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Total Control
John Norum
Total Control
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
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All Artists: John Norum
Title: Total Control
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sbme Import
Release Date: 12/4/1997
Album Type: Extra tracks, Import
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


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Now Deleted in the USA

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Europe's loss
scottydog | USA | 01/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Total Control" is probably my favorite solo album from John Norum. It was recorded just after he left Europe in 1987. It's melodic, guitar driven rock and roll with European flavor. My biggest impression from the album has been this is rebellion against Europe and "The final countdown". Mr. Norum proves you can make a great melodic rock album with some keyboards, without sacrificing the guitars at all. This is better than "The final countdown" and just as good if not better than "Out of this world". The album proves Europe made a mistake by not giving John more room in the writing process as many of the songs on "Total Control" could've lead to a stronger follow-up to "The final countdown" had they been in the Europe family. Joey Tempest admitted in later years that when John Norum left Europe it was "the beginning of the end". Europe continued to be great, but would've been better with John.

Mr. Norum is all about the guitar and this album is a great showcase for his talent as expected. John gives a respectable vocal performance but his range is limited, especially in comparison to Joey Tempest (it's clear why Joey would always remain Europe's lead singer). Standout tracks are "Let me love you", "Love is meant to last forever", "Eternal flame" and "Back on the streets". Of course all John Norum fans must own this CD, but it's also essential for Europe fans, especially those who love "Wings of tomorrow" and "Out of this world".