This band is extremely underrated!
KISS related, plus their Singer is the black Paul Stanley 😉 He sounds like Paul Stanley from Kiss.
“Winterland” and “Dirty Walk, Dirty Talk” written in 1992 by Paul Stanley (of KISS), Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free.
Band line-up includes Jean Beauvoir (Kiss co-songwriter on KISS Animalize and Asylum albums).
1. Crown of Thorns 3:50
2. Hike It Up 4:04
3. Dying for Love 3:53
4. No You Don’t 3:43
5. Standing on the Corner For Ya 3:52
6. The Healer 4:40
7. Winterland 4:30
8. Secret Jesus 2:59
9. House of Love 3:27
10. Are You Ready? 4:04
11. ‘Til the End 4:29
Total Running Time: 43:31
12. Are You Ready ’95 extended video mix 4:32
13. Standing on the Corner For Ya live 3:58
14. Hike It Up live 4:58
15. Secret Jesus live 3:12
16. Hang On Sugar live 3:19
17. The Rain live 3:25
18. Rock and Roll live 3:57
19. The Rain demo 3:14
20. I Won’t Wait demo 3:53
21. Dirty Talk, Dirty Walk demo 3:49
Total Running Time: 38:17
Band line-up / guest musicians :
Band-line up track 1 – 11 and 19 – 21 ;
Jean Beauvoir (lead vocals/ rhythm and acoustic guitars/ piano and keyboards)
Micki Free (lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars)
Tony Thompson (drums) (ex-Chic, ex-Powerstation)
Michael Paige (bass)
Additional Keyboards on track 2, 5 and 7 by Phil Ashley.
Band-line up track 12 – 18 :
Jean Beauvoir (lead vocals/ guitars/ piano and keyboards)
Tommy Lafferty (lead and rhythm guitars)
Hawk Lopez (drums)
Michael Paige (bass)
Reissue of the first Crown Of Thorns CD with an extra bonus CD
(including live tracks and demo-versions).
Produced by Jean Beauvoir and Micki Free. Engineered by Rick Delena.
Track 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 20, 21 : Produced by Jean Beauvoir and Paul Stanley.
Recorded in Los Angeles at Track Records, Enterprise Studios, A&M Studios, Take One Studio, Fortress Studio and A.C.M.E. Studio.
Mixed by Mick Gazauski at Record One Studios.
This band just rocks – amazing stuff – take a listen to ‘Hike It Up’. I love this band. AOR at its finest. Talented group of musicians. Great hooks and melodies throughout. Bravo.
“The Rain” demo is better than any of the songs from the debut! One of the best choruses I’ve ever heard. Jean wrote some songs for Kiss together with Paul Stanley. Three of them are actually videos: Thrills in the Night, Who Wants to Be Lonely and Tears Are Falling. He also played bass and guitar in some of those.
Oh gosh, this is some good hard rock. ‘Dying for love’ is a gem of melodic hard rock, as is the stunning ‘Til the end’. Two outright gems, and ‘The rain’ off the second disc is every bit as good. All songs are stunning; this is a very good band and those three songs are highlights of the genre.
Here we have a re-release of their first album with a second disc with demos and live tracks along with the remixed version of Are You Ready? which is better than the original IMO. The album rocks and the rare tracks are sure to appeal to fans. Great two disc set.