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Artist: Place Vendome

Title: Place Vendome

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Category: Melodic Hard Rock / Metal

Year: 2005

Label: Frontiers Records

Catalog Number: FRCD260


Michael Kiske Vocals
Dennis Ward Bass
Kosta Zafiriou Drums
Gunther Werno Keyboards
Uwe Reitenauer Guitar


1.  Cross The Line     Listen
2.  I Will Be Waiting     Listen
3.  Too Late     Listen
4.  I Will Be Gone     Listen
5.  The Setting Sun     Listen
6.  Place Vendome     Listen
7.  Heavens Door     Listen
8.  Right Here     Listen
9.  Magic Carpet     Listen
10.  Sign Of The Times     Listen

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TIM (2) Date: October 20, 2005 at 4:29
This & the ALLEN/LANDE album have made my year. Kiske's vocals on this are just a masterclass, not many vocalists could sing the chorus for 'Magic Carpet' & hit those notes. This album is really just AOR albeit with a slightly heavier guitar edge in places, & it really just gets better every single time you listen to it. Tracks 2,3,6,9 & 10 (as well as 11 if you get the Jap version - which you should) are all genuine KILLER tunes & only ballad 'Heavens Door' is a little too sugary-sweet. 9/10.

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From: Jez Date: October 20, 2005 at 4:46
Michael Kiske is excellent on this as TIM (2) states and there is some really memorable stuff on show, My faves being the opener 'Cross The Line', 'I Will Be Waiting' 'To Late' & 'Magic Carpet'. A Great production by Dennis Ward gives the whole album the necessary sheen that puts alot of other releases of this type to shame. I prefer the Allen/Lande album to this one, but this is still a fantastic release and is assured of a high placing come years end.

From: AOR freaky Date: October 20, 2005 at 13:08
Never been a Kiske fan, but this is . . . GOOD ! It's very close to even AOR, only the guitars are mixed a bit upfront, something where mr. Kiske is not happy about at all ! He wanted to make a real AOR record. Shame this ain't a pure AOR record, but it's still bloody great. Not only this one made my year (what about Presto Ballet, Bardowell, Masterplan, Dream Theater, Vanishing Point, Lightspeed, Shadow Gallery,Iommi, Royal Hunt, Blanc Faces, Hartmann, Lana Lane, Starbreaker, Rob Rock,

From: AOR freaky Date: October 20, 2005 at 13:20
Brazen Abbot, Gotthard, Edge Of Forever, Cry Holy, Secret Smile, James Labrie, Magellan, Redemption, Mystic Prophecy, Space Odyssey etc. etc. + upcoming stuff from Bruce Turgon, Change Of Heart, Primal Fear, Flagship, Montrose, Frederiksen-Denander, Khymera, Suvivor, Radioactive, the mighty Legs Diamond etc. etc.) ! but many others as you see. Good year for prog rock/metal and melodic hardrock (not that good for AOR, I'm afraid !). Nice surprise !

From: Geoff Date: October 26, 2005 at 19:28
This is a brilliant melodic hard rock release. I'm not fond of 'Heaven's door', but the rest of this is awesome melodic hard rock. I'd label it out-takes from PC69's 'Electrified' album, and if you liked that you'll love this. This could have been a PC69 release, and if it were I'd have preferred it to their last 3 albums... and I love thier last 3 releases! This is just great solid melodic hard rock the way it deserves to be done. Awesome stuff and one of my faves of the year.

From: Erik Date: October 28, 2005 at 15:17
Micheal Kiske better then ever. This is just superb stuff. Melodic rock at its finest. Easily in top 5 albums of the year. Top notch production also. So when can we expect album no. 2 ? 9,2/10

From: spaniard Date: October 29, 2005 at 5:05
Kiske was much better on Helloween but he,s not bad here. Totally different tough. it's a good record, no more

From: Swazi Date: November 4, 2005 at 16:36
WOW !! What an excellent album !! I can't stop playing it at the moment. Awesome voice, brilliant melodies. This is what Melodic Rock is all about. This is what I LOVE !!!

From: swriter Date: November 4, 2005 at 20:58
very nice release, I am new to the musicians on the album but enjoy this one!!! the first song is a bit heavier then the rest, great opener, then it takes a more aor/melodic rock twist for the entire album till the last song, another heavy one, favs so far are Cross, waiting, too late, place and magic carpet. Very enjoyable vocals, great production and strong songs!!!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: November 10, 2005 at 13:17
This is just top quality from start to finish. Not as heavy as I usually listen to, but still plenty of guitar. Big hooks, great production and well written songs make this a must have in my book. Highlights for me are 'Cross The Line', 'Right Here', 'Place Vendome', hell I like just about everything on the disc...

