It seems fairly spurious, but the official reason for this best of release is to mark the 10th anniversary of the Axel Rudi Pell band's current line-up. If this were true, however, then there wouldn't be two tracks from the "Oceans Of Time" album, which not only came out eleven years ago, but had a different lineup. The more cynical among us will wonder about sales figures and an upcoming tour with Heaven & Hell.
It might have made more sense to realise that it's actually the 20th anniversary of his solo debut, and do the whole best of thing properly, but maybe that's just me. Or possibly, after three big selling ballad albums, Herr Pell wants to remind us that he knows how to rock. Now, I've always been a fan, so am happy to give his rocking props, and the music on offer here is mighty fine. However, there is nothing here that fans won't already have, so I assume this will be getting pitched heavily at the Dio-era Black Sabbath audience who will be catching Axel Rudi Pell live, possibly for the first time.
The twelve tracks here, come right up to date with 'Ain't Gonna Win' from last years "Tales Of The Crown", and I spent a very pleasant hour reminding myself of some great tunes. So if you have missed out on the Axel Rudi Pell experience, then give this a listen. You'll discover a world of excellent melodic power metal.