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Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve any success until they reworked their sound into a bombastic yet melodic pop-metal.In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band -- featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar),and John Leven (bass) -- won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europeand releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings of Tomorrow), the band landed an international deal with Epic Records. By this time,Norum had left the group and was re ...read more

Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve any success until they reworked their sound into a bombastic yet melodic pop-metal.In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band -- featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar),and John Leven (bass) -- won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europeand releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings of Tomorrow), the band landed an international deal with Epic Records. By this time,Norum had left the group and was replaced by Kee Marcello; drummer Ian Haughland and keyboardist Michael Michaeli also joined the lineup.In 1986, Europe released The Final Countdown. On the album, Michaeli's keyboards took a prominent role (they provide the main riff in the hittitle track), which nicely complemented the band's smoother pop melodies. The change in style proved successful, as the record became a TopTen hit in the U.S. and U.K.; both "The Final Countdown" and "Carrie" became Top Ten singles as well. Delivered two years later, Out of ThisWorld continued the formula of the previous record. It also was a success, although its numbers didn't match those of The Final Countdown.Two years later, Europe released their fifth studio album, Prisoners of Paradise, which featured the hit title track, as well as the midtempo ballad“I’ll Cry for You,” before calling it quits the following year. The band reunited for a single New Year's Eve performance in Stockholm in 1999,resulting in the announcement of an official reunion three years later. The band’s sixth album, Start from the Dark, arrived in 2004, followed bySecret Society (2006) and Last Look at Eden (2009), the latter of which debuted at number one on the Swedish album chart. « hide

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Bag of Bones
04/24/2012

3.7
27 Votes
Last Look At Eden
2009

3.7
33 Votes
Secret Society
2006

3.5
27 Votes
Start From The Dark
2004

3.5
25 Votes
Prisoners In Paradise
1991

3.7
28 Votes
Out Of This World
1988

3.8
36 Votes
The Final Countdown
1986

3.6
113 Votes
Wings of Tomorrow
1984

3.8
33 Votes
Europe
1983

3.6
26 Votes
Compilations
Super Hits
1998

3
1 Votes
1982–1992
1993

4
1 Votes

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