The Forgotten Tales [Bonus Track]

The Forgotten Tales [Bonus Track]

by Blind Guardian

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The Forgotten Tales [Bonus Track]

Kicking things off with two of the most bizarre metal cover selections imaginable ("Mr. Sandman" and a lightning-paced, double-kick version of "Surfin' U.S.A."), Forgotten Tales is mixed bag of counter-intuitive tributes and mellowed-out retreads from the Blind Guardian catalog. It might be possible that this lightweight effort is more of a palette cleansing than the halfhearted recording that it appears to be upon first inspection -- considering that this experiment was released just before the incredibly ambitious Nightfall in Middle-Earth and A Night at the Opera. Speaking of Queen titles, "Spread Your Wings" is easily Forgotten Tales' shining moment. Not so surprisingly, the rock & roll treatment of "Barbara Ann/Long Tall Sally" works much better than the metal-ized pop and rock covers mentioned above. The seven Blind Guardian remakes are consistently slow, earnest, and boring, so for those curious about the laid-back Blind Guardian, Forgotten Tales offers more than a little insight into the group's less serious side. Otherwise, there isn't much that will hold the interest of most prog/speed metal fans. [In 2004, Century Media re-released the album with re-recorded version of five songs -- some of them acoustic re-recordings, others orchestral.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2005
Label: Century Media
UPC: 0727701825625
catalogNumber: 8256

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Guardian   Primary Artist
Ronnie Atkins   Background Vocals
Rolf Kohler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kalle Trapp   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy King   Background Vocals
Piet Sielck   Background Vocals
Hansi Kürsch   Bass Guitar,Vocals
André Olbrich   Guitar
Stefan Will   Piano
Thomas Hackmann   Background Vocals
Michael Schuren   Piano
Jacob Moth   Acoustic Guitar
Thomen "The Omen" Stauch   Drums
Magnus Stepen   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Mike Oldfield   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Ken Hensley   Composer
John Deacon   Composer
Flemming Rasmussen   Producer,Engineer
Kalle Trapp   Producer,Engineer
Andreas Marschall   Cover Painting
Blind Guardian   Producer
Pat Ballard   Composer
Piet Sielck   Producer,Engineer
André Olbrich   Composer
Marcus Siepen   Composer
Henrik Vindeby   Engineer

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