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Artist: Crystal Ball

Title: In the Beginning

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1999

Label: Point Music (Germany)

Catalog Number: 4018996203257


Marc Sweeney lead vocals
Scott Leach lead guitar
Tom Graber rhythm guitars, keyboards
Dany Schallibaum bass
Marcel Sardella drums


1.  Twilight Zone  5:17
2.  Magic  3:30
3.  Fire Still Burns  4:16
4.  Me And You  3:07
5.  Lay Down The Law  4:39
6.  Shake Me  3:17
7.  Leave Me Alone  4:20
8.  Take Me Down  3:56
9.  Promised Land  4:51
10.  A Million Tears  3:08
Total Running Time:  40:21

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From: TIM Date: July 25, 2002 at 0:00
By the way, who do these guys sound like? I rarely listen to any music past '93. Very rarely do I hear a good tune from newer bands.

From: Purrfect Kat Date: July 25, 2002 at 0:09
Tim.....I don't think they can be compared to anyone but I guess if I had to pick a band then I would say Safire.....(I know)...who is safire right?....lol.......Trust me on this one and buy the Jap version that comes with the bonus song called 'A Million Tears'....Every thing I like is 80's and early 90's but this cd is too good to pass up and one listen to the song 'Shake Me' will have ya hooked...'smiles'

From: TIM Date: July 25, 2002 at 0:18
I know who Safire is. I think I might have a cassette of them. What's on the cover?

From: Purrfect Kat Date: August 2, 2002 at 22:09
'spins around singing shake me baby'.......sorry I couldn't resist cuz I just love that tune and have it playing....This cd is worth buying but their second cd called Hard Impact is a little more heavier and not as good as this one...Buy this cd cuz You will love it!!!!....The tune called 'Me and You is a Great Ballad.....The Jap version of this cd comes with the bonus tune called 'A Million Tears' and it's a cool song......I rate them a 10 out of 10

From: Sunless Star Date: August 23, 2002 at 10:58
Tengo los dos primeros de esta gente, y el tercero ni me he pensado pillarlo. Al principio muy impactante, pero a las tres veces de escucharlos se te hacen empalagosos y te cansas. En definitiva, un grupo festivalero y pachanguero, sin nada m's.

From: vixen Date: September 10, 2002 at 15:02
Great band!! i saw em live opening for dokken last june. Man they rocked the place. LAY DOWN THE LAW!!!! excellent tune. Their new album virtual empire is better tho has some great trax like dance with the devil and private visitor. Every1 should defenitely check this band out

From: purrfect-kat Date: September 10, 2002 at 17:37
vixen I have no way of contacting you so if you can make a name up on the message board then I would be interested in trading ya a copy of Crystal Roxx - Not on the Clock . . for a copy of Crystal Ball's - Virtual Empire.

From: David Date: October 1, 2002 at 7:14
Purrfect Kat, is Virtual Empire any good?

From: purrfect-kat Date: October 2, 2002 at 2:34
David I wouldn't get on a plane to go get the cd so I don't have an opinion of it right now.

From: vixen Date: October 5, 2002 at 4:14
David since i have all their albums i can surely say i like Virtual Empire the best. And live they are at their best!! if u get a chance to go and see a show.....GO FOR IT!!!

From: Jay Date: November 2, 2002 at 8:47
I have the thrid CD and soon I will have the first two, its okay, typicall Melodict european hard rock, in some songs you can see influences of power metal bands like Stratovarius or Helloween but it is mainly Hard Rock with a singer that sounds a bit like Mike Tramp...it has pretty good songs and the CD is above average, eventhough not a great fan of Euro hard rock i think they made a pretty good album. Buy'? Well they are not Dokken, Ratt or Cinderella but they may be one of the best bands rou

From: Rycheage Date: July 1, 2003 at 21:42
I was pretty surprised by these guys, they really have a good sound here. This is totally European flavored hard rock, with a very minor touch of progressive thrown in. Not quite Dream Theater mind you, but plenty of twirling keyboards and a few good time changes to break songs up. There is also a healthy mix of US stadium rock in the sound. Big traditional hard rock songs, with punching guitars, huge choruses and hooks a plenty fill this album.

From: night Date: August 8, 2003 at 14:53
Hey Purrfect Cat, 'Hard Impact' is the best album by far !!! Just brilliant, especially Soul Mate. And Queen of the night. They are great live, too. I had never heard about Crystal Ball when I saw them supporting dokken. And Marc Sweeney did a better job than Don (even though that wasn't too hard)!!! And don't be afraid, you're still in my head...

From: Geoff Date: August 15, 2004 at 23:53
Oh Tim, how I wish I could have assisted earlier. Who do these guys sounds like? I thought it was as obvious as daylight to all - Victory, of course. A dead-ringer at times, which suits me fine. The riffs are huge, the choruses just as big and this is one f*cker of an excellent hard rock release. Check out the massive hooks on 'Shake me','Leave me alone','Magic' and the amazing ballad, 'Me and you'. Excellent melodic hard rock release! 8/10

From: ausman Date: June 29, 2006 at 6:59
'leave me alone' what a great song,everytime i play it in the car i can here my 9 year son from the back seat singing away

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2006 at 23:02
Excellent debut!!!(dunno understand the 3 different cd covers though????).This album is solid as a rock,all the songs are nice and catchy.Essential.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 6, 2007 at 23:07
This CD is one of my all-time favorites. The first time I heard this, my jaw hit the floor so hard it shattered like glass, and I drooled so much that my wife nearly had to build an ark. Insanely huge hooks, unbelievably massive choruses, and wall-of-sound gang backing vocals make this one a true winner. The ballad 'Me and You' alone makes this one a must-own. In the beginning, God created a perfect world; approx. 10,000 years later, Crystal Ball created a perfect melodic hard rock album.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 3, 2007 at 21:00
You are spot on metalmaniac777!!!.

From: jondavis Date: November 28, 2010 at 2:27
And where do you get this CD under $50?

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 4, 2011 at 19:52
Being more specific about this album...yes..it is really an excellent one ...good vocals courtesy of Mr Marc Sweeney and the rest of the guys doing their job a very outstanding one too ...worhty tracks are the opener "Twilight Zone"(great),"Magic"(catchy chorus and with some AOR flavour),"Lay Down The Law"(also with catchy & great chorus),"Shake Me"(nice AOrish one),"Leave Me Alone"(solid)& "A Million Tears"...enjoyable album 4 sure .90/100

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