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Talisman - 1990 Talisman

ARTIST: Talisman
ALBUM: Talisman
LABEL: Airplay Recordings, Bozz Records
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 1993, Dino (Sweden), DINCD 21 * 1993, Xero Corp (Japan), XRCN-1040 * 1994, Empire, ERCD 1012 * 2003, GMR (Sweden), RTCD005 (bonus CD, remastered, gatefold)


LINEUP: Marcel Jacob - bass, rhythm guitars, keyboards, drums * Jeff Scott Soto - vocals * Christopher Stahl - guitars * Mats Lindfors - guitars

Additional Musicians: Peter Hermansson - drums * Mats Olausson - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Break Your Chains * 02 Standin' On Fire * 03 I'll Be Waiting * 04 Dangerous * 05 Just Between Us * 06 System Of Power * 07 Queen * 08 Lightning Strikes * 09 Day By Day * 10 Women Whiskey And Song * 11 Great Sandwich * 12 Just Between Us (Live) * 13 Eternal Flame (Live) * 14 Scream Of Anger (Live) * 15 NJBBWD (Live) * 16 Let Me Love You (Live) * 17 Ice Cream Man (Live)


I remember reading the review of this in Metal Forces (Issue 41 to be exact chaps). Let me quote reviewer Dave Constable: 'Forget please all the UK non-starters like FM, SHY et al, they have no clue. Why do BON JOVI, DOKKEN, EUROPE etc do it so much better? And why does TALISMAN do it better and more powerfully than all of them put together? Simply class.'.. And with those words we introduce the debut Talisman album. I don't necessarily agree with Dave that FM and Shy were non-starters, IMHO, this Talisman platter still stands head and shoulders over everything else they've since done. So melodic, and the guitars of Christopher Stahl (never to be heard of again unfortunately) stand out like a bruised kneecap. In reality though, it's Marcel Jacobs baby, and bringing in Jeff Scott Soto was a masterstroke. The songs literally embed themselves into your memory bank, not forgetting the wonderful production job from Mats Lindfors. Released in February 1990, this is one very memorable disc.

The Songs
It's pretty hard not to forget the opening trio of songs: 'Break Your Chains', the exquisite 'Standin' On Fire' and of course, Talisman's best ever song 'I'll Be Waiting'. Smooth melodic rock that could've made a push into the charts seeing it was their most commercial effort. 'Dangerous' is a prowling rocker while 'Just Between Us' though a ballad, still shakes enough bullets to be threatening. Stahl showcases his immense ability, sounding like John Norum on 'System Of Power' while pulling a few Michael Schenker like runs on the wickedly good 'Queen (Of The Night)'. Check out the soaring choruses on 'Lightning Strikes' or the catchy 'Day By Day'. To round out the album 'Whisky Woman And Song' has a groove similar to Soto's work with Eyes.

In Summary
Since this debut, the Talisman collective have released a string of further albums, usually with Jacob and Soto to the fore. As I mentioned before, this is the one to really track down. For trainspotters, the Swedish Dino re-release from 1993 has six bonus tracks on it.

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#1 | AOR_Crazy on January 09 2007 03:16:02
One of the greatest albums i ever heard, and i heard a lot of them, great and melodic guitars, strong singing from Mr.Soto and great refrains.Almost no weak songs on the album! MUST HAVE!Smile
#2 | george_the_jack on July 01 2008 18:09:21
Great album! JSS is an unbelievable live performer!
#3 | gdazegod on June 10 2012 03:27:15
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