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Artist: Poison

Title: Open Up and Say...Ahh!

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Poison Open Up and Say...Ahh! Album Cover Poison Open Up and Say...Ahh! Album Cover

 

Category: Glam

Year: 1988

Label: Capitol

Catalog Number: 07777-4849326

Personnel

Bret Michaels vocals
CC Deville guitar
Bobby Dall bass
Rikki Rocket drums

Tracks

1.  Love On the Rocks  
2.  Nothin' but a Good Time  
3.  Back To the Rocking Horse  
4.  Good Love  
5.  Tearin' Down the Halls  
6.  Look But You Can't Touch  
7.  Fallen Angel  
8.  Every Rose Has Its Thorn  
9.  Your Mama Don't Dance  
10.  Bad To Be Good  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: LSN Date: March 26, 2001 at 12:16
This is one of the best hard rock\glam rock albums that I have ever heard.I`ve had this album for almost 13 years and I still listen to it over and over again.I recomend it strongly!!

From: Betty Date: April 24, 2001 at 19:36
My fave album ever.

From: Susan Date: April 24, 2001 at 21:45
A really great one!

From: Rick Date: April 24, 2001 at 23:09
Good music here but they got better later on. Still above average.

From: Sarah Date: April 25, 2001 at 0:25
Bret is IT!

From: McClane Date: April 29, 2001 at 16:09
'Nothin' but a good time' is a classic.

From: James Date: May 7, 2001 at 18:58
This CD is what starded me on my journey of hair metal, only the best music ever. The era was great to grow up in. The best rock bands of all time came out in this era and Poison was at the point of attack. Great power rock and awesome ballads, that is what is missing in todays music.

From: Mario (Italy) Date: August 10, 2001 at 8:02
Oh yeah, this is the music I like! Poison are great, their music is a perfect mix of melody and rock.CC is one of the most underrated guitar player around, I think.

From: Lipstick Boy Date: August 21, 2001 at 23:48
Yeahh! Fallen Angel kicks your mother's ass and Every Rose.... can make you get more pussy than Elvis Presley!!!! Up the posers forever!!!!!!!

From: T_Money Date: January 3, 2002 at 21:05
This Particular album, growing up, was what Rock and Roll meant to me. It was Rock and roll and each and every track has its own contribution to a great album

From: WidoMakr Date: January 18, 2002 at 16:31
First off ...I have to hand it to the posters here...funny shit...THIS is what glam metal was meant to be Fallen Angel and Nothin but a good time are 10+ videos rock...music is even better...u listening MTV u asswipes....yeah keep showing rap and nsync douchebags....anyone...can u let me know of any obscure bands that sounded like the Poison sound of this album? thanks...quote the WidoMakr...never more

From: dokken6008 Date: April 14, 2002 at 7:16
Ten tracks and five of them are pretty damn good. The other five? You guessed it, FILLER. It is certainly no big deal, there are some major MAJOR hits on 'Open Up And Say...Ahhh!' and this record established Poison as one of the most shocking & riveting bands of their time, capturing a great deal more attention than most of their counter-parts. Maybe a strange thing to say, but I liked the filler on 'LWTCDI' more. 'Open Up..' has the hits & it has the stuff. Recommended for glam fans. 8.6/10.

From: dokken6008 Date: April 14, 2002 at 7:23
Oh, and WidoMakr--the only bands I can think of at this moment that sounded anything like Poison aren't that obscure......Pretty Boy Floyd and Tuff are all I can think of. Not really that much of a help, but that is all that comes to mind. Later.

From: CHIRO Date: April 17, 2002 at 2:20
JUST LET THE MUSIC DO THE THE COMMENTS!!HAHA

From: TIM Date: May 12, 2002 at 20:37
I found the banned Japanese pressing of this one today and it has an extra track called 'Livin' For The Minute' and it's pretty damn good. Even without the extra track- it still rocks. I liked more than half of the songs on this album. I think these guys kicked Pretty Boy Floyd's ass- especially in the beginning.

From: Kim Date: May 19, 2002 at 12:54
Just tried to listen to this cd, after reading all the good rewievs here........But but but, this is NOT good in my ears. Ths guitars are sooo overdone and doesnt sound like guitars at all. Every Rose```Is perhaps the best song ever written by a rock band. Along wit`h When The Children Cry (White Lion) my alltime favorite ballads. Eventhough I like Poison in a way, I think they were quite overrated.

