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Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve success until they reworked their sound into 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), Tony Reno (drums), and John Leven (bass) -- won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europe and releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings of Tomorrow), the band landed an international deal with Epic Records. By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland. Keyboardist Mic Michaeli had also joined the lineup. In 1986, Europe released The Final Countdown. On the album, Michaeli's keyboards take a prominent role (they provide the main riff in the hit title track), which nicely complemented the band's smoother pop melodies. The change in style proved successful, as the record became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K.; both "The Final Countdown" and "Carrie" became Top Ten singles as well. Norum left the band by the end of the year and was replaced by Kee Marcello. Released in 1988, Out of This World continued the formula of the previous record. It was also a success, although its numbers didn't match those of The Final Countdown. Three years later, Europe released their fifth studio album, Prisoners in 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, including Norum, reunited for a New Year's Eve performance in Stockholm in 1999, resulting in the announcement of an official reunion three years later. The band subsequently recorded and released their sixth album, Start from the Dark (2004), then followed it with Secret Society (2006) and Last Look at Eden (2009), the latter of which debuted at number one on the Swedish album chart. Bag of Bones (2012) had a blues-rock feel, while War of Kings (2015) was a heavy, doomy, faintly psychedelic affair strongly inspired by their childhood heroes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
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    War of Kings

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    War of Kings [Bonus Track]

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    Secret Society

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    Wings of Tomorrow

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    The Final Countdown [Bonus Tracks]

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    Prisoners in Paradise

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    Out of This World

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    Always The Pretenders

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    Europe

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    War of Kings [Special Edition]

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    The Final Countdown

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    Days of Rock n Roll

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    Super Hits

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    1982-1992

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    Playlist: The Very Best of Europe

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    The Final Countdown

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    The Final Countdown [Bonus Tracks]

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    4 Hits: Europe

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    The Collection

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    The Final Countdown: The Best of Europe

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    Rock the Night: Very Best of Europe

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    1982-2000

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    1982-2000

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    Definitive Collection

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Top Songs by
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  2.   The Final Countdown
  3.   Carrie
  4.   Rock the Night
  5.   Superstitious
  6.   [CD-ROM Track]
  7.   Stormwind
  8.   Sucker
  9.   Government Man
  10.   Live Footage From Gröna Lund In Stockholm, Sept. 17 2010
  11.   Always the Pretenders
  12.   Danger on the Track
  13.   Spirit of the Underdog
  14.   Hero
  15.   Cherokee
  16.   Documentary: Interviews and Rehearsal
  17.   Wish I Could Believe
  18.   Forever Traveling
  19.   Start From the Dark
  20.   Heart of Stone
  21.   Tower's Callin'
  22.   Roll With You
  23.   Swedish Rock Championship: "Luciarock" - Two Songs Live
  24.   Open Your Heart
  25.   Audience Interviews
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