Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II

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Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II
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Studio album by Helloween
Released 29 August 1988
Recorded May–June 1988 at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany
Genre Power metal
Length 54:33
Label Noise
Producer Tommy Hansen
Helloween chronology
Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I
(1987)
Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II
(1988)
Live in the UK
(1989)
Singles from Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II
  1. "Dr. Stein"
    Released: September 1988
  2. "I Want Out"
    Released: 31 October 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 8/10 stars[3]
Rock Hard (9/10)[4]

Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II is the third studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1988.[5][6] The album sold well, and success bloomed all over Europe, Asia, and even the United States. The album went gold in Germany[7] and reached No. 108 in the US.

Two singles were released from the album, "Dr. Stein" and "I Want Out". "Dr. Stein" has a very long and moody solo, played with a blues tinge, very unlike other solos on the album, as well as an organ solo. "I Want Out" remains possibly the band's best-known song, and has been covered by several metal bands, such as Gamma Ray, Unisonic, HammerFall, LORD and Sonata Arctica.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Invitation"   Michael Weikath 1:06
2. "Eagle Fly Free"   Weikath 5:08
3. "You Always Walk Alone"   Michael Kiske 5:08
4. "Rise and Fall"   Weikath 4:22
5. "Dr. Stein"   Weikath 5:03
6. "We Got the Right"   Kiske 5:07
7. "Save Us" (moved to track 10 on the remastered re-release) Kai Hansen 5:15
8. "March of Time"   Hansen 5:13
9. "I Want Out"   Hansen 4:39
10. "Keeper of the Seven Keys"   Weikath 13:37
Total length:
54:33
Expanded edition bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Savage"   Kiske 3:25
2. "Livin' Ain't No Crime"   Weikath 4:42
3. "Don't Run for Cover"   Kiske 4:45
4. "Dr Stein" (remix) Weikath 5:05
5. "Keeper of the Seven Keys" (remix) Weikath 13:52
Total length:
31:49
"Keeper of the Seven Keys, Parts I & II" bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Don't Run for Cover"   Kiske 4:45
12. "Dr. Stein" (remix) Weikath 5:05
13. "Keeper of the Seven Keys" (remix) Weikath 13:52

Personnel[edit]

Helloween[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Engineered by Tommy Hansen and Tommy Newton
  • Mixed by Tommy Newton for "I Got Confused Productions"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Swiss Albums Chart[8] 6
German Albums Chart[9] 5
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 47
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 12
UK Albums Chart[14] 24
Japanese Albums Chart[15][not in citation given] 27
US Billboard Top 200[16][not in citation given] 108

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 2 review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  2. ^ Stagno, Mike (7 September 2006). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  3. ^ Berelian, Essi (February 2011). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1 & 2". Classic Rock. 154. London, UK: Future plc. p. 88. 
  4. ^ Stratmann, Holger (1988). "Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part II". Rock Hard (in German) (28). Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Helloween – Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II (tracklist and versions)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  6. ^ "Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Keeper+of+the+Seven+Keys+Part+II')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  8. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  9. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (German Charts)". charts.de. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Austrian Charts)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  11. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Dutch Charts)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  12. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Swedish Charts)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Norwegian Charts)". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  14. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (UK Charts)". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  15. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  16. ^ "Helloween - Keeper of The Seven Keys Pt. 2 (US Charts)". billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-08-30.