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Talisman – ‘Reality’ (1998) – Album Assessment (The Jeff Scott Soto Sequence) – 2 Loud 2 Outdated Music

By 1998, Jeff Scott Soto and Marcel Jacob thought it was time to convey Talisman again collectively and document a brand new album. Jamie Borger was introduced again, in fact, on drums and a brand new guitarist was present in Pontus Norgren (The Poodles, Hammerfall). The one drawback is that Jeff was so busy with The Boogie Knights, they needed to document within the States. Jeff had a house studio so he and Marcel spent about 10 days writing new materials which then band then recorded in Jeff’s residence studio. The drums, nevertheless, weren’t as they wanted a greater set-up so that they had been recorded elsewhere.

They discovered a pair document labels to launch the album, Level Music in Europe and Pony Canyon in Japan. Nonetheless, neither label needed to advertise the fabric so no touring was really carried out which is nuts. The album was launched on December 27, 1998 and that date alone ought to inform you how a lot the labels gave a crap about that album as a result of who of their proper thoughts releases an album 2 days after Christmas.

The band’s sound on this album was a nod to earlier Talisman the place they tried to seize just a little of the sound from the primary two albums. In addition they ended up recording 3 cowl songs on the album and really opened the album with a canopy tune. I’ve heard Jeff describe this album as their ‘Diver Down’ album (which additionally had loads of covers).

In the event you discover the photographs of the quilt (entrance & again) and the disc, you possibly can inform how crappy the photographs are and that’s as a result of the model I’ve is definitely an unofficial model launched in 2003 from Russia. I wasn’t paying consideration after I purchased it, I simply purchased it for the very fact it had so many tracks on it and it was just a little cheaper than some copies on eBay. Both means, the sound continues to be fairly good and I didn’t know any higher. Perhaps sometime I’ll go get the official model. Earlier than we transfer on to the music, let’s discuss Soto’s hair. Soto has at all times had big locks of curls they usually had been large. Discover the image beneath and that quick hair lower…it doesn’t look proper. I’m speculating, however I imagine it’s as a result of he was doing The Boogie Knights and sporting a large afro wig every evening so it was simpler to do with quick hair. Okay, sufficient crap…let’s get to the music…

The album kicks off with the Queen cowl of “Let Me Entertain You” which was Jeff’s concept. He actually loves Queen (as we’ll see in future posts) and thought this tune can be nice to kick off a reside present. Nicely, they ended up letting it kick off the album. And let me inform you , it kicks off the album with a large bang. They keep true to the Queen essence, however it’s all Talisman with Marcel’s thumping bass main the cost. Soto does his greatest Freddie Mercury and kills it. A enjoyable tune to start out all of it off.

“In The Finish” comes out of the gate swinging with an explosive begin. Extra heavy bass work and Jeff attacking the lyrics. It is vitally melodic, just a little on the heavier aspect and it has a fast keyboard solo earlier than Pontus comes ripping roaring in with the guitar in between the keyboard components. On keyboard is Frank Salerno. One other excessive power kick ass observe.

Then we get “Right here 2Day, Gone 2Day” (discover the Prince fashion naming conference). This can be a a lot darker tune and is predicated on some true life occasions. It’s about some fellow musicians that aren’t to be named (and never Lord Voldemort) which leads me to suppose it’s about Yngwie. I really like the intense, very steel tone to it and it actually captures your consideration and attracts you in attempting to decipher it. Among the best tracks on the album partially thanks to a different rip roaring solo by Pontus.

Then we get one other cowl tune and this time round it’s Prince’s “Darling Nikki”. As we already know, Jeff can be a large Prince fan so no shock right here apart from the tune choice. Rattling, nice observe to cowl. This tune was imagined to be on the ‘Life’ album however scrapped. The tune isn’t as funky as Prince’s model as it’s extra rocked out. Jeff does an amazing job on vocals, however truthfully, he ain’t Prince (sorry Jeff…I nonetheless love you although). All I do know is that this tune is a complete blast and the band has enjoyable with it and that’s all that issues.

“I’ll Be There 4 U” is up subsequent and seems like a Survivor tune from the ‘Too Sizzling To Sleep’ album with the guitar sound. It slows issues down just a little or possibly it’s much less rock is all. Mid-tempo and extra pop sounding. Jeff’s vocals are melodic and Marcel’s bass with Jamie’s drums provides us a driving groove. Not as thrilling as the primary 4 tracks, however nonetheless a adequate tune with a particular 80’s pop/rock sound.

“The Man I’ll By no means Be” is a private tune for Jeff as it’s about his relationship together with his dad and his relationship together with his personal son. Begins off a lot slower and you’ll inform it means so much to him. The refrain picks up the tempo and offers extra of a punch than again to the slower verses. Jeff even has a talking verse earlier than Pontus is available in on the guitar to put down a riveting solo.

