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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000026CJB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1 x CD Album, Reissue
Europe

1The Final Countdown5:10
2Rock The Night4:03
3Carrie4:30
4Danger On The Track3:45
5Ninja3:46
6Cherokee4:13
7Time Has Come4:01
8Heart Of Stone3:46
9On The Loose3:08
10Love Chaser3:27

Customer Reviews

They mixed pop like vocals which made the songs catchy and the amazing guitar riffs in the back.
Pat Ginnard
Yes, Europe did power ballads as well, and I'm torn between the title track and the strained-relationship song "Carrie" as my favorite number here.
Daniel J. Hamlow
"The Final Countdown" is a melodic AOR album from a band whose majority of recordings were in the Hard Rock genre.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on July 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
OK, having lived in the 1980's, this shouldn't come as a big surprise, but despite how this genre of music and style of musicians has been dismissed as kitsch and cheese, I'll come straight out with it: I like hair bands. There, I've said it, and one of the groups that may have served as the classic case was Europe, hailing from Stockholm.
I could not get enough of the title track, which had hit #1 in the UK. The booming bass synthesizer, then the majestic (some might call it bombastic), brass-like synths kicking in, then a voice counting down to 0, before the drums join the anthem-like synths, taking full control. I was slowly dipping my toe in metal at this point and was totally able to handle this, what was derisively called hard metal, or even pop metal. Anyway, the apocalyptic song about leaving Earth because "there is no one to blame" reflects an Earth scorched by WW3. John Norum's blistering guitar solo is also a highlight.
The pounding "Rock The Night" has a beat like some of Survivor's anthems, although its awash with guitars chugging and squealing over the place. The opening lyrics "I've gone through changes/I've gone through pain/.../I'm in a rage up from my head down to my toes" reflected the way I felt then, and I must confess, right now. That John Norum could play!
Yes, Europe did power ballads as well, and I'm torn between the title track and the strained-relationship song "Carrie" as my favorite number here. I'm reminded of other emotional power ballads such as those by Heart and Damn Yankees' "High Enough" for the potency this has. Apart from Joey Tempest's vocals, the rest of the group engage in some Queen-type harmonies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By eric_f on September 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Final Countdown by Europe is a perfect example of a milestone 80's glam-rock album that's just as enjoyable to listen to today as it was back when it was first released. This is atmospheric, melodic hair band rock at its best. And unlike other hair bands from the 80's, The Final Countdown isn't pure cheese. Ok, perhaps there's *some* cheese here and there. But then again that's what made the 80's so fun. I for one won't ever condemn that.

One thing I've always loved about The Final Countdown is the keyboard arrangements and solos, giving the songs a spacial quality. The song that hands-down uses keyboards most effectively is the title track. Who can ever forget that opening keyboard riff. That's quality stuff, folks. And of course there's the power-ballad "Carrie," which has remained one of my favorite ballads from the 80's. I first heard this song when I had my first crush, and whenever I play it these days I remember her and ponder over it's lyrics, "Maybe we'll meet, again, somewhere, again." The perfect song for anyone remembering a lost love and wondering if they're still out there somewhere.

As with other fans who purchased The Final Countdown, I first bought it on cassette and eventually wore it out. It got pushed back in my dusty pile of other cassettes and stayed there for many years. I was one happy person when this great album was re-released on CD, remastered. The sound quality is stunning, and is an immediately noticeable improvement from the first pressing. Even if you still have the cassette and it hasn't been worn out, you would be crazy not to buy this remastered CD version. And if for some reason better sound quality isn't worth a purchase to you, this version offers 3 bonus tracks, live cuts of "The Final Countdown," "Danger on the Track" and "Carrie." Can't beat that. All in all, a superb album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on March 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed "The Final Countdown" (the song) the first time I heard it back in the '80s. But I didn't fully appreciate its well-crafted, smooth sound until I started listening to most of today's one-dimensional metal bands.
I decided to buy Europe's Final Countdown remastered CD after hearing the band Stratovarious, a group whose sound reminds me of Europe (see me review of Stratovarius' Infinite CD as to why).
What a cool CD! "The Final Countdown" is a lot of fun to hear again. So is "Rock the Night" (track two). John Norum's guitar style reminds me of Dokken's George Lynch. The layered, clean vocals (provided in large part by Joey Tempest) are so refreshing after listening to late '90s through 2002 rock vocalists (like the absymal Matthew Barlow of Iced Earth)! These songs are catchy, upbeat and produced with pristine precision.
I know John Norum is now with Dokken, but what happened to the rest of these guys?
Europe was rock when guitarists were shredders, vocalists were soaring and crystal clear (in other words, they could actually sing) and keyboardists added a lot of atmosphere and finesse.
If you like Dokken and other '80s hard rock/metal bands, you'll like Europe's Final Countdown CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andy on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Joey Tempest, Mic Michaeli, John Norum, John Leven, Ian Haugland.
Wasn't Europe's first LP, but certainly the one to propel them into worldwide commercial success in 1986, and for a good reason.
There is NOT a single bad song on this CD!! Joey Tempest (real name Joakim Larsson) wrote all the songs; and his ability to come up with a Catchy Commercial Pop tune is simply incredible. And he came up with 10 for this album. Yeah, all 10 are perfect and powerful songs, and nothing less.
The songs are Catchy, Melodic, Emotional, Polished, Smooth, Powerful, and Energetic. They hit you hard in that way. It's nearly impossible to single out any song or group of songs as being "the best". They are All 100% Potential Hits, capable of shooting straight to the top of charts. All have Unforgettable and Powerful melodies that you will sing in your head for a very long time. And the repeat button, well it becomes your Best friend.
Of course this album features the well-known "Final Countdown" with that Unforgettable Intro to it. And of course there is the Power Ballad "Carrie". But the other 8 songs are in no way worse. They will send you flying with their Powerful and Catchy choruses.
Amazing CD. Swedes truly know how to write those perfect harmonies! This is pure ear candy from track 1 to track 10..... plus the 3 bonus Live versions on this CD.
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