The Ballads

The Ballads

by REO Speedwagon
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The Ballads

At one time, REO Speedwagon were considered hard rockers, or at least arena rockers. Over time, their harder-rocking material was forgotten, and their true talent surfaced -- namely, power ballads. Along with Journey, REO Speedwagon was one of the first groups to develop the power ballad -- the distinctive blend of anthemic melodies, slow tempos, big guitars and big hooks. They had their biggest hits with power ballads, so it makes sense that Epic would assemble a collection, appropriately titled Ballads, that contains all of them on one disc. As it happens, Ballads features all but one of their Top Ten hits ("Keep the Fire Burnin'" is the absent party), plus a pair of new songs, "Just for You" and "'Til the Rivers Run Dry." Naturally, the well-known hits ("Time for Me to Fly," "Keep on Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It on the Run") dominate, especially since they're sandwiched between the two new songs on the first side. Nothing -- not the pleasant new songs, not the listenable album tracks, not the acceptable also-ran singles -- matches those songs, which sound all the stronger when they're sequenced together. Still, that doesn't make Ballads a weak listen, since the second-tier material here is among REO's best and helps elevate this collection to one of their most enjoyable albums. After all, their albums were frequently dotted with filler, and one benefit of a compilation is that it leaves the filler behind.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974857525
catalogNumber: 748575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

REO Speedwagon   Primary Artist
Dave Amato   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
David Campbell   Conductor
Kevin Cronin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Neal Doughty   Keyboards
Bruce Hall   Bass Guitar
Bryan Hitt   Drums

Technical Credits

Tom Lord-Alge   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Kevin Beamish   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
David Coleman   Artwork,Art Direction,Illustrations,Cover Photo
Kevin Cronin   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Musical Supervision
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
David DeVore   Producer
Noel Golden   Engineer
Alan Gratzer   Producer
Paul Grupp   Producer
Jesse Harms   Producer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer
Gary Richrath   Producer
Aaron Rapoport   Back Cover
Jefferson Denim   Packaging Manager
James Peterik   Composer

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The Ballads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This CD rocks! Great eighties ballads that you can sing along with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
REO has always been my 2nd favorite groups, after Styx of course. And can yous believe that those 2 bands are touring together this summers? I can not waits!! This REO tape is totally mint deluxe - it's all of their beautiful ballads on one tape. It's so good you'll weeps.