What pieces of the distant past drift before your mind's eye when you think of ancient Mesopotamia? Perhaps it's the fabled hanging gardens of Babylon. Or is it entire populations paralyzed by fear before a ruthless invader? Maybe it's priests making sacrifices to the gods who rule over and protect their city.
The Spartans of ancient Greece were a powerful and unique people, radically different from any civilization before or since. A society of warrior-heroes, they were living exemplars of self-sacrifice, community endeavor, and achievement against all odds, qualities that today signify the ultimate in heroism. Scholars even believe that Thomas More had Sparta specifically in mind when he coined the term "Utopia."
A reissue of the complete original CD album, generously refurbished by the Swedish alternative rock label Transubstans Records, a subdivision of Record heaven. Great measures have been taken to make it an exact replica of the original album as delivered by APM in 1996, with only a few exceptions in the booklet itself and with everything in good order. Due to internal conflicts which have now been resolved, the album has been out of print for more than 10 years!
How different the career and music of Bruce Springsteen could have turned out had it not been for his legally enforced recording hiatus, witnessed between the release of his celebrated Born To Run album and the delayed but extraordinary follow-up, Darkness On The Edge Of Town - almost three years later. Despite the undeniable strength of his 75 opus, during this break from the studio, many wondered if the future of rock n roll was a one trick pony who had somehow managed to capture the imagination of the media for a brief moment, but in reality was just yet another new Bob Dylan who got lucky.