From: dokken6008 Date: May 20, 2002 at 7:42
Kim-- Poison are just a good, fun rock and roll band. But let it be said that 'Open Up And Say...Ahhh!' was a quite an improvement over 'LWTCDI' and it becomes even MORE apparent if you listen to the two records in a row.

From: Motley Date: May 21, 2002 at 16:09
Why can bands always only manage to make 3 great releases in a row and then everything goes to hell? This one is a great one and I especially love FALLEN ANGEL. a total blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love on the rox is nearly as good and of course Your Mama... A great party anthem. fuckin great they're back in the same style again. Only heard SQUEEZE BOX and it sounds liek a hidden track from LWTCDI. YUMMMMMMMMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Glam forever rulez!!!!! Now terrorize the radio staions for airplay damnit!!!

From: Rick Date: May 21, 2002 at 19:58
Hate to disappoint you Motley, but the new one is bland at best. Boring guitars, vocals, etc. No party rock with an attitude, which is what made these guys so damn great. Oh well, one day I'll just have to accept the fact that the 80's are gone.

From: jason Date: May 21, 2002 at 20:34
Rick! What you are telling me doesn't suprise me one bit. Poison needs to quit trying so hard. There just a flippin' rock band! Stop trying to be something you're not POISON! Play 3 cords per song like the first album or shut up!! Don't tell me how to save the f##kin' world, just talk dirty!

From: Motley Date: May 23, 2002 at 15:27
Rick you sound excatly like any wisecrackers that have said than thing all over again 'the 80's are gone'. I give it a proud and big middlefinger and can only laugh at your comments.You really sound like a difbeliever who cut your hair short, walking around in lawyers suits and listen to friendly easylistening coz your mother wont allow anything else. Poison '86-'93 rulez and have left their mark on the hall of fame!!!!the 80's will never die. Glad that kurt cobain did YEAH!!!

From: Rick Date: May 23, 2002 at 16:46
Motley, chill out dude. I love the 80's rock and don't listen to anything but. All I'm saying is the new CD blows and there are very few bands still turning out the awesome sound we know and love. Take a listen to the new CD and tell me it's worth listening to. I've got it in my CD player for the last 5 days and still can't get in to it.

From: Volta Do Rarde Date: May 26, 2002 at 0:22
Bret Michaels appeared in the famous Zero Hora last saturday!!!! He was talking about Stiff Stuff; it's really much better than Aqua Net. Everybody must read this!

From: caguinha Date: May 26, 2002 at 0:30
I disagree with you, Volta Do Rarde....all my life i have used Aqua Net and...I´LL NEVER CHANGE IT FOR NOTHING... Everything about 'Net' is mutch better! ever!

From: Reno Date: May 26, 2002 at 6:07
I have to agree with Rick on the new cd. The production is among the worst I've ever heard. The sound is very shallow with no depth. I like the Poison of old with the wall of sound. Hollyweird was a very cheaply put together record with piss poor songwriting. Even the 5 new songs on Power To The People were much better. I'm glad I downloaded the whole album to listen to first. I saved myself $15 that I can now spend on something worthwhile. I love Poison, but the new cd is a beercoaster.

From: Motley Date: May 26, 2002 at 16:25
Ok Rick I will get when it reaches Scandinavia where I live. Dont wanna overpay for it by order it through the net.But squeeze box really kicks ass and cant understand if it got this bad prod. Hope it will kick ass on my stereo set...

From: RichieRocker Date: June 9, 2002 at 17:34
'Love on the Rocks' and all the other classics. You Cant get better than this.

From: TIM Date: July 11, 2002 at 9:52
Hey WidoMakr, if you have access to Ebay then get Maximum- Just For Kicks. They sound a whole lot like Poison with slight Motley influence. I think they are much better than PBF personally. You get nearly 60 minutes of great tunes. They went bankrupt shortly after signing. Of course, most people that dealt with Enigma met the same fate. Anyways, I highly recommend it to Poison fans.

From: WidoMakr Date: July 14, 2002 at 19:12
Tim...thanks...checking them every day for a nice cheap copy of Maximum..hehe... Dokken...glad to see we have a slight diff on one or so things...personally I like Blue Tears...are they WASP, Fifth Angel,Icon, Hurricane etc..no BUT I think they have a damn good sound...maybe not enough of a hard edge for u? whatever...and screw the RIAA for shutting down AudioGalaxy..Quote The WidoMakr....never more

From: TIM Date: July 16, 2002 at 20:54
They sell cheap, usually for the minimum bid. My purchase went uncontested. Not too many people know they exist. They are a great fun band for Posion/ PBF type fans. If your music has to be serious, dark, and absolutely no hint of fun- avoid this album.

