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Fair Warning
Best And More
February 2013
Released: 2012, SPV
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Early in the year can be a bit of a slower time for releases and I’m going to take the time to get through a bit of a backlog of five releases that in my estimation are not quite as important, but still worth discussing for the fans. I’m speaking specifically of a batch of five double-disc compilations (Collections, Greatest Hits, Best of’s, contractual obligation albums, whatever you want to call them) by some veteran Metal bands; specifically Angra, Circle II Circle, Evergrey, Fair Warning and Royal Hunt. I’ll be blunt, I only have the digital copies of these collections. Everyone knows the true value of these types of collections is found in the presentation (packaging, essays, liner notes, photos etc) and of course, the amount of rare or unreleased material such has new songs, live songs, rare songs, bonus videos or even DVD’s. So, in one sense, these quick reviews are incomplete, public service announcements because I’m only basing these reviews on the digital copies. Please enjoy all the five reviews in this mini-feature but take into account my rating is not necessarily just for the music but the execution of what is essentially re-releasing old songs.



Germany's Fair Warning has put out six albums and this is their fourth compilation! BEST AND MORE is essentially a 20th anniversary collection. The 32-song set spans two discs and the run time is about 2 and half hours, so it is a pretty good value. The collection has songs from all six studio albums and all four live albums which seems very odd, when collections include tracks from live albums. There is only one unreleased song, a live version of a little song called ‘Rock and Roll’ by Led Zeppelin. Not all that thrilling. There are a couple of rare songs single versions of ‘Children’s Eyes’ and ‘Light In The Dark’, so really on this 2.5 hour disc there is only 3:11 of unreleased music; a live cover tune.



The track breakdown is as follows.



FAIR WARNING (3 songs)

LIVE IN JAPAN (2 songs)

RAINMAKER (2 songs)

LIVE AT HOME (2 songs)

GO! (6 songs)

LIVE AND MORE (4 songs)

FOUR (2 songs)

BROTHERS KEEPER (2 songs)

AURA (3 songs)

LIVE IN TOKYO (3 songs)

2 singles and one unreleased song.



As with any collection your desire to get this will be based on how much of the catalogue you already own. I don’t think it is worth it myself and the track list is weighted too heavily to the live albums. BEST AND MORE is a good place to start for new fans of the band and that is about it.
Track Listing

Disc One

1. Burning Heart
2. Save Me
3. All on Your Own
4. Longing for Love
5. When Love Fails
6. Angels of Heaven
7. Out on the Run
8. Don´t Give Up
9. Long Gone
10. Generation Jedi
11. Don´t Keep Me Waiting
12. Still I Believe
13. Heart on the Run
14. Here Comes the Heartache
15. I´ll Be There
16. I Fight
17. The Way You Want It

Disc Two

1. Rock' n' Roll
2. A Little More Love
3. Come on
4. The Heart of Summer
5. Angel of Dawn
6. The Call of the Heart
7. Rain Song
8. Like a Rock
9. Out of the Night
10. Meant to Be
11. Don´t Count on Me
12. Just Another Perfect Day
13. Light in the Dark
14. Man on the Moon
15. Children´s Eyes

Lineup

Various

Other reviews

» 4
by Rick

» Complete Best-A Decade of Fair Warning
by JP

» S/T (2006 Remaster)
by Anders Sandvall

» Rainmaker (2006 Remaster)
by Anders Sandvall

» Brothers Keeper
by Anders Sandvall

» Best And More
by JP


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