Re: Europe "Prisoners in Paradise" (continued).
Posted by: Geir ()
Date: March 24, 2014 03:50AM

Bruce, I should add that I quite like the version of "Prisoners in Paradise" that came out: I listened to it a lot at the time and "I'll Cry For You" is the only song on it that strikes me as somewhat weak. The later unplugged version, however, brings out something in the song that suits me better.

"Halfway to Heaven", while a good song, also struck me as somewhat alien to the direction of the rest of the album - (too) elaborately commercial, somehow.

Anyway, I guess it was the quality of the first two non-album tracks I heard, "Yesterday's News" and "Break Free", and the later rumours that a more rocking version of the album had been rejected, which sparked the curiousity regarding whatever constitued the first version of the album.

As for Europe albums overall, I'd rate "Out of This World" as my personal favourite, while "Wings of Tomorrow", "The Final Countdown" and "Prisoners in Paradise" all take the second place somehow.

Among the comeback albums, I like portions of "Start From the Dark" quite a bit, and "Bag of Bones" also had much going for it, I thought, but yes, sure - latter day Europe is a whole other kettle of fish than the Europe back in the day. I admire their attitude not to compromise musically these days, but the abundantly melodic content of yesteryear has unfortunately to some degree gone missing along the way.

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