From: Wotty Date: November 10, 2005 at 14:47
Looking at other comments concerning this cd,I have to agree with the majority.What a top album this is,blending A.O.R. and M.H.R.together resulting in one of 2005's finest albums...

From: grimwulf Date: November 23, 2005 at 19:53
In regards to the Allen/Lande disc, i couldn't agree with you more, Tim!! Makes me smile everytime i spin it. Anxiously awaiting this disc now too. If its anywhere near the brillance of Allen/Lande i will have a perma grin for the rest of the year and beyond

From: ROBERT Date: November 24, 2005 at 10:10
me encanta el primer temazo!!Una muy grata sorpresa la d este disco del gran Kiske!! Recomendado!!

From: Axe-Machine Date: December 12, 2005 at 17:00
Absolutely brilliant album, and certainly not to be missed for all those who like their AOR with an extra cruch. Kiske sings wonderfully to a bunch of songs written and produced by Dennis Ward of Pink Cream 69. I am not a fan of PC69, and so was slightly put off by that...that was until I heard this monster. Cross The Line opens the album with a bang, and is followed by the stunning I Will Be Waiting, but all the tracks are winners. One of the biggest suprises of the year. Highly Recommended!

From: HysteriX Date: December 29, 2005 at 14:52
A really good album, though I don't think Kiske's vocals are made for this sort of music. His voice is better off in Helloween imo. BUT, this is still a nice album. My fav is Magic Carpet Ride..

From: 'el gran ´┐Żako' Date: January 6, 2006 at 6:15
El renegado del metal vuelve al redil con un disco de AOR precioso (Impresionante la apertura con 'cross the line' ) Uno de los mejores discos de este a'o. Preciosos coros, guitarras ca'eras. Prestadle un poco de atenci'n, pues no os defraudar'.

From: JF Date: February 3, 2006 at 19:49
Muy buen disco, grata sorpresa. Realmente no conozco mucho de su anterior grupo pero aqui demuestra que puede cantar perfectamente este estilo. Tengo el disco de AINA (proyecto donde cantan y tocan varios integrantes de diferente grupos)donde canta una preciosa balada.Ojala que no sea el ultimo

From: ggv3004 Date: February 4, 2006 at 1:03
WOW!!! Que discaso se aventaron estos cuates, de verdad execelente album, realmente no estoy de acuerdo con el comentario de algunas personas que critican a Kiske por tocar este genero AOR, para mi gusto es tan bueno ahora como lo era con helloween, cada genero tiene lo suyo a mi me gusta desde el AOR hasta el power metal, pero al fin de todo el un artista no siempre pertenece a un solo genero asi que para mi Kiske se avento un 10.

From: Lennie Date: February 10, 2006 at 8:01
Oh my God, one of my absolute favourite releases of 2005, no question. Stunning production and vocal performance throughout, combined with masterful song writing! 'I Will be Waiting' and 'Too Late' are melodic perfection and 'Cross the Line' is just a standout rocker of the year. Personal fav though is 'Sign of the Times' with its epic chorus and soaring melodies. Must buy.

From: ROBERT Date: February 10, 2006 at 13:37
Joder con CROSS THE LINE!! ulta-Acojonante, Bestial, Brutal...

From: juan carlos Date: February 16, 2006 at 15:20
Sin dudas, el disco del a'o! una excelente uni'n del gran kiske y dennis ward.. realmente un disco parejo y con esa voz espl'ndida de kiske, como en sus mejores a'os y haciendo musica que es perfecta para su voz (aunque sigo esperando el keeper III..) el unico tema que bajo un poco mi puntuaci'n es el 'i will be gone'.. de ahi la paso de maravillas escuchando este gran disco. 9,2/10

From: sluss528 Date: March 10, 2006 at 23:02
awesome cd! this thing has more hooks than a womans closet! kiske is great and the production is spot on. the only thing is it takes about 5 spins for this disc to grow on you. and when it does it's like getting hit on the head with a hammer! top 5 for the year.

