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Editors’ Notes

When Prisoners in Paradise was released in 1991, the hair metal trend that had made Europe famous had run its course. That’s a shame, because in a lot of ways Prisoners in Paradise has more to offer than the multiplatinum smashes that preceded it. The band had given up on the gauzy production of the '80s and chosen a more in-your-face sound. The tighter production makes it easier to see the punchy pop-rock of “Halfway to Heaven,” “Talk to Me,” and “All or Nothing” as extensions of the timeless stadium rock of the '70s (think Cheap Trick and Bad Company) rather than the dated hair metal of the '80s. Over time, fans of the band’s earlier hits came back to rediscover “I’ll Cry for You” and “Prisoners in Paradise,” two works that affirmed Europe’s mastery of the power ballad. Between Joey Tempest’s towering vocals and the rollicking guitar of Kee Marcello, Europe had everything that a band like Bon Jovi had, minus the massive fame. The AC/DC-inspired “Seventh Sign” even served to remind fans that there was a roaring rock band under all the pretty pop tunes.

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The end of an Era

80's hair pop metal. On it's way out around 1991, but there was still bands trying to hol don out there. This album is a sample of one of the last hurrah's (if you will) for this genre. Catchy hooks, melodic vocals, shredding guitars...all in all a solid representation of a music form that will never truly die, but will never be the same as it was 20 years ago

I'm A Prisoner in Joey's eyes!!!

I love this album alot. It really shows what Europe is all about, besides The Final Countdown!! If you love the 80's, I would so get this album. You will not regret it!!

ok...

Their songs are the second closest thing to perfect... it's just that you'll see that some lyrics and melodys can be repetative and have no new flavor to them.

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve success until they reworked their sound into bombastic yet melodic pop-metal. In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band — featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), Tony Reno (drums), and John Leven (bass) — won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europe and releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings...
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