Music Videos : Rock : DVD quality
Crown Of Thorns had to wait a long time to unleash themselves on the unsuspecting public, but having finally done so, everyone agrees it was worth the wait.
Formed at the dawn of the decade by Jean Beauvoir recruiting Tony Thompson of Chic and The Powerstation, Micki Free of Shalamar and top session bassist Michael Paige, Crown Of Thorns quickly became the subject of a fierce major label bidding war. Interscope emerged as the winner, reportedly paying them a cool million dollars for the honor.
Vocalist Jean Beauvoir, was an original member of The Plasmatics, one of the most outrageous rock acts ever. He recorded platinum albums with them and performed some of the most O.T.T. shows in history. From there he moved on to join Little Steven as a bassist and then guitarist/co-producer, but after two albums and three hugely successful world tours he left to pursue a solo career. This resulted in the Platinum worldwide single "Feel The Heat" from the "Drums Along The Mohawk" LP, produced and performed by himself, and tours with The Eurythmics and Tina Turner. Besides that, he co-wrote songs with the likes of Kiss, The Ramones, Lionel Ritchie, John Waite and many others. His band Voodoo X, recorded the album "Volume 1 - The Awakening" for Columbia which is still considered one of the best melodic rock albums ever by most of the rock press and metal fans.
Having put the band together, Crown Of Thorns enlisted the help of Paul Stanley of Kiss to co-produce certain tracks on the album. Other notable collaborations were with Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams/Aerosmith) on "The Healer" and "House Of Love", and Beau Hill (Europe/Winger) on the title track. Fate decreed, however, that the resulting self-titled debut album would never see the light of day as an Interscope release. With musical climates changing and management differences the album was delayed for well over a year - then finally the band was free to go elsewhere! Enter Alfa/EMI Records, Japan and Now & Then Records, UK. Crown of Thorns liked what they had to offer and promptly signed with them, allowing the record to be released.
The album arrived in shops mid April 1994 to much critical acclaim. This was promptly followed by a packed out show at London's Marquee Club. With the album receiving rave reviews everywhere - Kerrang! dubbed it "One of the finest American Hard Rock albums in recent years" - it entered the Metal charts a week after release and stayed there for an incredible six months!
Music Videos featured here are:-
Crown of Thorns:
Are You Ready
Hike It Up
704 x 544
Bit Rate 128kbps
Audio Format Lame MP3
Frame rate 25fps
Data rate 218kbps
Video Compression XVID