Talisman was the self-titled first studio album by hard rock band Talisman, originally released in 1990 through Airplay/Vinylmania. It has been reissued three times: first in 1993 through Dino Music/Empire Records; followed by a remasteredition in 2003 through Rock Treasures, containing a bonus disc with demos and live recordings from 1990; and This "Deluxe Edition" was released on September 12, 2012, packaged in a Digipak with further bonus material and remastering. Talisman is a great example of why the late 80s melodic rock sound was so much fun. The album is just loaded with songs that should have been huge hit singles.
While the 1990 self-titled debut release by the band Eyes is certainly a good album, the main reason to check it out is the presence of journeyman vocalist Jeff Scott Soto. Soto, who has made his mark working with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell, his own band Talisman, and (briefly) as lead singer of AOR icons Journey, joined Eyes as a replacement for James Christian, who left to front House of Lords. The self-titled Eyes album was very much a product of its time, straddling the line between hard rock and AOR. It's the kind of feel-good party rock from a time when bands like Firehouse, Bon Jovi, Bad English, and Damn Yankees were dominating the airwaves.
"The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar": The gold-digger Jessica Valdemar and her lover Dr. Robert Hoffman plot a scheme to take the money of her old and terminal husband Ernest Valdemar.
Sapphire Eyes is the new AOR band of songwriter and keyboard player Niclas Olsson, well known for his female fronted Melodic Rock band Alyson Avenue and lead singer Thomas Bursell. Back in 2004 the two Swedish musicians already worked together in the Melodic Hard Rock band Second Heat. For several years already Niclas had the idea for an AOR band with a male vocalist, it originally started when Alyson Avenue parted ways with vocalist Anette Olzon in 2006. But due to other projects, including the work on Alyson Avenue’s comeback album “Changes” with their new vocalist Arabella Vitanc, released in the spring of 2011 through Avenue Of Allies, the work on the male fronted AOR album was put on hold…
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