Label : AFM Records

Review by Tony Cannella

I’m always suspicious of compilation albums. Especially if there is no new music included in the set, I mean, what’s the point? This new Doro compilation “Under My Skin” is really a collection of latter day classics from the AFM years. It’s no secret that I am a huge Doro fan, so this may not be the most objective review. That disclaimer out of the way, the thing that struck me about this compilation is how strong Doro’s material has been these last few years. There is certainly a lot of music on this compilation – 32-songs spread out over two discs to be precise and its one powerhouse track after another. Another impressive thing about the compilation is the packaging. It comes with a nice booklet with beautiful pictures and handwritten descriptions of each song from Doro Pesch herself. “Under My Skin” is a pretty comprehensive foray into Doro’s recent catalog. Fittingly enough “Under My Skin” opens with the 2007 version of the Warlock classic “All We Are”. The excellent “You’re My Family” is up next and this is a nice tribute to the fans. There are several songs from the “Classic Diamonds” album performed with The Classic Night Orchestra. Songs like “I Rule the Ruins”, “Strangers Yesterday” and especially “Für Immer” lend themselves very well to this new arrangement. There are also alternate versions of some songs, like the full metal female version of “Celebrate” and acoustic version of “Rare Diamond” and the 2005 version of “She’s Like Thunder”. The entire thing is just jam packed with quality music. The second disc also features multi-media content and the three music videos. If you are a die-hard Doro fan who must have everything or if you are a relatively new fan who would like to catch up on what she has been up to these last few years, than “Under My Skin” will do just fine.

Rating – 90/100

 

Tracklist

Disc 1

  1. All We Are (Version 2007)
  2. You’re My Family
  3. I Rule the Ruins
  4. Celebrate
  5. The Night of the Warlock
  6. Strangers Yesterday
  7. Walking With the Angels
  8. Metal Tango
  9. Thunderspell
  10. Herzblut
  11. Warrior Soul
  12. My Majesty
  13. Für Immer
  14. Love Me in Black
  15. Always Live to Win
  16. Running from the Devil
  17. Above the Ashes
  18. Let Love Rain on Me

 

Disc 2

  1. Celebrate (full metal female version)
  2. Rescue Me
  3. Rare Diamond (Acoustic version)
  4. Angel in the Dark
  5. 1999
  6. In Liebe Und Freundschaft
  7. I Lay My Head Upon My Sword
  8. Tausend Mal Gelebt
  9. Wildfire
  10. Breaking the Law
  11. She’s Like Thunder (version 2005)
  12. The Queen
  13. You Won My Love
  14. Lonely Wolf

 

Line Up

  • Doro Pesch – Vocals
  • Joe Taylor – Lead Guitar
  • Bass Maas – Lead Guitar
  • Luca Princiotta – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Oliver Palotai – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Nick Douglas – Bass
  • Johnny Dee – Drums

 

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