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Album Review

Polydor's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Yngwie Malmsteen chronicles the Swedish shredder from his Rising Force debut in 1984 to 1990's Eclipse, with equal time given to blisteringly pretentious instrumentals like "Trilogy Suite Op: 5" and "Far Beyond the Sun" and the bad metal posturing of vocalists Jeff Scott Soto, Mark Boals, and Joe Lynn Turner. There's no denying Malmsteen's impressive chops — he was only 19 when he joined Steeler — and there are ample moments of mind-boggling artistry throughout, but like all of his records, the momentum shifts considerably when a singer appears, and it's these offerings ("Heaven Tonight," "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget," and "Making Love") that make this collection so polarizing. However, for those looking for an entry point into Malmsteen's serpentine career — he's since dabbled in both hard rock and classical — The Millennium Collection is as solid an anthology as one's likely to encounter.

Customer Reviews

Great guitar, but not as great music.

Look, he's an amazing guitarist and all and don't get me wrong, the guitar work is amazing. The thing is though, people seem to forget that we are rating the music not the guitar work and although the guitar work is jaw-dropping, his music isn't great. He just sits there and shreds the guitar...every song. There is no creativety or complexity to his music. So buy this if you want to here an amazing guitarist, don't buy it if you want to listen to good music.


ok ummm, i think this guy is possible the greatest guitarist ever. its hard to say something like that, but i have never seen someone shred sooo insanely much, this guy is up there with dream theater, satriani, vai, hendrix, hammet, but like, his classical music influences are insane. he is like the mozart of our time, except suited up with a strat and a marshall. if u have any dignity or respect, u will buy this before u even listen to the songs,

Yngwie owns YOU

Black Star, Far Beyond the Sun, and Trilogy Suite remastered!?!?! AWESOME! Again, the man who popularized shred and neo-classical rock throws this line-up in your face. And for once, it's not all guitar solos and shredded passages (although I wouldn't mind if it was), there's SINGING and VOICES. OMG!! What's Recommended: Black Star Far Beyond the Sun You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget Liar Trilogy Suite Op:5 Hold On What's Missing: Icarus Dream Suite Motherless Child Krakatau Rising Force


Born: June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

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

Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the '80s. Combining a dazzling technique honed over years of obsessive practice with a love for such classical composers as Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini, Malmsteen's distinctively Baroque, gothic compositional style and lightning-fast arpeggiated solos rewrote the book on heavy metal guitar. His largely instrumental debut album, Rising Force, immediately upped the ante for aspiring hard rock guitarists...
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