John Norum – Play Yard Blues

Play Yard BluesWhen John Norum left Europe in 1987, he immediately jumped on a solo career and released a his first solo album, Total Control the same year. He had some huge hits, at least in Sweden, with songs like “Let Me Love You” and “Love Is Meant To Last Forever” and he went out on a very successful tour with his band that consisted of co-lead vocalist Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Madison), bassist Marcel Jacob (ex – Yngwie, who wrote most of John’s debut and went on to form Talisman) and drummer Hempo Hilldén (Trash). He then split that band up to form a new band with ex Deep Purple bass player / singer Glenn Hughes, but Hughes was still battling his drug addiction and wasn’t in shape to do anything. So John joined Don Dokken’s band, released the disappointing Up From The Ashes (1990), but that album flopped and John reunited with a more healthy Hughes to release the brilliant Face The Truth (1992). But the quality on John’s solo albums started to fade already on album number three (Another Destination, 1995) and since then his albums got worse and worse. The fact that Norum needs a sidekick when it comes to songwriting has become very clear.

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