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Power to the People
     

Power to the People

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by Poison
 
Following right on the heels of the release of the aborted Crack a Smile sessions, Power to the People might interest some longtime fans, but it's probably borderline at best for anyone who isn't still a complete devotee. There are two distinct sections -- five new studio tracks and a sort of greatest-hits-live show recorded on their 1999 reunion tour

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Following right on the heels of the release of the aborted Crack a Smile sessions, Power to the People might interest some longtime fans, but it's probably borderline at best for anyone who isn't still a complete devotee. There are two distinct sections -- five new studio tracks and a sort of greatest-hits-live show recorded on their 1999 reunion tour with C.C. Deville -- and the liner notes don't give much background about either. The new material isn't bad, although the title track's nod to rap-tinged alternative metal comes off as awkward, more like an Aerosmith/"Walk This Way"-type rocker with no hooks. The others will appeal to longtime fans, though -- "Can't Bring Me Down" is a defiant rocker, "The Last Song" a typical Poison power ballad, and "Strange" a sort of electric/acoustic in-betweener. Furthermore, C.C. Deville makes his Poison lead vocal debut -- complete with vocoder-style effects! -- on the catchy (if unfortunately titled) "I Hate Every Bone in Your Body But Mine." The concert portion is decent, but it isn't really necessary either (and Bret Michaels seems to have lost a bit of range). Hardcore fans will be pleased to have a memento of Deville's return to the band, and the decision to combine new studio tracks with what's essentially a fan souvenir certainly reflects Poison's status as a cult band in the year 2000. But it can't help giving the impression that the band didn't have enough songs (or, perhaps, confidence) to issue a full-fledged new studio album, and the release ends up less than satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Cyanide Music Inc
UPC:
0698268696921
catalogNumber:
6969
Rank:
117798

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Performance Credits

Poison   Primary Artist
Bret Michaels   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Bobby Dall   Bass,Background Vocals
C.C. DeVille   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rikki Rockett   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Poison   Composer
Jim (H. M.) Faraci   Producer,Engineer
Michael Fechner   Engineer
Phil Kaffel   Engineer
Bret Michaels   Composer,Producer
Richie Zito   Producer
Bobby Dall   Composer,Producer
C.C. DeVille   Composer,Producer
Rikki Rockett   Composer,Producer

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Power to the People 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poison's new cd is a great studio/live disc. The studio tracks have the classic sound we all know. The first track 'Power to the People' is a heavy track with a cool riff. The other tracks sound like Poison circa 1988, very good stuff. The live tracks, whick were recorded in Charlotte shows off the energy the band has on stage. I'm very impressed with this cd.