|ojotigre||Fecha: Jueves, 2015-12-10, 12:38 PM | Mensaje # 1|
|EUROPE-Prisoners In Paradise[Japanese Edition remastered +2]|
Japanese remastered editions of EUROPE first albums have been requested several times here, and we are finalizing the batch with the superb "Prisoners In Paradise".
As said in previous Europe posts, each of their albums have its own
identity, and "Prisoners In Paradise" should be their most mature record
in all departments, but basically, it's one of the finest Melodic Hard
Rock albums ever made.
Europe manages here to combine prime hard rock riffs with some damn
catchy melodic choruses, resulting in a stunning masterpiece of an album
for the genre.
The guitar work is awesome, with plenty of riffs to induce spontaneous
headbanging - just taste the killer 'All Or Nothing' - and lead guitar
so inspiring that even God's jaw cannot fail to drop.
Kee Marcello is one of those few guitarists capable of combining both
mind numbingly fast soloing with some truly soulful rhythm playing, and
the man is sadly underrated in my opinion. There are great synth /
keyboard lines in most (if not all...) of the tracks, while the vocal
arrangements / performances soar.
There's a great mix on here; from driving melodic hard rock blazing
tunes to emotional ballads, a true joy for all who appreciate this type
of feel-good Rock music.
'All Or Nothing' (co-written by Mr. Big’s Eric Martin) opens the CD with
an unforgettable riff that will make you want to knock down houses,
'Halfway to Heaven' is melodic rock perfection, while 'Little Bit of
Lovin' - perhaps Europe most 'Americanized' track ever, is another
excellent hard rocking song that will go down greatly with anyone who
likes Alice Cooper's Trash / Hey Stoopid era.
'Seventh Sign' is one of the harder songs on the album, rocking beyond
belief with a kickin' punch, and again, tasteful guitar work.
Title track 'Prisoners in Paradise' is an irresistibly catchy, fantastic
anthem enhanced by the top class production of master Beau Hill, 'Bad
Blood' rocks with a melodic yet pumping attack, and 'Got Your Mind In
The Gutter' - criticized as the weak number on the album - in my opinion
is a real goodie with a bloody groovy chorus.
'Til My Heart Beats Down Your Door' has a tremendous pulse, 'I'll Cry
For You' is an emotional finely crafted ballad, then 'Homeland' is a
bluesy, soft little gem that shows off some of Kee Marcello's most
Then arrives Europe's masterpiece 'Girl From Lebanon' - a brilliant song
to end a brilliant album. The solos are full of feeling and the whole
song oozes class, attitude and an irresistible chorus.
There were many other songs recorded during the "Prisoners In Paradise"
sessions. Initially, famed Bob Rock was the first choice for producer of
the album, and he agreed, but as Europe's label delayed the financing
of the recording, Bob pulled out to work on Metallica's Black Album
So "Prisoners In Paradise" was rescheduled from the scratch with Beau Hill and new songs were written in the meantime.
Many of these tracks appeared later in Europe's reissues like this one.
The cuts featured here as bonus tracks are the hard rocking 'Break Free'
(B-side of 'I'll Cry for You' single) and the monster groovin' of
'Yesterday's News', an original Japanese bonus only, later appeared in
the '1982-1992' compilation album.
It's a shame that Europe had pretty much fallen off of the public's
radar when "Prisoners In Paradise" appeared (sad, dark ages in Rock
music were arriving) because this is arguably one the best albums of
This is one stunning album, easily among the favorites in my Melodic
Hard Rock collection. This Japanese remastered version (not easy to
find) is excellent, fully on dynamics.
A Must Have.
Sony Music Japan ~ 【MHCP-435】
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01 - All Or Nothing
02 - Halfway To Heaven
03 - I'll Cry For You
04 - Give A Little Bit Of Lovin'
05 - Talk To Me
06 - Seventh Sign
07 - Prisoners In Paradise
08 - Bad Blood
09 - Homeland
10 - Got Your Mind In The Gutter
11 - 'Til My Heart Beats Down Your Door
12 - Girl From Lebanon
13 - Break Free
14 - Yesterday's News
Joey Tempest – vocals, rhythm guitar
Kee Marcello – lead guitar, background vocals
John Levén – bass
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, background vocals
Ian Haugland – drums
Nate Winger, Paul Winger – background vocals
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