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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: INSIDE OUT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cosmic Lover
  2. A Kings Prayer
  3. Stupid Girl
  4. Cosmic Circus
  5. Babylon
  6. Paradox Hotel
  7. World Without a Heart
  8. Church of Your Heart
  9. Vox Humana
  10. What If God Is Alone
  11. Starlight Man
  12. Grand Old World
  13. The Road Back Home
  14. Cinema Show

Disc: 2

  1. Ghost of the Red Cloud
  2. Painter
  3. I Am the Sun (Pt. 2)
  4. Different People
  5. Little Deceiver
  6. Chickenfarmer Song
  7. The Rhythm Of The Sea
  8. Touch My Heaven
  9. Life Will Kill You
  10. Monkey Business
  11. Compassion
  12. The Flower King
  13. Stardust We Are

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When I bought this cd I was a little bit wary that I was just spending money for more Flower Kings stuff that I already own from the back catalogue. What seems even more bizarre is buying a compilation of remastered and tweaked tracks that are only a year or two old (Paradox Hotel). My other trepidation is messing with tracks that are so special in the memory and the heart (sounds cheesy, but the flower kings reach parts other bands can't reach). I was dreading to think how you can make classics such as the 'ghost of the red cloud', 'world without a heart', 'rhythm of the sea' to name but a few any better without ruining the very fabric of what made them so special in the first place.
I can't honestly begin to express what a genius Roine Stolt is. Not only are these songs crisper, clearer and better; they seem more vital, more alive and even more personal than ever before. These tracks are just an emotional overload as everything you previously loved about flower kings comes flooding back with a new vibrancy and a passion for music that no other band can come close to (to me anyway!)
What's probably most surprising is that the track 'What if God is alone' from the Paradox Hotel (still in its infancy) could be made to sound any better. How do you re-jig a 1 year old song and make it sound twice as good? Ask Roine Stolt coz I don't have a clue!

A must have for any Flower Kings fans out there, or anyone that wishes to find an awe inspiring band of limitless talent and unsurpassed music creation. It's not a waste of money if you have all the back catalogue. It's just another Flower Kings Gem
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This CD is not a simply "best of" ... this is more and better than a compilation. All the tracks have been remastered and the sound is excellent. Some of them have been re-recordered and the new versions have some sligth changes that will be very grateful to your ears. These are some of the better "shorts" in the Flower Kings'career, and the new versions (a special mention to keyboards and bass lines) sometimes create new songs. I like it very, very much and I strongly recomended not only to FK fans but to any kind of music lovers.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d532b04) out of 5 stars Excellent chronicle of The Flower Kings sound 26 Jun. 2007
By Murat Batmaz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Road Back Home is a two-disc compilation album put together by Flower Kings leader Roine Stolt. Not only does it feature the band's relatively more compact and "easy listening" cuts, the songs have also been treated to a new mixing job by Stolt. Add to that several newly recorded guitar solos as well as some backing vocals by Roine Stolt and Hasse Froberg. Some of the numbers have just been remixed whilst some others also feature previously unheard passages, instrumentation, and vocal parts.

The song long-time fans will want to hear the most will probably be "Little Deceiver", a leftover from the band's Rainmaker sessions. It is an interesting experiment where the tune wanders off more into Dire Straits-goes-country territory, bringing forth a true solo statement from Stolt and Froberg who are responsible for everything this song has to offer: unusual harmony vocals, cool loops and sound effects, and steady, straightforward drumming.

Also new on the CD is the band's Genesis tribute "Cinema Show", originally recorded in 1998. Being one of the greatest Genesis songs ever, Stolt says the band was rather nervous while recording it, but the result is nothing short of mindblowing. The acoustic guitar tone, the layered melodies, the awesome vocal parts, and last but not the least, Tomas Bodin's mindblowingly beautiful key solo that not only honours Tony Banks' original work but also adds its own touch to it -- everything is phenomenal about this piece. As noted in the liner notes, that solo is testimony that "great keys can be played with emotion without a trace of blues or jazz".

