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Le Baron Boys a.k.a. Europe - unreleased demos


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Never heard of this before. This should get an official release. Miles better than the stuff they're releasing nowadays.

Some info from melodic-hardrock.com:

Very rare Le Baron Boys demo session, recorded between 1989-1990. This was the follow up to the desert island world beater The Final Countdown without John Norum who had left the band after being told he wasn’t needed to help write the songs, and at the time the band were taking a more keyboard oriented approach to his obvious disliking. Oddly enough this is as close as Europe came to ‘heavy metal’ and certainly this is full of guitars and has little melodic keyboard influence and for that reason the Europe management rejected it.

Joey Tempest was told to go away and write another anthem (The Final Countdown esque) to which he came up with what would soon be the title track for the new album; Prisoners in Paradise. The recording has most probably been transferred from audio cassette to CD many times and it’s a bit fuzzy but this is certainly very unique and a side of Joey we would never see again. It’s very raw sounding and certainly it’s interesting to ponder what this would have been like in finished form.




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I've got a similar bootleg set of these recordings on cdr. The version I have also has a demo of Sweet Love Child but is missing the two live/rehearsal tracks listed on the artwork above at end of disc two. I thought many of the tracks that didn't make Prisoners (or their best of release) were good songs, but the sound is typical demo quality.

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Many songs that were rejected by the record label but IMHO equally as good as and better than some of those on the PIP album.

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