The second full-length solo album by legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy Metal singer Doro Pesch.
Doro’s second album is more a solo effort than a band production. In fact, the German singer chose for herself a new musical direction, consciously separating the music creative process from normal band dynamics, the contrary of what she had always done in the past with Warlock.
The album production was put in the hands of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, Doro's childhood idol. Simmons provided five songs, including the covers of The Electric Prunes' 60s Psychedelic hit "I Had Too Much to Dream" and of Black 'n Blue's "Rock On", and musicians coming from the Kiss' entourage to complete the recording. The song "Only You" is a Kiss cover from the album "Music From The Elder" (1981). He gave his protégé, Tommy Thayer from the band Black 'n Blue (another band Simmons produced), a chance to shine as co-producer of the album, along with Pat Regan. "I'll Be Holding On" is a cover of a Gregg Allman song from the 1989 film "Black Rain".
The resulting sound is much smoother and polished than any Warlock album, in the vein of many American Glam Metal recordings of the time, and the lyrics give up completely the Gothic atmosphere present in the offerings of Doro Pesch’s previous band.
Despite the commercial appeal of the music and the high economic effort in producing it, the album did not have the critical and sales success that was expected and remained the last studio album by Doro published in the United States for ten years. If released a few years earlier this album would have really catapulted Doro to new heights. But timing, along with a less than aggressive sound didn’t do the album any favors. Regardless, the album is amazing and shows the Queen of Metal at her very best!
Phonogram GmbH, Köln/Vertigo, 1990 (846 194-2). Made in EU. Re-press.
1. Unholy Love 4:42
2. I Had Too Much To Dream 4:04
3. Rock On 3:18
4. Only You 4:21
5. I'll Be Holding On 5:22
6. Something Wicked This Way Comes 5:15
7. Rare Diamonds 3:35
8. Broken 4:46
9. Alive 4:14
10. Mirage 4:01
Total playing time: 43:38 min.