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The Essential Ballads

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This three-disc, 60-track set paints the definition of ballad in the broadest sense, but there's no denying that each of the tracks here packs the kind of sincerity, certainty, and emotional thump that makes up a great ballad. There's a lot of variety here, with songs from the Goo Goo Dolls ("Iris"), Adele ("Feel My Love"), Cee Lo ("I Want You"), Prince ("Purple Rain"), k.d. lang ("Constant Craving"), Bill Withers ("Ain't No Sunshine"), Otis Redding ("Try a Little Tenderness"), and others, and tracks are spread well across various eras. In the end, it all makes a pretty interesting playlist, although it might make one think a little bit too much about the deep end of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This three-disc, 60-track set paints the definition of ballad in the broadest sense, but there's no denying that each of the tracks here packs the kind of sincerity, certainty, and emotional thump that makes up a great ballad. There's a lot of variety here, with songs from the Goo Goo Dolls ("Iris"), Adele ("Feel My Love"), Cee Lo ("I Want You"), Prince ("Purple Rain"), k.d. lang ("Constant Craving"), Bill Withers ("Ain't No Sunshine"), Otis Redding ("Try a Little Tenderness"), and others, and tracks are spread well across various eras. In the end, it all makes a pretty interesting playlist, although it might make one think a little bit too much about the deep end of love. Yep, there's a reason most of these songs have shown up in commercials.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5052498990153
  • Catalog Number: 1909655
  • Sales rank: 404,933

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (4:41)
  2. 2 Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri (4:06)
  3. 3 Make You Feel My Love - Adele (3:30)
  4. 4 Skinny Love - Birdy (3:19)
  5. 5 Cannonball - Damien Rice (4:53)
  6. 6 This Year’S Love - David Gray (4:04)
  7. 7 Last Request - Paolo Nutini (3:40)
  8. 8 I’M Yours - Jason Mraz (3:33)
  9. 9 For the First Time - The Script (4:09)
  10. 10 How To Save a Life - The Fray (4:01)
  11. 11 Same Mistake - James Blunt (3:51)
  12. 12 Light My Fire - Will Young (3:15)
  13. 13 I’D Rather Be With You - Joshua Radin (2:41)
  14. 14 Valerie - The Zutons (3:52)
  15. 15 Side - Travis (3:43)
  16. 16 Billionaire - Travie McCoy (3:05)
  17. 17 I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis (3:51)
  18. 18 Never Ever - All Saints (6:20)
  19. 19 Stay (3:45)
  20. 20 Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy (4:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (3:37)
  2. 2 Run - Leona Lewis (4:35)
  3. 3 Everything - Michael Bublé (3:29)
  4. 4 Here With Me - Dido (4:11)
  5. 5 Love Goes Down - Plan B (3:49)
  6. 6 Red - Daniel Merriweather (3:52)
  7. 7 I Want You - Cee Lo Green (3:28)
  8. 8 Bad Day - Daniel Powter (3:48)
  9. 9 Slow - Rumer (3:35)
  10. 10 Praying For Time - George Michael (4:39)
  11. 11 Purple Rain - Prince (4:01)
  12. 12 Kiss From a Rose - Seal (4:47)
  13. 13 Torn - Natalie Imbruglia (4:01)
  14. 14 Complicated - Avril Lavigne (4:04)
  15. 15 Constant Craving - k.d. lang (4:17)
  16. 16 When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout (4:03)
  17. 17 If You Don’T Know Me By Now - Simply Red (3:22)
  18. 18 Bad Day - Carmel (3:39)
  19. 19 I Don’T Want To Talk About It - Everything But the Girl (4:17)
  20. 20 Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths (1:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Empire State of Mind, Pt. 2 - Alicia Keys (3:33)
  2. 2 I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly (4:42)
  3. 3 I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston (4:46)
  4. 4 Anytime You Need a Friend - Mariah Carey (4:11)
  5. 5 No Ordinary Love - Sade (3:59)
  6. 6 Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton (4:05)
  7. 7 The Boy is Mine - Brandy & Monica (3:59)
  8. 8 Waterfalls - TLC (3:25)
  9. 9 Hold On - En Vogue (3:32)
  10. 10 Heard It All Before - Sunshine Anderson (4:49)
  11. 11 Why - Carly Simon (3:33)
  12. 12 Sweet Love - Anita Baker (4:15)
  13. 13 One Day I'll Fly Away - Randy Crawford (4:53)
  14. 14 Love Don't Live Here Any More - Rose Royce (3:54)
  15. 15 Love T.K.O. - Teddy Pendergrass (4:57)
  16. 16 Walk On By - Dionne Warwick (2:54)
  17. 17 Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (2:04)
  18. 18 You're All I Need To Get By - Aretha Franklin (3:33)
  19. 19 Tired of Being Alone - Al Green (2:48)
  20. 20 Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding (3:43)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Anita Baker Composer
Goo Goo Dolls Producer
Al Green Composer
George Michael Composer, Producer
Slade Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Joe Sample Composer, Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer, Producer
David Foster Composer, Producer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Phil Thornalley Composer, Producer
R. Kelly Composer, Producer
Sade Adu Composer
Dallas Austin Producer
Mariah Carey Composer, Producer
Hal David Composer, Producer
Wilton Felder Producer
Denzil Foster Composer, Producer
David Gray Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Stix Hooper Producer
Booker T. Jones Producer
Kevin Killen Composer, Producer
k.d. lang Composer
Stewart Levine Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Thomas McElroy Composer, Producer
Morrissey Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Rick Nowels Producer
Steve Robson Producer
Bob Rock Producer
Tom Rothrock Producer
John Snyder Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Rob Cavallo Producer
Nigel Godrich Producer
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Producer
Brandy Norwood Composer, Producer
Walter Afanasieff Composer, Producer
Donna Lewis Composer, Producer
Prince & the Revolution Composer
Magnus Fiennes Producer
David McEwan Producer
Cee Lo Green Composer
Cameron McVey Producer
Mike City Producer
Steve Brown Producer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Amanda Ghost Composer, Producer
Martin Terefe Producer
Mike Flynn Producer
Fraser T. Smith Producer
Mark Sheehan Composer, Producer
Absolute Producer
Alicia Keys Composer, Producer
Sunshine Anderson Composer
Jeff Dawson Producer
Avril Lavigne Composer
Jason Mraz Composer
Michael Bublé Composer
Damien Rice Composer, Producer
The Matrix Producer
Eric Appapoulaye Producer
James Blunt Composer
Daniel Powter Composer
McCabe Composer
Jack Splash Composer, Producer
Joshua Radin Composer
Paolo Nutini Composer
John Porter Producer
Bruno Mars Composer
Daniel O'Donoghue Composer, Producer
McCourt Composer
Duguid Composer
Ashford Composer
The Rural Producer
Whitten Composer
Mike Thorn Producer
Connolly Composer
Paul "P-Dub" Walton Producer
Statham Composer
The Smeezingtons Producer
Alex H.N. Gilbert Producer
Rimsky Composer
Janeït Sewell-Ulepic Composer
Travie McCoy Composer
Christina Perri Composer
Barrett Yeretsian Composer, Producer
Aaron Johnson Producer
Michael Powell Producer
Lightbody Quinn Composer
Al Shup Producer
Organized Noize Productions, Inc. Producer
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