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Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond (1992)

Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond (1992)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Time What Is Time"   5:42
2. "Journey Through the Dark"   4:45
3. "Black Chamber"   0:56
4. "Theatre of Pain"   4:15
5. "The Quest for Tanelorn"   5:53
6. "Ashes to Ashes"   5:58
7. "The Bard's Song – In the Forest"   3:09
8. "The Bard's Song – The Hobbit"   3:52
9. "The Piper's Calling" (instrumental)   0:58
10. "Somewhere Far Beyond"   7:28

Bonus tracks
11. "Spread Your Wings" (Queen cover)   4:13
12. "Trial by Fire" (Satan cover)   3:42
13. "Theatre of Pain (Classic Version)"   4:13

2007 re-release bonus tracks
14. "Ashes to Ashes (Demo Version)"   5:51
15. "Time What is Time (Demo Version)"   5:35

Blind Guardian Band Members / Musicians

Hansi Kürsch – lead vocals, bass

André Olbrich – lead, rhythm and acoustic guitar, backing vocals

Marcus Siepen – rhythm and acoustic guitars, backing vocals

Thomas "Thomen" Stauch – drums

Piet Sielck –effects, guitars

Mathias Wiesner – effects, keyboards and bass on "Spread Your Wings"

Rolf Köhler, Billy King and Kalle Trapp – backing vocals

Stefan Will – piano

Peter Rübsam – Scottish and Irish bagpipes

Kai Hansen – lead guitar on "The Quest for Tanelorn"

Kalle Trapp – producing, mixing, recording

Piet Sielck – second engineer

Andreas Marschall/Becker — Derouet Hamburg – cover art

Tom Nagy – photo

a•r•t•p•o•o•l – graphics

Somewhere Far Beyond is the 4th studio album by German power metal band Blind Guardian. It was released in 1992 and produced by Kalle Trapp. The cover artwork was created by Andreas Marschall, who also drew the artwork for other Blind Guardian's releases (Tales from the Twilight World, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, etc.). The album saw the band creating its own original sound, while still employing most of their speed/power metal techniques.

The cover art and the two "Bard's Songs" gave the band its nickname "The Bards". The use of the nickname has been also extended to the fans of the group, Circle of the Bards being the now defunct fan club, and Hansi Kürsch frequently calling the fans "Bards".

"The Piper's Calling" contains the first three parts of the Great Highland Bagpipe 2/4 March, "The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar", written by Pipe Major John MacDonald of the 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameronian Volunteers). Part of this composition also appears as a section of the title track, this time played on a different type of bagpipe.

The album was acclaimed by power metal fans all across Europe and especially Japan, allowing them to tour for the first time outside Germany. The tour in the Far East led to the band's first live album, Tokyo Tales.

Somewhere Far Beyond was remastered and re-released, with bonus tracks, on 15 June 2007. The album was again re-released and also remixed and remastered as part of A Traveler's Guide to Space and Time boxset.

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