Europe: Out of this World (Premiere Edition)

Year1988
Label/DistributionEpic
FormatDouble-LP
Musical styleHeavy Metal
Additional infoGatefold, Promo-Release; OTHER VERSIONS KNOWN: - original LP (rarity 0) - UK red LP (rarity 1) - CD reissue 1992 (boxed w/"Final Countdown") - Reviewed Premiere Edition + Bonus LP (The sound compression was obviously worse than the original LP, because of the bonus intros)
Rarity grading
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4 out of 6 - Incredibly rare!

Review

I think it's absolutely useless to talk about how this album rocks! "Out of this world" was a pretty courageous move by the Melodic Kings Europe, previous at the top of all the world's charts with their masterpiece "The Final Countdown".
Europe went back to their musical roots, taking some 70s' mood but still hitting strong on their instruments...and obviously the business misunderstood. All was expecting a new "Carrie" or a new "The final countdown" keyboard phrasing...but Europe smashed with adult-oriented songs like "Ready or not" or the pomp-classic "Sign of the Times". Magnum absolutely did not better, at that time!
So this really hard to find promo edition from USA cames out with a special gatefold package, some karaoke excerpts and a white-bordered cover. In U.K., the LP was issued in red vinyl with a sticker on cover, but with same contains as the original Euro-pressing. I think this item worths the search, but only for serious Europe collectors, as I am....

Tracks
LP1
1. Instrumental Bed
2. Superstitious
3. Instrumental Bed
4. Let The Good Times Rock
5. Instrumental Bed
6. Open Your Heart
7. Instrumental Bed
8. More Than Meets The Eye
9. Instrumental Bed
10. Coast To Coast
11. Instrumental Bed
12. Ready Or Not
1. Instrumental Bed
2. Sign Of The Times
3. Instrumental Bed
4. Just The Beginning
5. Instrumental Bed
6. Never Say Die
7. Instrumental Bed
8. Lights And Shadows
9. Instrumental Bed
10. Tower's Callin'
11. Instrumental Bed
12. Tomorrow

LP2
Europe Yesterday Collage
Promos & Intros
Interview Clips With Europe

Created / updated: 2011-01-17
Massimo Machetti