Just in time for the 25th anniversary the first "Best Of" by Blind Guardian is released. Even with such a composition, the Tolkien disciples are told to "pad, not spill". Thus "Memories Of A Time To Come" in its splendid deluxe edition includes three CDs, which document the exceptional position of Melodic Speedster within the metal scene in an impressive way. Of course Blind Guardian wouldn't be Blind Guardian if they hadn't devoted themselves to the subject with special meticulousness and devotion in this case as well. With the exception of "Sacred Words" all songs were remixed, "The Bard's Song - The Hobbit", "Valhalla" and the epic "And Then There Was Silence" were even completely re-recorded with orchestra. All in all, with titles like "Imaginations From The Other Side", "Nightfall", "Traveler In Time", "Bright Eyes" or "Mirror Mirror" you can really find the crown jewels of the Krefeld band. You might miss "Into The Storm", "Banish From Sanctuary", "Welcome To Dying" or "Journey Through The Dark". Nevertheless you have to attest the band to have put a damn good show of their work up for discussion here.
Top track: Imaginations From The Other Side