Talisman Import, Original recording remastered
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I'll be completely honest about my total fanhood of JSS. I love the guy! He is, in my mind, the best hard rock vocalist that I have ever heard. Another amazing feat for this guy is, evevy band that he has been in he's made them worlds better than they should have been. Talisman is no different. This record is chalked full of huge choruses, big-time riffs, catchy tunes and great production. Basically everything we love about melodic rock from the late 80's/early 90's. The songs are all terrific throughout, and one has to wonder why these guys weren't rivaling Bon Jovi or Poison back in the day. While the entire album is beyond awesome, my favorite tracks are "I'll Be Waiting," "Lightning Strikes," "Queen" and "Day By Day."
This album has been remastered and re-released recently I believe. I would suggest going with that version. The older one is kinda low sounding, and the newer version has a ton of bonus music. GO BUY THIS RECORD NOW PEOPLE!!!!
Talisman is a great example of why the late `80s melodic rock sound was so much fun. You've got these amazing guitar hooks, catchy rhythms, fantastic melodies and of course Soto's powerful, soulful vocals. Later Talisman albums would go in a more soulful, funky direction, but this album is pure arena rocking AOR along the lines of Giant, Bad English and Tyketto. The album is just loaded with songs that should have been huge hit singles - "Break Your Chains," "I'll Be Waiting," "Just Between Us" to name a few - but for whatever reason the band never really broke big. Fortunately that didn't keep them from continuing to record amazing melodic rock albums.
Just about any release by Talisman falls under the "must have" heading for all dedicated melodic rock fans, but the debut is an absolute essential. This is about as good as late `80s and early `90s melodic rock gets, and is one of the bet Jeff Scott Soto performances period.
Edition Notes: Rock Treasures reissued Talisman in 2003, and did a fantastic job of it. In addition to expanded liner notes and a nice slipcase, the reissue features digitally remastered sound and a second CD full of rare and unreleased songs, including the early Talisman demos with Goran Edman on vocals. It's a real treat hearing the more polished Edman's take on these songs. It sounds a lot like Europe, actually. The remastering is terrific, and the bonus disc is a great addition. Together they make an already great album that much better.
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