Russ Ballard/Winning/At the Third Stroke

Russ Ballard/Winning/At the Third Stroke

by Russ Ballard
     
 

BGO's 2013 double-disc set combines Russ Ballard's first three albums: 1975's Russ Ballard, its 1976 sequel Winning, and 1979's At the Third Stroke. Ballard began his solo career after leaving Argent in 1974, around the time when he already began to rack up hits as a songwriter, and during the entire length of his solo…  See more details below

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BGO's 2013 double-disc set combines Russ Ballard's first three albums: 1975's Russ Ballard, its 1976 sequel Winning, and 1979's At the Third Stroke. Ballard began his solo career after leaving Argent in 1974, around the time when he already began to rack up hits as a songwriter, and during the entire length of his solo career -- which would run another decade, all things considered -- he wound up achieving greater success behind the scenes than in front of the mike. This three-fer suggests reasons why for both. On each of these three records, Ballard demonstrates an ear for cavernous arena rock hooks as well as a sticky sentimental side that translated well into power ballads and he also willingly follows fashion, incorporating elements of disco and not being above copping a few moves from Andrew Gold ("Born on Halloween"). All of these are attributes and they strengthen as he gets further into his solo career -- Winning is a peak but At the Third Stroke has its AOR moments, sounding like a good, squarer, less adventurous companion to Alan Parsons Project -- but he never was a compelling frontman and also tended to favor polite yet overblown mixes to muscle. This meant Rainbow could poach "Since You Been Gone" and turn it into the arena rocker it was destined to be but it also meant that Ballard's records remain curiosities of the '70s, embodying so much of the sound and spirit of the time without actually being notable within it. That contradiction meant that these three records were stiffs at the time but they're worth hearing now as they capture all the AOR commercial trends that were commonplace in the '70s but have since been forgotten.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261211071
catalogNumber:
6121107
Rank:
55664

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russ Ballard   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Marxophone
Tom Scott   Flute,Horn
David Foster   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
Mike Baird   Drums
Dennis Bellfield   Bass Guitar
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Piano
Mel Collins   Background Vocals
Craig Doerge   Piano
Steve Frediani   Flute,Horn
Steve Gregory   Saxophone
David Hungate   Bass Guitar
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Dan Loggins   Hand Clapping
Chris Mercer   Saxophone
Nick Newell   Saxophone
Keith Olsen   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
David Paich   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Lee Sklar   Bass Guitar
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Damion   Background Vocals
Michael Whitfield O.B.E.   Hand Clapping
Watney B. Tray   Hand Clapping
Mick Eaves   Saxophone
Mike Pocaro   Bass Guitar
Denny Henson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Russ Ballard   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Brass Arrangment
John Barham   String Arrangements
Rhett Davies   Engineer
David DeVore   Engineer
Dan Loggins   Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer
David Paich   String Arrangements
Muff Winwood   Producer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Nancy Donald   Original Cover Artwork
Roslav Szaybo   Original Sleeve Design
Mike Ross   Engineer
Rubin   Sleeve Photo

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