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THE FORGOTTEN TALES

Blind Guardian

 

Progressive Metal

3.66 | 45 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars The Forgotten Tales is a compilation album by German power metal/ symphonic metal ( often refered to as Teutonic metal) act Blind Guardian. The album was released on the 18th of April 1996. The original release had 13 tracks but the album was Remastered and re-released on the 15th of June 2007 with 3 bonus tracks and 2 bonus videos.

The songs come from different recording sessions and therefore the sound on the different songs vary a bit. You have songs produced by three different producers ( Flemming Rasmussen, Kalle Trapp and Piet Sielck) in addition to the songs the band have produced themselves. The difference in sound is very limited though and certainly not a problem. There are both cover songs of The Beach Boys, The Chordettes, Uriah Heep, Queen, The Regents, Little Richard and Mike Oldfield in addition to re-recorded acoustic and orchestral versions of Blind Guardian tracks. It should be noted that thereīs not much metal on this album even though itīs still obvious that Blind Guardian is a metal band. The songs are taken from different single releases and some have appeared as bonus tracks on CD re-releases of the early albums by the band. Iīm not sure how many that are exclusive to this compilation but my guess is not many.

The re-arranged/ re-recorded versions of songs like Bright Eyes, Black Chamber, A Past and Future Secret and the instrumental orchestral version of Theatre of Pain are all very succesful to my ears and the live version of Mordredīs Song is also very enjoyable with the audience singing with Hansi Kürsch. The cover songs are all very enjoyable too and it always bring a smile to my face to hear the ending of Surfinī USA played in speed metal/ power metal mode. Itīs actually quite tasteless but sooo enjoyable anyway. The Mike Oldfield song To France also brings joy IMO.

Iīm usually a bit indiffent towards cover songs but in this case I actually found lots to enjoy and itīs more evidence of how talented Blind Guardian really is. Their re-arrangements of their own songs are also quite clever and deserves recognition. The Forgotten Tales is of course mostly an album for the fans but a 3.5 star rating is well deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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