The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection

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All Music Guide - Katherine Fulton
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Katherine Fulton
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583217728
  • Catalog Number: 21981
  • Sales rank: 72,435

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (3:48)
  2. 2 Drive - The Cars (3:56)
  3. 3 I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner (5:00)
  4. 4 If You Leave Me Now - Chicago (3:57)
  5. 5 Stay with Me - Faces (4:40)
  6. 6 How Much I Feel - Ambrosia (4:43)
  7. 7 Dance with Me - Orleans (3:20)
  8. 8 Over My Head (3:36)
  9. 9 Lucky Man (4:36)
  10. 10 Alone Again - Dokken (4:20)
  11. 11 Black Velvet (4:48)
  12. 12 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) (3:25)
  13. 13 Ready for Love - Bad Company (5:01)
  14. 14 Time for Me to Fly (3:43)
  15. 15 Miles Away - Winger (4:13)
  16. 16 You and Me (3:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner (3:52)
  2. 2 Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy - Bad Company (3:18)
  3. 3 Burning Heart - Survivor (3:52)
  4. 4 18 and Life - Skid Row (3:52)
  5. 5 I'll Stand by You - Pretenders (3:59)
  6. 6 Black Water (4:16)
  7. 7 Only Women Bleed (3:30)
  8. 8 Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers (3:05)
  9. 9 When the Children Cry (4:20)
  10. 10 Never Tear Us Apart (3:03)
  11. 11 Big Log - Robert Plant (5:02)
  12. 12 Ride Like the Wind (4:31)
  13. 13 Look Away - Chicago (4:01)
  14. 14 Don't Close Your Eyes - Kix (4:18)
  15. 15 Dream Weaver - Gary Wright (4:18)
  16. 16 At This Moment (4:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 What's Love Got to Do with It (3:51)
  2. 2 Missing You (4:27)
  3. 3 If This Is It - Huey Lewis & the News (3:50)
  4. 4 These Dreams - Heart (4:16)
  5. 5 Baker Street (4:09)
  6. 6 You're No Good (3:42)
  7. 7 Lonesome Loser (3:54)
  8. 8 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) (4:07)
  9. 9 Love Is a Battlefield (4:10)
  10. 10 (I Just) Died in Your Arms (4:33)
  11. 11 Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band (3:03)
  12. 12 Bad Time - Grand Funk (2:56)
  13. 13 Just Between You and Me (3:56)
  14. 14 Eyes Without a Face (5:00)
  15. 15 Love Stinks (3:38)
  16. 16 Silent Lucidity (5:47)
  17. 17 When I'm with You - Sheriff (3:55)
  18. 18 Every Time I Think of You - The Babys (3:49)
  19. 19 Alone - Heart (3:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Miracles (3:32)
  2. 2 Broken Wings (4:45)
  3. 3 Open Arms - Journey (3:20)
  4. 4 Rosanna - Toto (4:02)
  5. 5 The One That You Love (4:14)
  6. 6 Keep on Loving You (3:22)
  7. 7 Piano Man (5:39)
  8. 8 Total Eclipse of the Heart (5:35)
  9. 9 Heaven in Your Eyes (4:05)
  10. 10 Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry (3:50)
  11. 11 Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young (4:29)
  12. 12 Without You - Harry Nilsson (3:20)
  13. 13 The Air That I Breathe (3:48)
  14. 14 Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse (4:49)
  15. 15 Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) - Mike Reno & Ann Wilson (3:50)
  16. 16 All by Myself (4:28)
Disc 5
  1. 1 More Than a Feeling - Boston (3:26)
  2. 2 (Don't Fear ) The Reaper (3:51)
  3. 3 Sara - Starship (4:22)
  4. 4 Kyrie (4:17)
  5. 5 Living Inside Myself (4:24)
  6. 6 We Just Disagree - Dave Mason (3:02)
  7. 7 Hungry Eyes (4:10)
  8. 8 The Flame - Cheap Trick (4:49)
  9. 9 Paradise by the Dashboard Light (8:30)
  10. 10 Poison (4:30)
  11. 11 All the Young Dudes (3:31)
  12. 12 Close My Eyes Forever - Ozzy Osbourne (4:43)
  13. 13 Can't Get It out of My Head - Electric Light Orchestra (4:26)
  14. 14 The Final Countdown - Europe (5:09)
  15. 15 Take It on the Run (3:37)
  16. 16 Eternal Flame (3:55)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Harden My Heart (3:36)
  2. 2 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (5:37)
  3. 3 Lady - Styx (3:06)
  4. 4 Nights in White Satin (7:39)
  5. 5 Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy (3:29)
  6. 6 Wind of Change - Scorpions (5:11)
  7. 7 Beth (2:47)
  8. 8 Melissa (3:55)
  9. 9 More Than Words - Extreme (5:36)
  10. 10 I'm Not in Love (3:48)
  11. 11 Don't You (Forget About Me) (4:19)
  12. 12 I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman (3:51)
  13. 13 You Belong to the City - Glenn Grey (5:51)
  14. 14 Love Song - Tesla (5:24)
  15. 15 Sister Christian (4:16)
  16. 16 Do You Feel Like We Do (7:19)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Tiny Dancer - Starship (6:17)
  2. 2 If I Could Turn Back Time - Survivor (3:59)
  3. 3 Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon (4:55)
  4. 4 Come Sail Away - Whitesnake (6:06)
  5. 5 Love Hurts - Nazareth (3:02)
  6. 6 Up Where We Belong - Jennifer Warnes (3:59)
  7. 7 Fooled Around and Fell in Love - Foreigner (2:59)
  8. 8 We're Ready - Bad English (3:59)
  9. 9 Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh (5:14)
  10. 10 Second Chance - .38 Special (5:04)
  11. 11 In a Big Country - Yes (4:46)
  12. 12 (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection - Gunnar Nelson (3:57)
  13. 13 Sentimental Street - Night Ranger (4:12)
  14. 14 Midnight Rider - Poison (4:27)
  15. 15 Baby, I Love Your Way - Alias (4:49)
  16. 16 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (9:05)
  17. 17 Heaven - Warrant
  18. 18 Babe - Styx
Disc 8
  1. 1 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Warren Zevon (4:34)
  2. 2 The Search Is Over - Survivor (4:13)
  3. 3 We Belong - Patti Smith Group (3:42)
  4. 4 Is This Love - Whitesnake (4:44)
  5. 5 To Be with You - Nick Gilder (3:29)
  6. 6 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Eric Clapton (5:16)
  7. 7 Say You Will - Foreigner (4:15)
  8. 8 When I See You Smile - Joe Walsh (4:19)
  9. 9 Amanda - Steely Dan (4:15)
  10. 10 Midnight Blue - The O'Jays (3:54)
  11. 11 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes (3:51)
  12. 12 Carrie - Bee Gees (4:33)
  13. 13 High Enough - Alicia Bridges (4:47)
  14. 14 Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison (4:20)
  15. 15 More Than Words Can Say - Alias (3:52)
  16. 16 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Kansas (4:52)
  17. 17 Heaven - Warrant (4:07)
  18. 18 Babe - Styx (4:00)
  19. 19 You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart
  20. 20 Ooh Baby Baby - Linda Ronstadt
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Lou Gramm Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
John McCurry Composer
Bruce Turgon Composer
Dick Wagner Composer
Michael Putland Editorial Research
A. Butler Composer
David Grahame Composer
Lynne O'Connor Editorial Research
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