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4.0 out of 5 stars A 'Stroke' of Genius, 30 Aug 2011
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This review is from: At The Third Stroke (Audio CD)
At the Third Stroke is easily the best album Russ Ballard has released as a solo artist. To summarise, Ballard's solo career saw him swapping the progressive rock favoured by Argent for a more commercial sounding template of anthemic FM radio friendly genres. Whilst the change in style suggested that Ballard was making music to suit a more mainstream audience, he stills remains fairly unfamiliar to people outside of the Argent camp. Despite this, most will probably recognise songs penned by Ballard such as Rainbow's 'Since You've Been Gone', Colin Blunstone's 'I Don't Believe in Miracles', Three Dog Night's 'Liar', Kiss' 'God Gave Rock and Roll to You' (you will probably notice that the reference to Cliff Richard is missed out whilst various other lyrics are also changed on Kiss's version- perhaps the allusion to Cliff Richard didn't quite appeal to Kiss fans!) Hot Chocolate's 'So You Win Again' plus many more. One would have thought that with all of these hits under his belt, Russ Ballard would have become a household name by now. This is a shame as Russ Ballard is a great performer in his own right and obviously has an ear for a hit single. However, Russ Ballard's albums are and still probably reserved for the most ardent Argent fan and for those who have spent serious time listening to Ballard's music may find some interesting trends in his song-writing. I can detect on at least a couple of occasions when Ballard makes allusions to being a Scorpio, which perhaps has something to do with the fact that it correlates with his birthday in October. (See songs such as the horoscopic rocker 'I'm a Scorpio' from this album and also 'Halloween' from Winning.) At the Third Stoke features many great moments including the soul-tinged groove of 'What does it take to Love you?', the ever so funky 'Look at Her Dance' alongside the epic soft rock ballad- 'My Judgement Day'. In short, At the Third Stroke is quintessentially a `stroke' of yet more Ballard genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!, 24 July 2011
This review is from: At The Third Stroke (Audio CD)
There's not much to say really.....It's a brilliant album, a not so-well-known classic. But don't take my word for it, have a listen to the samples. It doesn't indicate that you can listen to samples on the main page, but under Product Details (see above) there's Other Editions, one of which is MP3 Download with the usual samples.

And if you want to hear tracks in full, I think most of the tracks from the album are on Youtube. Check out Helpless, or Treat Her Right, My Judgement Day or What Does It Take. Music is in the ear of the beholder of course, but I leave this review because I'm sure there's lots of people who have never heard it that - when they DO - will love it as much as I do.
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