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Talk of the Town
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Label: Virgin Records (Sweden)
Catalog Number: 7243 8 48046 2 6
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Thomas Vikstrom lead and backing vocals|
Antonio Saluena guitar
Mats Jacobsson keyboards
Jonas Olson bass
Staffan Scharin drums
Johan Kullberg additional drums
Staffan Linder additional bass
Mats Olausson additional keyboards
Bonus tracks on the 1999 reissue from AOR Heaven.
Tracks 12-15 from Reach for the Sky.
Tracks 16-17 from Thomas Vikstrom's solo album If I Could Fly.
Tracks 18-19 previously unreleased.
|1. ||Free Like an Eagle ||3:40|
|2. ||Fever ||3:19|
|3. ||Sing to the World ||3:54|
|4. ||Undercover Love ||3:32|
|5. ||I Love the Look in Your Eyes ||3:29|
|6. ||Feel My Heartbeat ||3:13|
|7. ||Livin' for Lovin' ||3:21|
|8. ||You've Got Your Dreams ||3:12|
|9. ||In the Night ||3:49|
|10. ||The Power Inside ||3:14|
|11. ||Wildcat ||2:52|
|12. ||Top of the Mountain bonus track ||4:20|
|13. ||Reach for the Sky bonus track ||4:10|
|14. ||Strange Love bonus track ||3:58|
|15. ||Come on Closer bonus track ||4:25|
|16. ||Wish I Could Fly bonus track ||3:59|
|17. ||Love Touch bonus track ||4:42|
|18. ||Queen of the Night bonus track ||3:53|
|19. ||Midnight Cowboy bonus track ||3:50|
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|Total Running Time:|| 70:52|
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Existing comments about this CD
||Date: July 25, 2001 at 13:39|
|This is the re-release of the s/t cd...One of the best scandi aor albums out there!! The original release was in 1988.
|From: John N.
||Date: August 21, 2001 at 16:04|
|I can only agree with Magnus, these guys made some really good songs....
||Date: November 4, 2001 at 6:17|
|Unos de los mejores grupos escandinavos con uno de los mejores CDs editado en Europa.
||Date: November 4, 2001 at 17:46|
|Isnt it possible to write in English.????? I have no clue whats written here. I could start writing in Danish. ...Men det ville ingen forstaa, en anmeldelse af Pretty Maids paa dansk rykker ikke....vel. Stay cool.
||Date: June 17, 2002 at 17:35|
|One of the best Scandinavian aor band ever! Keyboards and choruses to the fore. A must have.
|From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1
||Date: July 17, 2002 at 11:21|
|AOR con sonido escandinavo total,temas que estan bastante bien,algunos en plan himnico,si te gustan Alien te gustaran esta gente.
||Date: July 31, 2002 at 8:04|
|Reminds me of Saga at times but with a Scandi/melodic twist. If Michael Sadler was in Da Vinci, you'd get Talk of the Town. Every song is solid and memorable. This is one to get. Trust me. Would I lie to you?
||Date: March 31, 2003 at 3:47|
|Man!, this album is growing on me by the minute. I think the best songs are the bonus tracks.
||Date: July 20, 2003 at 17:30|
|Big Swedish melodic AOR, with the sensational vocals of Thomas Vikstrom. Plenty of keyboards and heaps of melody. The bonus tracks comprise of 4 tracks from the 'Reach For The Sky' album plus 2 tracks from Thomas' own solo album 'If I Could Fly'. The unreleased tracks are 'Queen Of The Night' and 'Midnight Cowboy'. Essential for Swedish AOR collectors and 80's AOR fans in general.
||Date: February 4, 2004 at 1:08|
|One of the most pristine AOR albums ever released in my humble opinion is this scandi AOR effort from Sweden's Talk Of The Town. The immense sound on this album is quite captivating at times, and has some wondrous moments throughout. Everything you would ever want to hear or see on an AOR type album is probably captured on these songs, whether it be harmonious keyboard washes, pulsing bass, or the magical voice of Thomas Visktrom who does literally soar like an eagle at times.
||Date: May 19, 2004 at 17:55|
|YES,this is probably the best AOR album coming out of my homeland.Every song is filled with hookes, and the lead vocals from Thomas Wikström is so good!Best songs to me is 'Free Like an Eagle','I Love the Look in Your Eyes,'Feel My Heartbeat and 'Undercover Love' who all are great uptempo AOR!
