This Friday, veteran hard rock band U.D.O. will release its latest studio recording, The Legacy through AFM Records. The band’s third compilation set, it is the most comprehensive collection of songs from U.D.O.’s expansive catalog that the band has released so far. That is due primarily to its featured songs, which will be discussed shortly. The songs’ production makes for its own interest and will be discussed a little later. The collection’s average price point rounds out its most important elements, considering the content and its production. To that point it will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection. All things considered they make the collection a must have for any U.D.O. fan.
The Legacy, the new compilation from U.D.O. is a collection that truly pays honor to the band’s legacy and that of its famed front man. That is due in no small part to the songs that make up its body. The collection features 33 songs spread across two separate discs inside a relatively ergonomically designed jewel case. Every single one of U.D.O.’s 16 total albums is represented here, beginning with the band’s most recent album, Game Over (2021). The majority of the albums get two songs as the band takes audiences back through its catalog, and as an added bonus, there are even some bonus songs that were only included in the Japanese pressings of some of the band’s albums. So to that point, audiences get a little something extra along with what is a complete career retrospective for U.D.O. The collection goes all the way back to the band’s debut 1987 album, Animal House, simply giving audiences so much to appreciate from beginning to end.
The foundation formed by the compilation’s featured songs is strong to say the very least. Building on that foundation is the songs’ production. It is unknown at this point if the songs were remastered for this collection or if audiences get the original recordings here. There is no mention of this item in the press release announcing the compilation’s release. That aside, the production in each song is top notch. The balance between Dirkschneider’s vocals and the instrumentation from his band mates brings out the best of each musician in itself and among the group in whole. The result is a general effect throughout the record that is certain to keep listeners fully engaged and entertained from beginning to end. When this aspect is considered along with the collection’s featured songs, that whole makes for more than enough reason for audiences to applaud this collection.
Considering the impact of The Legacy’s content and its production, its average price point process to be worth paying. The only major American retailers that have the record listed at the time of this review’s posting are Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. They list the record at $20.98 and $20.99 respectively. Their prices make an average price point of $20.99. That means that for American audiences, those two separate listings are right at the average. Pre-orders are available through AFM Records, but only in Euros. AFM Records lists the record at 14.99 Euros. That is equivalent to $15.58 in American dollars, essentially making it the least expensive listing for American audiences should there be some kind of conversion. That number brings the average price point to $19.18. So again, the price for this collection really is not overly expensive, regardless. That is at least at this point. Should other retailers add the album any time soon, that could change. Until or unless that happens, it is easy to say that the separate and average prices for this collection are just as positive to the presentation as the collection’s content. Keeping all of this in mind, The Legacy proves to be a complete tribute to the legacy of U.D.O.
The Legacy, the new compilation from U.D.O., is among the best of this year’s compilation records and a presentation that every U.D.O. fan will welcome. That is due in no small part to its featured songs. The 33 songs that make up the record’s body make for a thorough retrospective of the band’s catalog. New and long-time fans alike will welcome such an expansive presentation. The songs’ production adds its own touch to the compilation’s presentation. That is because of the expert balance between the songs’ vocals and instrumentations. The balance between the two sides makes for a positive general effect. Considering the album’s content and production therein rounds out the album’s most important elements and finishes its presentation. Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the collection’s presentation. All things considered they make the compilation a solid tribute to the legacy of U.D.O.
The Legacy is scheduled for release Friday through AFM Records. More information on the collection is available along with all of U.D.O.’s latest news at: