Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape


6.5 | 390 votes |
Release date: 1991
Style: Power metal

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01. Pink Bubbles Go Ape
02. Kids Of The Century
03. Back On The Streets
04. Number One
05. Heavy Metal Hamsters
06. Goin' Home
07. Someone's Crying
08. Mankind
09. I'm Doin' Fine Crazy Man
10. The Chance
11. Your Turn
12. Blue Suede Shoes [Carl Perkins cover][2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
13. Shit And Lobster [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
14. Les Hambourgeois Walkways [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]
15. You Run With The Pack [2006 Expanded Edition bonus]

Line-up
Michael Kiske - vocals
Michael Weikath - guitars
Roland Grapow - guitars
Ingo Schwichtenberg - drums
Markus Grosskopf - bass

Additional musicians:
Phil Nicholas - keyboards
Pete Ivarsen - keyboards

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by Chris Tsangarides. Additional engineering by Paul Wright.
Tracks 5 and 9 produced by Helloween, engineered by Dirk Steffens and mixed by Chris Tsangarides.

Guest review by
Spyroid
Rating:
8.4
If anyone has read my review of Gamma Ray's Heading for Tomorrow, you might have noticed that I consider it to be the real follow up to the Keeper albums. Well, this album might also be that follow up. This is Helloween's first album after the Keeper twins, and also after the departure of founding member Kai Hansen. His loss is not something you miss very much because he wrote some of the material for the album, and the new guitarist, Roland Grapow (which is going to have a great impact on future Helloween albums) is not taking a big part here.

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published 03.12.2006 | Comments (14)

Guest review by
iaberis
Rating:
7.5
Before starting the review of this so called "Worst Helloween Album Ever," let's take a small briefing of the time it was released...
"Pink Bubbles Go Ape" came out in a bad time for Helloween; the guitarist and founder of the band, Kai Hansen, had just left the band three years ago, the band had not released a full-length album after the Legendary "Keepers" and moreover there were legal problems with the record label! Other bands would have just disbanded, but Helloween continued… They hired a new guitarist to fill Hansen's gap, changed their record label and finally released their fourth album in 1991. The responsibility after the masterpieces "Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. I & II" was enormous. The fans and the critics were expecting an album-follower in the "Keepers" spirit, but instead, Helloween released an album with a ridiculous name called "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" with a weird cover and even weirder music… I don't know the purpose and the meaning of this move, but it wasn't the best.

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published 02.06.2007 | Comments (4)

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26.04.2011 - 01:16
Rating: 8
Mountain King
K i K o
Very good album. Michael Kiske's best performance in his whole career (Apart from some songs on the Keeper albums) i would say specially on "The Chance"...
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27.04.2011 - 02:24
Rating: 8
AngelCryGr
Written by Mountain King on 26.04.2011 at 01:16

Very good album. Michael Kiske's best performance in his whole career (Apart from some songs on the Keeper albums) i would say specially on "The Chance"...


I would add also the Chameleon album for the best production this album had. Maybe a bit different in style but also unique. For PBGA listen how powerfull is his voice in songs like Someone's Crying and Mankind, Your Turn. At the end of Someone's Crying he reach again this unbelievable high voice he has.
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Life's too short to cry
long enough to try
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27.04.2011 - 09:17
Rating: 8
Mountain King
K i K o
Written by AngelCryGr on 27.04.2011 at 02:24

Written by Mountain King on 26.04.2011 at 01:16

Very good album. Michael Kiske's best performance in his whole career (Apart from some songs on the Keeper albums) i would say specially on "The Chance"...


I would add also the Chameleon album for the best production this album had. Maybe a bit different in style but also unique. For PBGA listen how powerfull is his voice in songs like Someone's Crying and Mankind, Your Turn. At the end of Someone's Crying he reach again this unbelievable high voice he has.


That's true. I've heard the album tons of times. Your Turn is an amazing ballad...
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11.07.2016 - 21:46
Rating: 7
CakeTrolley
A lot better than it's reputation, and I do prefer this one to Keepers 2. It has a lot better flow and the song writing is more even. I also have to agree with some earlier comments here that Michael Kiskes performance on this record is among his best.
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01.10.2016 - 11:29
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
I think it's amusing how the guy with the eggs on his eyes on the back cover resembles Michael Kiske now.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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07.12.2016 - 00:41
Bad English
Masterchief
When meta. goes pop but still have long hair and vocals and you're still denying pop
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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24.04.2017 - 13:57
Rating: 8
nikarg
Old Nick
Good album. Awful cover and mainly idiotic lyrics. Kiske sounds divine as always.
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on and on south of heaven

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28.06.2017 - 19:18
Rating: 6
musicalkaratekid
Surprises me that this is the direction the band wanted to go in after the success of both "Keeper..." albums. Then again, I guess more of the same would eventually render Helloween a one-trick pony, so an album like "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" would make sense in regards to keeping the songwriting fresh and somewhat original. A shame that I find this record so average then. I can sort of appreciate the band's willingness to venture into uncharted territory, but honestly, the delivery here seems half-hearted and lacks a lot of *ahem* power save for a few songs. "Mankind" and "Your Turn" are memorably well-written, but for me the rest of the album falls flat.
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