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Final Experiment [Special Edition]

AyreonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007M8I3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue 3:17
2. The Awareness 6:36
3. Eyes Of Time 5:06
4. The Banishment 11:08
5. Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy 2:46
6. Sail Away To Avalon 4:02
7. Nature's Dance 2:28
8. Computer-Reign (Game Over) 3:25
9. Waracle 6:44
10. Listen To The Waves 4:59
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dreamtime 4:19
2. Eyes Of Time 3:25
3. The Accusation 3:49
4. Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy 2:50
5. Sail Away To Avalon 3:26
6. Nature's Dance 2:03
7. Waracle 5:16
8. Merlin's Will 3:29
9. The Charm Of The Seer 3:29

Editorial Reviews

Originally released in 1995, this reissue includes an additional bonus CD of nine extra tracks and a new vocalist.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayreon's 10th Anniversary Debut Gets Remastered March 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Final Experiment is Arjen Lucassen's debut release with his unique project, Ayreon, and this special edition is the reissue of a once-terribly overlooked first album. Despite the relatively unknown musicians on it, this record was by far my favourite Ayreon release. With each passing year, Arjen continued to put out great albums with some of the most important figures in rock and metal, but to me, The Final Experiment was unmatchable. However, in 2004, when Arjen released his latest album, The Human Equation, this masterpiece was surpassed, but still remains an all-time favourite, heads and shoulders above most other prog releases.

The sound quality and remixed parts on this reissue sound a lot better. Not that there's anything wrong with the original release, but on this CD, the dynamics are stronger and livelier. Peter Vink's bass and Ernst van Ee's drums are stunning, thanks to the crisp and sparse mix. The vocals are placed carefully over delicate song arrangements, allowing each instrument to come through.

The Final Experiment, as unusual as it was in 1995, is a concept album, which, in my opinion, must have been the reason why all the record labels turned Arjen down when he was looking for an outlet to release his music. In the booklet, Arjen has ironically printed the emails he got from the labels and record executives who refused to release this disc, claiming there was no market for this kind of music. Some of those people must be really ashamed now. Anyway, this is a concept record, about a single character named "Ayreon", and the whole story evolves around him (sort of like The Who's Tommy). The year is 2084 (exactly 100 years after George Orwell's 1984) and scientists have developed this program in order to save the world from its downfall.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great February 11, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Final Experiment is a kind of predecessor to "Into the Electric Castle". It is in a way a "light version" in the sense, that this is only one CD instead of two, and that here are not so many prominent artists playing aroud. Beside this, there are no differences, and no flaws. A concept album (the story is okay for me) with very complex and tasteful arrangements. All instruments and the vocals are excellent. Giant, epic, powerful, somethimes slightly gothic touched, interwoven in great diversity with much variety (trumpets etc.). But luckily for me there is never bad "metal" feeling, but it keeps with melodic (hard-) rock. In my feeling it is as catchy and easy flowing as a combination of Boston, Meat Loaf, Arena, Pendragon and Trans Siberian Orchestra. Endless guitar and keyboardlayers with dense, busy and tasteful drumming, and sometimes slow ballads. For lovers of tight, pulsing Rock who insist on getting tons of creative ideas and arrangements, I think, this one should be pure joy to listen to! If you like this, you should surely get the extraordinary "Into the Electric Castle" also. But anyway, you should not ignore Final Experimant. For me, Final Experiment is the prelude to Electric Castle, delivering nearly the same fun and joy. So I suggest, you check it out, perhaps it works for you also.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Yep. Ayreon's the Final Experiment is those things...and more!
The Final Experiment is a concept album that tells the tale of a blind minstrel who is receiving visions of apocalyptic doom from the future. The music is epic, progressive and medieval in sound and style. Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the man behind Ayreon, uses a wide variety of vocalists and other musicians to tell this story. Whether it is the medieval and bombastic "Sail Away to Avalon", the quiet and introspective "Ye Courtyard Minstrel Boy" or the powerful "Merlin's Will", the Final Experiment delivers on many levels. There is something for everyone on this cd -- especially for you keyboard lovers. If you like a variety of bands such as Savatage, Pink Floyd and Blind Guardian, you will probably love the Final Experiment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Experiment ~ Ayreon April 28, 2006
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Arjen's first work was his Final Experiment to get himself a record deal, well that was a very good Experiment, and I just love the concept and the music. The lyrics are not, but some people say it is, cheesy at all!!! He wrote a story and made the music to that tale. It is not cheesy, but Arjen's just very talented in writing sci-fi stories. You might not like the story, but that's your problem!

The story is about the earth in the year 2084 when mankind has almost destroyed itself. But scientists made a Final Experiment, time telepathy, and they sent visions of humanity's decline back in time. Ayreon, a blind minstrel in the dark ages, receives these visions and his task is to warn the world of it's impending downfall. Unfortunately, Merlin doesn't trust him and orders the knights to kill him.

The music is very good. It's a Progressive Rock Opera, and the music is unbelievable good, although I think that Arjen's later works contain more spirit and emotion than this one, it's still great. The combination of keyboards together with electric guitars is just wonderful and that makes Ayreon into one of my favorites.

I recommend this album very highly to all Ayreon fans, progressive rock fans and pop fans. If you are new to Ayreon, you might like this album a lot.

Keep On Rocking!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
Fantastic story... great songs...
The melodies will stuck in your head. This is an absolute and amazing album!
Love it
Published 18 months ago by Thiago Auler dos Santos
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Ayreonauts
While it definitely shows that this was Arjen's first album in the Ayreon project, there are still some good tracks in this one. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars
Ayreon is a genius. Soaring synthesizer work, tasty guitars and everything in between is just perfectly produced and performed. I can't recommend this album highly enough. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by RB601
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I can believe how hard was for Arjen to release this album. I am pretty sure that many of the people who rejected this work is now selling hot dogs!. Read more
Published on December 23, 2010 by Tittus
5.0 out of 5 stars As a fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I love this album
I think my title basically says it all, but I have to say that I absolutely love this album. I'm perfectly okay with the way the story is told, and while some people may call it... Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by Jacob Minger
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in my head
A friend of mine pointed me to Ayreon just a couple of years ago with their fifth album 'The Human Equation' and for a long time I was satisfied with that, but it was constantly... Read more
Published on July 15, 2009 by Howard Pieratt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start for a great artist
The 'debut' album for Anthony Arjen Lucassen telling a story of the future set in the dark ages (yes, you would have to hear it for yourself to understand it)
Arjen's vison... Read more
Published on May 8, 2004 by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting beginning
for a first album, this isn't great, but shows many of the elements that will eventually be melded into some great music on later albums. Read more
Published on October 6, 2000 by SnowDog3000
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous blend of hard rock and harmonies
Ayreon is one of the finest prog-hard rock band and this album proves it. The guitars are wonderful and the keyboards colorful. Lucassen reinvented a story many times told. Read more
Published on March 18, 2000 by Philippe Morin
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