Universal International's The Ultimate Collection lives up to its name with a sprawling three-disc (for some people, a single-disc Ace of Base compilation just doesn't cut it) overview of the alternately beloved and reviled Swedish dance-pop outfit's career. For the most part, UC covers all of the same ground as 2000's Greatest Hits, 2003's Singles of the 90s, and Arista's Platinum & Gold Collection, balancing radio behemoths like "Don't Turn Around," "The Sign," and "All That She Wants" with smaller hits such as "Wheel of Fortune" and Bananarama's "Cruel Summer." What distinguishes The Ultimate Collection from previous comps is the inclusion of some deeper album cuts and an entire disc of remixes, in case "The Sign" didn't get stuck in your head the first time around. ~ James Christopher Monger
"Here They Go Again" is the first album released by the English rock band The Company of Snakes. It is compiled of live recordings from concerts at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany (first disc) and in the Norwegian city of Trondheim (second disc). Because of the musical background of band leaders Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, almost the entire set list consists of old Whitesnake songs. The album title "Here They Go Again" also refers to a famous Whitesnake song "Here I Go Again" (of which there has been two versions; one released on Saints and Sinners and one released on Whitesnake. The Company of Snakes focuses more on the original version). Of this album, "Kinda Wish You Would" is the only song that made it onto T.C.O.S.'s (only) studio album Burst The Bubble.
Excellent debut studio disc by this outstanding hard rock band from Sweden featuring 12 tracks of awesome, dynamic, blues-based, retro-70s, classic rock mojo that lands way-kool beyond belief. From start to finish, the "Electric Celebration" disc is a remarkable, timeless, bluesy hard rock masterpiece of world-class proportions. Four Sticks is a Swedish Rock super-group that features the incredible, soul-powered rock vox of Stefan Berggren (The Company Of Snakes/Razorbacks/Snakes in Paradise Revolution Road/Berggren Kerslake Band/M3-Classic Whitesnake) on lead vocals. The man has an awesome set of pipes that are heavily inspired by Ray Gillen & David Coverdale but with a voice all his own…
This album has 71 minutes of adventurous and diverse progressive music. It's mostly instrumental. There are vocals on parts of all the tracks, especially songs 2 and 3, which some people seem to be ok with but others seem not to like. Instrumentally though, it's really good- a lot of changes and complex arrangements, and a fairly wide range of keyboard and guitar sounds. The production definitely isn't slick, but it's intentionally somewhat raw.