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TREAT ORGANIZED CRIME RARE OOP JAPAN CD
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Treat - Organized Crime - 1989 German Vertigo Label CD 838 929-2
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Treat

Organized Crime

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Category: AOR

Year: 1989

Label: Vertigo (Germany)

Catalog Number: 838 929-2

Average Rating: 88 / 100 (46 ratings)

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Personnel
Jamie Borger drums, backing vocals
Anders Wikstrom lead guitars, backing vocals
Robert Ernlund lead vocals
Joe Larson bass, backing vocals
Patrick Appelgren keyboards, backing vocals
Tracks
1.  Ready for the Taking  
2.  Party All Over  
3.  Keep Your Hands to Yourself  
4.  Stay Away  
5.  Conspiracy  
6.  Mr. Heartache  
7.  Gimme One More Night  
8.  Get You On the Run  
9.  Home is Where Your Heart Is  
10.  Fatal Smile  
11.  Hunger  

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From: David Date: May 25, 2001 at 19:00
One of the most under-rated melodic rock bands of the 80's, this record is a masterpiece!

From: karol g. Date: June 18, 2001 at 5:14
i have to agree...

From: Eugenio Chahin Date: June 20, 2001 at 15:10
any one with this or other Treat titles write me to kissexciter@hotmail.com Interesed in trade or buy

From: Magnus Date: July 25, 2001 at 13:19
What can I say,a masterpiece!!

From: Federico Date: November 13, 2001 at 7:47
For my taste this is their best album,together with the self titled one(on this great site there is a mistake about the titles of Treat),Hope for a reunion after Hurricane and House of lords nothing is impossible.

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From: Dan Date: December 4, 2001 at 14:31
Buenos musicos,buena producion,pero un cantante penoso y temas sin la chispa de discos como Dreamhunter o pleasure principle.Aburrido.Repito,un cantante de lo peor que ha existido jamas.

From: koogles Date: January 1, 2002 at 18:48
As great as this is, it's still not the FLAT-OUT masterpiece that 'Dreamhunter' is. More Americanized, but no worse for it. Too bad these guys never made a dent in the U.S market...

From: WidoMakr Date: January 19, 2002 at 9:47
WOW!!!...these guyz sound GREAT! a true 80's sound...good vocals...nice guitar riffs...pounding drums...nice to find a band that you know nothing about and be so impressed....quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: ALEX Date: January 24, 2002 at 13:41
What can I say??....Simply a masterpiece. Perfect AOR. Treat is the best swedish rock band. You never forget this album!!!!

From: Ace Carbo Date: February 23, 2002 at 0:13
I can't believe this cd has got less than a 5 out of 10 rating! Even if this was the worst Treat cd it should have a considerably higher rating...come on people! I agree with most people by saying this is the definitive Treat album! This is simply flawless Swedish melodic hard rock. It doesn't get much better than this.

From: ARXONTAS Date: December 10, 2002 at 13:36
Another one diamond from my vinyl collection.these guys will blow your minds out. 10 ON MY SCALE

From: West Of Sunset Date: January 4, 2003 at 5:33
This singer is one of the worst singers i ever heard. The Cd is a great one. ROBERT ERLUND MUST KEEP HIS VOICE OUT OF THE MUSIC, he would made us a great favour!!. 7/10 Contact: westofsunset@hotmail.com

From: AerofloTT Date: January 13, 2003 at 17:21
Listen to 'Mr Heartache' and tell me this is a poor album. Awesome riff.

From: Teo_3 Date: January 25, 2003 at 0:13
If you've listened to one of their songs just pick up all of their cd's. They are THE best band coming out of sweden. Organised Crime is an excellent effort after their best album 'Dreamhunter'. Certainly no weak second on this cd.TREAT yourself.

From: Scandinavia Date: June 28, 2003 at 17:05
Fabulous band from my part of the world...'Conspiracy' is really Scandinavian sound-wise (Lotsa melody & excellent guitars) & the re-recording of their classic 'Get you on the Run' is absolutely amazing. A real classic hardrock song!

From: shoklamour Date: August 7, 2003 at 6:47
i love treat and all their albums, i remember taping a beautiful girl named alana conspiracy, party all over, gimme one more night, she soon became my girlfriend. i have treat to thank for that. from australia melodicrockoz@yahoo.com

From: Scandi Date: October 6, 2003 at 19:34
Hate this album.. all I've got to say. --But it's not as hard >> Best songs are MR Heartache, Get you on the run and Home is where your heart is. They don't know if to play rockers or ballads, so they play both in one --little too mixed at first glance. If you go into it it'll grow better I suppose.

