Ecliptica

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Ecliptica is the first studio album by Sonata Arctica and second release after the debut single UnOpened. It was released originally in 1999 by Spinefarm Records. The album was originally meant to be released November 15th 1999, but it was delayed few days prior to release. The new release date was set to November 22nd, which also came the actual release date. Prior the album was named to Ecliptica, there was a mockup cover with title MyLand featured in some Finnish mailorder catalogs.

Ecliptica went to #37 on the official Finnish charts, two weeks later rose to #18 and after four weeks dropped off of the top 40.[1] After the album was released for cheaper midprice price range, it visited #4 of the official charts in March 2003[2]. Despite this Ecliptica eventually sold over 30,000 copies and is the best-selling Sonata Arctica album in Finland so far.[3]


Versions

Label Catalog number Release date Country / Region Notes
Century Media 77269-2 2000-01-24 Europe
Century Media 77269-2 2000-01-?? Europe Promotional copy
Century Media 77269-1 2000-0?-?? Europe 12" picture vinyl, 500 copies made
Century Media 8163-2 200?-??-?? USA
Fono Records FO11CD 2000-10-?? Russia
Fono Records FO11MC 2000-10-?? Russia Cassette
Hammerheart VC019 2000-0?-?? Europe *, 12" blue vinyl, 250 copies made
Hammerheart VC019 2000-0?-?? Europe *, 12" black vinyl, 750 copies made
Laser Company RBR/LCR 2090 2000-0?-?? Brazil **, messed-up tracklist
Marquee MICP-10173 2000-03-23 Japan *
Magnum SPI91CD 2000-??-?? Taiwan *, same catalog number w/ Spinefarm release
Mystic Records MYST224 2001-0?-?? Poland Cassette
Mystic Records MYST??? 2001-0?-?? Poland
NEMS NEMS 172 2000-0?-?? South America **, messed-up tracklist
NTS 3055822 2000-01-21 France
Pony Canyon PCKC 20018 2000-04-?? Korea *, cassette
Pony Canyon PCKD 20018 2000-04-?? Korea *
Spinefarm SPI91CD 1999-11-22 Finland


Track listing

European and North American editions

  1. Blank File (4:05)
  2. My Land (4:37)
  3. 8th Commandment (3:41)
  4. Replica (4:55)
  5. Kingdom for a Heart (3:51)
  6. FullMoon (5:08)
  7. Letter to Dana (6:00)
  8. UnOpened (3:43)
  9. Picturing the Past (3:36)
  10. Destruction Preventer (7:44)

Korean and Japanese editions

  1. Blank File (4:05)
  2. My Land (4:37)
  3. 8th Commandment (3:41)
  4. Replica (4:55)
  5. Kingdom for a Heart (3:51)
  6. FullMoon (5:08)
  7. Letter to Dana (6:00)
  8. UnOpened (3:43)
  9. Picturing the Past (3:36)
  10. Destruction Preventer (7:44)
  11. Mary-Lou (4:30) (bonus track in *)

South American edition

  1. Blank File (4:05)
  2. My Land (4:37) | Mary-Lou (4:30) **
  3. 8th Commandment (3:41)
  4. Replica (4:55)
  5. Kingdom for a Heart (3:51)
  6. FullMoon (5:08)
  7. Letter to Dana (6:00)
  8. UnOpened (3:43)
  9. Picturing the Past (3:36)
  10. Destruction Preventer (7:44)
  11. Mary-Lou (4:30) | My Land (4:37) **