Force Majeure (Doro album)

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Force Majeure
Studio album by Doro
Released February 1989
Recorded Kajem Recordings, Victory Studios, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
Right Track Recording, New York City, USA
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 46:05
Label Vertigo
Producer Joey Balin
Doro chronology
Force Majeure
(1989)
Doro
(1990)
Singles from Force Majeure
  1. "A Whiter Shade of Pale / Angels with Dirty Faces"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Hard Times / Für Immer (live)"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rock Realms 5/7 stars[2]
Musikexpress (GER) 4/7 stars[3]

Force Majeure is the first solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was released in February 1989.[4]

Overview[edit]

After the success of Warlock’s album Triumph and Agony, which gained Gold status in Germany[5] and reached the top 100 chart in the USA,[6] Doro Pesch remained the only original member of the band. Some legal issues about the use of the name Warlock were raised by the former band manager and Doro settled the dispute, renouncing to issue any new album with the band’s name, but using her name instead for any new releases. However, the first print of the LP was issued with a sticker on the cover near Doro’s name with "+ Warlock" written on and for some fans Force Majeure should still be considered as the last album by Warlock.[7]

Just like Triumph and Agony, the album was recorded in the USA and produced by Joey Balin. Bass player Tommy Henriksen, who was part of the last line-up of Warlock plays in this album, too. The line-up is completed by drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Scorpions, Quiet Riot, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult,) and guitarist Jon Levin, whose name was incorrectly reported as Jon Devin on the album sleeve.

Trying to follow the positive American feedback of the previous Warlock album, the songs of Force Majeure are even more oriented to radio-friendly pop metal than to the European power metal of Doro’s earlier works and include for the first time a cover, the famous Procol Harum’s "A Whiter Shade of Pale".[8] The album sold quite well in Europe but had a limited success in the USA, reaching only the top 200 chart.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"   Gary Brooker, Keith Reid 3:49
2. "Save My Soul"   Joey Balin, Doro Pesch 3:47
3. "World Gone Wild"   Balin, Pesch 3:54
4. "Mission of Mercy"   Balin, Pesch 3:57
5. "Angels with Dirty Faces"   Balin, Pesch 3:59
6. "Beyond the Trees"   Balin, Pesch 2:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Hard Times"   Balin, Pesch 3:32
8. "Hellraiser"   Balin, Tommy Henriksen, Pesch 4:57
9. "I Am What I Am"   Balin, Henriksen, Pesch 2:35
10. "Cry Wolf"   Balin, Henriksen, Pesch 4:47
11. "Under the Gun"   Balin, Jon Levin, Henriksen, Pesch 3:49
12. "River of Tears"   Balin, Henriksen, Pesch 3:55
13. "Bis aufs blut" (German for Till It Bleeds) Pesch 0:36

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
Production
  • Joey Balin - producer, all arrangements[10]
  • Jeff Hendrickson - engineer, mixing
  • Dominick Maita - engineer
  • Brooke Hendricks, Brian Stover, Micheal White - assistant engineers
  • Greg Calbi - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Doro Force Majeure". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Wilde, Jon. "Album Review: Force Majeure (1989)". Rock Realms.com. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Doro Musikexpress Suchergebnis". Musikexpress (in German). Metal Hammer. 2 April 1989. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Doro - Force Majeure". Encyclopaedia Metallum. 23 October 2002. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Triumph and Agony')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Triumph & Agony - Warlock (2004)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Force Majeure [Import]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Force Majeure". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Force Majeure - Doro (1998)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Force Majeure (1989)". DoroRocks.net. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 

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