Doro Pesch - Force Majeure 12" Vinyl LP Album

USA Pressing on Mercury Records

Doro Pesch's 1989 solo debut"Force Majeure" marked a powerful shift into polished hard rock. The album showcases her raw power with hits like "Hard Times" and "Hellraiser," while also offering versatility through a haunting cover of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and the poignant ballad "River of Tears." A landmark for female metal artists, the US Mercury Records vinyl pressing is a must-have for any collector.

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"Force Majeure" Album Description:

Doro Pesch, the undisputed Queen of Metal, stormed onto the American scene in 1989 with her groundbreaking solo debut album, "Force Majeure." Released on Mercury Records, this vinyl LP showcased her evolution from the frontwoman of the legendary Warlock to a solo powerhouse in her own right.

A Forceful Blend of Styles

"Force Majeure" marks a sonic departure from Warlock's rawer sound. The album, produced by Joey Balin, embraces a polished, radio-friendly hard rock sound while retaining Doro's signature metal edge. The album boldly opens with a powerful cover of the Procol Harum classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale," giving it a distinctly Doro twist. This willingness to experiment is a hallmark of the album.

The LP is packed with metal anthems like the hard-hitting "Hard Times," the fist-pumping "Hellraiser," and the electrifying "Under the Gun." Yet, "Force Majeure" also reveals Doro's versatility with the melancholic "Mission of Mercy" and the power ballad "Cry Wolf." The album's emotional closer, "River of Tears," cements Doro as a master of both power and vulnerability.

Beyond the Music

The US pressing of "Force Majeure" holds a special place in the hearts of Doro fans. The 12" vinyl LP format offers a larger canvas for the iconic cover art by photographer Mick Rock, known for his legendary rock 'n' roll portraits. The custom inner sleeve, packed with lyrics and photos, adds to the collector's value of this edition.

Doro In Flames Singing:

Doro Pesch - Force Majeure Mercury USA Pressing

Music Genre:

German Heavy Metal Hard Rock
Album  Production information:

The album: "Doro Force Majeure" was produced by: Joey Balin.
Sound engineer: Jeff Hendrickson

Dominick Maita - Sound Engineer

Greg Calbi - Mastering Engineer

Geoffrey Gillespie - Logo, Cover Design

Mick Rock - Photographer

Mick Rock, born on 24 November 1948, is a renowned British photographer widely known for his iconic images of rock and roll legends. Dubbed "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", Rock's distinctive style and uncanny ability to capture the essence of the music and artists he photographed have solidified his position as one of the most influential rock photographers of all time.


Early Life:

Michael David Rock was born in London, England. From an early age, he displayed a deep interest in the arts and music. He attended Cambridge Arts College, where he further honed his artistic skills and developed a passion for photography. During this time, he experimented with various techniques and styles that would eventually define his unique visual language.

Rise to Fame:

In 1969, Mick Rock's career took a serendipitous turn when he met a young and relatively unknown musician named David Bowie (then known as David Jones). The meeting marked the beginning of a transformative partnership and close friendship between the two artists. Rock's camera lens would go on to capture some of the most iconic moments of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era, helping to cement Bowie's status as a legendary rock star.

Rock's ability to capture the raw and flamboyant energy of the emerging glam rock movement brought him to the forefront of the music scene. Throughout the 1970s, he became the go-to photographer for rock and roll royalty, working with iconic acts such as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Ramones, and many others.

Photographic Style:

Mick Rock's style was characterized by a unique mix of intimate, candid shots, and staged, imaginative portraits. He had a keen eye for detail, and his use of lighting and composition brought a surreal and theatrical quality to his photographs. His pictures often managed to capture the vulnerability and charisma of his subjects, revealing the human side behind the rock star façade.

The visual language he developed became synonymous with the glam rock era and significantly influenced the perception of rock and roll culture during that time. His images exuded an aura of decadence and hedonism, reflecting the spirit of the era's music and lifestyle.

Later Career:

As the music scene evolved, so did Mick Rock's photography. In the 1980s and beyond, he continued to collaborate with musicians from various genres, documenting the rise of new wave, punk, and post-punk acts. His versatility as a photographer allowed him to adapt to changing musical landscapes, capturing the essence of each unique era.