It would be impossible and meaningless to describe each song on this compilation. After all, they all represent a different era of the band; and they are meant to be enjoyed best in their original context. However, the little nuances brought out in the mixing stage do warrant a mention. "Cosmic Lover", for instance, features new vocal and some clarinet addition as well as a heavier focus on rhythm. This brings out the funky aesthetic and underscores the brilliant Beatles-like vocal harmony. "Stupid Girl" has a brand new guitar solo; and truth be told, I can't choose which one I like better cause the new one is truly sublime. Also, the guitar solo of "A Kings Prayer", one of the greatest Flower Kings songs ever, is different. I love how the deep message is conveyed on this one amidst glimmering acoustic guitar notes and McCartney-like vocal arrangements.

The last few minutes of "Church of Your Heart" have been cut off, and rightly so. The result is a more direct and powerful tune driven by tons of organ work by Bodin and soaring harmonies by Hasse Froberg. The African tribal rhythms merge seamlessly with a gorgeous soprano sax arrangement on "Grand Old World" whilst "Monkey Business" proves once again why everything on Unfold the Future is gold. Jonas Reingold's fretless bass, Hasse Bruniusson's percussion rhythms, and Stolt's unmistakable guitars form the musical aspect of the otherwise tragic lyrical theme. Stolt's vocal part in the intro of "The Road Back Home" has been replaced by Hasse's more fitting singing -- perhaps the best Retropolis song with its melodic hook and blazing Hammond elements.

The songs with Pain of Salvation's Daniel Gildenlow providing backing harmonies have mostly been left untouched, such as "Starlight Man" and "Cosmic Circus", but you can still tell a remix was done on them. The somewhat cluttered soundscape layering of the former piece seems totally gone on the reworked version of "Different People" off of Stardust We Are. Unlike the original version, the piece has a stronger psychedelic centre here thanks to Stolt's meticulous remixing, and the melodious flow is more evocative. The backing voices have enhanced this cut greatly as well.

It doesn't matter whether you're a long-time fan or a new listener. Any Flower Kings fan should pick this up in a heart beat and hear these songs in their new format. If you have never heard any of Flower Kings' studio albums, on the other hand, then, depending on the songs you like the best here, you should go and pick it up impromptu. Once you're hooked, you'll want to have their entire discography anyway.

Kudos to Roine Stolt for not only compiling and remixing all these songs, but also for the detailed song-by-song analysis he offers in the liner notes. He even designed the booklet and cover art himself and added some photos as well. The packaging is superb -- it couldn't be any better.

I wish all compilation albums were this amazing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b7e1b94) out of 5 stars Comprehensive "best of" with a few surprises 13 Mar. 2010
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With a sound firmly rooted in Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd and a high level of musical talent, The Flower Kings are one of the brighter stars in the neo-progressive rock scene. They're also a band whose sound didn't change much from album to album. I think I had accumulated 5-6 separate Flower Kings albums before it hit me that aside from a song or two here and there, I couldn't tell one album from the next. They're all very good neoprog albums, but they're also more than a little repetitive. That's where a collection like The Road Back Home comes in handy.

The Road Back Home is a 2-disc retrospective of the band's career, and seems to have covered all of the songs that caught my attention from the various studio albums. Some of the songs have been edited (otherwise this set would have fewer songs) and they've all been remastered (and remixed, I think) by Roine Stolt, so the audio quality is consistent throughout. They also tossed on a pair of new songs to entice long-time fans. The first is "Little Deceiver," an outtake from the Rainmaker sessions, and the second is a very faithful and very well-executed cover of the Genesis classic "Cinema Show."

