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Casanova - 1992 One Night Stand

ARTIST: Casanova (Germany)
ALBUM: One Night Stand
LABEL: WEA Germany
SERIAL: 4509-90681-2
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2010, Divebomb (USA), DIVE013


LINEUP: Michael Voss - vocals, guitars * Stephan Neumeier - guitars * Jochen Mayer - bass, vocals * Michael Eurich - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Guns Say Fire * 02 Ticket To The Moon * 03 I'll Come Runnin' * 04 Love's Crashin' Down * 05 The X-tra Mile * 06 One Of These Days * 07 Wake Up! * 08 Home Is Where The Heart Is * 09 The Doctor Is In * 10 Dead Mans Hand * 11 Seal It With A Kiss

WEBLINKS: www.casanova.de

It will come as no surprise to many that two of the best German releases of the 90's decade were the first pair of Casanova albums. The debut from 1991 and this one a year later. Revolving around Teutonic vocal legend Michael Voss, previously seen with 80's rockers Mad Max, (themselves a fine hard rock band), Casanova are a smooth melodic rock quartet. Taking snippets of fellow German bands Bonfire, Craaft, and at the harder edge of the scale Boysvoice, the Casanova sound is so classy you can't help but hit the rewind/replay button on many of these tracks. Sure, the vocals are accented, but when you line Michael's voice up against the likes of Claus Lessman and Mani Gruber, consider it a compliment.

The Songs
You don't get a better opening than 'Guns Say Fire' - the title living up to the name, full salvo's comin' atcha! Did anyone say Bonfire? 'Ticket To The Moon' has a burnin' riff that just smokes up the house, an intense vocal lead from Michael and some fiery lead guitar from Neumeier. The melodic attack is sustained on the terrific 'I'll Come Runnin', bucket-like drums and huge vocal choruses amid the Bon Jovi 80's styled workout. Fans of the beautiful quintessential AOR ballad need to check out 'The Xtra Mile', an awesome keyboard layered affair that is guaranteed to squeeze what little emotion you have in that heart of yours. 'One Of These Days' sees Casanova taking on a commercial country rock theme, something that would rear it's head in later years with Demon Drive. On 'Home Is Where The Heart Is', the guitar riffs are straight off Stone Fury's underrated 'Burns Like A Star', the song itself a melting pot of various melodic rock outfits. 'The Doctor is In' is a Boysvoice styled romp, with a bit of sexual innuendo and humor to boot, the Nurse announcing over the wire 'Doctor of Love, Doctor of Love.. 69..'. What's all that about!!! The last pair are certainly two of the better tracks recorded by Casanova: Voss' husky vocals ripping through 'Dead Mans Hand', an urgent hard rocker, while 'Seal It With A Kiss' is the album's coup de grace, the best moment left till last as they say. A killer track, one that AORsters will wrap their headphones around with glee! Everything about this one smacks of class.

In Summary
The band had ups and downs with its label (as Fair Warning were to find out not longer after). They migrated to become the band Demon Drive, with Voss and Mayer staying on. Many still yearn for that long lost Casanova sound, but unfortunately, that won't happen according to the members of the band, not while Demon Drive is going at least. Alongside their debut, 'One Night Stand' should be on your wants list - pronto.

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