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Repressing. Standard edition of 2004 album from the leading lady of Germany's hard rock/heavy metal scene. Classic Diamonds features re-recorded versions of Doro classics (and one Judas Priest cover) recorded with the Metal Classic Night Orchestra. AFM.
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This album by German `metal queen' Doro falls into the former territory by the skin of it's teeth as the instrumentation is more purely classical via The Classic Night Orchestra though there is also the presence of an `electric' band bolstering proceedings. For something different this is definitely an interesting proposition and I find it gracing my stereo more than I'd anticipated when I picked it up quite cheap. Doro seems in fine voice, the more subdued vocal styling she uses here is perhaps more comfortable for her natural range these days. And it's a credit to all involved how well the orchestral elements hook in - mainly taking the place of the guitars in the original versions. Personal faves are probably the songs that were more `metal' in their original form as they present more of a study in variation - stuff like I Rule The Ruins, Metal Tango and All We Are and the cover of Judas Priests Breaking The Law is guaranteed to grab your ear. Conversely, Fur Immer gains an extra poignancy in this format.
A couple of these classical songs were included as extra tracks on the Let Love Rain On Me single, practically turning it into an EP. And this disc includes a couple of bonus tracks - one of which is She's Like Thunder which is dedicated to champion boxer Regina Halmich. There is also a video track if you load the thing up to your PC which has a video teaser and some wallpaper shots.
The booklet comes with full lyrics and comprehensive credits for all the musicians involved, which is a nice touch. All up my take is that this is a quality product that any Doro or Warlock fan really should get a hold of as it is not only a fun diversion but a good album.