Into the Fire

Into the Fire

by Russ Ballard


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Into the Fire is cut from the same cloth as Barnet Dogs and is perhaps even slicker, thanks to the introduction of synthesizers. It is, however, a bit more varied than the single-minded Barnet Dogs, finding space for the power ballad "Where Do We Go from Here" and the soft rock "Strangers," which suggests the hits he'd soon have writing for America. This alone brings some welcome variety to Into the Fire, but Ballard also dabbles with arena power-pop on "Here Comes the Hurt" -- by some measure the best, radio-friendly cut here -- a piano-pumping New Wave rocker called "I Will Be There," and the gonzo mock-disco of "Don't Go to Soho," which is genuinely bizarre. Elsewhere, the record sounds like a genetically engineered hybrid of Loverboy, Aldo Nova, and Billy Joel -- a blast of 1981 that's a garish and occasionally fun time capsule.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/1998
Label: Renaissance
UPC: 0630428012127
catalogNumber: 121
Rank: 141574

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russ Ballard   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Blanshard   Vocals
Robert Henrit   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Bill Roberts   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave Wintour   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Bob Henrit   Drums

Technical Credits

Russ Ballard   Producer,Audio Production
Arun Chakraverty   Cut
Pete Schwier   Engineer
John Stanley   Producer,Audio Production
Govert de Roos   Cover Photo
Gregg Jackmann   Engineer

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