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January 6, 2011

ROCK & ROLL MAGAZINE has released 4 CDs with the Best of 2010. CDs are available only in digital format, and they are downloadable for free for a limited time. PLAY YARD BLUES taken from “Play Yard Blues” is on Disc 2:
http://hotfile.com/dl/94579428/2f4c694/2011_-_Rock__Roll_Magazine_-_2010_-_4_CD-SET_Disc_2.rar.html Enjoy!

December 24, 2010
PLAY YARD BLUES is listed at #10 in Tazz Stander’s ÜBER RÖCK’S ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2010
http://www.uberrock.co.uk/features/87-december-features/1770-ueber-roecks-albums-of-the-year-2010.html

December 23, 2010
A track taken from PLAY YARD BLUES will be played during Jon Seymour’s BEST OF 2010 SHOW for Blast Radio (UK), next January 1, 2011! The show will start at 11 am and it will end at 2 pm (GMT). Listen it here: http://www.blastradio.co.uk/
Updating: you can now listen it here: http://www.johnnorum.se/media/radiotv/solo/

December 17, 2010
PLAY YARD BLUES
is listed at #14 in the Sunshine Radio FM (UK) special TOP 40 ROCK ALBUMS OF 2010.
The show will start Sunday January 2, 2011 at 7 pm and it will end at 10 pm (GMT). Listen it here http://sunshineradio.moonfruit.com/
Updating: you can now listen it here: http://www.johnnorum.se/media/radiotv/solo/

December 16, 2010
PLAY YARD BLUES is STILL running for the BLUESFORUM.COM CD AWARD 2010!!!
Bluesforum.com is a blues community on the web and its main goal is promoting the blues. To vote for the album, you have to submit your registration to the forum here: http://www.bluesforum.com/blues/index.php?action=register and then to the last 15 CDs that are running for the Bluesforum.com CD of the year 2010 Award here: http://www.bluesforum.com/blues/index.php?topic=1005.0
PLAY YARD BLUES is listed at #1. Voting closes: January 15, 2011. Every member gets to vote once! You have to be logged in to be able to vote! The CD that has gathered the most votes on JANUARY 15, 2011 wins the Bluesforum.com CD Award 2010Let’s vote for PLAY YARD BLUES!
Updating: Sorry to inform you that Play Yard Blues didn’t win the BluesForum Award 2010. It has reached 2nd place. Many thanks to those who voted, we hope for better luck next time.

December 13, 2010
PLAY YARD BLUES is listed among the 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2010, at #8 and rated 5/5 on ROCK & ROLL MAGAZINE (Argentina). Voters were music journalists and reviewers. The other winners:
#1 = ACCEPT  (Blood of the Nations), #2 = GAMMA RAY (To the Metal), #3 = AVANTASIA (The Wicked Symphony),
#4 = STAR ONE (Victims of the Modern Age), #5 = TANK (War Machine), #6 = BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION,
#7 = HELLOWEEN (7 Sinners), #9 = SLASH, #10 = SOULSPELL (The Labyrinth of Truths).
ROCK & ROLL MAGAZINE is now a web magazine, you can find the special edition with the BEST ALBUMS OF 2010 on the magazine’s page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockrollmag from December 27  to December 31, 2010.

November 19, 2010
PLAY YARD BLUES is running for the BLUESFORUM.COM CD AWARD 2010.
Bluesforum.com is a blues community on the web and its main goal is promoting the blues.
To vote for the album, you have to submit your registration to the forum here: http://www.bluesforum.com/blues/index.php?action=register and then to the CD award list here: http://www.bluesforum.com/blues/index.php?topic=190.0
PLAY YARD BLUES is listed at #78. Voting closes: 17 December 2010.
Each member can choose (by ticking the boxes) 12 CDs. On December 17 the 10 CDs from the list which got the most votes will be placed in a new list, with which the second round will be held. The CD with the most votes on JANUARY 15, 2011 will win the Bluesforum.com CD Award 2010. Let’s vote for PLAY YARD BLUES!

 

PLAY YARD BLUES – album Mascot/Victor – 2010


1. LET IT SHINE (4:55)
(Norum, Torberg)
2. RED LIGHT GREEN HIGH (4:12)
(Norum, Torberg)
3. IT’S ONLY MONEY (2:54)
(Lynott)
4. GOT MY EYES ON YOU (3:14)
(Norum, Keeling)
5. WHEN DARKNESS FALLS (4:01)
(Norum,Torberg, Stappe)
6. OVER AND DONE (3:51)
(Norum, Stappe)
7. DITCH QUEEN (5:41)
(Marino)
8. TRAVEL IN THE DARK (4:11)
(Pappalardi, Collins)
9. BORN AGAIN (4:13)
(Norum, Sundin)
10. PLAY YARD BLUES (4:08)
( Norum)
John NORUM: vocals and guitars
Tomas TORBERG: bass
Thomas BROMAN: drums
Peer STAPPE: percussionsSpecial guests:
Leif SUNDIN: vocals on Born Again
and Got My Eyes on You
Mic MICHAELI: keyboardsRecorded at Playyard Studios, SwedenEngineered by: Peer STAPPE
Produced by: John NORUM
Mixed at Polar Studios in Stockholm
by: Peer STAPPE and John NORUM
Mastered by: Bjorn ENGELMAN
at Cutting Room
Photography by: Paul BERGEN
Graphic design by: Misha VAN TOLThis album is dedicated to
Michelle Meldrum Norum

 

 

LYRICS

Lyrics are published here.

REVIEWS

MULTIMEDIA/REVIEWS: here you can find all the official reviews of “Play Yard Blues”.

CHARTS

Swedish ALBUMS official charts
week 1 – May 21 = #36
week 2 – May 28 = #59

POLLS

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JAPANESE RELEASE and OTHER RELEASES

In May 19,  the Japanese edition of “Play Yard Blues” was released on Victor Entertainment. Not including any bonus track, but a booklet with lyrics  in English and Japanese language, an interview with John recorded during the tour with Europe in Japan last March, and some additional photos is included.

“Play Yard Blues” is now available on I-TUNES Japanese Music Store!

 

TAIWANESE release out June 7, 2010
Source: Magnum
UK release out July 5, 2010
Source: Noble PR Consultancy
Mascot Records is pleased to announce the July 5th UK release date of “Play Yard Blues”
– the long-awaited new studio album from Europe guitarist John Norum.
Hot on the heels of Europe’s critically acclaimed 2009 album “Last Look At Eden”, Play Yard
Blues is Norum’s seventh solo release, featuring seven original John Norum tracks and three
covers, including Thin Lizzy’s It’s Only Money, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush’ Ditch Queen
and Mountain’s Travellin’ in the Dark.
The new solo album sees Norum take his guitar playing in a new direction. While his trademark
sound and distinctive style remains, the new recordings embody a bluesy rock vibe and much
more soulful approach.
Both mixed and produced by John Norum, Play Yard Blues was recorded in Norum’s home town
of Stockholm alongside Peer Stappe (who play percussion on the album). Norum’s long-standing
Europe bandmate Mic Michaeli appears on the album, playing keyboards on several tracks.
FOR INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES & ALBUM REVIEW COPIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Peter Noble & Will Taylor @ Noble PR Consultancy Ltd
2 Prospero Road, London, N19 3RF
Tel: +44 (0) 207 272
E-mail: peter@noblepr.co.uk or will@noblepr.co.uk

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