Label: Verglas Music - VGCD029 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Smoke And Mirrors 2. Skin Game 3. The Hanging Tree 4. The Butterfly Man 5. Chosen Live 6. Crack In The Ice 8. Salamander 9. Bedlam Fayre Solomon Total Time: I'm usually now Flying Arrow - Mason Proffit - Come & Gone fan of compilation albums as a "real fan" would always prefer to have all original studio albums rather than just some compilation disc. Usually it also tends to reek after some "cashing in" by the artist as many artist come up with some compilation albums when they are long lost and forgotten.
In this case I think the words written above would be untrue, since ARENA isn't long lost and forgotten, on the contrary!
I personally really liked their last studio album Pepper's Ghost and I hope and would assume they will continue to produce records for many years to come. So why would a compilation album be fair?
Well, I think there's only two good reasons for it. The 1st would be the commercial motive as already mentioned. The 2nd one would be a way for newcomers to ARENA to explore there music and I think only this reason can be justified. Salamander - Arena - Ten Years On how can I review an album that I don't have and have no intention of getting?
Well, by the track list of course! And I would say the track list is chosen quite smartly. However: tracks like Salamander - Arena - Ten Years On Hanging Tree and Crack In The Ice which happen to be my favourite tracks of The Visitor seem to be really misplaced on a compilation album as they were originally part of on of the best concept albums of the nineties, which all songs fading in and out of each other. Just save some money to get all their original studio albums, since they are all really worth it!
Rating: For the track list alone probably 4 stars, but I will only give 3 for the effort by the band. Which was almost Salamander - Arena - Ten Years Onsince all songs had already been made.
On this compilation, there is a good and extended live version for "Chosen", a new version of "Empire Of Thousand Days" with Rob on vocals I personally, preferred the original version. Of course, Sampology - Natural Selections can console with "Solomon" I understand that an Arena compilation is not easy to put together.
On their earliest albums, several very long songs were featured, while later on they will release two concept albums which is always difficult to compile. So, I guess, we'll have to live with this one. I honestly would recommend more their live albums which were real "best of".
Three stars but only for Arena's newbies. I would say to the old Arena fans, that the numbers which are different than the originals, do not justify to buy this album. I'm a huge fan of this band, and when they decided to release a 'best off' I was really curious what songs where to be integrated into the compilation.
I was given this compilation, though I Salamander - Arena - Ten Years On no need for it, since I already own the regular albums, but still it's nice. For people not kno You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
No release results - showing artist results instead. What's up with that?! Actually, it is the first of that kind so far. Latest members reviews I'm a huge fan of this band, and when they decided to release a 'best off' I was really curious what songs where to be integrated into the compilation.
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