|From: TIM (2)
||Date: July 2, 2004 at 7:42|
|As much as I love all these classic re-issues, when you find yourself buying a second copy of something just for the few bonus tracks everytime it is a pain. Anyway, that aside, you must have this. If you love Scandi AOR this is up there with the best from Treat, Alien etc. Sounding like Da Vinci with more keys and fuller production, this was their best CD by a distance. "Undercover Love" is the definition of what I love about AOR.
||Date: August 27, 2004 at 2:49|
|There are maybe a little too many keyboards for me and not quite the song quality to put it up there with Treat, Fate, MAsquerade, DaVinci and the like, but it is a good melodic rock / AOR release anyway. I love 'Fever' mostly, and there are a few cool songs towards the end... and all over the place. It is a good solid release.
||Date: October 8, 2004 at 8:40|
|Amazing ! Great ! One of the best melodic albums ever recorded ! Especially recomended for Fate, Treat, Skagarack fans... Fantastico ! Genial ! Ono de los mejores albumes melódicos jamás grabados. Recomendado para fans de Fate , Treat , Skagarack...
||Date: January 30, 2005 at 19:40|
|One of the best indeed,maybe you can appreciate more this one after some listening,IMO.It's 10/10 for me,amazing at the top!!!
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: January 31, 2005 at 6:45|
|HELLO FRIENDS, PLEASE I NEED THIS ONE, SOMEBODY CAN SEND ME TO MY MAIL, IS firstname.lastname@example.org IN MY COUNTRY IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME FIND IT. THANKS A LOT FRIENDS. ALGUN AMIGO PUEDE ENVIARMELO AMI CORREO email@example.com EN MI PAIS ES IMPOSIBLE ENCONTRARLO. GRACIAS AMIGOS.
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: January 31, 2005 at 7:02|
|Hello friends, please i need this one, somedody can send me to my mail, is firstname.lastname@example.org In my countryis impossible for me find it. Thanks alot friends. Algun Amigo puede enviarmelo a mi correo email@example.com En mi pais es imposible encontrarlo. Gracias Amigos. Se que es un Tremendo Album.
||Date: February 9, 2005 at 12:19|
|hi from COSTA RICA-. al colega de PERU. yo lo mande a traer de holanda junto a otros discos ,me aparecen todos confirmados excepto este , que quizas llegue en otro pedido junto al al pedido que estoy armando. si lo cosigo te lo paso, de momento te puedo recomendar a HOUSE OR MIRRORS.que suena entre EUROPE-TREAT-TALK OF THE TOWN.
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: February 27, 2005 at 17:26|
|Hasta que por fin lo tengo, Mis expectativas estan satisfechas, un album de Rock Melodico en la misma onda del primero de Glory o el Primero de Alien (aunque cabe recalcar no tan bueno como estos), el album tiene sus mejores momentos en el album original no en los temas extras que opacan el album en mi opinion, temazos como Undercover Love (my favorita), Free Like an Eagle, I Love the Look in Your Eyes, Fever, Livin' for Lovin', You've Got Your Dreams, Wildcat los mejores del
|From: Rafo Phoenix
||Date: February 27, 2005 at 17:37|
|disco, de los extras solo me agrado "Top of the Mountain", pero el original del 88 si que vale oro. Asi que tambien es otro Album Recomendado para amantes de la Musica que a ti y a mi nos gusta, AOR y Hard-Rock/Melodico The Best Music On The Planet. Saludos MAURICIO tienes que conseguir este gran album. Saludos desde Ica-Peru.
||Date: June 17, 2005 at 13:47|
|It seems to be that in this years the scandi aor acts founded the right path!!! I would compare them a lot with Bad Habit's Young and Innocent or Evenrude's One size fits All. Very poppy aor at times specially on the ballads but extremely enjoyable. One of those cds that if you like the first song you'll love it all. I would have loved it even more with an extra touch of guitars but anyway as many have said up here.. tihs is one to get.
