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Russ Ballard

10 Feb 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Feb 2009
  • Label: Renaissance Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Renaissance Records
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  • ASIN: B001QVEF44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SMc on 22 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I wholeheartedly agree with my fellow reviewer here. Russ Ballard has written many a hit, "I Don't Believe In Miracles" (Colin Blunstone); "Since You've Been Gone" (Rainbow) from his 2nd album "Winning" (which also gave us the beautiful "Song For Gayle" - written after seeing a BBC documentary about a girl leaving home and getting into a sad/bad situation); "So You Win Again" for Hot Chocolate amongst many others. He was also in Adam Faith's backing band at aged 14 or 15.

Russ Ballard was and is a consumate musician and on this 1974 offering, he proved not only this but also his own ability as a songwriter. Indeed, he said himself at the time, he was bored with 15 minute songs with 10 minute solos and vowed to come up with an album of short pop songs. He did just that from the opening Little Richard-type piano intro of "She's A Hurricane, to the wonderful soft and melancholic "Venus Shine Your Light", Ballard really did come up with the goods here and typically of many artists, I don't think he ever improved upon this album which highlighted his talents (a la McCartney) as a drummer, bass player, guitarist, pianist/keyboard and harmonica player. He also co-wrote the brass arrangements and produced the album. No mean achievment methinks.

He also did at the time two versions of the same song, "Kicks", one very poppy and one very bluesy(at the time, very innovative and something that is done as standard nowadays). He 'covers' his own "I Don't Believe In Miracles" but, the single from the album and one which could be definitely termed as "one that got away" was the side two opener, "Flyaway", just a wonderful pop single and so incredibly sad that it wasn't a hit.

I can definitely recommend this album, an album full of what Ballard wanted to make at the time, a well crafted album of 3 to 4 minute pop songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joy Andis on 30 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Discerning listeners all know what great music is. Most also know Russ Ballard. With this album, Russ's style was at it's peak, the songs more mature, and questing. To many this is his finest album and it is easy to see why. What followed this was also top quality, but this is the milestone album where the road turned.

The song "Voices" became a minor hit for Russ in 1984. In addition, the song has an edgy quality that may 'hit a nerve' with many people, and may still do so. It was featured on the hit tv show "Miami Vice".
With every song here, Russ's voice, as well as his playing technique were at his all time best. since then for those who know, it has only gotten better.
Renaissance Records in Arizona USA are faithfully re-releasing Russ's earlier albums including this one. Because of this, there is no better time to pick these up. You will be amazed with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Koeb on 19 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
Don't have this on cd, and my vinyl copy is stuck somewhere in a friend's house. Haven't heard it in ages, but i do remember that this is a really very good album. Russ Ballard already had quite a decent career behind him, and this solo recording was released after the demise of Argent. (For whom he contributed a lot of their best songs.) Typically strong songwriting on this one, and excellent musicianship. (From what i can recall.) I forget which people helped him out. Well worth taking the time to acquaint yourself with this polished piece of work, so long as the price is right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica on 19 Jun 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got this cd for my husband as part of his xmas present and he is happy with it. so all good.
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By B. J. Parry on 13 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD
Excellent release from the man who gave us such tunes as 'Since You've Been Gone', 'New York Groove'. Great album With an extremely good backing band at the time (Mo Foster on Bass - wow). Good hard pop ditties abound on this album, and 'Voices' even appeared on in an episode of Miami Vice
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