From: vicflame Date: July 24, 2002 at 3:30
Definitely one of the BEST ALBUMS you can buy ! EVERY SONG is damned GOOD and makes you wanna ROCK TIL YOUR BOOTS HAVE NO MORE SOLES ! I have a preference for 'Love on the rocks' and 'Nothin' but a good time', but truly all the songs are really excelent ! If you like great glam and party rock, you MUST own this one !

From: Rick Rock Date: July 28, 2002 at 14:56
Man, oh Man! This is an album of triumphant sleaze and bombastic gooze! Was this album recorded on a four track in CC's basement with a traintrack overtop his house and rickie rocketts planted on the tape machine. Open up and say ahhhh to the barrell of a gun! A fully loaded zero!

From: dokken6008 Date: August 9, 2002 at 5:28
WidoMakr-- No, it's okay. I'm just always big on that 'AC/DC'-sound. Big riffs, big solos, big choruses--just monster everything! But really my musical tastes range from Def Leppard to Phil Collins to AC/DC to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers--just rock and roll, baby. I could do with some pop now and then, as long as it sounds good and instruments are being played. The last thing I want to hear is a bunch of keyboard generated music with a drum machine playing in the background. No thank you.

From: dokken6008 Date: August 9, 2002 at 5:30
Oh, by the way--it's nice seeing you posting once in a while. Also note that I have been and will probably continue to be absent from this message board more often than not. Other stuff going on in my life...... Oh, screw it. I just don't spend near as much time online as I used to.

From: rocknutter2001 Date: August 15, 2002 at 8:47
another great straight forward party rock n roll album from poison and of course the awesome rock ballad every rose has its thorn just buy it

From: Baris Date: September 13, 2002 at 2:33
Great improvement after their first album. This one really GLAM ROCKS... One of the hair-classic albums. Still fun to listen today...

From: Rockforever Date: September 19, 2002 at 9:24
Marginally better than the awful debut album,but still cliched,generic crap.Poison were IMHO the epitome of crap 80s glam.Nothin But a Good Time,Ur Mama Dont Dance etc...generic shit.Fallen Angel is one of the few examples of a good Poison song,while I have to admit Every Rose... is a great power ballad. But, please all u hair-metal freaks who listen only to bugglegum rock,grow up and broaden ur musical horizons.Bret had a 'squealy' voice,while CC was an Eddie van Halen wannabe. Baaad album.

From: Rockforever Date: September 19, 2002 at 9:39
I agree with a lot of u that 80s metal did have many quality bands, but Poison and their ilk (Warrant,Faster Pussycat,the utterly horrible Britny Fox etc.) were among the worst exponents. For quality 80s metal acts look to Van Halen,Motley Crue,AC/DC,Dokken,Iron Maiden,Def Leppard,Bon Jovi,Guns N' Roses,Whitesnake,WASP,Tesla and Skid Row,among others. They are quality 80s metal; they're fun rock'n'roll...but unlike Poison etc. they wrote great songs and their music stands up outside the late80s.

From: RichieRocker Date: September 19, 2002 at 14:44
A lot of good songs on here! I love 'Love on the Rocks' and all the other hits. A great album for Poison especially after there breakthrough album did so well. Oh Ya Rock forever Faster Pussycat And Britny Fox kick ass!!IMO

From: Frozen Date: October 11, 2002 at 10:26
People love this album, sure there are some great tunes but half of it is pretty weak, and the production sucks compared to other mid 80's hair bands. Still worth having though, Fallen Angel is probably one of the most classic 80's tunes ever written. 7,5/10

From: robert Date: October 22, 2002 at 9:33
incluso mejor q el 1º. y ese baladon. EVERY ROSE:.. Q buenos!!

From: Gar Date: November 29, 2002 at 2:22
The production was a big improvement over the first album. Again, there are some great songs on this, but as with the first, a lot of filler. Still, Poison's energy make's this album worthwhile.

From: ARXONTAS Date: December 14, 2002 at 21:42
No many comments here.This record is the holy bible of glam and sleaze rock plus one of the best covers i ve ever seen.10+ on ARXONTAS scale

From: Carmen Ronzoni Date: December 30, 2002 at 0:46
Il più bel disco della saga Poison,voto 9 Brett N.1 !!!

