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3 stars This reunion album was released some thirteen years after "Bäng", their last studio release.

The sound is pretty close to heavy metal (at least for the new material available). After a weak opener (Preacher Man), the title song brings some beat and a more hard-rock oriented music. Great & powerful organ play (a T of the band) is highly appreciated.

The riff of "Automatic World" is very close to "School's Out" (Alice Cooper) and keeps on with the heavy sounds that the band was developing in his early work. Their last two studio albums were already a come back to more rocking territories (which was fine), and I have to say that this song is one of my favourite one from "Two Worlds". Very close to the early Heep. Superb organ play again.

Some songs are useless and this additional length was not really necessary IMHHO. "The Sperminator's Lost Battle" is only a six minutes + improvisation (most being a bass solo). Press nextT. The shorter "Sperminator Strikes Back" being widely dedicated to a good drum solo.

A newer and fresher version of "Hoodoo Man" is available on this work. I rather prefer it in comparison with the original (from 1972). More powerful, more dynamic and shorter by two minutes. A pleasant travel in time. But there are more like these on this work.

"Gamma Ray" (one of their legendary tracks available on "Hoodoo Man" as well) is featured here in a much longer version (almost double the original). Closer to the one available on their first live album but again, I prefer this version. Over sixteen minutes of great rock music which is a plea to fantastic guitar. A highlight.

The rest of the album is actually dedicated to revisited tracks.

"Back From Hell" (from "Re-Birth") and "Burnt Gas" from one of their last work ("Deal Done At Night"). The band is even getting back to their very early days while offering "The Work Is Done" from their second album "Operation". All these versions are excellent.

This album can be considered as a compilation if you take into consideration that some thirty-nine minutes are made of new versions of old songs (and only twenty-three of new material). It is a good introduction to their work (far much superior to the jam oriented first live album).

It is a good album and as such I rate it with three stars (and forget about the non-essential stuff which categorize this rating).

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Posted Thursday, April 10, 2008 | Review Permalink

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