From: Scandinavia Date: October 7, 2003 at 4:33
I hear what you're saying Scandi...Yes, the previous studio release was much better but I think the problem on this one was that they tried to stray from their 'Pop' image & become more 'hard' both musically & visually...This failed however as they couldn't really shake their roots off them...Well, just my opinion!

From: Scandinavia Date: October 7, 2003 at 4:36
Take a band like SHY...They made the same mistake around the same time...Trying to look & play harder & more streetwise than their talent allowed...

From: Scandi Date: October 13, 2003 at 19:27
I know,there are many bands like that. Skagarack,Million,Fate and and and.. --to go one step further: What's the hell with Masquerade e.g.??

From: TIM Date: October 13, 2003 at 20:47
Pretty mediocre in my books.

From: aTomiK Date: November 21, 2003 at 7:25
As good as the pleasure principle(9/10) and dreamhunter(9,5/10) are, this is even better. Oh, what a great album! 10+/10!!

From: StephenPearcy Date: November 21, 2003 at 12:19
Dreamhunter? What is it? If you listen to Organized Crime you'll forget about 'Dreamhunter' very quickly! Organized Crime is definitely their best album!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: January 28, 2004 at 16:59
Hey now, this is good stuff! Melodic, but with enough tasty guitars to keep it from being too wussalicious for me to listen to. I will have to pick up more of this, only have a few scattered MP3's I've downloaded.

From: symfnyx Date: February 24, 2004 at 5:03
I just discovered this band a few years ago, and while I'm not a huge fan of most of their discs cause they are a little TOO AOR on some stuff, where I prefer the more hard rock sound of Organized Crime. I still think their best song is one that still to this day amazes me never was on a studio cd, 'I'm Better Off Without Your Love' (afaik it was never on a studio cd). I got it from a Swedish HR compilation disc, first song I ever heard from them. OC is a GREAT cd though. Get it!

From: Ray Date: August 1, 2004 at 23:12
My favorite Treat album. This album is awesome!! Ernlunds vocals sound better than the previous album(as it seemed he kept getting better/more range as time went on). The guitar is also much better(more complex and melodic, just how I like it) than the Pleasure Principle and Dreamhunter albums. I thought those albums were lacking in the guitar solo department. This album is definately one worth picking up!!

From: Geoff Date: August 30, 2004 at 2:00
This and Masquerade's debut are my two favourite melodic hard rock discs. This is simply amazing stuff. From the ball breaking opening riff of the brilliant opener, 'Ready for the taking' my smile was cast. The anthemic 'Party all over' offered the question, 'Why was this not the commercial hit that allowed them to make the big-time?' 'Keep your hands to yourself' is again hard rock bliss, with a killer groove. Another fave. 'Stay away' is a sensational and beautiful ballad, 'Conspiracy' is one

From: Geoff Date: August 30, 2004 at 2:03
of the best melodic hard rock tracks ever recorded. A musical opus, and check out that solo! 'Mr Heartache' is cool - my least fave, but still an excellent track. 'Gimme one more night' again should have seen them hit the big time commercially, 'Get you on the run' is my fave off the album and the best re-make of a song ever (Listen to those backing vocals and those hooks!), 'Home is where your heart is' is melodic hard rock bliss and 'Fatal smile' and Hunger' are perfect melodic closers.

From: Geoff Date: August 30, 2004 at 2:05
I apologise for the long review, but these guys deserve it. One of the most finely played albums I will ever hear - mixing perfectly heaviness in with melody, absolutely superb songs... million dollar production job, first class riffs. Just the perfect melodic hard rock album, IMO. 9.9999999999/10

From: Paolo Date: August 30, 2004 at 9:35
Geoff, i agree about all your comments about Treat, in my opinion one of the best (maybe the best....) scandinavian melodic hard rock band of all time. Last week i was in Stockholm for holydays and had the chance to meet mr. Robert Ernlund, and i found that he is a real gentleman indeed not only a great singer!!

From: Geoff Date: August 30, 2004 at 10:31
Hey Paolo, thanks. There's a guy going around this site and melodicrock.com constantly asking about how to reach Robert Ernlund. I'm sure he'd be interested. What's he doing these days? Any chance of a reunion of the brilliant Treat, or as that's about as likely to happen as me starring in a porn film this year, is there any plan for him to return to music?