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||Date: November 18, 2005 at 10:21|
|Now it's safe without fear of a Belgian backlash, lets all get 'Scandie'. When talking top Scandie albums, I always completely forget to mention this one, which is criminal on my behalf & I should be punished severley!!!Definately up there with Treat, Fate, Dream Police ,Bad Habit etc. 'Undercover Lover' is TIM's definiion of all things 'Scandie' - 'I Love The Look In Your Eyes' is mine & is an absolute killer track as are most of the others featured here.
||Date: December 8, 2005 at 10:40|
|Yesssss. Got my copy of this baby yesterday through schmankerl records. Being (a.o.) the scandi music lover i am this is truly as good as it gets scandi wise. I hear Dalton, Da Vinci and R.A.W.. This album is more keydriven though. But man what a gem. Love it !! This one will get lots and lots of spins in my cd. Scandi song gems are Fever, Undercover Love, Love the look, You got your dreams,Power inside, Wildcat ( Are their second and third album as good as this one i wonder ?).
||Date: December 8, 2005 at 13:58|
|No Erik, unfortunately the following cds don't catch the same keys-drivin' sound as the first one, but you can find 2-3 songs on the last album that can closely match. You can also try to listen to some other MHR/AOR scandi groups as Glory(1st),Bad Habit(1st)or Amaze me (1st). There are also other many MHR/AOR groups, but not from Scandinavia such as Zinatra or Red Dawn, but thats another taste. Cheers and Good Luck
||Date: December 9, 2005 at 4:49|
|Rude thanks for the info on the other two albums. Will avoid em. cheers
|From: juan carlos
||Date: February 13, 2007 at 10:02|
|Me lo compre a ojo cerrado debido a los tantísimos comentarios de todas partes por lo "fantástico" que era y por los bonus(y el precio).. Muy buenas canciones, sobretodo por el material sin los bonus pero no son para tanto IMO. Aunque claro, es mas para los fanáticos del AOR Scandinavo total, es grato tenerlo de todas maneras. Los bonus bajan la puntuación del disco y mucho: 8/10. Prefiero de lejos al "Back in business" de DaVinci en cuestión de los albums Scandi AOR. Buen disco.
||Date: March 31, 2007 at 21:15|
|Just keyboard heaven! Pretty easy to find so go and get it! A scandi AOR must!
||Date: June 17, 2008 at 12:20|
|Anybody who loves Talk of the Town , and i know there are a lot of you should get their hands on Roulette - Better late the Never. Its TofT style meeting Da Vinci. 17 songs dating from 86 to 91. Perfect scandi aor. Great voice. Must have IMO for lovers of scandi music. Swedish band. Order it thru www.aor-fm.com Thomas Lundgren on vox - Magnus Nelin on guitars - Thomas Nesslin on keyboards - Hansi Fellbrink on bass and Mats Nelin on drums. In my top 5 of 08
||Date: June 17, 2008 at 12:27|
|REVIEW STRUTTER MAGAZINE 8.4/10 "Formed in 1985, this ROULETTE from Sweden was hot on the heels of countless other Swedish bands to secure a major label deal in a time when bands like EUROPE , MALMSTEEN, TREAT and such had paved the way for Melodic Rock/Hair Metal. Unfortunately the band RAT BAT BLUE beat them for a CBS RECORDS deal and so after a few great singles, the band split up and end of story until… Well here comes AOR FM RECORDS, the great new label from Scotland with their 2nd release, following up their amazing PRIDE release, which was another Swedish band that failed to secure a deal 20 years ago with their infectious melodic rock. ROULETTE’s ‘Better late than never’ is their 2nd release, another Swedish band with a collection of songs recorded back in the late 80s, happily sounding all crystal clear on this CD. In total 17 songs are included, with songs recorded between 1987 and 1991. Let’s have a quick round-up here, some great fun catchy uptempo melodic rockers like “Onl
||Date: June 17, 2008 at 12:28|
|catchy uptempo melodic rockers like “Only the strong - 1991 – Single”, “Hearts keep on burning - 1988 - Single A-side”, “City heat – 1989” , “All I want – 1988” and “Call my name - 1988 - Single B-Side”, very fine midtempo AOR in the shape of “Bittersweet love – 1991” , “Fool for your love - 1989 – Single” and “Reachin for you – 1990” , a lovely aorish ballad “Evangeline – 1991” , aorish uptempo keyboard orientated poprock a la ZINATRA/2nd TOBRUK, URGENT's 2nd (“Run girl – 1988” ), midtempo EUROPE 'Superstitious' style (“5. Give me some affection – 1989” and “So far so good – 1989” ) and the rest (“Better late than never – 1990” , “Dancin – 1990” , “Body n soul – 1989” , “Turn me on – 1987” and “Tonights the night – 1988” ) is ok. All in all, pure Scandi 80s Class Melodic Rock, must-have for fans of DAVINCI, DALTON , TREAT, EUROPE , FATE, ZINATRA, VICE, PRIDE, etc. etc."
