Poison'd!

Poison'd!

by Poison
     
 

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Not quite a new album and not quite a comp, Poison'd! is a collection of covers from Poison, many recorded in 2006 and 2007 with producer Don Was, but also some pulled from previous albums dating as far back as Look What the Cat Dragged In and Open Up and Say...Ahh!. To the band's credit, it doesn't always sound like the

Overview

Not quite a new album and not quite a comp, Poison'd! is a collection of covers from Poison, many recorded in 2006 and 2007 with producer Don Was, but also some pulled from previous albums dating as far back as Look What the Cat Dragged In and Open Up and Say...Ahh!. To the band's credit, it doesn't always sound like the music was recorded 20 years apart. Was' production is punchier, beefier than the early stuff, and Brett Michaels' voice is, conversely, a little rougher, but this is still recognizably the work of Poison, a band that never seemed all that heavy no matter how loud the guitars roar, a band that never seemed all that dirty no matter how much they wanted to wallow in sleaze. This inadvertent lightness means that they sound as convincing covering Loggins & Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance" or Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" as they do singing Grand Funk's "We're An American Band" or Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Night," but it does rob Bowie's "Suffragette City" of some needed muscle and turns the Who's "Squeeze Box" into the insufferable cloying novelty it always wanted to be. But there are also some nice surprises along the way, particularly in the spirited, propulsive version of Tom Petty's "I Need to Know," the subdued country twang on the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See" (reminiscent of Michaels solo work) and, especially, the fizzy punch of Sweet's "Little Willie," one of the first times Poison had ever earned the glam appellation they so often receive. So, Poison'd! is an uneven lot -- as any theme-based comp spanning 20 years would be -- but it's more fun than any new Poison album in recent memory and more fun than it should be, even if it's not quite as much fun as it could have been. But that's the perennial Poison problem -- the image always was more fun than the reality.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094639381524
catalogNumber:
93815

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poison   Primary Artist
Bret Michaels   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Bobby Dall   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
C.C. DeVille   Background Vocals
Rikki Rockett   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jim McGorman   Keyboards,Background Vocals
James McGorman   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Alice Cooper   Composer
Jim Croce   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Kenny Loggins   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Gene Simmons   Composer
Paul Stanley   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Michael Chapman   Composer
Toy Caldwell   Composer
Don Brewer   Composer
Ric Browde   Producer
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Jimmy Marinos   Composer
Wally Palmar   Composer
Thom Panunzio   Producer,Audio Production
Keith Richards   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Skill   Composer
Don Was   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Werman   Producer,Audio Production
Krish Sharma   Engineer
Bill Gannon   Executive Producer
Jason Messina   Composer
Aaron Walk   Engineer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Ric Browdie   Audio Production

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