From: Paolo Date: August 30, 2004 at 11:33
Hi Geoff, i think no chance for a Treat reunion at the moment, Robert Ernlund now is a sound engineer and seems quite satisfied of his present occupation, he told me that they were asked to make a short reunion to play some gigs around Sweden but only for fun nothing more than this...in any case the hope is the last to die so let's hope they will decide to come back together...after Europe, Alien and Fate the european mhr scene needs Treat back on the streets again!!

From: TIM (2) Date: August 31, 2004 at 5:44
For me this is probably joint second fave Treat album (along with 'Pleasure Principle') as I prefer the more AOR approach of 'Dreamhunter'. Whereas the second half of this album is awesome, I always find myself skipping over 'Keep your Hands to Yourself' and 'Mr Heartache', and 'Stay Away' isn't exactly 'Best of Me' is it? A huge production, and tracks like 'Conspiracy' and the magnificent 'Hunger' really make up for these tracks though. 8.5/10.

From: Harald Date: February 18, 2005 at 14:01
Excellent album throughout, no fillers JUST KILLERS, definately one of the best melodic rock albums ever released.

From: Grimwulf Date: March 3, 2005 at 3:40
Well, im not gonna sit here and promote this album til ur eyes cross over and u cant read what im saying anymore....So......Clear n to the point.....a TREAT to My ears........

From: Lennie Date: April 17, 2005 at 14:17
It must be something about the song title 'Home is where the Heart is' that inspires bands? It's the best track on offer here and also on Firehouse's eponymous debut!! I find the comments here a little over the top. This is good quality Scandi melodic rock with well mixed keys and a smooth production, but the best ever ???! Questionable. The ballad 'Stay Away' is excellent though.

From: Liger Date: September 13, 2005 at 10:20
To all Scandinavian aor lovers.....Treat are reformed!!!!! A pair of days ago the Swedish newspaper Aftonblandet annunced they're together again writing material for a new album that will be out next year. In the meantime will be printed a 'Best of' cd. The line up will be the same like the wonderful Organized Crime excepting Joe Larsson replaced by Björn Pålsson.

From: Erik Date: September 13, 2005 at 11:57
Thats fantastic news Liger.

From: Geoff Date: September 14, 2005 at 0:02
Jeezus wept, Liger!!! That's the news I've been waiting for for as long as I can remember! Awesome, cannot wait to hear some new stuff from them. If it is anything like this album it will blow everything else out the water... finally. Great news. Thanks a lot!

From: Liger Date: September 14, 2005 at 9:52
Yeah Geoff....when i first red that news i made exactly your same exclamation!! let's hope this forthcoming new album will show their classic trademark sound without any drastic change of style.

From: AOR freaky Date: September 14, 2005 at 10:12
To be honest, guys : it leaves me totally cold if this band have reformed. Like most other scandi AOR/hardrock acts, they offer decent, but far from spectacular stuff. This is reasonable, but nothing special at all. A bit AOR (sometimes even more hardrock !) by numbers IMO ! Think I will receive again a lot of comments. But hé, this is what I think and feel about this release and about the other Treat albums ! Tastes have to differ ! For me, top AOR mostly comes from the USA and Canada !

From: Erik Date: September 14, 2005 at 11:14
Freak we all know wkat you think. You know: broken record and such. So keep the simple comments to yourself. Liger any idea on the possible release date ?

From: Geoff Date: September 14, 2005 at 19:47
Honestly Freaky, if one of your shitty 'classic' bands reformed do you honestly think anyone else would bother to come over and piss on your parade just because they weren't a personal fan of the band? Treat are my favourite melodic rock band and this is the best musical news I have heard since Cauterize's 2nd album. Why don't you just fuck off to your US and Canadian collection and let the rest of us appreciate the obvious genius of Scandi music, namely the sensational Treat.

From: Liger Date: September 15, 2005 at 6:29
Sorry Erik, no idea about the release date; it will be next year but the reunion news appeared first on Aftonblandet on September the 9th so it's very fresh....i'm sure that in the next months Treat will give more details....for the moment is unknown even the label. The only sure points are the actual reunion and the line up. For me this is enough to make me happy like a child ;-)....

From: z4roxx Date: September 17, 2005 at 13:01
I’ve heard about a Treat reunion but for some live dates on Sweden only,but if they want to do a new cd I think it will another modern work as all the others!!!I hope Treat will not the same mistake as Europe…..Talkin’about”organized crime”year I think it should be 1989….

