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The albums have been graded on the most common grading system used in Finnish schools. Where 4 is the worst, and 10 is the best. The final score for the album is most of the times the average for all of the tracks, though it can also change if the reviewer wishes so. The Super Eurobeat Non-Stop albums will be reviewed as full collections, and the individual songs won't be reviewed, unless they are completely new. Though Euromach and JGTC albums for example will have complete song by song reviews.
The grading system simply goes as ie. 4- (3,75), 4 (4), 4+ (4,25) and 4 (4,5) and the next one again would be 5-. A simple system we have over here in Finland.
 Domino - Tora Tora Tora

Insight from reviewer: I am very bias when it comes to any song sung by Alessandra Mirka Gatti, but I have tried my best to be unbias with this review. (In other words, I've surpressed that Domino Fanboy-nature in me wanting to burst out and give every song 10+++++ [editor's notice: knowing we're dealing with Phil, that probably will never ever happen, so the review is surely a bit biased, so keep that in mind :3])

1. Domino - Tora Tora Tora
Tora Tora Tora was the first Domino song I ever heard. This song is a cover of MAX's Tora Tora Tora, and this song became a favorite in Japan by both of them. Some believe this song was the first song to have the "new-eurobeat sound" feel to it, which is a bonus to any song, because any song that was the first to break out of the old italo style of eurobeat is a bonus in my books. Onto the song itself, compared to other of Domino's songs, it's pretty bland. The only reason why I like this song is because Domino sings it, but if it were to be another vocalist I would give it two thumbs down.
Rating : 8

2. Domino - Euroboy
This song is pretty catchy, though the intro is pretty weak. Once the song picks up though, it becomes an instant hit. The lyrics are pretty weak too, for a Eurobeat song, but otherwise it's a happy, hi-energy song that can make everyone want to bob up and down to the beat of this song.
Rating : 9

3. Domino & Aki - Talking Hands
Talking Hands is a duet sung with the young japanese eurobeat singer "Aki"... but where is she? Domino hogs all the vocals in this songs (which isn't nessesarly a bad thing ;)) but when it comes down to a duet, I expect to hear two people. Maybe Aki has the exact same voice as Domino? The world will never know. For the song itself, it's fun. The random mix of Japanese hints at Domino's love and knowledge for the Japanese and the language. If you picked up this album back in 1996, you wouldn't have experienced many songs with Domino's Japanese talents, so I guess that's a bad thing? XD I dunno, all I know is that this is one of my favorites on the album.
Rating : 9

4. Domino - Behind You
Now THIS is a song (Obviously XD). Behind You is the best Italo song out of Domino's Italo songs, in my humble opinion. The song is pretty engrishy, but the beat, the sound, her vocals (which are distictively very different from her stuff from 1994 and beyond) and the message this song portrays makes this my absolute favorite song.
Rating : 10+++++

5. Domino - Domino Dancing
The beginning of this song should not be played in a car, seeing the sirens can really freak out the driver, especially if they aren't familiar with this song. XD Anyhow, this is one of Domino's popular songs, but I just don't find it that great when you compare it to every other song on the CD. It's a fun song, but not one of her best.
Rating : 7-

6. Domino - Your Freedom
Another Italo-Domino track on this CD calms you down from the previous happy-go-wee song. It's nice to hear a non-electric, real insturment in this song, or any Italo/Eurobeat song as a matter of personal preference. The saxophone in the intro and during the song adds a nice flare to this track. There's not much to say about this track excecpt it's good. :)
Rating : 9+

7. Domino - Forever Young
When I first bought this album last year, and turned to this track, I expected it to be a cover of the Forever Young we all know of "Forever young, I want to be forever young, Do you really want to live forever, Forever young" (editor's notice: Alphaville) but that isn't the case. Forever Young is the song that put Domino on the map, so to speak, back in the days when she only had three songs released under that alias. The song is Italo, so it's much slower and her vocals are deeper compaired to the newer tracks on this album, but any Eurobeat fan would love this song.
Rating : 10-

8. Domino - Fall In Love
Another one of the Italo-Domino songs on this CD starts off, as my friend says, starts off with some guy wailing from the sewers. haha. Then we have the EXCELLENT sax stylings of L. Raimondi in the intro, which adds an excellent element to this track. This song is Domino's first song released through A-Beat C, and with that in mind there is some room for improvement, but all around this is one of the best tracks on the album.
Rating : 10-

9. Domino - Hot Confession
Another Italo-Domino track on the album, and unfortunately it's not one of the best on the album compaired to Behind You, Fall In Love, Forever Young, etc. I personally expected a better song than what was delivered, but it's still pretty good.
Rating : 8-

10. Domino & Aki - Hot & Soul
I swear, it's a conspiricy, is Aki really human? Does she really sing WITH Domino in any of the duets? Again, Domino is the main (and apparently only from my ear) vocalist on this song. There's not much to say about this song, except it's a fun song to play for about 1:30 minutes. :)
Rating : 8

11. Euroteam (Feat. Domino) - Hot Stuff
Donna Summer ring a bell? Well, if it doesn't, listen to this song and you'll know what I'm talking about. Hot Stuff is a Eurobeat cover of Donna Summer's #1 hit way back in 1979. Domino does this song justice! This song fits Domino's style perfectly, but there's only one thing that urks me. Having three tracks in a row on this album with the word "Hot" in it? Haha, that's Eurobeat for you all right. Overall, this is a fun song, and it brings back memories (even though I wasn't alive in 1979... XD)
Rating : 9

12. Domino - Beat Beat Freak
Beat Beat Freak is my FAVORITE Eurobeat song on this album. The song is fun, her vocals are excellent, the beats and sound of the music is excellent, and it's just all around awesome.
Rating : 10+++++

13. Domino - My Love Is Still Alive
The "electric guitar and breaking glass" intro (as I like to call it) is a perfect sound to hear when you select this song to play. My Love Is Still Alive is one of Domino's best, released on this CD in 1996, and on vinyl with Euroboy in 1996 as well, it is an instant hit, and a very popular song amoungs Eurobeat fans.
Rating : 10

14. Domino - Tora Tora Tora (B4 ZA Beat Remix)
Aaaah, what would an artist's Eurobeat album be without a remix? It's nice to have an extended version of any song, especially of Domino. This song isn't very "remixed" to be honest, it's more of a "edited" version, with a really funky arrangement of different clips from different A-Beat C songs in the middle, to give you a break from 6 minutes of Tora Tora Tora. It's a big improvement on the original version of the song, but the ending is kind of creepy. It's like the people at B4 ZA Beat were like "How can we end this song?" and some guy, back from the death said "how about undertaker music!?!!!11yay!" ...yeah. XD All around, it's a great remix to end such a great album.
Rating : 8+

Final Words:
Domino's Tora Tora Tora album consists the best of Domino from the years 1993 to 1996, and I have to say that they did an awesome job of arranging the tracks. Including a pretty even mix of her Italo and Eurobeat, this album would cator to any Eurobeat fan. It's definately a MUST HAVE in any Eurobeat collection.

Final Score: 9+

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