Then we get an instrumental with “Bellabecca” and it seems prefer it was written by Soto based mostly on the liner notes. Soto’s a singer, how does he write a solo…effectively good for him. It’s carried out on keyboards and even some synth string preparations included. It’s mild and ethereal, nearly new age because it feels you might be flying by a subject of flowers with the wind blowing by your hair. It’s okay, however nothing too thrilling and not likely needed.

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“Heaven’s Obtained One other Hero” can be keyboard based mostly within the opener earlier than the band is available in after a couple of strains. Once more, extra pop than rock and seems like Journey this time round with a lot of harmonies and just a little tacky for me at instances.

Subsequent up is “Your Man” which is about Jeff’s spouse (on the time). They preserve the comfortable aspect going and the keyboards are getting their cash’s value with these batch of songs. It goes upbeat with a complete jazzy piano man vibe. You faucet your foot and bop your head. It isn’t like the rest on the album that’s for certain.

Then we get the third and closing cowl with Madonna’s “Frozen”. One other odd alternative, however one Marcel dropped at the desk. I believe he believed Jeff would balk at it, however Jeff was all for it. They take the tune and add a complete rock vibe to it and I’ve to confess, it’s fairly superior. Marcel’s bass work provides so much to the tune and Jeff’s vocals swimsuit it completely. Some nice melodies and the band makes you neglect it’s a Madonna observe.

“Till the Morning Comes” is just a little funkier as Marcel actually jams up the bass. Nonetheless on the softer aspect and never that heavy as a rock tune, however Jeff’s vocals soar and actually are satisfying. The refrain has layers of vocals which make it inviting and is a fairly good observe general.

Then we lastly get again to the rock with an amazing opening riff on “Angel/Satan”. The refrain is de facto contagious and it’s one other spotlight. Jamie’s drumming is incredible with some nice fills and Pontus actually lays down a pleasant solo. Give me extra of this please.

“Pavilion of Oblivion” kicks off with some large drum beats after which extra nice fills by Jamie accompanied by Marcel racing up and down his bass. Soto sounds nice as typical and one other nice solo. It has every part right here to love, however I can by no means bear in mind this tune after it’s carried out, sadly. I need to prefer it.

Then we get a tune about Jeff’s canine, “Madison”. Now in fact, you can take it as a relationship with a lady the best way it’s written, however it’s Jeff’s canine. There’s a entire Center Jap vibe to kick off the tune earlier than it begins to rock out. I like Pontus’ riff on this one as effectively. There’s a darkish, ominous really feel to it and it’s actually cool. However for those who take heed to the lyrics realizing it’s his canine, it’s nearly laughable which is completely superior. I actually like what they did right here.

The ultimate observe is a bonus observe which is an instrumental referred to as “T 4 1 1/2” and I want I knew what that meant. This can be a Marcel penned solo which I’d anticipate since he writes all of the music (most of it anyway). The bass isn’t as heavy as I’d’ve anticipated, however the guitar is de facto the spotlight. There’s a twin guitar sound going at instances, a piano thrown in for good measure, however the guitar is king. It’s good and quick and doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Monitor Itemizing:

  1. Let Me Entertain You – Keeper
  2. Within the Finish – Keeper
  3. Right here 2Day, Gone 2Day – Keeper 
  4. Darling Nikki – Keeper
  5. I’ll B There 4 U – Keeper (1/2 Level)
  6. The Man I’ll By no means Be – Keeper
  7. Bellabecca (Instrumental) – Delete
  8. Heaven’s Obtained One other Hero – Keeper (1/2 Level)
  9. Your Man – Delete
  10. Frozen – Keeper
  11. Till the Morning Comes – Keeper
  12. Angel/Satan – Keeper
  13. Pavilion of Oblivion – Delete
  14. Madison – Keeper
  15. T 4 1 1/2 (Instrumental – Bonus Monitor) – Keeper

The Monitor Rating is 11 out of 15 Tracks or 73%.  I’m thrilled to get Talisman again with a brand new album. I’ll admit it isn’t nice as the primary 4 albums, however there are nonetheless a ton of nice songs on right here. There’s something particular when Jeff and Marcel get collectively to do “Talisman”.  Their different stuff collectively was good, however you possibly can’t beat the magic that’s Talisman.  Even with 3 cowl songs, it’s nonetheless a strong album. It could be just a little lengthy at 15 tracks (14 since one is a bonus observe) and would’ve scored means higher with a ten tune set.  However that is the late 90’s and it was the factor to do to jam as many songs because the CD might maintain.  I believe they’d too many softer songs and would’ve been higher on the heavy, however the songs that had been good, had been actually good on this one like “Right here 2Day, Gone 2Day” and “Angel/Satan” to call a pair. My Total Rating continues to be respectable at 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars.  Lots of albums would need that rating.