From: Trick Taylor Date: December 31, 2002 at 19:44
I avoided the 'P' section of this site just so I would not be tempted to speak on this crapcicle! Too late. Pity that real bands like Cats in Boots and Sweet FA got limited shots while people were begging for more of this gak. Songs= awful. Production= awful. Band= putrid. I can honestly say I may never listen to this tape again. Hell would be 'Ahhh' and 'Hysteria' on a perpetual loop. 'Whoo, ha ha ha, ya'. Nice vocal fill Bret! Oh the humanity!

From: dusty Date: January 13, 2003 at 11:47
this cd totally rocks! cc is a great guitarplayer and the album sounds so good. Is is 100% rock n roll. Fallen Angel and tear down the walls are the best!

From: me Date: January 28, 2003 at 3:16
I agree with trick. This album was rubbish. Poor production, purile songwriting and arrangement and average technical ability. Yes, C.C Deville is a reasonable guitarist, technically sound, but the others are quite ordinary musicians. The lyrical content is juvenile and shows little talent, I mean, come on, some of those lyrics are laughable... ooo yeah, ha ha!! If it wasn't for their looks and overall appearance, they'd have never been offered a contract. An album for 13 year old girls!!!

From: Blue Tequila Date: January 28, 2003 at 14:45
I had this CD out in my car over the weekend and I think this is the first album that I agree with you on Trick...to me it just sounds real uninspired. Nothin' But a Good Time was huge when I was in h.s. so it brings back memories of some awesome parties and Fallen Angel is a great song but everything else is just pretty bland. I like Look What the Cat Dragged In for it's raw sound, and Flesh and Blood was a huge improvement and what I think was their best album.

From: Fizz Date: January 30, 2003 at 2:57
At the time, I kinda liked Poison. But as the years went by, I slowly grew to the point I'm at now, where I hate them with a passion. Bret Michaels, the Captain Kangaroo of Hard Rock, with his pathetic, yipping 'Yeow!' and stage schtick ripped off from Steve Whiteman of the vastly-superior Kix. Idiotic songs with fake attitude. And every girl who likes traditional hard rock LOVES this sorry outfit!

From: Steve F. Date: February 10, 2003 at 2:46
Better than 'Open Up,' but that's not saying much. After the first two three tracks, this put me to sleep. Boring!!!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: February 10, 2003 at 3:10
Steve, I think you were sleeping when you posted your remarks. You said, 'Better than 'Open Up'.' This is 'Open Up', but that's okay dude, I get your point.

From: vikingo666 Date: March 9, 2003 at 16:37
EL MEJOR DISCO DE POISON SIN DUDA,SE SUPERARON CON ESTE DISCO Y LA BALADA EVERY ROSE.. ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES DE LA HISTORIA DEL ROCK,DISCO TOTAL DE GLAM Y UNO DE LOS MEJORES DE LA DECADA DE LOS 80

From: ALEJANDRO Date: April 2, 2003 at 15:00
CUANDO SALIO ESTE DISCO, PENSE QUE 'NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME' SE CONVERTIRIA EN UN CLASICO DEL HARD AMERICANO A LA ALTURA DE 'ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE'. DE TODAS MANERAS JUNTO A 'EVERY ROSE' Y 'FALLEN ANGEL'CREO QUE LAS TRES SON LOS PUNTOS MAS ALTOS EN LA DISCOGRAFIA DE POISON. A VECES SUBESTIMADOS, TIENEN EN SU HABER CLASICOS QUE MAS DE UNA BANDA DEBE ENVIDIAR. LA SEGUNDA ETAPA YA FUE INTRASCENDENTE. COMENTARIIOS: carro_martin2000@yahoo.com.ar

From: SPOTLIGHT Date: May 29, 2003 at 16:30
Yeah, the production could've been better. But, this is an album to get drunk with and screw your woman (or women, depending on how much of a stud you are). If you're gonna buy this, pick up the original cover, which isn't as hard to find as most people think. HA! And to think, some people found that cover offensive. Religious people piss me off. They're just jealous that guys who look better than most women were getting more pussy than they were! Amen!

From: Rarde Gai Date: August 10, 2003 at 0:29
Concuerdo con mi luminozo amigo above! Put this ciedê a tocar es just like abrir una botilla de tequila: you automaticamente takes your cereza lipstik e derenrolla a geba a fin de experiment todas rachas das cadelitas sedientas por fun and glam piedra dura.

From: Leebo Date: August 21, 2003 at 3:46
The best Poison album in my opinion, with Flesh & Blood a close second. This one just puts the biggest smile on ya face! Love On The Rocks/Good Love/Rockin Horse ... I don't know how many times I've played it, but it still sounds awesome!

