Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I
|Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I|
|Studio album by Helloween|
|Released||23 May 1987|
|Recorded||November 1986 - January 1987 at Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany|
|Producer||Tommy Newton, Tommy Hansen|
|Singles from Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I|
|Metal Hammer (GER)|||
Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I is the second studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1987. It marks the first appearance of vocalist Michael Kiske, and is considered the album that created the genre of European-style power metal. Kai Hansen stepped away from doing vocal duties as he had difficulties singing and playing the guitar at the same time during the previous tour. It was an album dominated by Hansen, due to an injury to co-guitarist Michael Weikath which prevented him from performing on much of the album. "Future World" was released as a single and a music video was made for "Halloween" but with 8 minutes omitted from the song. The band originally planned to release Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I and Part II as a double album, but their record label refused, insisting that the albums be released separately. Much later in 2010, both albums were released together with bonus tracks.
|3.||"A Little Time"||Michael Kiske||3:59|
|4.||"Twilight of the Gods"||Hansen||4:29|
|5.||"A Tale That Wasn't Right"||Michael Weikath||4:42|
|8.||"Follow the Sign"||Hansen, Weikath||1:46|
|Expanded edition bonus tracks|
|9.||"Victim of Fate" (re-recorded version)||Hansen||7:00|
|10.||"Starlight" (remix)||Hansen, Weikath||4:15|
|11.||"A Little Time" (alternative version)||Kiske||3:33|
|12.||"Halloween" (video edit)||Hansen||5:02|
|"Keeper of the Seven Keys, Parts I & II" bonus tracks|
|14.||"Livin' Ain't No Crime"||Weikath||4:42|
- Tracks 10 and 11 also appear on the "Future World" single.
- Track 12 also appears on the "Pumpkin Box" single.
- Michael Kiske - vocals
- Kai Hansen - guitar, front cover concept
- Michael Weikath - guitar
- Markus Grosskopf - bass
- Ingo Schwichtenberg - drums
- Tommy Newton - producer, engineer
- Tommy Hansen - co-producer, engineer, mixing, emulator
- Edda & Uwe Karczewski - cover design
- Limb - sleeve & back cover concept
|German Albums Chart||15|
|Swiss Albums Chart||18|
|Swedish Albums Chart||42|
|US Billboard Top 200[not in citation given]||104|
|Japanese Albums Chart[not in citation given]||57|
The Russian band, Arktida, covered the song "I'm Alive" in a single they titled, "Я живой", Romanized as "Ya zhivoy".
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