HELLOWEEN: Expanded Reissues Detailed

Six of HELLOWEEN's most interesting, transitional albums — "Walls Of Jericho", "Pink Bubbles Go Ape", "Chameleon", "Master Of The Rings", "The Time Of The Oath" and "Better Than Raw" — are being reissued as remastered, deluxe expanded edition CDs by Sanctuary Records on April 25, 2006. Bonus tracks include rare B-sides, remixes and live versions. "Walls Of Jericho", "Chameleon", "Master Of The Rings" and "The Time Of The Oath" are two-CD sets while "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" and "Better Than Raw" are each one fully packed CD. All six releases include informative liner notes with essays, new interviews with guitarist Michael Weikath, lyrics and photos.

"Walls Of Jericho" was originally released in late 1985. It was HELLOWEEN's first full-length album following the appearance of the mini-album "Helloween" earlier that year. In addition to "Walls Of Jericho" itself, this two-CD reissue also includes the five songs from "Helloween" and a track from the picture-disc version, two songs from 1984's compilation album/sampler "Death Metal", 1986's "Judas" EP and two emixes from 2002's "Treasure Chest".

"Pink Bubbles Go Ape" hit the streets in 1991 and it was HELLOWEEN's first album with guitarist Roland Grapow, who had replaced Kai Hansen. "Chameleon" followed in 1993 and this experimental effort was the final album with vocalist Michael Kiske. "Master Of The Rings" appeared in 1994 and it marked the debut of vocalist Andi Deris. "The Time Of The Oath" was issued in 1996 and it is generally regarded as containing the band's strongest, most cohesive set of songs since the mid-1980s classics "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 1" and "Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Pt. 2". "Better Than Raw" came out in 1998 and it found HELLOWEEN adding progressive elements as well as touches of neo-classical and neo-black metal.

The track listings are as follows:

"Walls Of Jericho"

Disc 1:

01. Starlight
02. Murderer
03. Warrior
04. Victim Of Fate
05. Cry For Freedom
06. Walls Of Jericho
07. Ride The Sky
08. Reptile
09. Guardians
10. Phantoms Of Death
11. Metal Invaders
12. Gorgar
13. Heavy Metal (Is The Law)
14. How Many Tears
15. Judas

Disc 2:

01. Murderer (remix)
02. Ride The Sky (remix)
03. Intro/Ride The Sky (live)
04. Guardians (live)
05. Oernst Of Life
06. Metal Invaders
07. Surprise Track

"Pink Bubbles Go Ape":

01. Pink Bubbles Go Ape
02. Kids Of The Century
03. Back On The Streets
04. Number One
05. Heavy Metal Hamsters
06. Goin' Home
07. Someone's Crying
08. Mankind
09. I'm Doin' Fine, Crazy Man
10. The Chance
11. Your Turn
12. Blue Suede Shoes ("Kids Of The Century" single B-side)
13. Shit And Lobster ("Kids Of The Century" single B-side)
14. Les Hambourgeois Walkways ("Number One" single B-side)
15. You Run With The Pack ("Number One" single B-side)

"Chameleon":

Disc 1:

01. First Time
02. When The Sinner
03. I Don't Wanna Cry No More
04. Crazy Cat
05. Giants
06. Windmill
07. Revolution Now
08. In The Night
09. Music
10. Step Out Of Hell
11. I Believe
12. Longing

Disc 2:

01. I Don't Care You Don't Care ("When The Sinner" single B-side)
02. Oriental Journey ("When The Sinner" single B-side previously Japan only)
03. Cut In The Middle ("Windmill" single B-side)
04. Introduction ("Windmill" single B-side)
05. Get Me Out Of Here ("Windmill" single B-side)
06. Red Socks And The Smell Of The Trees ("I Don't Wanna Cry No More" single B-side)
07. Ain't Got Nothin' Better ("I Don't Wanna Cry No More" single B-side)
08. Windmill (previously unreleased demo version)

"Master Of The Rings":

Disc 1:

01. Irritation
02. Sole Survivor
03. Where The Rain Grows
04. Why?
05. Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)
06. Perfect Gentleman
07. The Game Is On
08. Secret Alibi
09. Take Me Home
10. In The Middle Of A Heartbeat
11. Still We Go

Disc 2:

01. Can't Fight Your Desire (single B-side)
02. Star Invasion (single B-side)
03. Cold Sweat (single B-side)
04. Silicon Dreams (single B-side)
05. Grapowski's Malmsuite 101 (single B-side)
06. I Stole Your Love (KISS cover - single B-side previously Japan only)
07. Closer To Home (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover - single B-side previously Japan only)

"The Time Of The Oath":

Disc 1:

01. We Burn
02. Steel Tormentor
03. Wake Up The Mountain
04. Power
05. Forever And One (Neverland)
06. Before The War
07. A Million To One
08. Anything My Mama Don't Like
09. Kings Will Be Kings
10. Mission Motherland
11. If I Knew
12. The Time Of The Oath

Disc 2:

01. Still I Don't Know (previously Japan only)
02. Take It To The Limit (previously Japan only)
03. Electric Eye (single B-side)
04. Magnetic Fields (single B-side)
05. Rain (single B-side)
06. Walk Your Way (single B-side)
07. Light In The Sky (single B-side)
08. Time Goes By (single B-side)

"Better Than Raw":

01. Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude In Z
02. Push
03. Falling Higher
04. Hey Lord!
05. Don't Spit On My Mind
06. Revelation
07. Time
08. I Can
09. A Handful Of Pain
10. Lavdate Dominvm
11. Midnight Sun
12. Back On The Ground (previously Japan only)
13. A Game We Shouldn't Play (single B-side)
14. Perfect Gentleman (live bootleg version)
15. Moshi Moshi ~ Shiki No Uta (live B-side)

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