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If only all compilations were put together with such a keen eye for detail.

Seems rather strange to be holding the second Royal Hunt compilation in less than six months in my sticky little mitts, but I have to say that this rather special package from Frontiers knocks the ‘Heart Of The City’ set from earlier in the year into a cocked hat!

I don’t really want to get too bogged down in the record company politics of it all – although I rather suspect that an old record company sold the rights to some of the earlier stuff without the band’s consent or knowledge (hence the rather ‘fortuitous’ timing of the earlier release) – but given the choice between a ten track single CD and this, a 3 CD / DVD package … well, it’s a bit of a no brainer really when you think about it.

Containing a mouth-watering selection of songs from their entire eleven album career, adding a brand new song – the brooding ‘Save Me’ – plus newly recorded acoustic re-workings of three more – ‘One By One’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Restless’ – and then topping it all off with a DVD containing all the promotional videos they’ve ever made, I don’t really see how they could go wrong to be honest.

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Throughout their 20 year history the band line-up has been shall we say somewhat fluid (not least in the vocal department), but to his credit ringmaster extraordinaire Andre Andersen has stuck firmly to the path that he so obviously believes the band should take. As such, when you compare older tracks like ‘Clown In The Mirror’ or ‘Message To God’ with newer numbers like ‘Paper Blood’ or ‘Half Past Loneliness’, the quality is frighteningly consistent throughout (which at the very least affirms his talents as a songwriter). Of course, different people will have their own favourite periods of the band, or even prefer one singer to another – most seem to concur that the DC Cooper fronted version is the best – but to these ears there’s something special about every era of the band, and it’s great to see all of them well represented here and presented on an equal footing.

Got to hand it to Frontiers, they’ve set the bar that little bit higher with this particular release – now if only all compilations were put together with such a keen eye for detail!

Dave Cockett

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  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
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  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
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  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
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  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
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