||Date: July 26, 2008 at 13:45|
|Pure AOR magic from Sweden! Get the original issue and stay away from the re-issue.
|From: juan carlos
||Date: July 26, 2008 at 19:56|
|Yeah, sadly i have the Re-issue but the original issue .... I am not a big fan of ScandiAOR but it´s a Good album. The original issue must be more enjoyable than my Re-Issue.
||Date: August 11, 2008 at 6:33|
|Whoever think the bonus tracks are the best songs are way off. You don't buy this masterpiece for some weaker bonus tracks which are not worth your money. Like I said get the original issue if you want the best from this release. It's on the Swedish label "Glen Artist Promotion/Glen Studio AB". But don't expect any lyrics or pages in the booklet it's the same as Easy Action - That Makes One... low budget product.
||Date: September 16, 2008 at 14:49|
|Excellent Scandi AOR. "Free Like An Eagle" "Fever" "You've Got Your Dreams" and "Wildcat" are top class up-tempo AOR tracks. "Feel My Heartbeat" is a superb funk-AOR song while "In The Night" is a breathtaking power ballad. "The Power Inside" sounds like a hi-tech AOR Jojo song but is still great. The best bonus tracks are "Strange Love" and "Wish I Could Fly" which both contain an outstanding chorus. Most of the other bonus tracks are bland.
||Date: July 24, 2009 at 3:28|
|If you think Vikstrom sounds good on this one you need to listen to Speedy Gonzales covering Free like an eagle...Way better. He sounds too young and inexperienced on this album, don't like the accent neither
||Date: July 24, 2009 at 4:12|
|Actually the first song is the only one I like from the original album, the rest is poppy AOR with melodies lacking quality. The bonus tracks have some good moments, like Top of the mountain. And like I said before, go listen to Vikstrom on the Electric Stalker album covering Free like an eagle!
||Date: September 9, 2010 at 2:27|
|Undercover Love has a HUGE chorus. Fantastic!! I really like these guys. But the song Reach For The Sky (which I guess is from the Reach for the Sky cd), really annoys me because of the rap in the middle. I mean, I listen to AOR and rock because I can't stand rap or country. Every time I hear that rap it just makes me mad. I know it's not long, but, why in the hell put a rap in a rock/aor song? STUPID!!
|From: Pee Dee
||Date: January 11, 2011 at 5:57|
|If this didn't have those tuneless, off-genre bonus tracks, I would have given it 93/100 for being pure, keyboard-driven scandi AOR. Unfortunately, the excessive later-recorded bonus tracks cause me to turn it off early. If you like the harder stuff, that's fine - but don't mix the sheep with the goats! 82/100
|From: rick kerch vzla
||Date: January 24, 2011 at 20:30|
|I have just gotten this album...yeah price acceptable if we are talking about the tons of bonus tracks it brings but to be honest are not as good as the the ones from the album itself or first printing edition if you wanna call it that way...also the vocalist didn't impress me at all(he did his job quite well though)but i don't get into that tone of voice..."Free Like An Eagle","Fever","Undercover Love","Feel My Hearbeat","Livin' For Lovin'","In The Night"(beauty ballad ) & "The Power Inside"(catchy) are the ones from the album that i like..about the bonus ones,"Top Of The Mountain","Strange Love"(it rocks and has a good chorus line) & "Midnight Cowboy"(also rocks)...scandi AOR has always stood proud and strong even with this kind of albums...my rate is gonna be good anyway.90/100
||Date: August 25, 2015 at 0:47|
|Not much to complain about here. An album packed full of catchy songs with a very good singer and a that perfect 80's sound. Love the keys on this one as well. 95/100.
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