Title - 'Walk The Earth: Special Edition'
Artist - Europe
For those not quite in the know, even after all these years, Europe are a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, by guitarist John Norum, vocalist Joey Tempest, bass guitarist Peter Olsson, and drummer Tony Reno.
They got a major breakthrough in Sweden in 1982 by winning the televised competition "Rock-SM" (Swedish Rock Championships). Interestingly enough, it was also the very first time this competition was held, and Europe became a larger success than the competition itself. The competition continued for some years longer, but never reached any other heights.
Europe rose to international fame in the 1980s with their third album, 1986's The Final Countdown, which has sold over 3 million copies in the United States and 15 million copies worldwide (including album and single).
Europe have since sold over 25 million records worldwide and achieved two top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (The Final Countdown and Out of This World). They have also had two top 10 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart ("The Final Countdown" and "Carrie").
Having released their last album, War Of Kings in 2015, Europe are back once more with a simply stunning new album, Walk The Earth. Out now as a CD+DVD Special Edition, Walk The Earth (released via Hell & Back Recordings / Silver Lining Music) is the band reflecting back on their beginnings, as opposed to the pop tracks of Final Countdown or the heavier tracks on War Of Kings.
1. "Walk The Earth"
2. "The Siege"
3. "Kingdom United"
5. "Election Day"
9. "Whenever You're Ready"
10. "Turn To Dust"
1. Europe At Abbey Road
This album, which has already become one of my top 5 albums of this year, begins with the mid-tempo rock, fist raised, anthemic title track, and then backs then up with the faster paced "The Siege" and the guitar fest found on "Kingdom United." The ballad "Pictures" is some of the finest storytelling I've heard within music for many a year, and that's followed by the rocker, and my own personal favorite on the album, "Election Day".
Everywhere you turn on this musical journey, John Norums guitar playing is top notch and driving the album to where it needs to be. Joey Tempest's vocals are still up their with the greats of yesteryear, let alone today, and as much as you won't find anything like "Final Countdown", "Rock The Night", "Carrie", or even "Cherokee" on this album, that's ok - as evolution is always welcomed in this business.
The heavier mid-tempo sound of "Wolves" is a reflection of their vibe on the aforementioned War Of Kings, and that's backed by the ferocious "GTO", with the classic-sounding Europe of their first two albums coming to the fore on "Haze". The album then rounds out with both the pop rock of "Whenever You're Ready" and then the remorseful "Turn To Dust".
Recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), this Special Edition also contains a 30 minute DVD that features individual band members discussing their time and their recording experience at Abbey Road.
The entire 30 minutes is very relaxed, very one-on-one with the audience and reveals a lot about each member of the band and how they contributed to the making of this album. Filmed in black and white, Joey Tempest even admits that recording at Abbey Road Studios is " ... a special time in Europe's history".
It also showcases also all the old consoles and such still held tightly with love there at the studio that the band - let alone Pink Floyd and the Beatles - have all now used. It is a truly amazing visual look at not only the recording of the album, but of Europe also.
"Walk The Earth" - Official Video
Official Europe @ Facebook