Beggars & Thieves

Beggars & Thieves

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In the '80s and '90s, Atlantic had an extremely busy A&R department. The major label signed artists left and right and released more CDs than many of their competitors. Unfortunately, putting out that many CDs meant that some artists were bound to fall through the cracks, and this self-titled debut album by Beggars & Thieves didn't do as well as it could have. The music on this 1990 release is melodic hard rock, pop-metal, and arena rock along the lines of Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. Beggars & Thieves doesn't get into fantasy metal à la Iron Maiden or Ronnie James Dio -- they steer clear of gothic fantasy themes, opting for major pop appeal. Nothing groundbreaking occurs and the material is highly derivative. But derivative doesn't necessarily mean bad. While Beggars & Thieves will never be accused of being the least bit innovative or forward-thinking, their songs are generally catchy and enjoyable. Aggressive yet melodic tunes like "Waitin' for the Man" (not to be confused with the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed classic), "Isn't It Easy," and "Love's a Bitch" don't point hard rock in any new directions -- that would be Nirvana and Pearl Jam's job in the early '90s -- but they're still easy to like. And with the right promotion, this album probably would have received a lot more attention; in the pre-Nevermind world of 1990, this type of slick hard rock/pop-metal was still huge. Back then, Nirvana only had a small cult following and Pearl Jam's first album was still a year away. But again, this is a CD that wasn't as big as it could have been. Although not a masterpiece, Beggars & Thieves' decent, if conventional, debut is worth hearing if you're a die-hard fan of '80s-style pop-metal.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2010
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140211322
catalogNumber: 2113
Rank: 56765

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beggars & Thieves   Primary Artist
Michael Barbiero   Background Vocals
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
John Fiore   Background Vocals
Alan St. Jon   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dave Lebolt   Keyboards
Ronnie Mancuso   Guitar,Background Vocals
Louis Merlino   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Borg   Drums
Phil Soussan   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Myriam Valle   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer
Michael Barbiero   Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Mancuso   Composer
Louis Merlino   Composer
Steve Thompson   Producer
Bobby Borg   Composer
Phil Soussan   Composer

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