The Essential Collection 1995-2005

Release date: January 27th 2006
Label: Frontiers Records
Melodic Hard Rock

Rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 3rd 2006

What could be more appropriate than melodic hard rockers TEN releasing a fine retrospect after TEN years of existence?

TEN, fronted by vocalist and main songwriter Gary Hughes hasnít taken the easy road. No they have re-recorded all 18 tracks with lots of special guest, an orchestra and a big choir, which means they have given their own classic songs not new life, but another life.

And to make it easier on us the listeners, they have split the double CD up. On CD 1 we are served 9 "Rockers" - it's actually 12, because three of the songs are medleys, and on CD 2 the dish is 9 "Ballads". So the choice is yours - are you in the mood for rock or are you in the mood for mellow tunes...

I have been a fan for a very long time, and must admit that the fresh breath of air given to the songs - most notable on CD 1 - has turned out to be successful, and I am sure old fans will agree. To new fans this is a very cool collection and a great way to get acquainted with TEN.