Poison'd!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094639381524
  • Catalog Number: 93815
  • Sales rank: 48,837

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
Stephen Marcussen Remastering
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
David Donnelly Mastering
Nicholas Barry Chinn Composer
Bill Gannon Executive Producer
Jason Messina Composer
Aaron Walk Engineer
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
Ric Browdie Audio Production
Steven Marcussen Remastering
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