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Excellent live Blind Guardian - 92%

OSheaman, August 19th, 2003

This is perhaps the best chance you'll have of hearing all of Blind Guardian's old Speed Metal music live in glorious Tokyo (home to at least one live CD from almost every metal band in existence!). If you have always preferred early Blind Guardian, this is the album for you.

It's worth noting that this is some of the best early 90's production of a live album that I have ever heard, which indicates that these bad boys had a few bucks to throw around even before they became Power Metal. All of the sounds are crystal clear, especially Hansi K├╝rsch's voice, which, as we all know, is the most important part of Blind Guardian. Blind Guardian's early classics are pretty much all on here--Banish from Sanctuary and Welcome to Dying are probably the two best ones on here. The crowd is great and is very excited--they're always enthusiastic and they erupt with cheers at all the right points. Perhaps best of all is the fact that Hansi doesn't speak to the crowd in German like he does in other live albums, so you understand what he's saying at all times (assuming, of course, you speak English!). This album is very fun to listen to and is definitely worth the money to get.

And the Barbara Ann cover is incredible. It's just like the original Beach Boys version . . . it's classic music. And pretty damn funny, too.