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At an early age, Marcel Jacob discovered that he possessed the talent for playing guitar, bass, and writing songs.

Jacob started his musical career playing together with Yngwie Malmsteen and in a band called “Force” (which would later become “Europe”). with Force, he co-wrote the songs ”The King Will Return” and ”Scream Of Anger” with Joey Tempest, the latter which would remain a fan favorite amongst Europe fans that the band continue to perform live even today.

Jacob recorded on the album ”Marching Out” with Yngwie and remained for 2 world tours from 1984-86. Difficulties with management forced him to quit and head back to Sweden. In Autumn of ‘86, guitarist John Norum departed from the band “Europe” and was looking for members to complete his solo band. Jacob joined and started writing songs for Norum’s first release, “Total Control”.

On October 29th, 1987 John’s solo album was released and positioned high on the charts with the first single ” Let Me Love You” (Norum/Jacob), which climbed to number 2 and reached Gold status. A tour followed, and when finished Marcel began writing and recording new songs and demos just as he had done on John’s first album, thinking that these new songs would end up on John’s second solo album. Marcel felt the new material was perfect for John, but John rejected the songs and in pursuit of other goals and obligations, leaving Marcel with a bunch of good songs but no one to perform them with.

Marcel then met Christer Wedin, (actually at a Yngwie Malmsteen show in Sweden), where Marcel explained the situation and they decided to meet again to get Christer the demo tapes. Christer, who was working for the record label Electra at that time, convinced the label that this was worth looking into. But with no singer or a band, there was a lot to do. Together they started discussing different singers that could work for these songs. On the demos Göran Edman was singing but not available due to other commitments with Yngwie Malmsteen. One singer that had always been in Marcel’s mind was Jeff Scott Soto. Both Jeff and Marcel played together on Yngwie Malmsteen’s "Marching Out" album in 1985 and did a substantial tour in support of the album. So, Marcel contacted Jeff and got the material over to him. After listening to the songs Jeff agreed to join the band. At the time, the working title for the band was Guitars On Fire, but later it was changed to Talisman. Finally the label had something to work on…

In February 1989 recordings for the first album took place in Stockholm. Unfortunately, Electra went into some problems just when the mixing was finished and the album was put on hold and the release was delayed. Meanwhile, Jeff's US-based project Eyes got signed and Marcel left for Los Angeles to help out writing songs and record what would be Eyes first release, while waiting to see what would happen with the Talisman album.

After some politics and struggle, Hans Desmond (Warner Chappell) and Christer Wedin together found a new record label interested in Marcel’s "Talisman" album and it finally hit the streets in February 1990.

Talisman’s popularity took everyone by surprise and the first single "I'll Be Waiting" reached number 2 on Sweden's singles chart and 33,000 copies of the album were sold instantly in Sweden. With chart and radio success the band then needed to meet their fans. Marcel and Jeff contacted Jason Bieler on guitar (Saigon Kick), Jakob "Jake Samuel" Samuelsson on drums (today with The Poodles) and Thomas Wikström on keyboards and backing vocals to get the band out on the road. In the summer 1990 Talisman was one of the top drawing acts in Sweden.

Due to the success in Sweden, a major record company (in this case Warner) signed the band, but before recordings for the second album started, a personnel change at Warner resulted in Talisman leaving the label. This left Marcel writing songs and spending most of his coming years looking for a new label while Jeff went back to the US fulfilling his commitments with Eyes.

Christer Wedin, who had worked at Talisman’s first label as A & R and with press and promotion, became the Swedish General Manager for Dutch/Canadian label Dino Music (later Empire Records). Naturally, Christer was interested in releasing a second Talisman album when he now had the chance to make it happen. Since also Eyes were no longer together, Jeff was available and agreed to re-join the band.

In the interim, Jake Samuel had also left Talisman, so Marcel programmed all the drums for the new record. The new album "Genesis" was recorded in three weeks in December 1992. Jeff joined the recordings and a very talented 19-year-old guitar player named Fredrik Åkesson (today with Opeth) was found and joined the band to record the guitar parts.

In conjunction with the release of Talisman’s second album "Genesis" in early 1993, Dino Music acquired the rights of the first album and re-released "Talisman" adding six live bonus tracks recorded in Sweden during the 1990 summer tour. When "Genesis" was released, the single "Mysterious" received airplay, and Talisman again gained success in Sweden. At this time, the Japanese audience had discovered Talisman and several record companies were now interested in releasing the albums. One label won the bidding when also confirming a Japanese tour for the band.

