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August 4, 2017

Europe – The Final Countdown (1986) – Lp

by Record Facts

Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bass guitarist Peter Olsson, and drummer Tony Reno.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Europe
Title:  The Final Countdown
Year:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 26808

The Final Countdown is the third studio album by the Swedish rock band Europe. Released on 26 May 1986 through Epic Records.

One of the most glorious launches in history, the title track for the thrice-platinum The Final Countdown is so bombastically brilliant, such glorious garbage, that this nuclear hair assault could only spew from the vacuous ’80s. But the full-tilt follow-up “Rock the Night” rules also: “You know it ain’t easy/Running out of thrills.” “Carrie” comes off a consummate butane ballad. Meanwhile, the rest of the disc packs so much power that Swedish superheroes Europe get away with all the processed pretension. In fact, the lofty ambition of “Danger on the Track,” “Ninja,” and “Cherokee” (each as tasty as its title) combines with heated drive and hot delivery to meld The Final Countdown into a unique portrait of propulsive prog and a worthy addition to any hard rock collection. This is the story; this is the legend told by Teutonic guitars and predictable keyboards ringing pure and hurtling through each and every convention perfectly. The quintet’s big-boy Epic inaugural, The Final Countdown deftly combines the Valhalla victory of Europe‘s heroic debut with the American poodle pomposity that devoured the band. You could live without The Final Countdown, but why?

Five singles were released from the album: “The Final Countdown“, “Love Chaser“, “Rock the Night“, “Carrie“, and “Cherokee.” The first single was responsible for launching Europe into mainstream popularity.

 

Side one
1.  The Final Countdown (5:09)
2.  Rock the Night (4:03)
3.  Carrie (4:30)
4.  Danger on the Track (3:45)
5.  Ninja (3:46)

Side two
1.  Cherokee (4:13)
2.  Time Has Come (4:01)
3.  Heart of Stone (3:46)
4.  On the Loose (3:08)
5.  Love Chaser (3:27)

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