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Europe - 1988 Out Of This World



ARTIST: Europe
ALBUM: Out Of This World
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: EK 44185
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2004, Sony (Japan), MHCP 434

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joey Tempest - vocals * Kee Marcello - guitars * Mic Michaeli - keyboards * John Leven - bass * Ian Haughland - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Superstitious * 02 Let The Good Times Rock * 03 Open Your Heart * 04 More Than Meets The Eye * 05 Coast To Coast * 06 Ready Or Not * 07 Sign Of The Times * 08 Just The Beginning * 09 Never Say Die * 10 Lights And Shadows * 11 Tower's Callin' * 12 Tomorrow

WEBLINKS: www.europetheband.com


Background
Consider this.. a retrospective review of a band that in my way of thinking has gone backwards - musically. Refer my reviews of 'Start From The Dark' and 'Secret Society'.. But back in 1988, this band and this album were way up there in the popularity stakes. At a time when Bon Jovi and Def Leppard were riding shotgun on the charts, Europe weren't that far behind them - albeit on the back of their 1986 breakthrough album 'The Final Countdown'. By this stage, Kee Marcello was making a full contribution in the studio, and not playing over the top of predecessor John Norum's guitar parts. Having cut his teeth with Swedish AORsters Easy Action, and then joining Europe quite early on in their 'Final Countdown' world tour, Marcello's fluid style would find many admirers on what is a very good album for the year of '88.


The Songs
Ron Nevison is the man behind the dials here. Bringing his experience To Europe's fourth album after working on such great albums by Survivor, Heart, Chicago and Jefferson Starship - it resulted in an album that is glossy - ballads with backbone, and rockers with oomph! The opener 'Superstitious' - with a tremendous guitar solo and keyboard parps a la 'The Final Countdown' was the logical choice for a singles opener. But really, there was a host of choice songs here, mostly written by Joey Tempest. Whether its the balladry of 'Coast To Coast', the keyboard/guitar sensations of 'More Than Meets The Eye' or 'Sign Of The Times', you've got more than a few goodies to choose from. For me, 'Towers Callin', a song about a pilot who gets it wrong, and the mid-tempo rocker 'Never Say Die' are excellent tunes.


In Summary
'Out Of This World' made it to No 19 in the Billboard charts, while 'Superstitious' made it to #31 in the US charts and #34 in the UK charts. Undoubtedly, this album is their most AOR oriented effort. Whereas earlier albums focused on guitar based metal, the big production and layered structure displayed here is a million miles from where they came. Still, the direction didn't please all fans, and one can only assume that 1991's 'Prisoners Of Paradise' was an attempt to marry their earlier style with the 'Out Of This World' material, and thereby keep all the punters happy.


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#1 | thedarkknight2008 on July 31 2007 19:21:06
This album was one of my favorite from the gloss metal surge of the late 80's. Kee Marcello's playing blew me away on this one as his fluid style and great tone reminded me of Brian May in a sense. I love this one, but I would like to visit the rest of their catalog since this record. This band is way more than FINAL COUNTDOWN!
#2 | gdazegod on July 31 2007 19:45:07
Apparently the video for 'Superstitious' was filmed at some prominent Long Island NY residence.. a castle or something.. I recall reading just recently. I think on some Wikipedia page..
#3 | gdazegod on October 22 2007 11:04:52
Kee's solos here are truly awesome. I've seen some Youtube clips where he does the guitar translation thing on video. Obviously there must have been some guitar instrumental video released on the back of this. Wonderful stuff. Still prefer him to John Norum.. sorry to say.. Thumbs Up
#4 | thejbl on December 16 2007 01:22:54
One of my favs. A desert island disc. Kee Marcello is god, and is much more melodic and appealing than John Norum. Still love them both, but Kee has the edge.
#5 | george_the_jack on July 01 2008 15:26:57
Out of this world is near to the quality of countdown release...Kee Marcello has an incomparable melodic touch!
#6 | super80boy on February 15 2016 19:51:24
Not quite to the level of Final Countdown, but an admirable effort and half the album - 6 songs - were issued as singles. Everything is gigantic and glossy on this album - all good stuff!
 
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