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The Spirit Never Dies Play

Pop singer and songwriter Johann Holzel achieved international fame as Falco, first with the European hit "Der Kommissar" and later with the global smash "Rock Me Amadeus." An auto accident claimed Falco's life in 1998, but producer Gunther Mende discovered a cache of unreleased recordings by Falco, and The Spirit Never Dies collects these lost performances from the Austrian synth pop icon. In addition to a re-recording of "Jeanny," Falco's controversial song about a prostitute, this collection features two sequels Falco wrote and recorded to the tune, "Coming Home (Jeanny, Pt. 2: Ein Jahr Danach)" and "The Spirit Never Dies (Jeanny Final)." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Falco Symphonic Play

Late Austrian rock star Falco recorded Falco Symphonic live in 1994 with the Wiener Neustadt Orchestra. The album, which featured an accompanying DVD along with orchestral performances of the artist’s biggest hits including “Vienna Calling,” “Der Kommissar,” and his international smash “Rock Me Amadeus," was released in 2008 and entered the Austrian charts at number one. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Emotional Play

Emotional was released in the U.S. the same year as his breakthrough album, Falco 3, which included the hit "Rock Me Amadeus." It is hard not to consider that this album (on Sire, not A&M, the home of his hit record) was rushed to market to capitalize on his one-hit wonder status. Standout tracks include the title track, "Crime Time," "The Kiss of Kathleen Turner," and a follow-up to the banned song "Jeanny" called "Coming Home (Jeanny Part II, One Year Later." "Cowboyz and Indianz'" contains some interesting Star Wars allusions. Not essential by any means, even for somewhat serious fans. However, a surprisingly solid new wave album that is quirky and fun. A great used-record find. ~ JT Griffith, Rovi

Falco 3 Play

Falco 3 was the artist's biggest hit album in the United States because of the radio and video success of the song "Rock Me Amadeus." The track "Vienna Calling" is a forgotten minor hit, as it charted in the Top 20. Originally released in 1986, Falco 3 was out of print for years, until its reissue in 1996. "Jeanny" is also of note, as it was ridiculously banned from radio play for its theme of prostitution. A classic, synth pop piece of 1980s guilty pleasure. Six of these tracks appear on Falco's Greatest Hits disc, which is the definitive collection of the Austrian's new wave dance pop. Falco 3 is his best and most popular album. ~ JT Griffith, Rovi

Out of the Dark (Into the Light) Play

During the '90s, many synth-based artists from the previous decade toughened up their sound considerably, obviously having taken note of Nine Inch Nails. Adam Ant and Gary Numan would be included on this list, as well as Germany's Falco. But unlike the other aforementioned artists, Falco did not have to rely on the aid of another modern artist to resuscitate his recording career (Adam Ant/Trent Reznor, Gary Numan/Fear Factory) -- issuing Out of the Dark (Into the Light) on his own in 1998. Those expecting an album's worth of tunes in the same style as "Rock Me Amadeus" may be disappointed, as such tracks as "No Time for Revolution" and "Hit Me" are more hard-hitting than what you'd expect from Falco. That said, there are a few detours back to his earlier style, as evidenced by such tracks as "Egoist" and "Shake," as well as a retread of one of his early hits, "Der Kommissar 2000." Sadly, Out of the Dark (Into the Light) would be the last studio album released during Falco's lifetime, as he died the same year it was issued. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi

The Ultimate Collection Play

The Ultimate Collection gathers 18 of late Austrian pop/rock icon Johann (Hans) Hölzel's (better known as Falco) most notable tracks, including “Maschine Brennt,” “Auf der Flucht,” and “Jeanny,” as well as the international hits “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Der Kommissar.” Four bonus cuts -- “Männer des Westens” [T. Börger Version 2007], “Der Kommissar” [Symphonic Version], “Die Königin von Eschnapur” [R/K Nightrider Mix], and “Urban Tropical” -- are also included. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Greatest Hits [Buddha] Play

Buddha's Greatest Hits is the first definitive collection of the Austrian new wave dance-popster's hits, containing his two great singles -- "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Der Kommissar" -- plus such other hits as "Jeanny" and "Vienna Calling," album tracks, and Jason Nevins' bonus remix of "Der Kommissar." Of course, Falco's music hasn't dated particularly well and was always lightweight Euro-dance, but it can be a guilty pleasure, and this is the best place to find out why. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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