Episode 17 – Europe – Prisoners in Paradise (Part 1)

Rock Roulette Podcast
Episode 17 - Europe - Prisoners in Paradise (Part 1)

On Christmas, the wheel has pulled a band that is a well-known hair metal band from the 80’s. EuropePrisoners in Paradise! This album is from 1991, right before Nirvana broke big and the music scene changed. How does it stack up to their previous releases? Lets see what the guys say!

Prisoners in Paradise is the fifth studio album by the Swedish rock band Europe. It was released on 23 September 1991, by Epic Records and spawned hits such as the title track, “Prisoners in Paradise” and “I’ll Cry for You”. The album did not chart in the US, which is unusual for a major label follow-up to two recent (multi)platinum albums. Prisoners in Paradise is the last album to feature guitarist Kee Marcello.

The band’s guitarist Kee Marcello states in his 2011 biography that Bob Rock was the first choice for producer for this album and agreed initially but pulled out to work on Metallica´s eponymous album instead. The large number of finished bonus tracks is also explained in this book: the first version of this album, called “Seventh Sign” was rejected by the label in 1990 and the band had to write and record new songs.

Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Kee Marcello – electric guitars, background vocals
John Levén – bass guitar
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, background vocals
Ian Haugland – drums

Additional musicians
Nate Winger, Paul Winger – background vocals

Beau Hill – producer, mixing
Jimmy Hoyson – engineer, mixing
Martin Horenburg – assistant engineer
Ted Jensen – mastering
Jeff Katz – photography
Mark Wilkinson – illustrations
Tony Sellari – art direction

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