could not get it to the people. With the reformation the uniquness that the band had on its first songs was missing. Reymers had a great voice but he just didn’t have the charisma of Lind. One thing that I didn’t like about this CD was the packaging. For a best of.. it would have been nice to at least include a biography of the band. There are a few small credits including what year each song was recorded but no mention of who played on each track or anything else for that matter. It seems like it was thrown together is a big hurry. The content cannot be faulted though. The predominance of ballads brings down the overall score for the disc as sometimes they seem too much alike but there are some great tracks from the early years of Vision that are a must hear for any fan of hard rock. http://www.lionmusic.com
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