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Blast From the Past [Import, Extra tracks]

Gamma RayAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks
  • Label: Jvc Japan / Modern Music
  • ASIN: B00004VUKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome
2. Lust For Live
3. Heaven Can Wait
4. Heading For Tomorrow
5. Chances
6. Rich & Famous (Bonus)
7. One With The World
8. Dream Healer
9. Tribute To The Past
10. Last Before The Storm
11. Healme
12. Rebellion In Dreamland
13. Man On A Mission
14. Land Of The Free
15. Silence
16. Beyond The Black Hole
17. Somewhere Out In Space
18. Valley Of The Kings
19. Anywhere In The Galaxy
20. Send Me A Sign
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Japanese Version Featuring A Bonus Track: Rich & Famous.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost a brand new album! July 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Make no mistake - all bands should make "Best Of"albums as good as this one. There is so much new material on thisdouble-disc LP it could qualify as a new studio album.
Disc One has re-recorded versions of songs from the first three studio albums. Not only do they feature Kai on vocals, there are many arrangement changes, new guitar solos, and even a few new lyrics! I'll leave it to the listener to decide which are better, the originals or these new versions - but they are definately different from each other. These songs stand on their own, which sets this album apart from BOAs from other bands. As Kai Hansen says in the album booklet, these songs have been reinterpreted for Gamma Ray, circa 2000. Very cool.
Disc 2 has three more re-recordings from the "Land of the Free" LP. Subtle differences and better production quality enhance these songs. Plus, Disc 2 features "The Silence '95" previously available only on the "Silent Miracles" EP. The rest of the tracks are remastered selections from "Somewhere Out In Space" and "Powerplant".
All of the tracks were chosen by the fans through Gamma Ray's fanclub website... so it's a safe bet the track selection will be pleasing for most fans.
If you want an introduction to Gamma Ray, then this is your best bet. If you're a die-hard, long-time fan like me, get this album - there are plenty of new surprises to make it well-worth your money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Greatest! October 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Gamma Ray have done what they were supposed to do. They Mixed the Old songs and remastered them for this Best Of album, and they re-performed the chosen songs. Gamma Ray have had two vocalist since they were formed, current vocal Kai Hansen has a great voice and his screams are enough to get you moving. In this Best Of, we have all songs from the first album the last one (Powerplant). CD 1 is recorded in 2000 while CD 2 is mastered and it has much better sound quality than original recordings. If you are a Beginner, I say GET THIS! because re-done songs are done so well, and old recordings are mixed perfectly. Get Heading for Tomorrow first though, because this CD has 5 Heading for Tomorrow songs and they are slightly(-exept heading for tomorrow song is changed a little) different than original versions, you'll hear the difference and will be able to judge whose voice goes with which song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About what you'd expect from this kind of talent October 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to this alubm about six months ago and thought it was decent. It was the first time I'd ever listened to Gamma Ray and only really checked it out because I had just begun listning to Iron Savior and I knew this was Kai's other band. On a whim the other day I went back and listened to it again and something strange happened. I actually remembered most of the songs. Considering that I had only heard this record once before half a year previously, only half paying attention while I was playing Diablo II no less, I was quite impressed. I'm not talking about just singing along by the end of the song, I knew what was coming next and I was singing from the very beginning. I can only chalk this up to Kai's ability to write extremely catchy and memorable songs, this guy really is a genius like everyone says. My personal experience aside, this is some of the best powermetal you can possibly find with great guitar and memorable melodic song structures. I've heard some people complain about Kai's singing ability but I've got no problems with it, he may not be one of the best around but he's certainly more than competent. My only gripe with the compilation is that the first disk is rather heavily laden with more melodic tracks and ballads. If you're a fan of the "happier" side of powermetal then this won't be a problem but I prefer the heavier driving style which is much more prevalent on disk 2. Great stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The packaging of this album is really beautiful. The booklet with all the lyrics was a wonderful surprise, since seldom this is seen in a "Best Of..." release. The introductory words of Kai Hansen in the booklet are very concise and warm. I give to the presentation of the box five stars, in spite of that monster showing Iron Maiden reminiscences, which is something I don't like from the very beginning of Gamma Ray (GR).
The selection of GR themes is not bad, though I'm in the set of people that would prefer more diversity, mostly in the CD two, where all the pieces after the "The Silence" have the same "taste". Anyway, I like them all, and I think that mostly for Power Metal fans the entire album is a must-have. If you feel some nostalgy for the old Helloween, buy this album and you won't be disappointed. This album is a very good one, and Hansen has the right of even inviting Michael Kiske to be his vocal pal in "The Land Of The Free". I only have one bad think to point out: while the guitar work of every piece is really good and impeccable, I find many solos and riffs a tad boring, since they're too long and repetitive. This was a problem for me to 100% tolerate Helloween and Iron Maiden, and sadly Hansen brought the same thing to GR. However, I forgive him for the sake of good music.
Some words appart deserve the vocal works of Kai Hansen, which are particularly brilliant in the remakes of those songs that Ralph Scheepers sang once. In spite of Hansen limitations (compared to Scheepers' skills, of course!), Hansen's vocals rock! I remember Kai Hansen in the first Helloween EP, and I can see a very positive evolution. Now in GR he's really great!
This album can be qualified as a classic of modern times. I give four stars and a half to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Model of an Excellent "Best Of" Album
Looking at the price on this one, I'm really glad I got my copy of it before Gamma Ray got so fashionable. Holy Moses. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anton Lord Toasterforce
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of, as voted by you!
Now this is a cool marketing move/way of doing things. After ten years of Gamma Ray we get the best of album. but with a twist. Read more
Published on May 25, 2007 by Paul Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars can Gamma Ray please everybody?
Gamma Ray decided it was time to put out a "best of" collection; but they did it in a pretty interesting/annoying way. first of all, they let the fans choose the songs. Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by J. Holmes
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes great, sometimes boring
For those of you who may not know it, GAMMA RAY is Kai Hansen's band. And Kai Hansen was the brain behind HELLOWEEN, the band the practically "invented" european power /... Read more
Published on December 24, 2002 by Gergellor
5.0 out of 5 stars bang your skull, fast, hard, melodious, high quality
Let me start saying that, to what my taste respects, Kai Hansen is the gratest composer of our times, the melodies, rhythms and lyrics he writes are just amazing. Read more
Published on December 3, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars This is supposed to be metal???!!
I know I'm going to get negative reviews by posting this, but oh well, it's better to be truthful. My first Gamma Ray album was "No World Order" and I've got to say I loved it. Read more
Published on November 26, 2002 by Eriban
5.0 out of 5 stars BLAST FROM GERMANY!!!
KAI HANSEN - The Ultimate God of European Heavy Metal. Nobody in his clear conscience can dispute this argument. Read more
Published on June 25, 2002 by M. Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars Should appeal to a variety of people
My only complaint about this cd is that it does not list what cd a particular song on it came from i.e. it has no "taken from the .... cd" info... Read more
Published on June 12, 2002 by S M
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast From The Past, Gem For The Future!
This is a masterpiece! Power Metal a level higher! This was my first Gamma Ray album, and I'd say it's the best! Read more
Published on September 2, 2001 by "the-migrator"
5.0 out of 5 stars Value for the money - and the ears
Funny - This is actually the first album by Gamma Ray that I've bought...and somehow it feels like I don't have to buy any other. Read more
Published on October 14, 2000 by Natron
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