Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued).
Posted by: Geir ()
Date: March 23, 2014 11:17PM

I figured I'd bump the thread up from the bottom of the page as it was taking a slightly new direction anyway.

I went back and checked what Kee Marcello's autobiography ("The Rock Star That God Forgot") had to say on the subject and it boils down to this:

Europe recorded a total of thirty tracks for "Prisoners in Paradise"!

Kee furthermore writes that "Wild Child", "Rainbow Warrior" and "Break Free" were all among the first batch of songs recorded. "Got Your Mind in the Gutter" is also mentioned in one of the paragraphs detailing the swift recording of the initial songs and was supposedly Beau Hill's personal choice for a first single from the album.

Enter four heavy suits from Epic USA to proclaim that the first set of songs is too heavy, that Europe need to record more ballads and collaborate with outside songwriters.

"Halfway to Heaven" and "I'll Cry For You" are then in turn both specifically mentioned as part of the later "PiP" sessions. Oh, and Rod Stewart was supposedly very close to recording "Homeland" at some point, but Joey nixed it...

Also, interpret this translated paragraph as you wish:
"[...]The record was the best we could do with ballad-humming label bosses breathing down our necks and actually some of the songs - "Seventh Sign", "Halfway to Heaven", "Girl From Lebanon" and "Got Your Mind in the Gutter" - are among the best Europe ever recorded."
...Does that mean that also "Seventh Sign" and "Girl From Lebanon" are, in fact, among the later additions to the album, or is Kee rather talking about the officially released album as a whole?

Technically speaking, though, with the number of songs recorded, there could be zero overlap between the two song sets, which of course makes me all the more curious regarding what we may have missed!? ...Perhaps Beau Hill could be the man to quiz on this subject, as the Norum-era Europe is understandingly prioritized with the current line-up of the band?

On a final note: According to Kee, "PiP" sold a total of 1.5 million records. Like MetroGnome on the original Le Baron Boys thread, I like the idea of a harder rocking record than the one that eventually came out, and as Kee himself insinuates in the book: Who's to say that the label bosses had the right idea of what was current, considering that the (harder) material Europe had aired prior to the recording had gone down a storm with the audiences and with the rougher, more basic grunge right around the corner...

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Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued).803 Geir 03/23/2014 11:17PM
Re: Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued). 473 blm 03/24/2014 02:01AM
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Re: Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued). 418 MetroGnome 03/24/2014 03:26AM
Re: Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued). 372 Geir 03/24/2014 03:57AM
Re: Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued). 377 MetroGnome 03/24/2014 05:01AM
Re: Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued). 498 looksthatkill 03/24/2014 06:46AM
...and back to those Le Baron Boys' tapes again... 252 Geir 03/25/2014 07:33AM
Re: ...and back to those Le Baron Boys' tapes again... 165 Vic Rivera 03/26/2014 12:58AM
Re: ...and back to those Le Baron Boys' tapes again... 150 Border Rat 03/26/2014 05:57AM
Re: ...and back to those Le Baron Boys' tapes again... 117 rickyboy999 03/27/2014 07:19AM
Re: ...and back to those Le Baron Boys' tapes again... 126 marco17 03/27/2014 11:18PM

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