AXEL RUDI PELL: 'Best Of' Compilation Coming Soon

A "best-of" compilation from German guitarist AXEL RUDI PELL will be released later this spring via SPV in time for the second part of the axeman's "The Skull Crown Tour" which will see his band support HEAVEN & HELL on all five dates of their upcoming German tour. The CD will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of PELL's current lineup, the 20-year anniversary of Axel as a solo artist ("Wild Obsession" came out in 1989) and the 25th anniversary of Axel as a recording artist (the first STEELER record came out in 1984).

"Best Of" track listing:

01. Edge Of The World
02. Carousel
03. Strong As A Rock
04. Beautiful Day
05. Mystica
06. Forever Angel (acoustic)
07. The Masquerade Ball
08. Rock The Nation
09. Oceans Of Time
10. Tear Down The Walls
11. Ain't Gonna Win
12. In The Air Tonight

Video footage of AXEL RUDI PELL's January 29, 2009 concert in Munich, Germany can be viewed below (clip uploaded by "eblinternational").

"Tales Of The Crown", the eighteenth offering from AXEL RUDI PELL, registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe:

Germany: #41
Sweden: #56
Switzerland: #81

According to a press release, "Tales Of The Crown" is a "haunting" studio album featuring ten brand-new compositions. "Our fans will get just the kind of songs they have come to know and expect from me and my band," says Pell, adding, "plus a few little innovations." Axel Rudi Pell is referring to the contemporary touch which some of his latest tracks feature, mainly in terms of rhythm. "But don't worry, these modern approaches are only gradual and don't affect the typical flair of my songs."

"Tales Of The Crown" was recorded at Gelsenkirchen's Redhouse Studios by the tried-and-tested lineup consisting of Axel Rudi Pell, American vocalist Johnny Gioeli, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg, bassist Volker Krawczak and drummer Mike Terrana. The album was produced by Axel Rudi Pell and sound engineer Charlie Bauerfeind, who also mixed the CD. Like its highly successful predecessor, the new LP's cover artwork was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco.

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