“Highest Hopes: The Best Of Nightwish” by Nightwish

Artist: Nightwish
Title: “Highest Hopes: The Best Of Nightwish”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 10/31/2006
Genre: Symphonic Operatic Metal
Rating: 3/5

And so we come to the release of “Highest Hopes: The Greatest Hits of Nightwish”. This single CD collection features some of the bands best material from across the albums that made them famous and allowed them to become one of the most beloved and respected of the Operatic Symphonic Metal groups of all time. I admit that there are some signature tracks missing like “Come Cover Me” and “She Is My Sin” and the die hards would probably also agree that this would have been better if served up as a double disc Anthology package. The group truly had too many good songs to be relegated to a single CD yet despite this some killer stuff is present such as “Over The Hills And Far Away” (the Gary Moore cover), “Dead Boy’s Poem”, and “Nemo”. Marco gets to sing solo on “High Hopes”, which is a Pink Floyd song that does not hold much resemblance to the classic Progressive Rock act.

The domestic release on Century Media Records comes several months after the termination of the bands singer, Tarja Turunen who was actually fired on the night that the band performed the concert that would be released as “The End Of An Era”. One would think it appropriate to call the album ”Nightwish: The Tarja Years”, while it now finds the band cloistered as new music is written and a replacement singer sought. I view this release as a chapter in music history closed while another is in the design stages; will it astound us and hold us in thrall as the first part did? Only time will tell and while this is a good release, you must use this only as the teaser it is and a motivator in your quest to add the Nightwish back catalog to your collection.

Song Listing:
1. Wish I Had An Angel
2. Stargazers
3. The Kinslayer
4. Ever Dream
5. Elvenpath
6. Bless The Child
7. Nemo
8. Sleeping Sun (2005 version)
9. Dead To The World
10. Over The Hills And Far Away
11. Deep Silent Complete
12. Sacrament Of Wilderness
13. Walking In The Air
14. Wishmaster
15. Dead Boy’s Poem
16. High Hopes

Official Web site: www.nightwish.com

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