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Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish

NightwishAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Floor Jansen - vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Marco Hietala - bass & vocals
Emppu Vuorinen - guitars
Jukka Nevalainen - drums
Troy Donockley - Pipes, flutes & whistles

The cinematic storytelling, symphonic flourishes, shredding guitar work and chugging rhythms mastered by Nightwish across their expansive and impressive career has ensured the ... Read more in Amazon's Nightwish Store

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  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000I0QKWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Ever Dream
5. Elvenpath
6. Bless the Child
7. Nemo
8. Sleeping Sun [2005 Version]
9. Dead to the World
10. Over the Hills and Far Away
11. Deep Silent Complete
12. Sacrament of Wilderness
13. Walking in the Air
14. Wishmaster
15. Dead Boy's Poem
16. High Hopes

Editorial Reviews

The international phenomenon known as Nightwish present their first-ever greatest hits collection, Highest Hopes. Containing all their hits, as well as some unreleased gems for fans, this is a mandatory release in every way for a majority of the metal community. Prepare for the oncoming surge of NIGHTWISH fans that will be coming into your store by stocking up on this and the band's vast back catalog.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Collection Of Songs... October 16, 2005
By R. Lord
Format:Audio CD
This is a good collection of songs from the band, but there are songs they should have not left out... Like "Beauty And The Beast", "The Pharoh Sail To Orion", and "Gethsemane".

There is a really cool cover of the Pink Floyd song "High Hopes" on here... That is definatly worth checking out.

If you have all thier other cds, your not missing anything here... But this is a good cd to get if you don't have any of thier stuff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent compilation from a stellar band. March 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love Nightwish, and I am glad they released a best-of compilation. However, I think it is unfortunate that to get a cheap price on the CD in North America, you have to buy the Argentinian import, or one from the EU for a higher price. There are sixteen songs in total, making this compilation a fairly complete one. There are some very good songs spanning their entire career are on the album, however a couple of my very favorites aren't on the disc. "Sacrament to Wilderness" and "Come Cover Me" are (in my opinion) the best tracks off "Oceanborn" and "Wishmaster" respectively, are not present. There are three tracks on this hits compilation that are not on the standard editions of the full-length albums. To get more of the rare tracks, one would have to buy the more expensive dual-disc edition (sold on for an outrageous price). Drakkar released a better compilation in Germany that includes more rare songs, and is on a single disc. This German compilation did not have any of the latest tracks off of "Once," as it was produced in 2004. An reviewer on this site wrote in saying that told them the disc was unavailable. While I can't check the reliability of that claim, the only store I saw that CD in was located in Europe. In other words, the better compilations are not widely available in the States, even as an import. To sum up the review, it is a sacrifice to buy the (least desirable) greatest hits compilation, but at least it has a lot of songs (and to be fair, everyone's favorite songs are different). Nightwish is an incredible band, and even a decent compilation is a great one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent starting point! March 7, 2006
By Sandman
Format:Audio CD
If you've never experienced this bands music, this is were you should start. All the songs are very good and showcase what this band is all about. I could do however without the Pink Floyd cover at the end on the cd, but overall it's a good listen. The texture and power of their music is excellent as it flows with ease. They are a heavy rock/metal band make no mistake about that, however they are very melodic in how they approach this task. If you like chick singers belting it out, keyboard style nuances/textures, power cords through Boogie stacks, bass and drums holding in all down/together and driving it forward, than this is a must listen. The first disc is strictly music and good music, mostly their hits so to speak. The second disc is live coverage and is a nice bonus. The liner notes are ample and include the lyrics. Overall a good beginners set or a set for someone trying to thin the cd heard a little. Like most Greatest Hits packages, some stuff is missing, however overall it's a pretty decent package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic Metal August 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish Excellent music by Finland's symphonic metal band, Nightwish. Living in the U.S. we are not exposed to many of Europe's best artists and musicians. Don't miss this band. You will love them. Even if you are not a heavy metal fan, you will love this music, because it is symphonic metal. That means it's way more than metal guitars, drums and screaming vocals. Tarja, the female singer, is a trained opera singer. Toumas, the keyboardist, is a musical genius. Toumas writes the music. The bass guitarist, Marco, has what's called a "raucous" voice, but he is outstanding, and also helps compose some of the music. The lead guitarist, Empu is not only extremely talented, he's gorgeous! The drummer is the best I've ever heard! Check out Nightwish!! You will love them. They're touring the US in the Fall. Look for their new album in September.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginner fans. November 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This would be a great collection for beginning fans of Nightwish. Includes my personal favorites "Wish I Had An Angel" and "Over the Hills and Far Away". Tarja has a gorgeous voice. Depressingly, they have decided that a change of vocalists is needed. For all those new to Nightwish, listen to this. Missing songs like "She is my Sin" and "Planet Hell".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo. July 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love all of the tracks on this album, though it is missing a few songs. But that`s alright, of course. Not everyone likes the same songs. For those who are new to Nightwish, this is a great way to start off. Before this came out, I usually reccomended Once, their most latest album. But now there`s an album that has Nightwish from the full nine years. This is great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars March 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Mixed feelings always arise whenever a "best of" compilation is released. I guess in Nightwish's case, it signifies the end of an era considering the departure of Tarja a few months back. So, not much can be said about this album. We all know Nightwish's brand of ultra-symphonic Metal, and many of their gems such as "Stargazers" and "Bless The Child" are present here, while sacrificing monumental numbers like "Beauty of the beast" and wizardry-stompers like "Moondance". 16 tracks in total with 2 "new" songs consisting of a 2005 version of "Sleeping Sun" and a live version of "High Hopes", which is a Pink Floyd cover (both not that impressive). Included is a DVD with three live songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by William A. Farley Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes. This one.
It's dark and rainy and I'm in the office trying to get that next scene written. What is probably playing in the background. Nightwish.
Published 2 months ago by Robin Hobb
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive symphonic rock from its originators
The best of early night wish with their legendary original singer. All songs including the covers are fine works of symphonic prog metal.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah V.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great selection of hits
I wanted a greatest hits type cd of them. Every song on the disk takes you to the album that it came from, and the meaning.
Published 8 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
An excellent selection from the pre "Once" albums.

Apart from unnecessary cover of Pink Floyd's "high hope". Read more
Published 10 months ago by richard wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent yeah
this is an excellent compilation from the tarja era. the best of for the u.s. market. great band as always fairly innovative. love the sound
Published 14 months ago by psycho headhunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice songs but the CD did not last long.
I was bummed out a little... while this CD has excellent songs.. I started skipping within s few days. I love Nightwish but a little sad about the CD.
Published 15 months ago by Tommy Superman
5.0 out of 5 stars New Experience
I had just seen the USS Arizona Memorial video and I was moved by the music. I have always felt some kinship with the Heroes lost that day. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Orthanc
5.0 out of 5 stars You must have this
I love Nightwish, especially their older stuff. This album is the catch-all of their greatest works up to 2006. My favorite of their songs are all on this album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eric F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray!
Great hits from a great band! These are their older songs while they still had Tarja singing who in my opinion is better and greatly missed.
Published 19 months ago by Chick Hearn
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