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Total Control

September 7, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 6, 1988
  • Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 40:29
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  • ASIN: B00429BDD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,031 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I have had Total Control in my music collection for many years. I first became aware of John Norum when I got the album from the band Europe called The Final Countdown in 1987. I have always admired his guitar playing on that album--he especially did a great job with the song's guitar solos. Total Control is the debut solo album that he released some time after leaving Europe. This disc is in a melodic hard rock musical direction. There are a total of eleven tracks--one of the tracks is an instrumental. Total Control is heavier and more guitar-oriented than The Final Countdown. John Norum performs the lead vocals on almost all of the songs. Göran Edman sings on three tracks--he subsequently went on to be the lead vocalist on two Yngwie Malmsteen albums (Eclipse and Fire and Ice). John Norum and Göran Edman both do well with the vocals. The album's musicianship, songwriting, and production are solid and satisfying. There's a nice European flavor to a lot of the material on Total Control. I've always liked that aspect. John Norum delivers plenty of cool guitar riffs and solos. I've always admired his guitar skills--he's a great guitarist. Keyboards are also used sparingly. Some of the tracks that I like are "Love Is Meant to Last Forever," "Too Many Hearts," and "In Chase of the Wind." "Love Is Meant to Last Forever" is a nice hard rock song with melody. The ballad "Too Many Hearts" is also a good song with a cool guitar solo. The guitar instrumental "In Chase of the Wind" is a great showcase for his guitar skills--it's an emotional instrumental. A couple of songs on this album are cover tunes.Read more ›
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I've waited for 14 years to get this CD into my hands, due to the blessing of the web and Amazon, I've finally got it. The first time I listened to it was from a bad recording in a cassette. Then, it was impossible to find it in my country, and finally, got the record. While I'm writing this, I'm listening to it. It is simply excellent. I really recommend it if you're looking for late 80's really well made rock music, in this ages where virtuosism is almost forgotten, John Norum really rocks!!!!!!
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I remember finding the cassette of this in Best Buy for $1.99 A DOLLAR NINETY-NINE!!!!! But I'm glad I found this on Amazon; it has all the tracks from the cassette and it's digitally remastered! I've always loved John Norum's style and am so hyped to finally have a CD of this!
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John Norum (often considered Swedish but originally from Norway) was the guitarist who famously left Europe (the Swedish band, not the continent) when the band was at the height of its popularity. This is John's first solo album, “Total Control”. Somewhat confusingly, Göran Edman from Madison (the Swedish band, not the town in Wisconsin) is the lead singer on three of the tracks.

Both I and a friend of mine (who happens to be a musician) reacted to the album in pretty much the same way as the other reviewers on this product page. John Norum left Europe when the band became too pop-oriented. One example was their international hit “The Final Countdown”. Indeed, people called Europe's music “pop metal” rather than “heavy metal”. Everyone therefore expected “Total Control” to be much harder and heavier. My musician friend's comments when he heard the track “Love is meant to last forever”? “It sounds exactly like The Final Countdown”…

But sure, I suppose the guitars and rocky riffs are more pronounced on John Norum's album than on Europe's dittoes. The biggest hit from this album, as I recall, was “Let me love you” (where John sings himself). As an aside, John's younger sister Tone Norum is a pop singer with a few stints on the rockier side of things. In Sweden, she was probably more successful than big brother! A pop orientation usually means a wider audience…
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1987's Total Control was the debut solo album from Swedish guitarist John Norum. Norum was upset with the direction Europe was taking after Final Countdown, so he launched a solo career, which sounded a lot like Europe on The Final Countdown, minus the keyboards and songs about ninjas. For this effort, Norum is joined by bassist/songwriter Marcel Jacob (RIP) and vocalist Goran Edman, who would go on to sing for Yngwie Malmsteen and several AOR groups.

This is an interesting album. I had forgotten about Jacob's involvement, but hearing it again you can imagine some of these songs working with his and Jeff Scott Soto's band Talisman. Norum strikes a good balance between accessible melodies and intricate solos, and ends up being a decent vocalist to boot! I'm a Goran Edman fan, so the couple of songs he's on are standouts for me. There are also a couple of interesting cover songs too. The first is a blazing version of the Vinnie Vincent tune "Back on the Streets" and the second is a very well-done cover of Thin Lizzy's "Wild One."

Your enjoyment of Total Control is going to depend on your opinion of the `80s European melodic rock sound. Obviously I love that stuff, so I'm a fan of this one. Fans of Europe, Yngwie Malmsteen and Talisman should definitely give it a try.

PS - This album is way overdue for a reissue with a good remastering. Rock Candy, are you listening?
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