  1. Panther – ‘Panther’ (1986) – recorded in 1984
  2. Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Power – ‘Rising Power’ (1984)
  3. Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Power – ‘Marching Out’ (1985)
  4. Kuni – ‘Lookin’ For Motion’ (1988)
  5. Kryst the Conqueror – ‘Ship Us From Evil’ (1989) / ‘Troopers of Gentle: The Full Recordings (2019)
  6. Eyes – ‘Eyes’ (1990)
  7. Eyes – “No person Mentioned It Was Simple” (1990) – 7″ Single – Bonus Version
  8. Talisman – ‘Talisman’ (1990)
  9. Talisman – “I’ll Be Ready” (1990) – 7″ Single – Bonus Version
  10. Skrapp Mettle – ‘Delicate’ (1991)
  11. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Everlasting Prisoner’ (1992)
  12. Bakteria – ‘Deficate! Suffocate! Mutilate! Masturbate!’ (1992 / 2009)
  13. Eyes – ‘Home windows of the Soul’ (1993)
  14. Talisman – ‘Genesis’ (1993)
  15. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘The Ballads’ (1993)
  16. Biker Mice From Mars – ‘Biker Mice From Mars (Soundtrack)’ (1993)
  17. Takara – ‘Everlasting Religion’ (1993)
  18. Talisman – ‘5 Out Of 5 (Dwell in Japan)’ (1994)
  19. Talisman – ‘Humanimal’ (1994)
  20. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Between the Partitions’ (1994)
  21. Gary Schutt – ‘Sentimetal’ (1994)
  22. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Love Parade’ (1994)
  23. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Made in Germany (Dwell)’ (1995)
  24. Takara – ‘Style of Heaven’ (1995)
  25. Talisman – ‘Life’ (1995)
  26. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Black Moon Pyramid’ (1996)
  27. Human Clay – ‘Human Clay’ (1996)
  28. Talisman – ‘Better of’ (1996)
  29. Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Magic’ (1997)
  30. Human Clay – ‘U4IA’ (1997)
  31. The Boogie Knights – ‘Welcome to the Jungle Boogie’ (1997)
  32. Takara – ‘Blind in Paradise’ (1998)
  33. Talisman – ‘Reality’ (1998)
  34. ‘Rock Star (Soundtrack)’ – Numerous Artists (2001)
  35. Humanimal – ‘Humanimal’ (2002)
  36. Humanimal – Discover My Approach House: Restricted Version E.P. (2002)
  37. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Holding On E.P.’ (2002) – Bonus Version
  38. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Prism’ (2002)
  39. Talisman – ‘Dwell at Sweden Rock Pageant’ (2002)
  40. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘JSS Dwell on the Gods 2002’ (2003)
  41. Talisman – ‘Cats & Canine’ (2003)
  42. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Misplaced within the Translation’ (2004)
  43. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Dwell on the Queen Conference 2003’ (2004)
  44. Talisman – ‘5 Males Dwell’ (2005)
  45. Soul Sirkus – ‘World Play’ (2005)
  46. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Imagine in Me E.P.’ (2006) – Bonus Version
  47. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Important Ballads’ (2006)
  48. Talisman – ‘7’ (2006)
  49. Journey – ‘Dwell from Atlanta (Bootleg)’ (2006)
  50. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘B-Sides’ (2006)
  51. Redlist – ‘Ignorance’ (2007)
  52. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Stunning Mess’ (2009)
  53. Jeff Scott Soto – “twenty first Century” / “Gin & Tonic Sky” CD Single (2009) – Bonus Version
  54. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘One Evening in Madrid’ (2009)
  55. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – ‘Evening Fort’ (2009)
  56. W.E.T. – ‘W.E.T.’ (2009)
  57. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Dwell at Firefest 2008’ (2010)
  58. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Harm Management’ (2012)
  59. W.E.T. – ‘Rise’ (2013)
  60. W.E.T. – ‘One Dwell in Stockholm’ (2014)
  61. SOTO – ‘Contained in the Vertigo’ (2015)
  62. SOTO – ‘Divak’ (2016)
  63. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Retribution’ (2017)
  64. Sons of Apollo – ‘Psychotic Symphony’ (2017)
  65. W.E.T. – ‘Earthrage’ (2018)
  66. SOTO – ‘Origami’ (2019)
  67. Sons of Apollo – ‘Dwell With the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ (2019)
  68. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Large Away (In My Dreamland)’ (2020)
  69. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Dwell and Loud in Milan 2019’ (2020)
  70. Sons of Apollo – ‘MMXX’ (2020)
  71. SOTO – ‘Revision’ (2020)
  72. W.E.T. – ‘Retransmission’ (2021)
  73. Jeff Scott Soto – ‘The Duets Assortment, Vol. 1’ (2021)
  74. Jeff Scott Soto / Jason Bieler – Dwell In Live performance (2022) – Bonus Version

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