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|Better Than Raw|
|Studio album by Helloween|
|Released||14 April 1998|
|Studio||Chateau du Pape and Crazy Cat Studios, Hamburg, Germany and Mi Sueño Studio, Tenerife, Spain|
|Producer||Tommy Hansen and Helloween|
|Singles from Better Than Raw|
The album was recorded at Chateau du Pape and Crazy Cat Studios in Hamburg and at Mi Sueño Studio in Tenerife. It was produced and mixed by Tommy Hansen at Chateau du Pape and mastered by Ian Cooper at Metropolis, London.
|1.||"Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude Period in Z"||instrumental||Uli Kusch||1:45|
|2.||"Push"||Andi Deris, Kusch, Michael Weikath||Kusch||4:45|
|3.||"Falling Higher"||Deris, Weikath||Weikath||4:45|
|5.||"Don't Spit on My Mind"||Deris||Deris, Markus Grosskopf||4:24|
|8.||"I Can"||Weikath||Deris, Weikath||4:38|
|9.||"A Handful of Pain"||Deris||Kusch||4:49|
|Expanded Edition bonus tracks|
|1.||"Back on the Ground"||Kusch, Deris||4:40|
|2.||"A Game We Shouldn't Play"||Deris||3:38|
|3.||"Perfect Gentleman" (live bootleg version)||Deris, Weikath||3:27|
|4.||"Moshi Moshi~Shiki No Uta" (live drum solo & original song)||Kusch, Roland Grapow||6:53|
- M - 2 also appears on the "I Can" single.
- M - 3,4 also appears on the "Hey Lord!" single.
- Andi Deris - lead and backing vocals
- Michael Weikath - guitar, backing vocals
- Roland Grapow - guitar, backing vocals
- Markus Grosskopf - bass, backing vocals
- Uli Kusch - drums, backing vocals
- Jorn Ellerbrock - keyboards
- Tommy Hansen (producer) - keyboards
- Jutta Weinhold, Ralf Maurer, Christina Hahne - backing vocals
- Hanson have been known to use the album introduction as an entrance to their concerts.
- Laudate Dominum was written as a tribute for the band's dedicated fans in Spain, South America and other Christians countries.
- Midnight Sun is about the ending of a bad relationship.
- The cover was inspired by The Smurfs, with Gargamel changed for the witch and the Smurfs for pumpkins.
- As opposed to the more benign-looking pumpkin used on previous albums, a sinister-looking pumpkin is used to represent the "o" in the "Helloween" logo. Albeit with a few minor tweaks, it is still currently in use.
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