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Artist: Talisman

Title: Talisman

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1990

Label: Airplay (Sweden)

Catalog Number: ARCD 5005


Marcel Jacob bass guitar, rhythm guitar, drums and keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto vocals
Christopher Stahl lead guitars

Live bonus tracks recorded in 1990, added to 1993 reissue.


1.  Break Your Chains  3:31
2.  Standin' on Fire  4:12
3.  I'll Be Waiting  2:56
4.  Dangerous  3:50
5.  Just Between Us  3:46
6.  System of Power  4:43
7.  Queen  3:15
8.  Lightning Strikes  3:16
9.  Day By Day  4:09
10.  Women, Whiskey and Songs  3:04
11.  Great Sandwich  2:36
12.  Just Between Us live bonus track  4:07
13.  Eternal Flame live bonus track  3:12
14.  Scream of Anger live bonus track  4:29
15.  NJBBWD live bonus track  3:26
16.  Let Me Love You live bonus track  3:24
17.  Ice Cream Man live bonus track  4:41
Total Running Time:  62:37

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Fernando Brito Date: March 26, 2001 at 14:49
What else can we say, when we ar talkin 'bout JEFF SCOTT SOTO. Every record that he records, is a masterpiece, and with Talisman, it's not diferent. For that's the best album in my hole colection. If you want to take a proof just listen Break your Chains.

From: vladi - bg Date: November 8, 2001 at 6:44

From: DRAGONFLY Date: January 20, 2002 at 16:06

From: Aurel,U.S. Date: April 28, 2002 at 21:31
I think Talisman is a very special Hard-Rock band.One of the greatest vocalist, JEF SCOTT SOTTO and talented guitarist JAKOBS,introduce us a very special harmonies and melodies.That is why Talisman are on the top list of Rock-Elite.Long live really Hard-ROCK with these kind of bands.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: July 28, 2002 at 12:19
Competente disco de Hard Melodico,aqui Soto canta como nunca,tiene temas realmente brillantes(no todos),me quedo con uno de los temazos que perduraran en el tiempo Queen.BASTANTE ACEPTABLE.

From: Kim Date: August 15, 2002 at 17:09
Just got a cd by Talisman called Humanimal Pt 2. ITS A KILLER. Are their other releases just as good.???

From: Shoemaker Date: August 16, 2002 at 3:43
Yes Kim, the albums Genesis and Humanimal sound the same, bass driven Hardrock and a great vocalist (Soto). But I prefer the first CD, it is more melodic and less bass influenced.

From: Kim Date: August 17, 2002 at 1:10
Thanks Shoemaker. I`ll check them out. I have never liked swedish music. But have just discovered many great bands. Some of them never really made it big. But bands like Glory, Talisman, Rat Bat Blue, Alien and swedish erotica are really good. One of these days, I`ll go by train to sweden and pillage in their used cd stores.

From: robert Date: October 20, 2002 at 19:02
muy bueno!! cargadito de buenos temas de puro haRD ROCK

From: freddy de keyze Date: January 13, 2003 at 13:25
By far the best Talisman ever released. Listen to the openingssong 'Break Your Chains' and you will be hooked. Great songs, nice keys, and above this all,the magnificent voice of Jeff. A perfect combination of hardrock and AOR ! A MUST !!!

From: b casarin MEX Date: January 15, 2003 at 3:29
un disco extraordinario!!! hay que tenerlo para disfrutarlo!! 98/100

From: Stefania Date: January 24, 2003 at 9:59
Wonderful combination of melodies and groove combined with the talent of these great musicians. Some of these songs are among the best in hard rock ever played!!!

From: namsilat Date: February 17, 2003 at 16:06
great album. jeff scott soto is god. maybe the best album that ever came out of sweden.enjoy it.

From: numan abi Date: May 4, 2003 at 18:17
Has Goran Edman ever worked with Talisman?

From: Ardian Date: May 26, 2003 at 2:41
Yes, Goran sang on the original demos, although the project was called Midnight Blue at that time. Goran's versions of 8 songs of the debut album will finally be released on the remastered reissue of "Talisman", in the bonus disc that is. Go to to pre-order your copy now. I'll go for 'em ALL!!!

From: Scandinavia Date: June 22, 2003 at 8:04
If you don't have this album go get it now...Really spectacular! Like Freddy puts it "Break the Chains" makes you think WOW! Amazing songs, professional musicianship and most important: ATTITUDE! Get it immediately...You'll be amazed...The song "Dangerous" is one of my top 10 fave tracks of all time...Just excellent!

From: freddy de keyze Date: June 24, 2003 at 5:29
Thank you, Scandinavia, I'm glad you like this brilliant stuff ! Classic CD, no doubt !!!!