In addition to his photography work, Mick Rock has also directed music videos for prominent artists like David Bowie, including the iconic video for "Life on Mars?" He has published several acclaimed photography books, showcasing his vast collection of images from his decades-long career.

Legacy and Recognition:

Mick Rock's contributions to the world of rock and roll photography have earned him widespread recognition and numerous accolades. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and he continues to be celebrated as one of the pioneers of his craft. Rock's images have become an integral part of music history, immortalizing the spirit of some of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time.

Mick Rock a selection of album covers for which he has done the photography: Queen , David Bowie , Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Geordie, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads , Roxy Music , Crossfade, Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe , and Blondie. Often referred to as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", most of the memorable images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Mick Rock, in his capacity as Bowie's official photographer.

Heavy Metal bands he has photographed include: Attila, Def Leppard , Doro , Fates Warning, Hallows Eve, Piece Dogs, Riot V, Thin Lizzy, Voivod , Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Record Label Information:

Mercury 422 838 016
Album Packaging:This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos.  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl Full-Length Stereo Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 220 gram  

Year & Country:

1989 Made in USA
Band Members and Musicians on: Doro Pesch Force Majeure
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bobby Rondinelli - Drums
  • Tommy Hendriksen - Bass
  • Jon Devin - Guitars
  • Doro Pesch - Lead Vocals

    Doro Pesch was elected Best Female Singer by the readers of the music magazine Metal Forces at the end of 1984

Track Listing of: "Doro Force Majeure"

The Song/tracks on "Doro Force Majeure" are:

    Side One:
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale
  • Save my Soul
  • Worlds Gone, Wild
  • Mission of Mercy
  • Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Beyond the Trees
    Side Two:
  • Hard Times
  • Hellraiser
  • I am what I am
  • Cry Wolf
  • Under the Gun
  • River of Tears
  • Bis auf Blut
Album cover photos of : Doro Pesch Force Majeure
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Photo of Doro and her Band on the album's Inner Sleeve  
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Index of DORO Pesch Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery
DORO PESCH - Force Majeure (German & USA Releases) 12" Vinyl LP
DORO PESCH - Force Majeure (German & USA Releases) album front cover vinyl record

"Force Majeure" marks a sonic departure from Warlock's rawer sound. The album, produced by Joey Balin, embraces a polished, radio-friendly hard rock sound while retaining Doro's signature metal edge.

- Force Majeure (1989, Germany) - Force Majeure (1989,USA)
DORO - Live Picture Disc (1993, Germany) 12" Vinyl LP
DORO - Live Picture Disc (1993, Germany) album front cover vinyl record

The "Angels Never Die" tour was a pivotal moment for Doro, showcasing her command of the stage and her unwavering dedication to her fans. The setlist on the "Live" picture disc is a testament to this

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Teutonic Titans: Metal Bands That Ruled Alongside Warlock

Warlock, fronted by the indomitable Doro Pesch, carved a path for women in the male-dominated world of heavy metal during the early 1980s. But they weren't alone in flying the flag for German metal excellence. Here's a look at other Teutonic bands who were making waves during that same era:

The Undisputed Champions

Accept: With their raw energy, anthemic choruses, and Udo Dirkschneider's iconic rasp, Accept became the defining sound of German metal. Their albums "Restless and Wild" (1982) and "Balls to the Wall" (1983) are absolute must-listens.

Scorpions: While already established, the Scorpions truly ascended to global stardom in the early 80s. "Blackout" (1982) and "Love at First Sting" (1984) catapulted them to arena-filling status, blending hard rock power with unforgettable melodies.

Heavy Hitters

Grave Digger: Formed in 1980, Grave Digger delivered classic heavy metal with fist-pumping riffs and powerful vocals. Their early releases, "Heavy Metal Breakdown" (1984) and "Witch Hunter" (1985), cemented their place in the scene.

This era was a golden age for German heavy metal. These bands, alongside Warlock, created a legacy of powerful riffs, soaring vocals, and an unwavering passion that still resonates with metalheads worldwide.