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08/04/20: John Norum – Total Control


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Goran Edman (vocals)
John Norum (guitar, vocals)
Marcel Jacob (bass)
Peter Hermansson (keyboards)
Per Blom (drums)

Produced by: John Norum, Thomas Witt
Engineered by: Per Blom
Mixed by: Per Blom
Remastered by: Jon Astley

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Fully Remastered Audio. 6 bonus tracks, 12 page full colour booklet – 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, rarely seen photos and new interview with John Norum.

“WHEN GUITARIST John Norum left Europe in 1986, at the very height of their popularity, the news was met with shock and incredulity. It was a stunning decision considering that he had been a founding member of the band (and its predecessor Force) for seven years and seemed so musically at ease with their exciting and successful brand of melodic rock. There was a lot of head scratching and amazement that someone with his fortitude and talent could turn his back on mass adoration and financial security by leaving Europe to follow his own muse. But all was not lost as John’s game plan was simple and deftly executed, setting course for a well received solo career.

Recruiting a new backing band of long-time musical friends (including Marcel Jacob, a former Europe member, on bass) and continuing his relationship with Swedish executives at the Sony label he redefined his ambitions away from the lighter pop rock path of Europe. This time the around the music was harder, heavier and full of serious conviction, allowing John to unleash full on guitar work, woven within leaner and meaner songs. Whilst his soloing had always been impressive, this time around the playing was simply out of this world.

Centre stage on three tracks was vocalist Goran Edman whose forceful and melodic voice is delightfully mature, lending the material a world-class sheen. Indeed, Norum’s own voice was just as impressive. Songs such as ‘Let Me Love You’, the Whitesnake-influenced ‘Blind’ and ‘Someone Else Here’, set an impressive standard. Oh, and look out for the choice cover of the Vinnie Vincent penned ‘Back On The Streets’.

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