While the band was planning a tour in Japan, new drummer Jamie Borger from the recently broken-up Treat was recruited and joined the band. Talisman became a ‘group’ for the first time and was now ready to tour Japan and the live album "Five Out of Five – Live in Japan" was recorded and later released.

Back from Japan and at the end of the European tour in October, Fredrik, Jamie and Marcel spent the following two months in a rehearsal studio, writing, playing, improvising, make arrangements, learning new stuff and collecting tons of new material for what would become the new studio album “Humanimal”.

In January 1994, Jeff joined the guys and the band recorded and mixed the new album. The guys, being so pleased with the recordings (22 tracks recorded and mixed), wanted to make it a double album at first, but then decided against it. A second version, “Humanimal pt 2”, was later released with the outtakes from the first one. The "Humanimal" albums were greeted with great enthusiasm thanks to a successful combination of metal, funk and pop influences and are still a global fan favourite.

In 1995, Marcel and Jeff worked together in LA to write the songs for the next album “Life”. The original mixing took place in the same studio where "Genesis" was recorded, once again with the help of Mats Lindfors, but something didn’t sound right so General Manager Christer Wedin decided that the album should be remixed. Christer and Mats remixed the entire album in Cosmos studios in Stockholm for the European version.

After these recording sessions and with no tour planned, the guys took a 3 year long break from Talisman. Jeff went on to do other things in the US, although he and Marcel had taken some time to record the Human Clay albums.

During this time, Talisman only performed a couple of shows when they were asked to play and open for old friend Yngwie Malmsteen in Stockholm. For those shows, the band enlisted Pontus Norgren on guitar (today in Hammerfall) because Fredrik Åkesson had already left the band during this long break to pursue a more metal oriented direction.

In 1998, the guys were asked by Christer Wedin (Empire Records) to record a new Talisman album and so Marcel travelled to LA to write songs with Jeff. Jamie and Pontus joined the guys a few days later to rehearse and record, and the new album "Truth" saw the light. The guys received a lot of recording and mixing help from John Ellis (Prism Sound Studios, Boston). The album included a range of covers: “Darling Nikki” by Prince, “Let Me Entertain You” by Queen and “Frozen” by Madonna, but once again the band was unable to tour together due to other commitments.

Three years later after yet another long break, Talisman was asked to perform at Sweden Rock Festival and together with Christer Wedin, Marcel and Jeff started the plans to record a new live album. Talisman performed in a tent, fully packed with a deafening crowd and the show was a success. The live album was released in autumn 2001 and charting at number 18 the first week!

Later that year Jeff, Marcel and Pontus joined forces with drummer Thomas Broman (Great King Rat) to form another project and released the self-titled album “Humanimal” in 2002. Same year Marcel and Jeff had a meeting with Christer Wedin who explained to the guys that now, when relieved from their contracts; they were basically free to go into business without him, as Christer now had decided to pursuit his career in the movie industry.

At the same time though, an Italian recording studio willing to let Talisman use the studio for free had just contacted Christer. Marcel reopened this contact and the Italian label opened their arms for another Talisman album. The recording took place at near Turin and the album "Cats and Dogs" was released in May 2003 and this time Marcel and Jamie had pushed and persuaded Fredrik Åkesson to come back in the saddle again.

In 2005, Talisman released the double DVD package "World’s Best Kept Secret". The set included two complete shows from the "Cats & Dogs" tour in 2003 (Sweden Rock Festival and Club Mondo in Stockholm), backstage and live footage, promotional videos, an instructional video from Marcel Jacob and more. A double live album "Five Men Live", including the gigs at Sweden Rock Festival and Club Mondo, was also released at the same time.

For about 9 months starting in late 2005, Jeff, Marcel, Jamie and Fredrik worked on a new Talisman album later to be named "7". The working title was "BAR" which stood for "Bitter-Angry-Resentful", basically a joke referring to the guys’ outlook on certain life events. The guys eventually opted for the more straightforward title "7" as it was actually the band’s 7th studio album. The release was due on October 2006, with a Japanese release to follow. This album became the final Talismans album.

In the summer of 2009, july 21st Marcel Jacob sadly ended his life due to personal health problems.

After 11 years at Warner Bros, Christer decided to pursue new goals and ambitions and set up his own company – A Sun Hill Production AB. As Christer has almost been involved in all the albums Marcel released with Talisman, Sun Hill Production now is the home for Marcel Jacob and Talismans music.

By keeping this website, we keep Marcel’s legacy and spirit alive. Marcel Jacob was truly great musician and extraordinarily talented bass player, songwriter, son, brother, uncle and dear friend.

Sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Marcel Jacob
30 January 1964 – 21 July 2009

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