The Forgotten Tales

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The Forgotten Tales
Compilation album by Blind Guardian
Released April 18th, 1996
Recorded Sweet Silence Studios
Twilight Hall Studios
Karo Studios
Central Studio
Genre Power metal
Length 45:32
Label Virgin
Producer Flemming Rasmussen
Kalle Trapp
Piet Sielck
Blind Guardian
Blind Guardian chronology
The Forgotten Tales
(1996)
Memories of a Time to Come
(2012)
Singles from The Forgotten Tales
  1. "Mr. Sandman"
    Released: February 7, 1996

The Forgotten Tales is a compilation album by Blind Guardian. It was published in 1996. The cover artwork was created by Andreas Marschall. "'The Forgotten Tales'" contains several cover versions of popular songs, including "Mr. Sandman", "Surfin' U.S.A.", and "Spread Your Wings" as well as alternate versions of the band's previous works. Remastered and re-released on 15 June 2007, with bonus tracks and videos.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr. Sandman" (The Chordettes cover) – 2:09 (Pat Ballard)
  2. "Surfin' U.S.A." (The Beach Boys cover) – 2:23 (Brian Wilson/Chuck Berry)
  3. "Bright Eyes" (Acoustic version) – 4:20 (André Olbrich/Hansi Kürsch)
  4. "Lord of the Rings" (Orchestral version) – 3:55 (Marcus Siepen/Kürsch)
  5. "The Wizard" (Uriah Heep cover) – 3:16 (Ken Hensley)
  6. "Spread Your Wings" (Queen cover) – 4:14 (John Deacon)
  7. "Mordred's Song" (Acoustic version) – 5:16 (Olbrich/Kürsch)
  8. "Black Chamber" (Orchestral version) – 1:15 (Kürsch)
  9. "The Bard's Song" (Live) – 4:11 (Olbrich/Kürsch)
  10. "Barbara Ann/Long Tall Sally" (The Regents/Little Richard covers) – 1:43 (Fred Fassert/Enotris Johnson/Robert Blackwell/Richard Penniman )
  11. "A Past and Future Secret" – 3:47 (Olbrich/Kürsch)
  12. "To France" (Mike Oldfield cover) – 4:40 (Mike Oldfield)
  13. "Theatre of Pain" (Orchestral version) – 4:15 (Olbrich/Kürsch/Mathias Wiesner)
  • 2007 Re-release Bonus Tracks
  1. "Hallelujah" (Deep Purple cover) – 3.18 (Roger Greenaway/Roger Cook)
  2. "Beyond the Realms of Death" (Judas Priest cover) – 7.02 (Rob Halford/Les Binks)
  3. "Don't Talk to Strangers" (Dio cover) – 4.49 (Ronnie James Dio)
  4. "Mr. Sandman" (Video) (Pat Ballard)
  5. "The Bard's Song" (Video) (Olbrich/Kürsch)

Lineup[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Mathias Wiesner – effects (tracks 1, 4, 11–13), bass (track 6)
  • Michael Shüren – piano (track 2)
  • Piet Sielck – backing vocals (track 2), effects (track 8)
  • Otto Sidenius – organ (track 5)
  • Jacob Moth – acoustic guitar (tracks 5, 11)
  • Billy King – backing vocals (tracks 5–6)
  • Thomas Hackmann – backing vocals (tracks 5, 10)
  • Ronnie Atkins – backing vocals (track 5)
  • Rolf Köhler – lead vocals (track 10), backing vocals (tracks 6, 10)
  • Kalle Trapp – lead guitars (track 10), lead vocals (track 10), backing vocals (track 10)
  • Aman Malek – backing vocals (track 10)
  • Stefan Will – piano (track 6)

Personnel[edit]

  • Ralph Kessler – mastering
  • Andreas Marschall – cover paintings
  • Dirk Zumpe – photos
  • Flemming Rasmussen – recording (tracks 1, 5, 7, 11), mixing and engineering (tracks 1, 5, 11), producing (tracks 1, 5)
  • Piet Sielck – recording (tracks 2–4, 7–8, 12–13), mixing and producing (tracks 2–4, 7–9, 12–13), engineering (tracks 1–3, 6, 12)
  • Kalle Trapp – recording, mixing, producing and engineering (tracks 6, 10)
  • Henrik Vindeby – recording (tracks 4, 7, 8), engineering (tracks 2, 12), assistant engineering (tracks 1, 5, 11)
  • Blind Guardian – producing (tracks 3–4, 7–9, 12–13)