Better Than Raw (Expanded Edition)
7/3/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Helloween - Better Than Raw (Expanded Edition) - 2006 - Sanctuary Records
To this day I can still describe to you the first day of buying this album. I will save you from hearing all of those vivid details and get straight to the point. I remember stopping by the post office on my way to work and picking it up. The first few songs were enough to keep me from going in early that day. I spent my hour long lunch break jamming in my car with a Big-Mac and greasy fingers wrapped around the jewel case. With cuts like "Hey Lord!" and "A Handful Of Pain", it seems like this was the moment when Helloween showcased that Deris mentality to hard rock all over the sidewalks. There is some heavy material on here, highlight being "Revelation", but for the most part this was a German hard rock gem that competed with the likes of early Scorpions and Accept while still dishing it out for newer groups like Moon Doc and Radakka (both of which were the future of hard rock at the time). I still find myself grabbing this and "Master Of The Rings" when the Helloween urge hits.
This "Expanded Edition" entry features four bonus cuts, additional photos, and some insightful liner notes. Of the new songs we get the Jap bonus track "Back On The Ground" along with the B-side of "I Can", "A Game We Shouldn't Play". Also we can hear a live version of "Perfect Gentleman", and a live drum solo taken from the "Hey Lord" single.
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