EUROPE – The Final Countdown

Europe – The Final Countdown [Remastered Edition] (2001, Sony Music Entertainment/Epic Records/Legacy Recordings)
Original Release: 1986, Epic Records

Track Listing:
1. “The Final Countdown” … 5:11
2. “Rock the Night” … 4:03
3. “Carrie” … 4:30
4. “Danger on the Track” … 3:45
5. “Ninja” … 3:46
6. “Cherokee” … 4:13
7. “Time Has Come” … 4:01
8. “Heart of Stone” … 3:46
9. “On the Loose” … 3:08
10. “Love Chaser” … 3:33
11. “The Final Countdown” [Live] … 5:12
12. “Danger on the Track” [Live] … 4:00
13. “Carrie” [Live] … 4:40

Joey Tempest – Vocals
John Norum – Guitars
John Levén – Bass
Ian Haugland – Drums
Mic Michaeli – Keyboard

Produced by: Kevin Elson

Just about anyone who has been to a sporting event is familiar with “The Final Countdown”. And that may have been humorous the first few times it was played, that song is over 20 years old and it’s time to stop. It’s not cute anymore. Anyway, the song is gloriously cheesy as is the rest of this pop-metal masterpiece.

“Carrie” was a big hit ballad for the band, and it’s a great one, but songs like “Rock the Night” and “Cherokee” have proven to me this band really has legs and can rock when they want to. It was actually thanks to The Boneyard channel on XM Radio that convinced me to buy this album because for a while, they kept playing both of those songs.

The album is definitely cheesy all around, there’s just some albums that CANNOT be blasted on your car stereo with the windows down, but it’s a really fun pop-metal album.

Highlights: “The Final Countdown”, “Rock the Night”, “Carrie”, “Danger on the Track”, “Ninja”, Cherokee”

Posted on November 28, 2008, in Collection, Europe and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This album is twenty-five years old this year. I guess I could’ve included it on my most recent post:
    but I’ve always hated this album.

    When I was in high school, this album’s title track was chosen as my class’ “Graduation song”. Imagine my dismay.

  2. I lump this band in with the likes of Danger Danger. Technically proficient, potent even, but much too full of pomp to be considered a TRUE hard rock band. (You said guilty pleasure there, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing LOL). “The Final Countdown” (the single) came out about the same time as the Emerson Lake and Powell disc, so that’s what it was described to me as sounding like before I actually heard it, and it does. “Carrie” is a typical 80s hold up the lighter ballad… “Cherokee” I never could bring myself to like… they are both very much NOT classics, but typical 80s pop-metal (if there is such a thing) fare.
    Their subsequent discs sound much the same. Their subsequent disc “Out Of This World” covers their own “Open Your Heart” from their first disc… a great song and worth checking out the dichotomy if you can find both. Overall, great musicians, but a case of the whole being less than the sum of its parts.

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