Gypsy Rose – Gypsy Rose

Reviewed: February 2006
Released: 2005, Escape Music/Atenzia Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This band from Mölnlycke Sweden were formed back in 1981 and all the members were inspired by acts like Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. In 1984 they signed on for a Belgian label which shortly went bankrupt. After a few years of hard work they got in touch with the American producer Taavi Mote. He came to Sweden to find a proper studio to record the debut album in, but nothing happened. Two years later the band was laid to rest.

The idea of bringing life to the band came up in 2004 but one problem occurred, the drummer hadn’t played since 1991 so instead they asked a friend, Imre Daun, if he could join the band and he accepted and the reunion was a go. The members have been involved in several projects while Gypsy Rose was on hold. The most well known is probably guitarplayer Martin who was in the band Dogface and has also played with Ken Hensley from Uriah Heep. The singer of Dogface Mats Levén sings b-vox on this album.

Both keyboards and programming is used but with sense while the main focus is put on lead vocals and a sharp and varied guitar sound. The wise producer is the bandmember Martin Kronlund and the album was recorded in JM Studios in Mölnlycke Sweden.

All of the guys are really talented musicians and they sure know how to play heavy 80’s melodic hardrock. If you like me and grew up with this kind of music this is absolutely something to take a closer look at.



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Track Listing:
When you leave at night
You drive me crazy
Promise to stay
You are the one
Queen of the night
Light up my way
December night
Fender 59
The looking your eye

Håkan Gustafsson – lead vocals
Martin Kronlund – guitar
Mats Bostedt – bass
Rikard Quist – keyboards
Imre Daun – drums