Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection

The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection

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In the context of popular music, a ballad is usually a slow song dealing with either romance or an emotional occasion. The Merriam-Webster dictionary offers a broader interpretation, defining it as "a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing" -- in other words, a song. The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection must have been compiled with the

Overview

In the context of popular music, a ballad is usually a slow song dealing with either romance or an emotional occasion. The Merriam-Webster dictionary offers a broader interpretation, defining it as "a narrative composition in rhythmic verse suitable for singing" -- in other words, a song. The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection must have been compiled with the latter in mind -- why else would the box set open with Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger"? The confusion is a constant theme throughout the set's eight discs; while it boasts plenty of sentimental moments, the mood is frequently broken with the appearance of more rousing numbers and, occasionally, some downright bizarre inclusions. "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "All the Young Dudes," "More Than a Feeling," "The Final Countdown," and "In a Big Country" are all fun songs, but their inclusion in a collection of ballads is dubious at best. There's also the issue of repetitiveness -- several artists are featured several times, sometimes on the same disc. What's frustrating is that it's not a bad collection of songs; they're all the original versions performed by the original artists, and the track listing is well done. Still, it's a letdown to expect one thing and get quite another, as is the case with The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection. Time Life would have done better to declare this set The Best of Stadium Rock -- or settle on a definition of "ballad" that doesn't equate to "anything with a beat and a tune."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583217728
catalogNumber:
21981

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Eye of the Tiger
  2. Drive
  3. I Want to Know What Love Is
  4. If You Leave Me Now
  5. Stay with Me
  6. How Much I Feel
  7. Dance with Me
  8. Over My Head
  9. Lucky Man
  10. Alone Again
  11. Black Velvet
  12. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
  13. Ready for Love
  14. Time for Me to Fly
  15. Miles Away
  16. You and Me

Disc 2

  1. Feels Like the First Time
  2. Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy
  3. Burning Heart
  4. 18 and Life
  5. I'll Stand by You
  6. Black Water
  7. Only Women Bleed
  8. Sea of Love
  9. When the Children Cry
  10. Never Tear Us Apart
  11. Big Log
  12. Ride Like the Wind
  13. Look Away
  14. Don't Close Your Eyes
  15. Dream Weaver
  16. At This Moment

Disc 3

  1. What's Love Got to Do with It
  2. Missing You
  3. If This Is It
  4. These Dreams
  5. Baker Street
  6. You're No Good
  7. Lonesome Loser
  8. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)
  9. Love Is a Battlefield
  10. (I Just) Died in Your Arms
  11. Fly Like an Eagle
  12. Bad Time
  13. Just Between You and Me
  14. Eyes Without a Face
  15. Love Stinks
  16. Silent Lucidity
  17. When I'm with You
  18. Every Time I Think of You
  19. Alone

Disc 4

  1. Miracles
  2. Broken Wings
  3. Open Arms
  4. Rosanna
  5. The One That You Love
  6. Keep on Loving You
  7. Piano Man
  8. Total Eclipse of the Heart
  9. Heaven in Your Eyes
  10. Oh Sherrie
  11. Everytime You Go Away
  12. Without You
  13. The Air That I Breathe
  14. Love of a Lifetime
  15. Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose)
  16. All by Myself

Disc 5

  1. More Than a Feeling
  2. (Don't Fear ) The Reaper
  3. Sara
  4. Kyrie
  5. Living Inside Myself
  6. We Just Disagree
  7. Hungry Eyes
  8. The Flame
  9. Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  10. Poison
  11. All the Young Dudes
  12. Close My Eyes Forever
  13. Can't Get It out of My Head
  14. The Final Countdown
  15. Take It on the Run
  16. Eternal Flame

Disc 6

  1. Harden My Heart
  2. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  3. Lady
  4. Nights in White Satin
  5. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy
  6. Wind of Change
  7. Beth
  8. Melissa
  9. More Than Words
  10. I'm Not in Love
  11. Don't You (Forget About Me)
  12. I Can Dream About You
  13. You Belong to the City
  14. Love Song
  15. Sister Christian
  16. Do You Feel Like We Do

Disc 7

  1. Tiny Dancer
  2. If I Could Turn Back Time
  3. Can't Fight This Feeling
  4. Come Sail Away
  5. Love Hurts
  6. Up Where We Belong
  7. Fooled Around and Fell in Love
  8. We're Ready
  9. Rocky Mountain Way
  10. Second Chance
  11. In a Big Country
  12. (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection
  13. Sentimental Street
  14. Midnight Rider
  15. Baby, I Love Your Way
  16. Free Bird
  17. Heaven
  18. Babe

Disc 8

  1. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
  2. The Search Is Over
  3. We Belong
  4. Is This Love
  5. To Be with You
  6. I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
  7. Say You Will
  8. When I See You Smile
  9. Amanda
  10. Midnight Blue
  11. Owner of a Lonely Heart
  12. Carrie
  13. High Enough
  14. Every Rose Has It's Thorn
  15. More Than Words Can Say
  16. Waiting for a Girl Like You
  17. Heaven
  18. Babe
  19. You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
  20. Ooh Baby Baby

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Jon Anderson   Composer
Marty Balin   Composer
Elvin Bishop   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Eric Carmen   Composer
Phil Collins   Composer
Alice Cooper   Composer
Peter Criss   Composer
Christopher Cross   Composer
Don Dokken   Composer
Lita Ford   Composer
Peter Frampton   Composer
Lou Gramm   Composer
Sammy Hagar   Composer
Dan Hartman   Composer
Justin Hayward   Composer
Susanna Hoffs   Composer
Billy Idol   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Mick Jones   Composer
Ted Nugent   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Ozzy Osbourne   Composer
Steve Perry   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Steve Stevens   Composer
Rod Stewart   Composer
John Waite   Composer
Peter Wolf   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Gary Wright   Composer
Steve Alaimo   Composer
Jonathan Cain   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Dennis DeYoung   Composer
Mark Farner   Composer
Graham Gouldman   Composer
Greg Lake   Composer
Christine McVie   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Jim Peterik   Composer
Tommy Shaw   Composer
Jim Steinman   Composer
George Lynch   Composer
Billy Altman   Liner Notes
Nuno Bettencourt   Composer
Jack Blades   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Peter Cetera   Composer
Gary Cherone   Composer
Johnny Colla   Composer
Kevin Cronin   Composer
Bob Ezrin   Composer
Andrew Farriss   Composer
Trevor Horn   Composer
Michael Hutchence   Composer
Chrissie Hynde   Composer
Seth Justman   Composer
Arnold Lanni   Composer
Huey Lewis   Composer
John McCurry   Composer
Klaus Meine   Composer
Steve Miller   Composer
David Paich   Composer
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Gary Richrath   Composer
Donald Roeser   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Bruce Turgon   Composer
Gino Vannelli   Composer
Billy Vera   Composer
Dick Wagner   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Chris DeGarmo   Composer
Michael Putland   Editorial Research
A. Butler   Composer
David Grahame   Composer
Lynne O'Connor   Editorial Research
Tom Scholz   Composer
Mike Hazlewood   Composer
Pat Simmons   Composer

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