|Crack a Smile... and More!|
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 14, 2000|
|Recorded||1994–1995 at Devonshire Studios, Hollywood, California|
|Genre||Glam metal, hard rock|
|Producer||John Purdell & Duane Baron|
|Singles from Crack a Smile... and More!|
Crack a Smile... and More! is the fifth studio album from the American hard rock band Poison. The record was released on March 14, 2000. The album features guitarist Blues Saraceno, who was hired as the band's new lead guitarist following the firing of Richie Kotzen in late 1993. Saraceno appeared on the band's last album release Poison's Greatest Hits: 1986–1996 in 1996, which featured two new tracks with him on lead guitar. Those two new tracks re-appear on this album along with thirteen new songs and five bonus tracks. The album moved around 12,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at #131 on The Billboard 200 album chart.
Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.
Poison is an American rock band which achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold over 45 million records. The band has charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The band's breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986, followed by Open Up and Say... Ahh!, which was certified 5× platinum in the US. Their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album was Flesh & Blood.
Blues Saraceno is an American rock guitarist, composer and music producer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. He was discovered by Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine at the age of 16, which assisted him in releasing instrumental recordings on an independent basis. Saraceno's high profile as a gifted guitar virtuoso and musician opened the doors to an early career as a first-call guitar sideman and session musician. Saraceno is most often recognized from his time playing with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream) as well as his brief tenure with the rock band Poison. Saraceno's early success in the music industry would eventually blossom into a career in producing and composing for television and film.
Crack a Smile, while replete with guitar performances comparable with those on Poison's previous studio record, Native Tongue , contains few traces of the seriousness of that record.
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The life cycle of Crack a Smile, which began in 1994, was brought to an abrupt halt in May 1994, when vocalist Bret Michaels lost control of his Ferrari. Michaels suffered a broken nose, ribs, jaw and fingers, and lost four teeth.
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After his recovery, the band continued recording in 1995. However, to the group's dismay, Capitol Records had by this time decided to put the album "on hold", and instead released a Greatest Hits record in 1996.It was not until March 14, 2000 that the record was finally released. The album's eventual release was prompted by strong fan demand, with promotional copies and bootlegs selling for $50 or more. In order to compete with the bootleg release, Capitol took the unusual step of throwing in additional bonus tracks to the album. The bootleg version of the album contained the original 12 album tracks, 6 songs from Poison's MTV Unplugged performance, and their cover of the Kiss classic "Rock and Roll All Nite." The final version of the album, titled Crack a Smile... and More!, contained the original 12 album tracks, two studio outtakes, one unnamed demo, "Face the Hangman" (previously released only as a B-side on European singles for "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"), and four of the songs from MTV Unplugged .
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|1.||"Best Thing You Ever Had"||Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett, Blues Saraceno||4:19|
|2.||"Shut Up, Make Love"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:52|
|3.||"Baby Gets Around a Bit"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:37|
|4.||"Cover of the Rolling Stone" (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show cover)||Shel Silverstein||3:09|
|5.||"Be the One"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||5:39|
|6.||"Mr. Smiley"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||2:43|
|7.||"Sexual Thing"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:38|
|8.||"Lay Your Body Down"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||5:28|
|9.||"No Ring, No Gets"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:27|
|10.||"That's the Way I Like It"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:40|
|11.||"Tragically Unhip"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||2:54|
|12.||"Doin' as I Seen on My TV"||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||2:53|
|13.||"One More for the Bone" (Outtake track)||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:18|
|14.||"Set You Free" (Outtake track)||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:56|
|15.||"Crack a Smile" (Unfinished demo)||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, Saraceno||3:46|
|16.||"Face the Hangman" (Outtake from Open Up and Say... Ahh! )||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, C.C. DeVille||3:21|
|17.||"Your Mama Don't Dance" (Live on MTV Unplugged )||Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina||3:13|
|18.||"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (Live on MTV Unplugged )||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, DeVille||4:38|
|19.||"Unskinny Bop" (Live on MTV Unplugged )||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, DeVille||4:02|
|20.||"Talk Dirty to Me" (Live on MTV Unplugged )||Michaels, Dall, Rockett, DeVille||4:06|
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