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Album Review

Sony BMG's two-disc Falco collection will appeal to longtime fans of the Austrian pop star, though the 34 tracks that make up Hoch Wie Nie: Best of Falco may be a bit much for listeners who only know the flamboyant and classically trained child prodigy's early-'80s international smash "Rock Me Amadeus." Both "Der Kommissar" and "Vienna Calling" made the charts, and both are included here, but there's an awful lot of filler (remixes, radio edits, an updated version of David Bowie's "Heroes" "Helden von Heute," etc.), making 1999's single-disc Greatest Hits overview the more rewarding listen.


Born: 19 February 1957 in Vienna, Austria

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Falco was the most internationally successful pop artist ever to come out of Austria, best known for his 1986 chart-topping hit "Rock Me Amadeus." Born Johann Holzel in Vienna on February 19, 1957, he was a classically trained child prodigy, but after graduating from the Vienna Conservatoire, he relocated to West Berlin and began fronting a jazz-rock band. Rechristening himself Falco in honor of the German skier Falko Weissflog, he returned to Vienna in time to play bass on the punk outfit Drahdiwaberl's...
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