From: diego Date: October 16, 2003 at 0:57
FALLEN ANGEL es una extraordinaria cancion.el solo de CC es muy bueno ,excelente guitarrista sin lugar a dudas.la voz de bret no me convence ,pero tiene un algo que no sabria explicar,tal vez es que se da integro,hasta la ultima exhalacion.imprescindible para cualquier discoteca hard.

From: CC Date: November 2, 2003 at 16:23
This album & Appetite for destruction are the two albums that turned me from listening to pop music to listening to hard rock & heavy metal. One of my fave albums of all time! Picked up the French re-release on Axe Killer a few years back with Livin for the minute added,well worth picking up a copy if you can find it cheap.

From: TIM Date: November 2, 2003 at 18:07
Yeah, the 'Axe Killer' version sounds just as good as the Japanese one in my opinion. Of course, the Japanese one has gone way down in cost. Very good sound quality either way.

From: rnr addicted Date: February 14, 2004 at 16:49
probably the best from poison,but............WHERE DID THESE FUKIN GUYS RECORD IT?MAYBE IN AN ANTI-ATOMIC BUNKER?IN A FACTORY?i bought the original version and its sound is a LOAD OF CRAP.....hope to buy a re-edited version of it..

From: fallen angel Date: March 28, 2004 at 19:26
definitivamente un discazo.cc se luce en la guitarra ,y el ggrupo obtiene una madurez sencillamente excelente.a todos akellos ke gusten de este gran tipo de bandas;skid row ,danger danger,bon jovi,white lion ,quiet riot,stryper;mi correo es diego_firehouse@hotmail .com.si son de peru ,mucho mejor ,asi nos con tactamos y cambiamos material.

From: Alejandro Date: April 17, 2004 at 19:53
South american 80´s heavy metal fan: This album is good, but I´m sure the first Poison album was better. 'Open up and say ah' has good songs, such as 'look but you can´t touch' and 'nothing´ but a good time'; but they could have been heavier and wilder, more acording to a fan who wants to rock hard.

From: jack Date: May 11, 2004 at 7:03
Great hard rock album! the first album was heavier but overall this album is better.

From: Rockhead Date: May 11, 2004 at 7:15
This is the pits!! I can't believe Brett thought he was actually adding anything to the music world with this piece of crap!! Every Rose has to be the most puke inducing string of words ever. My god the video to this is appalling all mean and moody. The rest of this album. Youe mama dont dance and nuthin but a good time are appalling!! Nothing like a good time more like and no my mamma wouldnt dance to this sh*t. They should go back to flippin' burgers

From: jack Date: May 12, 2004 at 6:32
why do you criticise poison like this,Rockhead? This album is pure hard rock and one of the best glam metal album of all time. It contain one of the best ballad in the 80's(every rose has its thorn) and one of the best songs in the late 80's(nothing but a good time).it reach no.6 in the us chart in 1988 and sell over million of copies. How many hardrock/metal album have done that? If i would to rate poison, i think they are as good as motley crue, cinderella,dokken,ratt and G'n'R.

From: jack Date: May 12, 2004 at 6:38
And if anyone don't agree with what i said in the final sentence above,at least poison is better than any of the grunge, mallcore ,alternative or pop band there ever was,is or ever will be!KORN,NIRVANA AND OASIS MAY BE THE BEST IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELD BUT THEY ARE JUST CRAP COMPARE WITH POISON.

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 6:56
To sell a million copies is no barometer of taste. The reason I slate Poison is because they are talentless bozo's!! To compare them to Crue, Cinderella, Dokken, Ratt and G'n'R is an INSULT to those bands. You should be ashamed. Listen to the musicianship on either of the 1st 2 Poison albums-amateur hour at best. Warren DeMartini and George Lynch must be cryingtheir hearts out to be compared to an idiot such as CC DeCokehead

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 7:00
Brett Michaels can be compared to peter Andre-Nice Abdomen, shit voice. Have you heard these guys live with no overdubs!! they suck. The Drummer is lame and the Bass Player Bobby bo balls is a talentless clown. They are laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of losers who spent hard earned cash buying this utter drivel. Poison and Warrant made melodic rock a laughing stock. In terms of musicianship they are BAD!!

