Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary

Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary

by Helloween

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Unarmed: Best of 25th Anniversary

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: The End Records
UPC: 0654436015628
catalogNumber: 156

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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