17 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings
32 Ratings
Rockstarboy590 ,

Oh Yeah

This is truly Europe's Greatest Hits

God of Thunder ,

Get the whole album

"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.

JonAngus ,

This is a great CD

I always thought of Europe as a bit of a joke. Mainly because I only knew The Final Countdown, though it's a great song, it's also a really funny song.
But then I watched Hot Rod, and was like, oh my goo'ness, most of that soundtrack sounds like Joey Tempest. And so I started looking up Europe and listening to them, and my land! They are an amazing band. They have some really great songs that Andy Samberg and the other makers of Hot Rod knew about, plus others.
So buy the album, it's definitely worth it!

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