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 7:02
Poison are a rock answer to boy bands-no talent, just a cash in at the right time. Jesus, Brett Michaels thinks he is a talent and serious musician. Every Rose is appalling!! Compared to ballads of the day it is an egotistical attempt at trying to gain some credibility and it failed spectacularly. Poison are not serious musicians. Is this enough for you Jack or would you like me to continue? I havn't even started on their song for world peace and an end to poverty (Unskinny Bop)

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:19
'Mallcore?' Crap, I really have to start keeping up with the trends...I did not know there was such a thing. Seriously, although I agree with pretty much everything Rockhead says about Poison, I consider them a guilty pleasure, especially this album. I'm a real sucker for hooks, and this has them aplenty. Bluesy...CC isn't deep enough to play the blues, talent...not exactly, catchy...sho' nuff! I don't put this in the player much, but every once in awhile, I need a shot of brainless hair rock.

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:21
Blue-As i stated before in an earlier thread, 2-3 tracks are great on a dancefloor or if you are getting ready to hit the town. My point in slating is when they are put on a pedestal with true innovators of the melodic rock genre (LOL)

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:25
And they are NOT AOR!!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:34
LOL, they certainly are not AOR! I agree, innovation should never be attributed to them especially since they basically just followed the trends right from glam to hair to sleaze, surprised they never jumped on the grunge wagon...

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:37
I thought they did try modern/ grunge when Kotzen joined (LOL)

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:38
I forgot about that album...I actually bought it and must have tried to block it from memory...

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 8:41
Denial is a sad sad position to be in-I suggest therapy followed by electric shock tratment, topped off with with 18 weeks of Mark Free/ Survivor and Van Stephenson (LOL)

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 10:23
Quote from Ric Bowde who produced Poison: You produced Poison’s “Look What The Cat Dragged In.” What do you remember about recording that album? What comes to mind? 'Recording Poison was interesting because I felt I was doing a great service to frustrated wannabe vocalists around the world by opening the singing profession up to those who were tone deaf and cannot sing , which had previously been barriers to aspiring singers'.

From: Rockhead Date: May 12, 2004 at 10:25
And another quote:You worked with both Taime Downe and Bret Michaels. 'Neither one are exactly known for their vocal ability. Who did you have to work more with to make them sound good? Taime was a piece of cake, I'm quite proud of what he achieved on the first album. Bret never sounded good no matter what I or any subsequent producer did'.

From: James Date: May 12, 2004 at 12:40
ok, think it is time to take it to the message board. what is there, like 14 post today? that sounds like Freddy

From: Date: June 15, 2004 at 23:21
I like almost hard rock and heavy metal bands, EXCEPT POISON, I THINK THIS GUYS SERIOUSLY SUCK, talentless bad muscians compared with great hard rock and heavy metla bands like van halen, dio, judas priest or bon jovi.

From: andrew Date: June 15, 2004 at 23:24
if you want to listen good hard rock guitar players lsiten to eddie van halen, Richie Sambora(bon jovi), ritchie Blackmore(deep purple)or slash.not c.c deville

From: Big Papa K Date: June 27, 2004 at 22:30
The sound is cleaned up this time and the writing is stronger. The big hits were all deserved (except the cover song), and some of the filler such as "Look But You Can't Touch" are actually decent. 7/10

From: Kip Date: August 29, 2004 at 18:25
They need to release a remastered version of this. It's one of my quietest CD's and when my mp3's from this play i have to crank up the volume. This is one of those CD's I can't critique because I know it so well. I bought it when I was 11 and listened to it daily till I was about 16. Recommended album. Not their best though. Flesh And Blood was their best by far and in my top 10... maybe top 5 I dunno. Fallen Angel is my favorite tune here. Never liked Your Mama Dont Dance so much tho.

From: Wotty Date: August 29, 2004 at 18:41
Kip,Strange how tastes differ.Single wise Fallen Angel bombed and Your Mama Dont Dance nearly went top ten.Weird.....But thats the U.K. for you....

From: Geoff Date: August 29, 2004 at 22:41
I'm amazed by Kip's comments! I thought it was just me who got a dud copy, but yes, I agree! This CD is so bloody quiet!!! I also agree this is not Poison's best, but 'Fallen angel' will always be a personal fave of mine, I love 'Every rose has it's thorn' too, and even 'Nothin' but a good time' (What a single-monger!). But I don't dislike any songs off this CD. Great stuff - I love 'em!

From: jack Date: August 30, 2004 at 4:39
I think the guitar playing is what makes this album so damn quiet. Songs like love on the rock,back to the rocking horse,good love and look don't touch have soft guitar sounding thoughout the song-its like cc tune down his guitar or something. you'll never find that in their 1st album with songs like no.1 bad boy,let me go to the show or look what the cat dragged in beacuse the guitar is so loud like the crue.

