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Blind Guardian's cover of the Chordettes' 'Mr. Sandman' fulfils the same function as most rock covers of old songs: it's sort of amusing, and a genuine attempt to re-imagine a song the band happens to like, one of several covers later collected on 'The Forgotten Tales' B-sides album. It starts out the same as the original, albeit with Hansi Kürsch's soft vocals, and later becomes a fast metal anthem with wailing lead guitars, pounding drums and an all-out yelled performance from Kürsch, ending in a disappointing muted laugh that implies the whole thing was more or less a joke song. I dislike joke songs, but it's fun enough to be permissible.
This is a bit of an odd single, essentially promoting the contemporary 'Imaginations from the Other Side' album but highlighting a title song that isn't even on the album, rather than the earlier Japanese version of this single that led with the edit of 'Bright Eyes.' That song, the second track on this release, remains a classic from the 'Imaginations' album, but Andre Olbrich's most excellent guitar solo has been chopped, which is a real shame, and the B-side 'Hallelujah' and 'Imaginations from the Other Side' demo are both repeated from that release also.
The only song original to this later single is an alternative demo of 'The Script for My Requiem,' an oft-overlooked song from 'Imaginations' and one that suits a stripped-down, early take like this because of the extent of studio trickery performed on the finished piece. The orchestration sounds a bit more prominent in this fast anthem, and the rousing chorus fits in more naturally with the rest of the song rather than leaping out prominently as it does with the volume fixing of the album. While it would be nice for collectors to have a more diverse tracklist on both of these singles, they were supposed to be pretty much the same thing in two different markets, so a slightly shuffled playing order and swapping of demos is enough - particularly as 'A Past and Future Secret' had already been released in the international market as the first single from the album, and with a bonus orchestral version tagged on to that, we really didn't need it being repeated again here.
1. Mr. Sandman (The Chordettes cover)
2. Bright Eyes (edit)
4. Imaginations from the Other Side (demo)
5. The Script for My Requiem (demo)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Mister Sandman
2 Bright Eyes (Edit)
4 The Imaginations From The Other Side (Demo)
5 Script For My Requiem