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There's more to this album than just the simple "collector's" value.

Is 2015 going to be a year of cover/re-recorded material albums? While Whitesnake's decision to release a throwback to David Coverdale's glorious Deep Purple past is still being heavily debated, it would appear that 'The Purple Album' will certainly not be the last album of such a formula to be released this year. Another band who recently decided to release a summary of sorts – and also give a bit of a new twist to each song on it – is Sweden's Baltimoore, fronted by the musician and producer Björn Lodin.

The album entitled '1.1' is indeed Baltimoore's version 1.1 as it presents the cross-section of revamped songs from the group's catalogue – either given a new mix and mastering or re-recorded with the current line-up. The renditions of particular tracks taken from the likes of 'There's No Danger On The Roof' (1988), 'Freak' (1990) or 'Thought For Food' (1994) have been updated accordingly to the new approach and modern sound aesthetics that are more familiar with their 2014 album 'Back For More'.

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It works particularly well in the case of the earliest tracks such as 'Full Speed Ahead' or 'My Blue Moon'. Now deprived of their sugary 1980's AOR vibe, they're consequently given a feistier, more contemporary edge. Enhanced by means of modern production, these classic melody lines get even more exposure within the song structure. Also the ballads have become more expressive, their emotional dimension more accentuated by a sharp, modern sound (as in the somewhat darker rendition of 'Till The End Of Day'). Of course, there will be flavours of the original arrangements that are going to be missed by some, such as the saxophone part in 'Memories Calling' – here recreated on the guitar. The newer songs (such as 2006's 'Wellaway' for example) aren't re-worked as drastically give their initial versions were much more in tune with the current Baltimoore sound. Baltimoore version 1.1 also fits in line with Lodin's current vocal shape – more mature and raspier but also more expressive.

With all the songs on '1.1' being re-worked – in one way or another – there's more to this album than just the simple "collector's" value. Having already released a regular "Best Of" compilation back in 2001, this release allows Baltimoore to return to their classic output but this time adding a fresh insight and a new perspective. This record also somewhat traces the process of their transition from a 1980's Scandi AOR act to a more updated, "in your face" Hard Rock band. For Lodin and Baltimoore fans this release is a must, but it is also an interesting item for Melodic and Hard Rock fans in general.

Alexandra Mrozowska

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