This one is pretty easy. If you're new to the band and want a solid, comprehensive overview of the Flower Kings sound, The Road Back Home is an idea, inexpensive way to do that. If you're a serious fan who already owns the band's studio albums, just download (legally, please) "Little Deceiver" and "Cinema Show" individually.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8df21738) out of 5 stars Messin' with Success 3 July 2007
By Slawman - Published on
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First off, I absolutely love the Flower Kings and anxiously await their next release. This one though.....
OK, let me get this off my chest first - why, oh why would you play with the perfection that is the original "Church of Your Heart"? When I saw this on the CD's pre-release playlist on the TFK website, I was counting the days until it arrived just to hear a remastering of this song. (I think all TFK fans can agree that while "Stardust We Are" is one of the best albums of all time, it is also one compressed sonic mess). But instead of a nice clean remastering, we get a complete remix, and, gasp - an entire section of the song - a critical section in my eyes - is totally gone! Disappointed hardly covers it.
And therein lies the problem, for me. Most of these songs weren't just remastered, they were remixed as well. Instruments are added or taken away, changing the complexion of the songs in someways good but mostly not. For the most part, the new productions just don't stand up to the old. Several tunes, like "World Without a Heart" sound lifeless, are missing key instrumental parts (where is the lovely piano part in WWAH?) or have had the sometimes rough edges dulled down until they don't have the same impact the originals did.
Roine evidently has disdained the use of reverb for the new mixes, and for me, this new "dry" sound doesn't serve this type of music well.
Overall, it WAS a somewhat fun first listen, and of course the songs are pretty much wonderful anyway, but while there are great moments, I can't imagine listening to this one again anytime soon.
Having said that, thanks Roine for the effort - the liner notes are indeed exceptional, and maybe there is hope that you'll find time to go back and remaster (but NOT remix) the classic TFK albums like Stardust We Are, Flower Power and Rainmaker. Wouldja, please????
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8df21a38) out of 5 stars Flower Kings - Great Compilation Of Thier More Accessable Material 31 May 2013
By Steven Sly - Published on
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"The Road Back Home" is a 2 CD compilation of Flower Kings material up through 2007. This comp features the band's shorter and in some cases more commercial work. This may or may not be a proper representation of the band's material depending on your perspective. For a band that often releseses epics that exceed the 30 minute mark, focusing on shorter songs does not really give a newcomer a true perspective of what The Flower Kings are all about. However, the songs that are here are almost all good and show a side to the band that sometimes gets buried underneath the weight of their more gargantuan epics. The tracks on this album have been re-mastered and in many cases re-mixed with some having changes made to vocal and instrumental arrangements. Some fans of the band may find this interesting while others, just looking for a straight forward compilation, may be disappointed. Overall I think this is a really solid collection. You get well over 2 hours of Flower Kings material that serves as a great introduction to new fans or an interesting new mix of classics for old ones. The Flower Kings have never really had any hits, but arguably their two most popular songs "The Flower King" and "Stardust We Are" are represented here rounding out the set. Rockers like "Paradox Hotel" fit in well next to more ethereal works like "Compassion". The set also includes the bands cover of Genesis "Cinema Show" which was recorded for a tribute album, but never released on any Flower Kings discs. The cover is great by the way. Bottom line this is a really top notch compilation and I would think that both new fans and old would enjoy it. No there are no 20 plus minute long epics on this one (you'll have to pick up the studio albums for those), but this is a great introduction to the more accessible side of the band. Pairing this compilation with their earlier one "Scanning The Greenhouse" would really give fans a solid 3 CD collection of the best of the band up to 2007. There are only two overlapping tracks which makes them nice companion pieces to each other.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ba013fc) out of 5 stars The Road Back Home is an Adventure! 18 Aug. 2007
By A. Schultz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For those who know me, I am a huge Flower Kings fan. For someone who has all of thier records, including the solo outings and official bootlegs, etc... you would think I would be one tough customer, as I have heard it all. But not so with this double album set! Of course, you have your jaded listeners who'll say, "I have all of these songs already, why buy this?" For anyone who knows how a perfectionist (such as master Stolt) labors over his art, you can imagine how many sleepless nights were spent trying to get the right sound and then discovering (sometimes years later!) that it's not quite there yet... perhaps the recording equipment was available at the time, or perhaps a better idea came along... Anyway the point of all this rambling is: it is easy for the casual listener to be contented with the orignal recordings and roll their eyes at a "re-issue". But this is not a re-issue. It is a true labor of love as it is an attempt to try to capture things that the artist felt were missing in the original recordings. To think, it took Leonardo DiVinci TEN YEARS to paint the lips on the Mona Lisa! A true artist is never satisfied! Roine Stolt and the members of the Flower kings are no exception. They are true artists who are never contented with their art, and for that all of us casual listeners should be grateful!!!

So rather than go through the list of songs with the intention of trying to convince someone to purchase this record, I will conclude with the following: if you appreciate the genius that is the Flower Kings, you will appreciate this record.

And be sure to Preorder the new album The Sum Of No Evil!!!
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