Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Leave it to Helloween to create a best-of that both is and isn't. Released to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, Unarmed features tracks from throughout their career rearranged, re-recorded, and re-visioned entirely from the originals. To say that this is unlike any other Helloween album is a radical understatement. What does remain, however, is the band's trademark sense of humor and its musicianship. Go no further than this new version of "Dr. Stein," originally on 1988's Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2. The original was pure '80s German metal. This new one could have been recorded by Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band with lead vocalist Andi Deris fronting them instead...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Leave it to Helloween to create a best-of that both is and isn't. Released to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, Unarmed features tracks from throughout their career rearranged, re-recorded, and re-visioned entirely from the originals. To say that this is unlike any other Helloween album is a radical understatement. What does remain, however, is the band's trademark sense of humor and its musicianship. Go no further than this new version of "Dr. Stein," originally on 1988's Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2. The original was pure '80s German metal. This new one could have been recorded by Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band with lead vocalist Andi Deris fronting them instead of the Boss. "Future World," taken from Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1, is redone here as a slower-tempoed acoustic number with electric bass. There is also a medley of three tunes taken from these two albums most of Unarmed is sourced from them called "The Keepers Trilogy" consisting of "Halloween," "Keeper of the Seven Keys," and "The King for a Thousand Years." Recorded with a full symphony orchestra and backing chorus, the production is worthy of Jim Steinman! To be honest, the whole album could have been produced by him as a musical. "Forever & One" contrasts sharply here. The new version is a piano ballad with a symphony coming in toward the middle, whereas the original was a dramatic metal number. "Perfect Gentleman" is another lilting ballad that stands in sharp contrast to its martial anthemic version on the expanded edition of Better Than Raw. "Fallen to Pieces," from Gambling with the Devil, is almost jazzy with a Fender Rhodes, a Hammond B-3, sampled beats, and electronica. What remains to be seen is how Helloween's long devoted faithful will react to this wildly eccentric offering. It's hard to re-record classics, let alone improve or redefine them, which is exactly what's being attempted here. [There are numerous versions available as well, including a digipack with a bonus DVD, a vinyl edition, and a German-only digital download with a bonus cut.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: The End Records
  • UPC: 654436015628
  • Catalog Number: 156
  • Sales rank: 70,306

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dr. Stein (4:00)
  2. 2 Future World (4:13)
  3. 3 If I Could Fly (3:29)
  4. 4 Where the Rain Grows (5:10)
  5. 5 The Keeper's Trilogy: Halloween/Keeper of the Seven Keys/The King for a 100 - The Prague Symphony Orchestra & Choir (17:07)
  6. 6 Eagle Fly Free (3:50)
  7. 7 Perfect Gentleman (4:19)
  8. 8 Forever & One - London Choir (4:25)
  9. 9 I Want Out (4:22)
  10. 10 Fallen to Pieces (3:28)
  11. 11 Tale That Wasn't Right - The Prague Symphony Orchestra & Choir (4:48)
  12. 12 [Untitled Hidden Track] (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helloween Primary Artist
Mae McKenna Alto, Choir, Chorus
Andreas Becker Guitar, Guest Appearance
Simon Grant Bass (Vocal), Choir, Chorus
Markus Grosskopf Bass
Eberhard Hahn Flute, Guest Appearance
Jonathan Rathbone Choir, Chorus, Tenor (Vocal)
David Porter Thomas Bass (Vocal), Choir, Chorus
Matthias Ulmer Piano, Guest Appearance
Michael Weikath Guitar
Lawrence White Bass (Vocal), Choir, Chorus
Nippy Noya Percussion, Guest Appearance
Mary Carewe Alto, Choir, Chorus
Andi Deris Vocals
Jacqui Barron Soprano, Choir, Chorus
Robert Fardell Bass (Vocal), Choir, Chorus
Sarah Eyden Soprano, Choir, Chorus
Adam Tunnicliffe Choir, Chorus, Tenor (Vocal)
Wendy Nieper Alto, Choir, Chorus
Sascha Gerstner Guitar
Adam Klemens Conductor
Helen Hampton Alto, Choir, Chorus
Andy Morton Choir, Chorus, Tenor (Vocal)
Stanislav Mistr Choir Master
Rachel Weston Soprano, Choir, Chorus
Dani Loble Drums
Kalle Karlsson Guitar
Scott Davis Choir, Chorus, Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Owens Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Jaro Kirchgessner Vocals
Jo Forbes Soprano, Choir, Chorus
Johan Bringhed Piano
Julian Hidenbrand Vocals
Albir Donnelly Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Gabriel Goebel Vocals
Harriet Ohlsson Vocals
Class 6 of the Humboldt Gymnasium KA Vocals
Thilo Müller Maatsch Vocals
Technical Credits
Helloween Arranger
Andreas Becker Arranger, Producer
Matthias Ulmer Arranger, Programming, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Charly Bauerfeind Producer
Ronnie Stone Engineer
Dennis Ward Engineer
Carsten Heusmann Choir Arrangement, Recording Producer
Martin Häusler Artwork, Graphic Design
Adam Klemens Orchestration
Petr Pycha Management
Hellsongs Arranger, Producer
Gary Thomas Engineer
Kalle Karlsson Arranger
Stefan Kemper Director
Tim Dorsch Engineer
Yesenia Adame Cover Model
Petter Ericsson Producer, Engineer
Jan Bayali Executive Producer
Johan Bringhed Arranger
Friedl Ammon Piano Arrangement
Harriet Ohlsson Arranger, Duet
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