The International Story (2CD)

In an attempt to present Grobschnitt's music to a wider, English speaking audience, SPV had Eroc put together this compilation of the band's music. It draws from live performances which is the band's strong suit. A great cross selection of material all remastered by Eroc. I believe, but can not confirm, that there is some unreleased performances contained in the set. Regardless this is a superb entree into the band and with their catalog basically out of print at this point it may be your only option. Highly recommended by this extreme Grobschnitt fanboy.

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