80s ALBUM FILLERS OR POTENTIAL SINGLES PART 7: EUROPE

This is a new series, I will listen to all the 80s albums released by the decade’s artists and judge the songs that were not singles (in the UK) from an album.  I will give my opinion whether the remaining songs were just fillers or could have been singles.  How many singles I can find will determine the final rating of how good the album is as a whole.  Below 49% = Poor/50-64% = Average/65-79% = Very Good/80-100% = Excellent.  There will be a different artist each blog.  I am a big fan of all the artists I review in this series, so I have to think hard if the song would wow the chart public, even if they are my favourite songs!

PART 7 : EUROPE
Members – Joey Tempest (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards)/ John Norum (Lead & Rhythm Guitars/Backing Vocals)/ John Leven (Bass/Backing Vocals)/ Mic Michaeli (Keyboards/Piano/Backing Vocals/Occasional Rhythm Guitar)/ Ian Haugland (Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals).
Other Members – Previous – Tony Reno (Drums/Percussion)/ Peter Olsson (Bass)/ Marcel Jacob (Bass).
Later – Kee Marcello (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals).
EUROPE (#0) (1983) –
Tracks
In The Future To Come/Farewell/Seven Doors Hotel/The King Will Return/Boyazont/Children Of This Time/Words of Wisdom/Paradize Bay/Memories.
 
Singles
None.
Potential Singles
Farewell – Very Foreigner-like, would have been a big hit.
Seven Doors Hotel – Catchy chorus would have just given this enough.
Paradize Bay – Classic Rock at its best. 
 
Fillers

In The Future To Come (70s/Iron Maiden cliches abound)/The King Will Return (Unremarkable and overlong)/Boyazont (Searing guitarists dream instrumental, not mine or a hit)/Children Of This Time (Basic Rock, no catchy chorus or hooks to grab you)/Memories (Very average album finish).

FINAL ALBUM RATING
Poor album! 3 singles from 9 tracks.  33.3/100.

WINGS OF TOMORROW (#0) (1984) –
Tracks
Stormwind/Screams Of Anger/Open Your Heart/Treated Bad Again/Aphasia/Wings Of Tomorrow/Wasted Time/Lyin’ Eyes.
Singles
None.
Potential Singles
Stormwind – Catchy enough to be a hit, hints of 1986 classic Europe.
Open Your Heart – The original version of the “Out Of This World” hit, still great without the later production.
Lyin’ Eyes – Uptempo catchy song with an AC/DC influence.
Fillers
Screams Of Anger (Fast paced Iron Maiden influence but doesn’t really work)/Treated Bad Again (Screeching guitars and 60s psychedelic middle of the song, should have been better)/Aphasia (Another filler instrumental)/Wings Of Tomorrow (Poor title track, could and should have been much more)/Wasted Time (All the Rock cliches, unfortunately another weak song).
FINAL ALBUM RATING 
Poor album! 3 singles from 8 tracks.  37.5/100.

 
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (#9) (1986) –
Tracks
The Final Countdown/Rock The Night/Carrie/Danger On The Track/Ninja/Cherokee/Time Has Come/Heart Of Stone/On The Loose/Love Chaser.
 
Singles
The Final Countdown (#1)/Rock The Night (#12)/Carrie (#22).
Potential Singles
Danger On The Track –  A great Pop/Rock crossover with keyboard solo.
Cherokee – Reminds me of The Cult in their prime, definite hit!
Time Has Come – Anthemic ballad.
Heart Of Stone – Classic 80s Rock.
On The Loose – Similar to Heart, light stadium  Pop Rock .
Love Chaser – Fleetwood Mac influenced mid-tempo track with catchy chorus and guitar solos.
 
Fillers
Ninja (Average Rock filler).
 
FINAL ALBUM RATING 
Excellent album! 9 singles from 10 tracks. 90/100.

OUT OF THIS WORLD (#12) (1988) –
Tracks
Superstitious/Let The Good Times Rock/Open Your Heart/More Than Meets The Eye/Coast To Coast/Ready Or Not/Sign Of The Times/Just The Beginning/Never Say Die/Lights And Shadows/Tower’s Callin’/Tomorrow.
Singles
Superstitious (#34)/Open Your Heart (#4)/Let The Good Times Rock (#85).
 
Potential Singles
More Than Meets The Eye – All the classic Europe hit combinations.
Coast To Coast – Really nice song, a Rock ballad to wave your lighters to!
Ready Or Not – Iron Maiden/Foreigner hybrid.
Sign Of The Times – One of my favourites, top Europe song!
Just The Beginning – Almost a Supertramp chorus with Heart/Bon Jovi backdrop.
Tomorrow – Gorgeous ballad, light and powerful, emotional vocals.
Fillers
Never Say Die (Not remarkable, lets down a solid album)/Lights And Shadows (Back to early Europe, needs a kick to get it going)/Tower’s Callin’ (Just average).
FINAL ALBUM RATING
Very good album! 9 singles from 12 tracks.  75/100.

My favourite 80s Europe tracks?
Top 20 in not particular order –
1   Sign Of The Times
2   Superstitious
3   Cherokee
4   The Final Countdown
5   Carrie
6   Rock The Night
7   Coast To Coast
8   Danger On The Track
9   On The Loose
10 Seven Doors Hotel
11 Farewell
12 Stormwind
13 Paradize Bay
14 Open Your Heart
15 Lyin’Eyes
16 Time Has Come
17 Tomorrow
18 More Than Meets The Eye
19 Ready Or Not
20 Just The Beginning
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