Jorn – 50 Years on Earth: The Anniversary Box Set – Album Review

Norwegian rocker, Jorn Lande, turned 50 this year and to celebrate that fact, Frontiers Records released a collection of 9 of his studio albums and three bonus discs.  That is 12 disc in all for a very reasonable price of about $60 ($5 per CD). I will take that deal any day!

Jorn’s voice is so powerful and he could hold is own with some of the more well known vocalist out there.  When he sings, he does sound almost exactly like David Coverdale of Whitesnake.  And when he covers any Whitesnake song, the resemblance is uncanny.  That is probably why I like him so much as I am huge Whitesnake fan.

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Frontiers does a great job with the set.  The box is real sturdy and should hold up well for years.  Each CD is packaged in a cardboard sleeve that looks like the original CD and includes the original CD booklet as well.  Sometimes sets have left that piece out.  The CD itself looks like a small vinyl replica which seems to be a trend for some box sets (The Kip Winger Set did that as well).  It is a nicely packaged set.

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The set starts off with a little booklet with some personal and career pictures of Jorn from his childhood up to today.  The booklet also has an essay from Jorn discussing his journey.

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The set kicks off with the album ‘Worldchanger’ which I thought was odd since his debut album was ‘Starfire’.  However, in reading up on Starfire, Jorn considers that album more of a collection of demos rather than a real debut album.  I guess that makes sense.  ‘Worldchanger’ has my favorite Jorn song on it called “Sunset Station” which I talked about before on this site.  I didn’t get into Jorn until about his 3 or 4th album, but when I went back, this album always stood out.

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‘Out to Every Nation’ is up next and might the only album cover he has that does not feature his signature image of the Crow. From this one you get some great songs as well including “Something Real”, “Out to Every Nation” and “Young Forever”.

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“The Duke” was where I originally came in on Jorn which was around 2006.  A great album to come in on.  I really loved “Starfire”, “We Brought the Angels Down”, Blacksong” and “Stormcrow”.

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“Lonely are the Brave” kept the Jorn train rolling for me.  He was hard and heavy and still delivering the goods.  The songs “Shadow People” and the title track were spectacular.  I would have to add “Soul of the Wind”, “The Inner Road” and “War of the World” as other standout tracks.  Solid album.

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The next album is “Spirit Black” around 2009.  Jorn had been pumping out an album basically every year and this was on top of work he was doing with other bands.  He was rather prolific.  With this one they gave us one of the bonus tracks that were released on various editions, the cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Sun Goes Down”.  The album also gave me another favorite Jorn song called “I Walk Alone”, jut a killer track.

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Up next is a killer album which is a tribute to Ronnie James Dio called “Dio” or the are calling it for this set “Song For Ronnie James” which is the one original song on here Jorn wrote after Dio’s death.  It is a very personal album for Jorn as Ronnie was someone he looked up to quite a bit and is obviously a big influence on his music.  I like this set as it isn’t the typical songs I would think of to be covered.  A very nice tribute!

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In 2012, Jorn released “Bring Heavy Rock to the Land” and I have to admit I kinda lost interest about this point.  He had put out so much it was starting to sound the same and lose some of the punch.  Admittedly, I didn’t spend much time with this release, but I will re-explore it now that I have this set.  Maybe I will come around.

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‘Traveller’ was up next in 2013 and again. I had a hard time with this one as well.  I would say the better stuff is the in the 00’s for me.  I will revisit this one as well as I know there is some stuff worth hearing as their always is and maybe now with the break I have had from it, I will connect a little better.

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The last studio album is ‘Life on Death Road’ which came out in 2017.  I listened to this one and it was an improvement for me.  Some great songs including “Man of the 80’s” which was a fun little track.  I still haven’t spent enough time with this one either, but there was a little more of the Jorn spark on this one for me.

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Now to the bonus material.  The first one is “The Bonus Song” CD which is what the fan really wants.  it is a lot of the exclusive bonus tracks, re-makes and other gems any collector wants including some from the debut “Starfire” I mentioned at the beginning.  There are 16 songs and all great

The next bonus CD is the Live songs.  Jorn takes the best of his two live albums “Live in America” and “Live in Black”.  You get 13 tracks including the Whitesnake Melody from the “Live in America” album.  If you remember, I said he sounds like Coverdale so any Whitesnake stuff is certainly welcome.

And last, but certainly not least is the “The Covers” CD.  Jorn does a lot of covers and has released a couple different albums of covers.  This takes the best including Kiss’ “Naked City”, Paul Stanley’s “Live to Win” and Frida’s “I Know There’s Something Going On”.  The only thing missing are the Deep Purple covers of “Burn” and “Stormbringer” which are awesome.

And there you have it.  It is a lot of music to get through and I will enjoy it for a long time to come.  It is a lot to bite off if you are not a fan, but it is a cheap way to get the bulk of his music.  I recommend it for any metal, hard rock or melodic rock fan.  He covers all the bases.  Overall I would give it a 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. I don’t give it a 5 out of 5 because I think it should include “Starfire” and it was a missing a couple really good covers and it would have been nice to have both live albums in full, but that is being picky I know, but I don’t care.

Thanks for hanging around so long.  Have a great day.

10 thoughts on “Jorn – 50 Years on Earth: The Anniversary Box Set – Album Review

  1. You my friend are a true fan!
    Nice to see a Record Company not hose ya on funds to buy a box set…
    Your not being picky John, As I sometimes say….’My Blog My Rules’ haha
    Wonder what the price of the Harem set will be…?

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    1. If they would only consult me before releasing these box sets, I would give them some great pointers!

      I am hoping the HS set will only be around $75. I don’t know if I will pay more than $100 for it. Depends what it looks like.

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