From: Carlos A. Date: July 7, 2006 at 11:38
Hardrock/AOR brillante!,canciones memorables y buen produccion y eso que esta Kiske a la voz... aunque con un sonido contemporaneo lo pase re-bien escuchando 'Cross The Line' (potente tema promocional) 'I Will Be Waiting','The Setting Sun', etc. vale la pena tener este disco 9.1/10

From: Rick Thunder Date: December 3, 2006 at 4:49
CROSS THE LINE: WHAT A SONG'''' why the bands don't make more songs like this one in their albums, why these kind of songs have to be only one in their albums, ???? anyway it's a great album too

From: the rocker Date: December 12, 2006 at 16:24
how awesome is this cd. i loved kiske in helloween, i do like metal. but this is his calling right here. melodic rock at it's best

From: Nightrain Date: December 26, 2006 at 12:41
I got a copy of Avalon Marquee release with 1 bonus track, but I don't know if mine is an official one or illegal bootleg copy, because the whole CD is kinda weird. The front sleeve is only contained lyrics for 10 tracks without mentioning anything about bonus track (Photograph), but the back sleeve stated that this is Avalon release with 11 tracks (the CD contained 11 tracks though) and the CD-inlay is printed Frontiers Italy without Avalon label. Did anybody got the same thing as mine ?

From: PAXZ Date: March 26, 2007 at 2:17
This CD is amazing, I bought it in 2005..Today, in 2007 is still one of my favorites...The MAGIC CARPET RIDE is a MAGICALY SUPER INCREDIBLE FASCINATING ADDICTIVVVE SUPER SUPER SONG, I think I`ve heard this song 40000 times. PLACE VENDOME RULES!!!

From: Nightrain Date: August 13, 2007 at 23:47
Kiske's vocal is heart-throbbing and Ward's songwriting is unbelievable amazing. 'Cross The Line' is great gig-opening track, 'I Will Be Waiting' is an emotional melancholic uptempo ballad, and the self-titled track is an uplifting-spirit, happy catchy tune. 'Photograph', the bonus track is also a wonderful item, you should grab the Japanese version for this song. The rest of course are awesome too, not a single filler here, buy or die!

From: stryper Date: September 10, 2007 at 5:14
great album!!!

From: z4roxx Date: October 19, 2007 at 11:53
One of the greatest aor cds'in last 15 years,simply awesome stuff and music!this was the kind of album I did want to hear,a perfect join between old style and new inhevitable sound approach.Best Frontiers cd indeed,Michael Kiske sings ok here even if he isn't the same great vox like 15/20 years ago,besides his hair he has lost also his great timbrique but I repeat:the voice here is excellent anyway...11/10!!!

From: cymruaorman Date: January 10, 2008 at 14:14
an outstanding melodic rock album with plenty of catchy hooks to wet the testebuds.kiske has tried to sing in a more melodic style than the helloween days and pulls it off.all said this is a must have album for all melodic rock lovers.

From: KickYourFace Date: February 17, 2008 at 15:01
This album was such a pleasant surprise to me, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Michael Kiske's voice is actually much better suited for AOR sytle. People should know how high class & top notch this recording is. The musians are amoung the best available & the songs have so many great hooks. The song 'Cross The Line' is so good that if it were the only listenable song on the album, it would still be worth buying it. From over 9,000 hand picked songs, (since early 80's), 'Cross The Line' ra

From: metalmastermusic Date: June 23, 2008 at 19:05
A pleasant suprise for me as well as I am not really a Kiske fan but this hit the spot with me especially as I picked it up for cheap. It would not be considered heavy metal but more melodic with a touch of prog to it. 82/100

From: KurtmanJP Date: September 5, 2008 at 11:55
The title track "Place Vendome" is just.......plain.......AWESOME!!!! "Cross The Line" is also a very great song but the title track is my favorite!

From: rbrigade Date: February 10, 2009 at 17:33
Doesn't anyone love ''The setting sun'' like I do? What a stunning vocal delivery....

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 14, 2009 at 15:46
One of the best releases ever done by Mr Kiske!!!...great album that delivers great hooks and melodies.All the songs are amazing but the ballad "Heavens Door" kills!!!.If you want 2 listen 2 Michael Kiske singing AOR,then this is your album.Quality guaranteed!!!.95/100.

From: masmusic Date: March 20, 2009 at 8:24
This is a great CD! Just discovered Place Vendome after watching the video My Guardian Angel on you tube. Then I purchased both CD's! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voSAeEWOspM

From: lemesan Date: March 16, 2012 at 4:27
"Cross The Line" is a killer track!!!

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