Prisoners in Paradise

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Prisoners in Paradise
Europe-prisoners in paradise.jpg
Cover art by Mark Wilkinson
Studio album by
Released23 September 1991
Recorded1990-1991
StudioEnterprise Studios, Burbank, California, United States
Genre Glam metal
Length54:57
Label Epic
Producer Beau Hill
Europe chronology
Out of This World
(1988)
Prisoners in Paradise
(1991)
1982–1992
(1993)
Singles from Prisoners in Paradise
  1. "Prisoners in Paradise"
    Released: September 1991
  2. "I'll Cry for You"
    Released: December 1991
  3. "Halfway to Heaven"
    Released: March 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Classic Rock Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 3/10 [2]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]

Prisoners in Paradise is the fifth studio album by the Swedish rock band Europe. It was released on 23 September 1991, by Epic Records and spawned hits such as the title track, "Prisoners in Paradise" and "I'll Cry for You". The album did not chart in the US, which is unusual for a major label follow-up to two recent (multi)platinum albums. Prisoners in Paradise is the last album to feature guitarist Kee Marcello.

Contents

The band's guitarist Kee Marcello states in his 2011 biography that Bob Rock was the first choice for producer for this album, and agreed initially but pulled out to work on Metallica´s eponymous album instead. The large number of finished bonus tracks is also explained in this book: the first version of this album, called "Seventh Sign" was rejected by the label in 1990 and the band had to write and record new songs. [4] Five more tracks were demoed in addition to the 25 listed below; two of them were rewritten and became "New Love in Town" on Last Look at Eden and "Bring it All Home" on Bag of Bones . Most of the unreleased songs down below can be found on YouTube as demo recordings. Two of the previously unreleased tracks, "Wild Child" and "I Don't Know How to Love No More" [5] were re-recorded for Kee Marcello's 2016 solo album "Scaling Up" on Frontiers Records. [6]

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."All or Nothing" Eric Martin, Andre Pessis, Joey Tempest Tempest3:54
2."Halfway to Heaven"Tempest, Jim Vallance Tempest, Vallance4:06
3."I'll Cry for You"Tempest, Nick Graham Tempest, Graham5:21
4."Little Bit of Lovin'"TempestTempest, Kee Marcello 4:48
5."Talk to Me"Tempest, Mic Michaeli Tempest, Michaeli4:06
6."Seventh Sign"TempestTempest, Marcello, Michaeli4:42
7."Prisoners in Paradise"TempestTempest5:36
8."Bad Blood"Tempest, MichaeliTempest, Marcello4:19
9."Homeland"Tempest, MichaeliTempest, Marcello, Michaeli4:51
10."Got Your Mind in the Gutter"Tempest, Beau Hill Marcello, Hill4:59
11."'Til My Heart Beats Down Your Door"Brian McDonald, Fiona Tempest, Michaeli3:47
12."Girl from Lebanon"TempestTempest4:20
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
13."Break Free"TempestTempest, Marcello4:05
14."Yesterday's News"Tempest, Marcello, Michaeli, John Levén, Ian Haugland Tempest5:27
Spitfire Records 2001 remaster bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
13."Mr. Government Man"Tempest, HillTempest, Hill3:36
14."Long Time Comin'"TempestTempest, Marcello3:55
Tracks from the Prisoners in Paradise recording sessions available on various compilations
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sweet Love Child" (released on the 1982–1992 and 1982–2000 compilations)Tempest, Marcello, Michaeli4:57
2."Rainbow Warrior" (released on CD with Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal 1970-1996)Tempest, Marcello, Michaeli, Levén, Haugland6:35
3."Blame It on Me" (released on CD with Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock and Heavy Metal vol II (2002) [7] )Tempest, Marcello, Michaeli, Levén, Haugland4:45
4."Here Comes the Night" (released on the compilation album Rock the Night: The Very Best of Europe)Tempest4:27
Demo tracks that remain unreleased
No.TitleLength
1."Wild Child"4:05
2."Don't Know How to Love No More"5:50
3."Wanted Man"4:44
4."Little Sinner"3:56
5."Never Gonna Say Goodbye"3:45
6."Stranded"4:32
7."I Want Your Love"6:20

(Note: These unreleased demos can, for some reason, be heard on YouTube and, thusly, accurate time lengths for these songs were acquired.)

Personnel

Europe

Additional musicians

Production

Charts

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
Sweden GLF 1992Platinum (+ 100,000) [17]

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