From: Liger Date: September 19, 2005 at 2:15
z4roxx i understand what you mean...i was very disappointed too by Europe 'Start from the dark' (a great album, wonderfully played by musicians full of talent) but with nothing in common with Europe's classic sound. Let's give Treat time and i'm sure they'll make a great job. If you hear last Gotthard cd you'll find some of the songs were written with Anders Wikstrom help...that songs are all very good examples of melodic hard rock full of choruses and catchy refrains...i'm optimist.

From: Erik Date: September 26, 2005 at 11:37
What a band hey ?? Another one of my absolute favorites. Yeah the list is long(er) . A truly amazing melodic rock album.

From: lubub Date: February 6, 2006 at 5:40
Hello! What a great band. Search the tv live show from RTL mosh Live at Monsters of Rock - Schweinfurt 1988. If you know somthing about that show let a info on this side or lubub@gmx.net

From: Wacke Danzig Date: July 15, 2006 at 8:21
This one´s also very good, though it was here everything started to fail...

From: Pudelrockarn Date: March 4, 2007 at 11:09
Great cd!! Hunger is the best track on this disc. 9 out of 10.

From: pvdesign Date: March 16, 2007 at 4:06
HI can any send me the lyrics to Party All Over as we are doing this song in our band.... Thanks Paul email: pvitullo@dodo.com.au

From: VICE Date: October 14, 2007 at 14:11
Treat's #4 best ... 90/100

From: the rocker Date: February 14, 2008 at 17:22
i bought ALOT OF TAPES back in the day, many unknowners at the time. but never ever came across this awesome band. in a way thats a good thing, now i have 5 cd's of music i never heard before. only missing the 92 self titled.if you can get them ,it's worth it.

From: BIG-TIME Date: February 29, 2008 at 14:49
"Fatal Smile" and "Ready For The Taking" are ACE Mr Heartache has a great riff but the chorus is poor and the singing is worse never really liked this style of music and the singing, please no more like this...KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!

From: Grinch Date: November 13, 2008 at 12:15
Good scandi pop metal/aor.not a masterpiece,but there are some very nice songs.especially Get you on the run

From: hair metal again Date: September 28, 2009 at 4:09
this is surely not a crime but an absolute perfect hard rock release by treat.every song adds something and they are pretty catchy.their sound is better than ever and so polished."mr heartache","gimme one more night","party all over" are just awesome. i really dont understand how this band didnt make it big time.for me they are a top band

From: darobinson Date: January 23, 2010 at 10:42
Is it just me or does the song Gimme One More Night sound just like Warrant? Not a big Warrant fan but Gimme is a great tune. This band has everything I love in music except for one thing, vocals. I must say Ernlund is better than Levens but I still have a hard time listening. The sound bites from the brand new album "Coup De Grace" sound very promising. Just my two cents.

From: CC Date: January 24, 2010 at 16:08
Cant say I ever noticed the Warrant comparison, but I decided to give the song a listen, and yup, I have to agree it has a very Warrantish sound to it, right down to some very Jani Lane sounding vox.

From: 123charpenay Date: November 24, 2015 at 13:57
top class scandi hard fm.only killer songs ,no fillers.the production is excellent so the sound is perfect.for make short ,all in this cd is absoluty excellent.this is an essential album in all serious hard rock collection.unfortunatelly no bonus track on the japan import.

From: Eric3 Date: June 13, 2017 at 1:28
IMO this falls just short of "classic" status because the first two songs don't sit well with me, but the rest of the album is killer. Great production and great singing. Hard-rocking, driving anthems with tons of backing vocals. As good an album to blast in your car on summer nights as any.

From: titothetitan Date: February 19, 2018 at 11:49
The production is much better than all of the previous albums and lead singer Robert Ernlund improved his voice. But the songs aren't as strong as the 'Dreamhunter' album. 'Stay Away' and 'Conspiracy' are great songs, but it doesn't sounds as good as 'Best of Me' and 'World of Promises', respectively. My favourite song is the unreleased track 'Still in Heaven'. The re-recording of 'Get You On the Run' is totally pointless.

From: titothetitan Date: December 26, 2018 at 12:43
'Conspiracy' is the only stand-out song of this album. 'Stay Away' is Ok, but it's not 'Best of Me' or 'We Are One'. 'Hunger' is good, but not great. 'Gimme One More Night' and 'Party All Over' are okay too.


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