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1.0 out of 5 stars Skeletons and oddities, 24 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Skeletons And Majesties (Mini Album) (Audio CD)
Following the theme of 2003's live double "Skeletons In The Closet", Gamma Ray visit the less familiar parts of their back catalogue once more. This puzzling mini album is not to be confused with the live DVD of the same name Of the two "Skeletons & Majesties", the DVD is put together far more sensibly, and is definitely worth checking out. This oddity, however, is a whole different matter.

What we have here is... Re-recorded versions of two songs from the band's earlier stages ("Brothers" and "Hold Your Ground") - two of their weaker ones, to be honest. Then we have a couple of acoustic recordings: "Rebellion In Dreamland" works quite well acoustically (I still prefer the original, though), but in sharp contrast, "Send Me A Sign" sounds like a parody of the album version. "Wannabees" is a bonus track from the "To The Metal!" album; put simply, it is a terrible song and is not even funny, so it only has curiosity value. Finally, we have an extended version of the aforementioned "Brothers" (er, why?) and an instrumental "karaoke" version of "Rebellion". Oh, and a hidden track. But even that one isn't particularly funny.

A completely unnecessary release that is unlikely to satisfy even the most devoted fan. Get the DVD instead - it has all the same songs as this one (minus "Wannabees"), plus a whole lot more, and is of superior value for money. Forget this.
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