TEN – Far Beyond The World +2 [Japan SHM-CD ‘TEN Essential Remaster Series’ including exclusive song] (2016) *0dayrox Exclusive*
Fronted by the unique Gary Hughes, Britain ’90s leading melodic hard rock / AOR band TEN celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. As the first press of their albums was difficult to obtain due to the long-term discontinuation, Japanese label Avalon / Victor Entertainment created this ‘TEN Essential Remaster Series‘, a SHM-CD carboard sleeve reissue of TEN’s best albums.
And to make the band’s 20th anniversary reissues more special, Hughes provided material from his archives and one unreleased song is added to each album. These unreleased songs are exclusive to this ‘TEN Essential Remaster Series’ not to be found into any other release.
While some TEN albums are criticized by its production – in fact, for their too many layers of sound – with 2001’s “Far Beyond The World” Gary Hughes & Co. opted for a more ‘straight’ AOR / Melodic Rock recording, and the result is one of the best CD’s of the decade for the genre.
It’s that good.
Speaking of classic AOR / Melodic hard rock classic sound, “Far Beyond The World” is just brilliant. Clear, melodic arrangements, sweet guitars & keys combination, and Gary’s pristine, sublime vocals.
The sonic approach for this album is different than before, more to the point, not so flamboyant.
In short; this is classic AOR awesomeness.
“Far Beyond The World” is an often overlooked TEN album, and if you never properly heard it, it’s time to solve that. It’s one of their best, believe me.
Ｍａｒｑｕｅｅ ／ Ａｖａｌｏｎ 【MICP ～ 11299】
「 TEN Essential Remaster Series ＳＨＭ-ＣＤ」
01 – Scarlet And The Grey
02 – Strange Land
03 – What About Me?
04 – Glimmer Of Evil
05 – Last Of The Lovers
06 – Heart Like A Lion
07 – Black Shadows
08 – High Tide
09 – Far Beyond The World
10 – Who Do You Want To Love?
11 – Outlawed And Notorious
JAPAN BONUS TRACKS:
12 – The Soldier
13 – In Love And War [SHM-CD exclusive Bonus]
Gary Hughes – vocals
Vinny Burns – guitars
John Halliwell – guitars
Steve McKenna – bass guitar
Paul Hodson – keyboards
Greg Morgan – drums