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TALISMAN - TALISMAN

Originally released 1990, this Deluxe Edition released in 2012.

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Album is available in all streaming, download portals as well as physical CD in a complete new re-worked digipack
packaging. Including new linear notes and pics and personal notes from Jeff Scott Soto.


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Players:

Marcel Jacob: Bass, rhythm guitars, drums and keyboards.
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead vocals, backing vocals.

Additional players:
Christopher Ståhl: Lead guitars.
Mats Lindflrs: Lead and rhythme guitars on "Women Whiskey & Song".
Mats Olausoon: Keyboards.
Peter Hermansson: Drums on "System Of Power and "Lightning Strikes"

Additional players on the live sessions:
Jason Bieler: Lead guitars, backing vocals.
"Jake Samuel" Jakob Samuelsson: Drums. backing vocals.
Thomas Vikström: Keyboards, backing vocals. (* Except "Ice Cream Man")

Track listing:

  1. Break Your Chains
  2. Standin´ On Fire
  3. I'll Be Waiting
  4. Dangerous
  5. Just Between Us
  6. System Of Power
  7. Queen
  8. Lightning Strikes
  9. Day By Day
  10. Women, Whiskey & Song
  11. Great Sandwich (instrumental)
  12. MJ Playing Solo In Studio. (Bonus)
  13. Just Between Us [Live 1990] Kopparberg, Sweden. (Bonus)
  14. Eternal Flame [Live 1990] Kopparberg, Sweden. (Bonus)
  15. I'll Be Waiting [Live 1990] Kopparberg, Sweden. (Bonus)
  16. Scream of Anger [Live 1990] Karlskoga, Sweden. (Bonus)
  17. NJBBWD [Live 1990] Karlskoga, Sweden. (Bonus)
  18. Standin' On Fire [Live 1990] Karlskoga, Sweden. (Bonus)
  19. Let Me Love You [Live 1990] Karlskoga, Sweden. (Bonus)
  20. * Ice Cream Man [Live 1990] Stockholm, Blues Brothers, Sweden. (Bonus)

HISTORY:

AT AN EARLY AGE, MARCEL JACOB DISCOVERED THAT HE POSSESSED THE TALENT FOR PLAYING GUITAR,
BASS, AND WRITING SONGS.

MARCEL STARTED HIS MUSICAL CAREER PLAYING TOGETHER WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN A BAND CALLED "FORCE" (WHICH WOULD LATER BECOME "EUROPE"). WITH FORCE, HE CO-WROTE THE SONGS "THE KING WILL RETURN" AND "SCREAM OF ANGER" WITH JOEY TEMPEST, THE LATTER WHICH WOULD REMAIN A FAN FAVORITE AMONGST EUROPE FANS THAT THE BAND CONTINUE TO PERFORM LIVE EVEN TODAY.

MARCEL RECORDED ON THE ALBUM "MARCHING OUT" WITH YNGWIE AND REMAINED FOR 2 WORLD TOURS
FROM 1984-86. DIFFICULTIES WITH MANAGEMENT FORCED HIM TO QUIT AND HEAD BACK TO SWEDEN.

IN AUTUMN OF ‘86, GUITARIST JOHN NORUM DEPARTED FROM THE BAND "EUROPE" AND WAS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS TO COMPLETE HIS SOLO BAND. MARCEL JOINED AND STARTED WRITING SONGS FOR NORUM’S FIRST RELEASE, "TOTAL CONTROL".

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL ALBUM AND TOUR, THE IDEA WAS TO GET STARTED ON A NEW ALBUM FOR NORUM BUT AFTER SOME DISAGREEMENT ON DIRECTION, JACOB DECIDED TO RECORD HIS OWN SOLO ALBUM WITH THE WORKING TITLE “GUITARS ON FIRE’. GÖRAN EDMAN, THE SINGER WITH NORUM AT THE TIME, SANG ON THE ORIGINAL DEMOS. EDMAN DECIDED HE WOULD REMAIN WITH NORUM AND THROUGH CONFLICT OF INTEREST, WASN’T ABLE TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH JACOB.

JACOB THEN MET CHRISTER WEDIN, WHO WORKED FOR THE RECORD LABEL ELECTRA, THAT WAS CONVINCED MARCEL’S NEW PROJECT WAS WORTH LOOKING INTO.

WITH A DEAL NOW IN PLACE, A VOCALIST WAS NEEDED TO SECURE THE DIRECTION OF THE SONGS. ON A WHIM, MARCEL CONTACTED JEFF SCOTT SOTO IN THE US WHO WAS WITH HIM IN YNGWIE’S BAND YEARS EARLIER. SOTO WAS EXTREMELY INTERESTED AFTER HEARING THE SONGS AND ONCE THE SONGS WERE DONE AND MIXED, JACOB CHANGED IT FROM A SOLO PROJECT TO A NEW MONIKER CALLED ‘TALISMAN’.

MARCEL RECORDED ALL OF THE GUITARS HIMSELF EXCEPT FOR SOLOS, WHICH WERE HANDLED BY GUITARIST CHRISTOPHER STAHL. DRUM OVERDUBS WERE COMPLETED BY PETER HERMANSSON.

THE MIXING WAS DONE AT ABBA'S POLAR STUDIOS IN STOCKHOLM AND IN FEBRUARY 1990 TALISMAN’S DEBUT ALBUM AND FIRST SINGLE, "I'LL BE WAITING", WAS RELEASED.

SUCCESS WAS NOT IMMEDIATE BUT THE SINGLE DID AIR ON THE BIGGEST HIT RADIO SHOW IN SWEDEN, TRACKS, AND THE SHOW CONTINUED TO RECEIVE MORE AND MORE REQUESTS FOR TALISMAN. THEY DECIDED TO RETRY IT FOR A POSSIBLE CHART POSITION AND THIS TIME IT WENT STRAIGHT TO NUMBER 3, THE FOLLOWING WEEK TO NUMBER 2! THIS WAS HUGE CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT TALISMAN PLAYED HARD ROCK AND THE STANDARD ON THE RADIO SHOW WAS FOR TOP 40 ARTISTS SUCH AS KYLIE MINOGUE, MADONNA, ETC.,

THE SINGLE WENT GOLD AND THE ALBUM SOLD OVER 50 000 COPIES IN SWEDEN ALONE.