From: jack Date: August 30, 2004 at 4:40
Thats why motley crue's album and songs are so loud and great that we don't really need to tune them up.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 30, 2004 at 9:36
FYI jack, tuning your guitar has nothing to do with volume... it's all in the way it was mixed down.

From: Desslar Date: October 1, 2004 at 20:41
Stronger than the juvenile debut album, this is a fun set of tunes.

From: love metal Date: October 29, 2004 at 13:15
I loved "look but can't touch" and "back to the rockin' horse". This is my fav poison album.

From: gener8tr Date: January 2, 2005 at 11:59
This album came out at the perfect time... The music world was stepping away from the harder-edged metal bands, and glam was ruling supreme (although it was short-lived). Again, the perfect album for 1988.

From: Joan Date: January 5, 2005 at 17:59
El mejor disco de Poison, con canciones pegadizas y esa voz inconfundible...Love on the rocks!!

From: Roxas Date: January 17, 2005 at 23:24
It goes down slowly like a shot of gin this one. The coolesf fucking album of all time. You can wine and dine it fancy even talk extra smooth and cool but it aint for keeps...unles you get yourself a thinking, maybe even get a plan?

From: Betsy Browning Date: February 5, 2005 at 19:37
I remember when these guys rolled into Hollywood from Pennsylvania. Living at Wilcox/Franklin in a one bedroom apt. I remember the orig guitarist who had to go back to PN to care for his dying father...funny how CC got the gig. Used to feed Brett when he needed it. Rikki is the nicest guy as is Brett, CC & Bobby. Check out the thanks and you will see my name too. Those were the days, indeed. betsylou802@yahoo.com

From: pt88 Date: February 27, 2005 at 14:25
Alot of people blast Poison for not having talent..that is any muscial Validity for a 80's long hair. Well sometimes it's how hungry you are and being at the right time at the right place. Not musical talent. I think the record was the sign of the times. I loved the videos..being over the top party kinda thing. They had the right hooks though this records best songs for me were the singles or the videos. Look at Kiss they don't exactly have talent. Who cares. Just enjoy thr ride if you can.

From: INGRIDYEDWIN Date: March 28, 2005 at 8:59
EVERY ROSE ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES BALADAS DE POISON,FALLEN ANGEL ES UN TEMASO Y NOTHIN BUT A GOOD TIME ES MUY VACANO ESTE LP ES DE LO MEJOR,QUE PESAR QUE NO VENGAN A PAISES COMO COLOMBIA AQUI NOS GUSTA EL HARD ROCK GLAM...

From: MIGUEL GUNS Date: April 4, 2005 at 13:32
OTRO CLASICO!!! UN DISCO QUE NO TIENE DESPERDICIO, PERO NO SE, SIGO PREFIRIENDO EL PRIMERO POR SU FRESCURA Y AIRE FESTIVO. PARA MI LAS MEJORES CANCIONES SOM FALLEN ANGEL Y NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME. QUE LOS TRAIGAN A ESPAÑA PERO YA!!!!!

From: Dave Stamos Date: May 2, 2005 at 5:04
El album contiene algunos de los himnos de la banda, hits como "Nothin´but a good time" o ese fantástico "Fallen angel", además de su gran número 1 en America,la balada acústica "Every rose has its thorn" que ascendió a ese puesto y se mantuvo durante 8 semanas...El album rebosaba alegría y diversión,hard del bueno, los riffs de C.C Deville y la sensacional voz de su gran frotman Bret Michaels alzan al album al Olimpo del hard rock melodico.

From: spawner Date: September 11, 2005 at 9:21
For me, this is a perfect album. From first track to last track. This is Poison! Awesome! The best!

From: ArnoldLancelot Date: September 20, 2005 at 14:33
From the known galm scene, togheter with Motley, they're the ones who really made it(music aside). Musicly talking instead for my aor ears, I think the only ones wich are really worth having, are the first three; after that they went down. All 3 of them really great wich remind us some amazing times with very fun and enjoyable tunes. Long live to the 80's!!

