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Talisman Import, Original recording remastered

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Remastered reissue of the Swedish metal act's 1990 album features 25 tracks including a bonus disc with 14 extra live & previously unreleased demo tracks, 'Break Your Chains' (Demo), 'Under Fire' (Demo), 'If You Need Somebody' (Demo), 'Dangerous' (Demo), 'Oceans' (Demo), 'Lightning Strikes' (Demo), 'Day By Day' (Demo), 'NJBBWO' (Demo), 'Just Between Us' (Live), 'Eternal Flame' (Live), 'Scream Of Anger' (Live), 'NJBBWO' (Live), 'Let Me Love You' (Live) & 'Ice Cream Man' (Live). Slipcase. Rock Treasures. 2003.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Break Your Chains
  2. Standin On Fire
  3. Ill Be Waiting
  4. Oangerous
  5. Just Between Us
  6. System Of Power
  7. Queen
  8. Lightning Strikes
  9. Oay By Oay
  10. Women Whiskey Ok Songs
  11. Great Sandwich
  12. Break Your Chains
  13. Under Fire
  14. If You Need Somebody
  15. Oangerous
  16. Oceans
  17. Lighening Strikes
  18. Oay By Oay
  19. Njbbwo
  20. Just Between Us
  21. Eternal Flame
  22. Scream Of Anger
  23. Njbbwo
  24. Let Me Love You
  25. Ice Cream Man

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock Treasures
  • ASIN: B0000CFYP1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart M. Tysinger on January 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Jeff Scott Soto (Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell) is one of the best vocalists alive. He has power in his voice than very few can match. If you love melodic metal/rock then this cd will be like heaven. He has brought on Marcel Jacob (Malmsteen, John Norum) and Christopher Stahl. This cd was originally issued in 1990 & re-released in 1993 with bonus tracks. But this cd has 25 songs including demos and live songs. If you are a fan of Jeff you have to have this cd in your collection. Their second cd "Genesis" is very good as well. Standouts are: EVERY SONG!!!!
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Talisman is another, in the VERY long list of exceptional bands that the one-and-only Jeff Scott Soto was involved with. From the start, you know this record is going to be insanely great, and these guys never disappoit throughout!

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!!!!
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Swedish/American melodic rock band Talisman made their debut in 1990 with this self-titled album. The band paired powerhouse vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen) and bassist Marcel Jacob (RIP), who had worked together previously in Yngwie Malmsteen's band. Talisman marked the beginning of an amazing partnership between the two melodic rockers, and remains a classic album.

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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