For our last episode of the year, we finish our review of Prisoners in Paradise by Europe! What will be the final word on this album? Happy New Year!
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
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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