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1982-1992 charts the first 10 years of Europe’s career, during which time a ragtag group of Swedish rock fans turned themselves into one of the world’s most popular metal bands. The crown jewel of the set is, of course, “The Final Countdown,” which can’t help but tower over the rest of the band’s work. At the same time, it’s too bad that “Rock the Night,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Superstitious” aren’t better known, as they're easily three of the most definitive pop metal songs of the late '80s. An acoustic version of “I’ll Cry for You” is the best of the handful of rarities interspersed throughout the collection, but the most interesting segment is definitely the first six songs, which are drawn from Europe’s first two albums, both independently released. While most people assumed that the band’s career started with “The Final Countdown,” these early tracks show that they were first a lithe and ferocious young rock band, much more in line with the British heavy metal of Iron Maiden than the pop metal that would later come to define them.

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"The Final Countdown" is one of the best songs ever written, certainly one of the best songs of the 80's. Everybody knows it. but trust me, this band has more to offer than just that one awesome song. If you just download that one song or a few other songs, you will not be able to get "Cherokee" from this album, since you can only get it if you download the whole thing. I personally enjoy every song on this album, including "Cherokee," so I would recommend downloading the whole shebang. It's a great deal, too, 17 great songs for only $7.92. I would go as far to say that this band is right up there with Bon Jovi. They're that good.


These are all great songs. I love every single one, even though 82-92 was pretty much Europe's whole career. I find it amusing that the I-tunes biography says this band is death metal/black metal. I don't find any anti christ lyrics in here. Great songs, almost great band, but that's high praise from me.


Formed: 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve success until they reworked their sound into bombastic yet melodic pop-metal. In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band — featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), Tony Reno (drums), and John Leven (bass) — won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europe and releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings...
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