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Great songs, musicianship and a love for what they do can all be found on this album. Excellent.

The band known as Stratovarius released their first album 'Fright Night' way back in 1989. I know... it doesn't seem that long ago at all does it? And from that small beginning they have become one of the best and most respected Power Metal acts in the history of Heavy Metal. If Stratovarius have passed you by for some strange reason, then this new double (or 'Special Edition' triple) CD is a great way of getting to know this superb band.

The regular version boasts twenty-eight tracks, spread over two discs, with songs taken from right across the band's recorded history. The likes of 'My Eternal Dream', 'Eagleheart', 'Speed Of Light', 'S.O.S', 'Forever Free', 'Break The Ice', 'I Walk To My Own Song', 'Destiny', 'Paradise' and 'Hunting High And Low' all appear like old friends to say a fond hello. There's also the addition of an excellent new track entitled 'Until The End Of Days'.

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However, the magic only really starts to happen when you opt for the "bells and whistles" 'Special Edition' version of this collection. Three discs, the first two being the same as the regular version, with the third disc supplying us with eleven fantastic songs, taken from Stratovarius' appearance at last year's Waken Festival. After the introduction you will be treated to the band in their element – live onstage playing to an audience who love them and sing, clap and chant along to every word and note that they play. So all you have to do is turn up the volume and join in with them as the band run through 'Black Diamond', 'Eagleheart', 'Against The Wind', 'Dragons', 'Legions Of The Twilight', 'Paradise', 'Shine In The Dark', '...Light', 'Unbreakable' and their signature track 'Hunting...'. And by the end of this disc I expect you'll have a big daft grin on your face, as you enjoy some of the best Metal songs ever recorded (in my opinion that is).

Stratovarius have been around for over thirty years in one form or another and this 'Best Of' shows just why that is. Great songs, musicianship and a love for what they do can all be found on this album. Excellent.

Ian Johnson

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