From: tomcat Date: June 24, 2003 at 7:41
i like jeff scott soto alot, and i think i heard all his projects/bands but i do believe the best things of the good man can be heard when he was involved with talisman..great band, and sooo underrated

From: Jez Date: August 26, 2003 at 12:07
Fantastic from start to finish - although it has to be said the live bonus tracks on the re-issue are bloody awful quality and spoil it a little. Definately a case for programming your player before starting. JSS Has rarely ever sounded better , although the 'Eyes' disc and his latest 'Prism' are also superb. A Must have

From: RR_Finland Date: August 27, 2003 at 8:29
Every thing I have to say this album is already said. One of my favourite records and no doubt best Talisman record so far.

From: AOR freaky Date: November 27, 2003 at 4:40
Still the best Talisman till now ! A PEARL ! And guess what ? It's now once again rereleased with 14 extra songs ! Can you believe it ! For all the guys that still don't have this, it's now or never ! BUY YOUR COPY !

From: Agnar Date: November 30, 2003 at 20:34
someone can tell me where to find a well-recorded version of ETERNAL FLAME?

From: AOR-MESSIAH Date: February 9, 2004 at 15:38
Agnar, Eternal Flame was recorded by John Norum on his Total Control CD, However JSS doesn't sing this version.

From: Rycheage Date: March 11, 2004 at 22:54
It's pretty hard not to forget the opening trio of songs: 'Break Your Chains', the exquisite 'Standin' On Fire' and of course, Talisman's best ever song 'I'll Be Waiting'. Smooth melodic rock that could've made a push into the charts seeing it was their most commercial effort. 'Dangerous' is a prowling rocker while 'Just Between Us' though a ballad, still shakes enough bullets to be threatening.

From: meradona Date: April 23, 2004 at 11:27
Es lo mejor del hard rock , lastima de un guitarrista un poco mas virtuoso , digase, neal schon, vinny burns etc. pero asi y todo un gran disco 9/10 ( por el guitarrista que es bastante normalillo)

From: Lynchomaniac Date: June 6, 2004 at 7:59
A classic, nuff said!

From: bruno Date: August 3, 2004 at 15:56

From: Geoff Date: August 27, 2004 at 2:36
Whenever I hear the name Talisman I am never too impressed, but I sometimes forget this CD. It is definately a gem, with killer tracks like 'Break the chains' and the beautiful 'Just between us' - oh and 'Queen' I believe was another fave, but the show belongs to 'Day by day' for me. Brilliant release and by far the pinnacle of Talisman releases IMO.

From: TIM (2) Date: September 8, 2004 at 4:38
Have never been much of a Talisman fan, although the first 2 albums had some great commercial hard rock tracks on them. "I'll Be Waiting" is the most melodic track on offer, with "Day By Day" not far behind. The rest is good quality hard rock with some great keyboard and harmony vocals. The remastering job on this is awesome as it sounds very fresh, although the last 2 album tracks and the quality of the additional demos and live material leaves a lot to be desired. 7.5/10.

From: Border Rat Date: September 26, 2004 at 10:31
I bought the 2002 release which has 6 bonus demo tracks in addition to the original 11.I did this in order not to have the live tracks.Live tracks on cds don't appeal to me.This TALISMAN cd is excellent melodic rock.The instrumental track is the only let down on this cd.When you have a top vocalist in a band I like to hear him on every song!The bonus demos are sung by GORAN EDMAN and he sounds similar to JOEY TEMPEST.They are great to have.TALISMAN has been a school of rock for great vocalists.

From: BWH "Indonesia" Date: November 28, 2004 at 1:31
Jeff Scott Soto has a style and timbre that can be a good comparison to Harry Hess of Harem Scarem, or maybe to James Christian.

From: MAURICIO Date: January 7, 2005 at 12:38
HI-FROM COSTARICA. sin tapujos muy buen disco y el mejor de talisman pedazo de grupo sueco con jjs como cantante ,buenas guitarras teclados, produccion excelente.BREAK YOUR CAHINS -STANDING IN FIRE-ILL BE WAITING.son geniales, yo tengo la versio del doble cd , muy interesante.solo canta IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY, CALL OUT MY NAME ILL BE WAITING WAITING FOR YOU. esto rocks 10/10 corre antes que se acabe

From: AHUEA Date: January 14, 2005 at 13:31
No album with JSS sucks, great combo between JSS and Marcel Jacob, excellent debut, it rocks!!!

From: DANTE Date: June 29, 2006 at 10:36
Fenomenal debut de Talisman. Marcel Jacob, que venía de tocar con John Norum, se saca un disco soberbio, con la colaboración del excelso Scott Soto (Eyes, Takara, Kuni, Y. Malmsteen). Un pedazo de disco de AOR, sin duda.