From: Sangre Azul Date: December 4, 2005 at 19:45
EL MEJOR DISCO DE LA HISTORIA (THE BEST ALBUM IN THE FUCKING WORLD) todo comparado con esto es una putisima miera. Aki la gente no sabe lo que es el rock,pq tienen solo un 7 de puntuacion. Y es que, claro, hay mucho hijoputa suelto. Fijo que es el guitarrista de Ratt que entra y vota con poca puntuacion por envidia, que cabron. FALLEN ANGEL ES LA DE DIOS! me dan ganas de sabotear las TVs y poner el videoclip una y otra vez.mi nota es 400 sobre 10.Lo mejor q ha dado la musica,por encima de Mozart

From: spaniard Date: December 6, 2005 at 6:12
me uno a la opinion de sangre azul, aunque para mi gusto "look what the cat dragged in" es un poco mejor que este y mira que eso es dificil

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: August 3, 2006 at 16:07
Very Good Glam/Hard Rock album, jajaja el comentario de Sangre Azul es la cagada hombre comparar a Poison con Ratt ni de broma envidia?! Ratt tiene mejores albums mas calidad y mas nivel que Poison, ahora este album sin duda es muy bueno "Fallen Angel" de lejos la mejor y uno de los mejores temas de rock que hay porque desmerecer eso la balada tambien asi como "Love On the Rocks" y "Look But You Can't Touch" de lo mejor del album 8/10

From: sodokard Date: March 13, 2007 at 10:33
Fantastic! 10/10

From: bmoreorioles Date: August 24, 2008 at 18:47
Only song I like is "Fallen Angel". I have never been a Poison fan, in fact I cringe every time I hear "Every Rose..". They just aren't even in the same ballpark as Ratt, Winger, etc.

From: BIG-TIME Date: June 8, 2009 at 19:26
Only in America can an average band like this make it sooooo big. Yeah it's over the top, childish but I just don't like em...KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!

From: GlamSlam Date: August 11, 2009 at 6:09
Just great, what more i can say?

From: pie75 Date: August 4, 2010 at 8:34
another fun album from poison love on the rocks is cool sleaze everybody can relate to nothin' but a good time also like fallen angel,every rose and the silly your momma don't dance poison are fun,stupid and a good time

From: rockhardrock Date: February 4, 2011 at 17:11
for me even better record than their debut. the production here is also better. my faves: nothin' but a good time, fallen angel, every rose has it's thorn and look but you can't touch. If you want to party put this album into your stereo.

From: patriotsfan29 Date: August 18, 2012 at 15:15
My personal favorite record of the entire '80s! This is easily Poison's best work. Great from beginning to end.

From: the rocker Date: August 18, 2012 at 17:32
patriotsfan29, Where you from if you don't mind me asking?

From: 80srocker Date: April 23, 2014 at 7:58
Very colorful glam rock with lots of late 80s attitude. The production makes it sound a bit sterile. A good-time rock album whose musical quality has been a bit underrated.

From: Stixx Date: July 25, 2020 at 0:51
"Open Up and Say...Ahh!" is the best POISON album for sure, I like just about all songs on it. Great bonus tracks that should have been included are "Livin' For The Minute" and "Gotta Face The Hangman" (first on "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" CD-single, both real fine rockers! The Capitol 2006 remaster sounds stellar, finally volume is up, but the mix and production by Tom Werman was always top notch! This 5 x platinum success album had four solid singles and these plus another four, totally 8 songs, are all included on the awesome "Double Dose: Ultimate Hits" compilation. I always loved the sound of CC's guitars and Rikki's drums on this album btw, so using the "Mötley Crüe success producer" really paid off!

From: Auslander Date: May 6, 2021 at 0:19
1n the glory years of hard rock 1982-1992, 1988 was the year things really started exploding. So many bands getting signed, so much music getting made. I could have picked Britny Fox, Lita Ford, Jetboy, Kingdom Come, Kix, Living Colour or Winger. But instead I'm going with Poison's second album. This release was everywhere. It had the country hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". It had the theme song for the whole scene "Nothin But a Good Time". It had a great cover "Your Mama Don't Dance" and my favourite track, the anthemic "Fallen Angel". I actually remember hearing a radio contest when they toured here in Australia for girls to win the chance to sleep with the group. I'm not sure if that is a false memory. Rated A.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 6, 2021 at 13:47
Not sure about Australia, but in America, that radio contest would have been beyond the pale. I can imagine the contest being for the chance to "meet" the band, and then the DJ's making endless jokes. But from you read The Dirt (I think it was in that book), they talk about some radio station having a contest, "What Would You Do To Meet The Crue?" andhow explicit some of the responses they got from female (often extremely young) listeners were. The thing about 1988 was that most of the really big pop-metal releases that year were actually slow-starters from '87, like Guns n' Roses, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and White Lion. All were released in mid-'87, but it wasn't until well into '88 that they really took off. And the same ended up happening with some '88 releases.


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