Europe (2) ‎– Out Of This World

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Epic ‎– EPC 462449 1
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Tracklist

A1 Superstitious 4:35
A2 Let The Good Times Rock 4:04
A3 Open Your Heart 4:04
A4 More Than Meets The Eye 3:20
A5 Coast To Coast 4:00
A6 Ready Or Not 4:05
B1 Sign Of The Times 4:15
B2 Just The Beginning 4:32
B3 Never Say Die 4:00
B4 Lights And Shadows 4:04
B5 Tower's Callin' 3:48
B6 Tomorrow 3:04

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℗ 1988 CBS Records Inc./ © 1988 CBS Records Inc./EPIC. ® CDS Inc.

Printed in Holland (on sleeve).
Made in Holland (on labels).
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Info on Variant 3:

Sticker on front, in red with blue text:
"includes the smash hits:
Superstitious
Open Your Heart
Let The Good Times Rock
Coast To Coast
Sign Of The Times
01-462449-20"

Sticker on the back of sleeve:
"This sticker updates previous price information
CB 231
52
02-462449-20"

Includes a Nice Price insert sheet.
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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Barcode: 5 099746 244910
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): 01-462449-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): 01-462449-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, Stamped, Variant 1): 01 462449 2A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, Stamped, Variant 1): 01 462449 1B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, Stamped, Variant 2): 01 462449 1A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, Stamped, Variant 2): 01 462449 2B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, Stamped & Etched, Variant 3): 01 462449 2A1 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, Stamped & Etched, Variant 3): 01 462449 1B1 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, Stamped, Variant 3): 01 462449 3A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A, Stamped, Variant 4): 01 462449 1A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B, Stamped, Variant 4): 01 462449 1B1
  • Label Code: LC 0199
  • Other (on labels): (OE 44185)
  • Other: 01-462449-20
  • Price Code: CB 311
  • Price Code: 58
  • Price Code: PK
  • Other (Sticker, Variant 3): 02-462449-20
  • Price Code (Sticker, Variant 3): CB 231
  • Price Code (Sticker, Variant 3): 52

Other Versions (5 of 94) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
462449 2, 02-462449-10, 467393 2 Europe (2) Out Of This World(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Epic, Epic 462449 2, 02-462449-10, 467393 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
RC 1757 Europe (2) Out Of This World(Cass, Album, Unofficial) RC RC 1757 Poland 1988 Sell This Version
418 Europe (2) Out Of This World(Cass, Album, Unofficial) DMC Records (6) 418 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
8932 Europe (2) Out Of This World(Cass, Album, Unofficial) DVC 8932 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
OE 44185, E 44185 Europe (2) Out Of This World(LP, Album, Promo) Epic, Epic OE 44185, E 44185 US 1988 Sell This Version

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southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

September 6, 2020
edited 20 days ago
With the departure of John Norum, who disagreed with the direction that the band were heading in musically, Europe were forced to carry on without him. Despite missing Norum's riveting riffs, "Out Of This World", the band's third effort, went platinum in the US alone, though falling short of achieving the status or even a smash hit single akin to its predecessor. I would attribute this to the gospel overtones present on several tracks, as well as the general mellow conventionality of its arena rock sound, lacking the pomposity and energy of "The Final Countdown". However, that is not to say the band do not attempt for a rehash of their previous hits, because they most certainly do; it appears that the aim of producing a lightning-in-a-bottle classic as instantly iconic as "The Final Countdown" led to the band failing in every respect. "Out Of This World" features many sonic and style revisions of the previous album, though not so as you would notice unless you scrutinise. Fortunately, the guitars and keyboards are unobtrusive, and Joey Tempest's vocals are as proficient as they ever were, possibly even more so due to the moderation of the songs in terms of heaviness. "Superstitious" is a particular highlight of the band's less grandiose affectations, characterised by a glam metal sheen with strong pulses and a romantic, driving chorus, it is one of the most memorable on the album. During this song as well as others, Tempest has free reign to show off his stunning vocal range to match the free-wheeling instrumentalists, both of whom are given to extended solos in a bid to imitate, or most likely complement, the utterly prominent Tempest, who truly shines on the closing track, "Tomorrow", assisted by a mere piano. Such ego-driven indulgences may have been curtailed by an assertive producer, but such flaws do not dampen the admirably impassioned qualities of the music, which is first-rate arena rock elevated by keyboard-heavy pop melodies, midtempo balladry and, for the most part, continuing the formula they previously adopted to gain wider exposure.

As is usually the case, success is as difficult to acquire as it is to sustain, therefore it comes as no surprise that "Out Of This World" would become Europe's final album to scale the Billboard chart. It isn't as raw as "Wings of Tomorrow" or as breezy as "The Final Countdown", but "Out Of This World" is an integral part of the band's discography and equally as well-executed and sonically pleasing as its forerunners.