From: Carlos A. Date: June 29, 2006 at 15:57
Vaya Jeff Scott S. en este disco tenia como 22 años y los demas integrantes igual de jovenes y sacaron este estupendo album de Hardrock melodioso "break your chains" y "I ll be waiting" de lejos las mejores canciones, los bonus track en vivo estan en nada suenan mal. Hace poco Jeff Scot S. dio un concierto algo caleta en Lima, no fui pero de seguro que estuvo fenomenal... 8.5/10

From: lalorock Date: September 2, 2006 at 12:42
Gran disco de Talisman,con ese tema del comienzo break your chains con esos riffs de guitarra demoledores, el segundo tema en plan mas aor con ese solo de bajo y teclados excelente, i´ll be waiting otro temazo con esa voz de Jeff Scott Soto de otra galaxia es un seguro de vida para cualquier grupo,dangerous es más hard rock con unos estribillos y coros asesinos,la balada just between us con ese feeling que le imprime jss grandiosa,queen otra de mis favoritas con esos solos de guitarra discazo.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 19, 2007 at 19:36
What Happen with the comments??? Great Melodic Hard Rock, de esta reedicion los temas en vivo estan hasta el queso pero como lo que vale son los verdaderos temas entonces solo que da algo por decir 9/10.

From: juan carlos Date: April 25, 2007 at 0:05
From: juan carlos Date: April 16, 2007 at 13:54 Gran disco, que más se puede agregar de lo que no se ha dicho de este album?. Para algunos bueno, para otros muy bueno, para mí todo un clásico. Si eres fan de JSS y del HardRock Melódico de gran factura pues no esperes mas, éste es tu disco. Nada más. 9/10

From: MrBig Date: November 1, 2007 at 22:51
entre mis 10 discos preferidos de hard rock !!!! una joya!!!.. temas de diversos estilos.. desde el Aor de Day By Day.. hasta el Hard rock un poco mas pesado en Brake Your Chains o Queen.. buenos solos.. buenos estribillos.. no tiene defecto este disco para mi 10/10

From: MrBig Date: November 1, 2007 at 22:52

From: darobinson Date: April 6, 2008 at 12:19
This release is superb. Soto is a huge talent and so is the band. To bad we will never hear a Journey album with Jeff.

From: vinnie vane Date: July 24, 2008 at 16:11
Love their sound! "Just between us" must be one of the top 10 songs ever, perfect arrangement!

From: george_the_jack Date: July 22, 2009 at 12:30
R.I.P. Marcel....

From: petermexico Date: July 31, 2009 at 14:39
Thanks Marcel for your great music! rest in peace.

From: rocksoul Date: December 7, 2010 at 15:23
great voice. I knew jss from axel rudi pell and....amazing. I would jss as new singer by velvet revolver. for me could be a greatest project. great musicians and great voice, togheter!

From: DonDefo Date: May 3, 2011 at 11:56
I found this album so absorbing, having listened to it for the first time and DANGEROUS is one of the best ROCKERS EVER MADE! YEAH!

From: 123charpenay Date: April 18, 2012 at 13:44
maybe the best scandi a o r record ever.only killer songs.jeff scott soto sing like a god.what an extraordinary voice.all the album is irresistible.a real jewel a must have.all serious fan of a o r have this bomb in their collection.the sound of the 6 bonus tracks is a nightmare really problem the 11 songs of the album are top class hard f m.!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 25, 2012 at 18:02
A top notch album indeed!!!...loved it all!!!..."Break Your Chains","Standin' On Fire","I'll Be Waiting","Just Between Us"(great mid tempo!)& "Day By Day" are my faves,basically are killer tracks!!!...the re-edition brings some bonus tracks(live ones)that are quite good too...JSS is an incredible and talented vocalist without any shadow of a doubt!!!...highly recommendable...94/100

From: hair metal again Date: April 15, 2013 at 0:28
fantastic release by TALISMAN and this is one of the best ever came from Sweden!much energy,many hooks,excellent musicianship and plenty of catchy songs is what you get!JSS startin to show his talent and what it was to come!"just between us","day by day","break the chains" are the highlights of this essential release

From: titothetitan Date: August 14, 2018 at 16:52
I have the demos of this album sung by Göran Edman.

From: titothetitan Date: August 21, 2018 at 10:11
This was supposed to be a second solo album by John Norum but he rejected the songs.

From: 123charpenay Date: August 29, 2018 at 17:30
hey tito i come back from my vacation in fuerteventura but i m sure, i can say that if john norum rejected these extraordinaries,fantastics,sentionals,ect ect ect songs he was so totally stupid,or totally drunked.

From: titothetitan Date: April 11, 2019 at 16:03
Hi 123charpenay, my guess is that Norum wanted to play a heavier sound (remember he left Europe just to do that) and the Talisman songs were to much AORish for him. Shame. Göran Edman originally sang the demos.

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