DORO // ‘MAGIC DIAMONDS – BEST OF ROCK, BALLADS & RARE TREASURES’ // ALBUM REVIEW

This latest release comprising 56 songs on three CDs, spans four decades of Doro’s career. But that’s not all that makes this outing a special one, as it will be released in a special presentation box which will contain an exclusive Doro perfume called `True At Heart’ as well as a `Magic Diamonds’ tube scarf. Doro is quoted as saying “I’ve been dreaming of my own perfume for many years. Now the time has finally come.” As such the CD box set will be released in two versions: “For Him” and “For Her”. I kid you not! A vinyl box set will have colored vinyl as well as an encore CD and poster. There will be a standard version available too for those more interested in the music!

CD 1 The Best Of Rock kicks off with `All We are’, running through `Burn It Up’, `Descent’, `Kiss Me Like A Cobra’, `Raise Your Fist In The Air’, `Now Or Never (featuring Slash)’ and a previously unreleased track called Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing)’ amongst others.

CD2 The Best Of Ballads starts with `Für Immer’, then runs through `Above The Ashes’, a 2020 version of `Love Me In Black’, `Rare Diamond’, `Love Me Forever (Featuring Lemmy)’ as well as a live unplugged version of `Undying’ and the soundtrack song `Warrior Soul’ for the movie “Anuk – The Way Of The Warrior” in which Doro plays the lead role of course.

CD3 Rare Treasures has eighteen tracks many of which are live, including `I Rule The Ruins’, `Hellbound’, `Bad Blood’, and `Hellraiser’.

The only do we find those classic tracks that have endeared Doro to metal fans around the world for decades contained within this package, but also some tributes to some of her metal cohorts too with versions of Dio’s `Egypt (The Chains Are On)’, Metallica’s `Nothing Else Matters’ and Judas Priest’s `Breaking The Law’. The latter being an orchestral version with Udo Dirkschneider.

This release captures the many facets of Doro’s career and gives us some rare gems too (see what I did there!). Sure, there are some tracks which people will say should have been included but you have to stop somewhere and the rarities more than compensate for it.

 

Review: Paul Sabin

 

CD 1: Best Of Rock

01. All We Are (“The Fight” Version) 3:00

02. Thunderspell 4:38

03. Burn It Up 2:44

04. I Adore You 3:19

05. Descent (feat. Pete Steele) 4:01

06. You’re My Family 4:14

07. Kiss Me Like A Cobra 3:18

08. Haunted Heart 5:13

09. Raise Your Fist In The Air (New Live Recording “Forever Warriors Forever United” Tour) 3:11

10. Now Or Never (feat. Slash) 3:50

11. The Night Of The Warlock 5:39

12. I Rule The Ruins (Classic Night Orchestra Version) 4:01

13. Fight 4:08

14. Always Live To Win 3:01

15. Breaking The Law (feat. Udo DIRkschneider) 4:21

16. Revenge (New Live Recording “Forever Warriors Forever United” Tour) 4:32

17. Ich will alles 2:24

18. Salvaje 2:46

19. Dedication (I Give My Blood) 3:54

20. Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing) (First Draft – previously unreleased) 4:58

CD 2: Best Of Ballads

01. Für immer (Classic Night Orchestra Version) 4:33

02. Above The Ashes 4:17

03. Love Me In Black (New Recording 2020) 4:48

04. Scarred 4:37

05. Rare Diamond (New Live Recording “Forever Warriors Forever United” Tour) 3:39

06. Make Time For Love (New Live Recording “Forever Warriors Forever United” Tour) 5:24

07. Tausend Mal gelebt (Live) 4:22

08. Fall For Me Again (Live) 4:33

09. Give Me A Reason 4:19

10. Love Me Forever (feat. Lemmy Kilmister) 5:15

11. Angel In The Dark 4:13

12. Walking With The Angels (feat. Tarja Turunen) 4:54

13. Beyond The Trees (New Recording 2020) 2:45

14. Herzblut 4:38

15. Undying (live Unplugged) 3:16

16. Constant Danger (live Unplugged) 3:00

17. Prisoner Of Love (NYC Version – previously unreleased) 4:02

18. Warrior Soul 4:40

CD 3: Rare Treasures

01. The Queen 3:36

02. Metal Tango (Classic Night Orchestra Version) 3:58

03. I Rule The Ruins (Live) 5:04

04. Hellbound (Live) 3:03

05. Even Angels Cry (Live) 4:32

06. The Fortuneteller (Live) 5:09

07. Save My Soul (Live) 3:45

08. Egypt (The Chains Are On) 6:10

09. She’s Like Thunder 3:50

10. Bad Blood (live – feat. Blaze Bayley) 3:29

11. Whenever I Think Of You (Live) 4:36

12. My Majesty (Live) 4:22

13. Hellraiser (Live) 4:20

14. Alles Ist Gut (Live) 4:00

15. Let Love Rain On Me (Live) 3:54

16. Chained 4:16

17. Black Rose 3:41

18. Nothing Else Matters 5:47

Formats:

– 3 CD Digipak

– 3 CD Box („True At Heart“ – „For Her“-Parfum, „Magic Diamonds“ tube scarf)

– 3 CD Box („True At Heart“ – „For Him“-Parfum, „Magic Diamonds“ tube scarf)

– 4 Vinyl Box (2 x 2 Colored Vinyl & Bonus CD & Poster)

 

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