Beggars & Thieves [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the '80s and '90s, Atlantic had an extremely busy A&R department. The major label signed artists left and right and released more CDs than many of their competitors. Unfortunately, putting out that many CDs meant that some artists were bound to fall through the cracks, and this self-titled debut album by Beggars & Thieves didn't do as well as it could have. The music on this 1990 release is melodic hard rock, pop-metal, and arena rock along the lines of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. Beggars & Thieves doesn't get into fantasy metal à la Iron Maiden or Ronnie James Dio -- they steer clear of gothic fantasy themes, opting for major pop appeal. Nothing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the '80s and '90s, Atlantic had an extremely busy A&R department. The major label signed artists left and right and released more CDs than many of their competitors. Unfortunately, putting out that many CDs meant that some artists were bound to fall through the cracks, and this self-titled debut album by Beggars & Thieves didn't do as well as it could have. The music on this 1990 release is melodic hard rock, pop-metal, and arena rock along the lines of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. Beggars & Thieves doesn't get into fantasy metal à la Iron Maiden or Ronnie James Dio -- they steer clear of gothic fantasy themes, opting for major pop appeal. Nothing groundbreaking occurs and the material is highly derivative. But derivative doesn't necessarily mean bad. While Beggars & Thieves will never be accused of being the least bit innovative or forward-thinking, their songs are generally catchy and enjoyable. Aggressive yet melodic tunes like "Waitin' for the Man" not to be confused with the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed classic, "Isn't It Easy," and "Love's a Bitch" don't point hard rock in any new directions -- that would be Nirvana and Pearl Jam's job in the early '90s -- but they're still easy to like. And with the right promotion, this album probably would have received a lot more attention; in the pre-Nevermind world of 1990, this type of slick hard rock/pop-metal was still huge. Back then, Nirvana only had a small cult following and Pearl Jam's first album was still a year away. But again, this is a CD that wasn't as big as it could have been. Although not a masterpiece, Beggars & Thieves' decent, if conventional, debut is worth hearing if you're a die-hard fan of '80s-style pop-metal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140211322
  • Catalog Number: 2113
  • Sales rank: 89,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No More Broken Dreams (6:16)
  2. 2 Billy Knows Better (5:39)
  3. 3 Waitin' for the Man (4:03)
  4. 4 Your Love Is In Vain (5:08)
  5. 5 Isn't It Easy (4:15)
  6. 6 Let's Get Lost (5:09)
  7. 7 Heaven & Hell (5:17)
  8. 8 Love Junkie (4:55)
  9. 9 Kill Me (3:45)
  10. 10 Love's a Bitch (4:24)
  11. 11 Beggars & Thieves (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beggars & Thieves Primary Artist
Michael Barbiero Background Vocals
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
John Fiore Background Vocals
Alan St. Jon Keyboards, Background Vocals
Dave Lebolt Keyboards
Ronnie Mancuso Guitar, Background Vocals
Louis Merlino Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Borg Drums
Phil Soussan Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Myriam Valle Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Barbiero Producer, Engineer
Ronnie Mancuso Composer
Louis Merlino Composer
Steve Thompson Producer
Bobby Borg Composer
Phil Soussan Composer
D. Child Composer
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