Ultimate Rock Ballads / Various (Box)

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Review Text 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." ~ Katherine Fulton

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Eye of the Tiger - 4:48
  2. 2. Drive - 4:56
  3. 3. I Want to Know What Love Is - 5:00
  4. 4. If You Leave Me Now - 4:57
  5. 5. Stay with Me - 5:40
  6. 6. How Much I Feel - 5:43
  7. 7. Dance with Me - 3:20
  8. 8. Over My Head - 4:36
  9. 9. Lucky Man - 5:36
  10. 10. Alone Again - 4:20
  11. 11. Black Velvet - 5:48
  12. 12. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) - 3:25
  13. 13. Ready for Love - 5:01
  14. 14. Time for Me to Fly - 4:43
  15. 15. Miles Away - 4:13
  16. 16. You and Me - 3:26

CD: 2

  1. 17. Feels Like the First Time - 4:52
  2. 18. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy - 3:18
  3. 19. Burning Heart - 4:52
  4. 20. 18 and Life - 4:52
  5. 21. I'll Stand by You - 4:59
  6. 22. Black Water - 4:16
  7. 23. Only Women Bleed - 4:30
  8. 24. Sea of Love - 3:05
  9. 25. When the Children Cry - 4:20
  10. 26. Never Tear Us Apart - 3:03
  11. 27. Big Log - 5:02
  12. 28. Ride Like the Wind - 5:31
  13. 29. Look Away - 4:01
  14. 30. Don't Close Your Eyes - 4:18
  15. 31. Dream Weaver - 4:18
  16. 32. At This Moment - 4:14

CD: 3

  1. 33. What's Love Got to Do with It - 4:51
  2. 34. Missing You - 4:27
  3. 35. If This Is It - 4:50
  4. 36. These Dreams - 4:16
  5. 37. Baker Street - 4:09
  6. 38. You're No Good - 4:42
  7. 39. Lonesome Loser - 4:54
  8. 40. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) - 4:07
  9. 41. Love Is a Battlefield - 4:10
  10. 42. (I Just) Died in Your Arms - 5:33
  11. 43. Fly Like an Eagle - 3:03
  12. 44. Bad Time - 3:56
  13. 45. Just Between You and Me - 4:56
  14. 46. Eyes Without a Face - 5:00
  15. 47. Love Stinks - 4:38
  16. 48. Silent Lucidity - 6:47
  17. 49. When I'm with You - 4:55
  18. 50. Every Time I Think of You - 4:49
  19. 51. Alone - 4:39

CD: 4

  1. 52. Miracles - 4:32
  2. 53. Broken Wings - 5:45
  3. 54. Open Arms - 3:20
  4. 55. Rosanna - 4:02
  5. 56. One That You Love - 4:14
  6. 57. Keep on Loving You - 3:22
  7. 58. Piano Man - 6:39
  8. 59. Total Eclipse of the Heart - 6:35
  9. 60. Heaven in Your Eyes - 4:05
  10. 61. Oh Sherrie - 4:50
  11. 62. Everytime You Go Away - 4:29
  12. 63. Without You - 3:20
  13. 64. Air That I Breathe - 4:48
  14. 65. Love of a Lifetime - 5:49
  15. 66. Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) - 4:50
  16. 67. All by Myself - 4:28

CD: 5

  1. 68. More Than a Feeling - 3:26
  2. 69. (Don't Fear ) The Reaper - 4:51
  3. 70. Sara - 4:22
  4. 71. Kyrie - 4:17
  5. 72. Living Inside Myself - 4:24
  6. 73. We Just Disagree - 3:02
  7. 74. Hungry Eyes - 4:10
  8. 75. Flame - 5:49
  9. 76. Paradise by the Dashboard Light - 9:30
  10. 77. Poison - 5:30
  11. 78. All the Young Dudes - 4:31
  12. 79. Close My Eyes Forever - 5:43
  13. 80. Can't Get It Out of My Head - 4:26
  14. 81. Final Countdown - 5:09
  15. 82. Take It on the Run - 4:37
  16. 83. Eternal Flame - 4:55

CD: 6

  1. 84. Harden My Heart - 4:36
  2. 85. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - 6:37
  3. 86. Lady - 3:06
  4. 87. Nights in White Satin - 8:39
  5. 88. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - 3:29
  6. 89. Wind of Change - 5:11
  7. 90. Beth - 3:47
  8. 91. Melissa - 4:55
  9. 92. More Than Words - 6:36
  10. 93. I'm Not in Love - 4:48
  11. 94. Don't You (Forget About Me) - 4:19
  12. 95. I Can Dream About You - 4:51
  13. 96. You Belong to the City - 6:51
  14. 97. Love Song - 5:24
  15. 98. Sister Christian - 4:16
  16. 99. Do You Feel Like We Do - 7:19

CD: 7

  1. 100. Tiny Dancer - 6:17
  2. 101. If I Could Turn Back Time - 4:59
  3. 102. Can't Fight This Feeling - 5:55
  4. 103. Come Sail Away - 6:06
  5. 104. Love Hurts - 3:02
  6. 105. Up Where We Belong - 4:59
  7. 106. Fooled Around and Fell in Love - 3:59
  8. 107. We're Ready - 4:59
  9. 108. Rocky Mountain Way - 5:14
  10. 109. Second Chance - 5:04
  11. 110. In a Big Country - 5:46
  12. 111. (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection - 4:57
  13. 112. Sentimental Street - 4:12
  14. 113. Midnight Rider - 4:27
  15. 114. Baby, I Love Your Way - 5:49
  16. 115. Free Bird - 9:05
  17. 116. Heaven
  18. 117. Babe

CD: 8

  1. 118. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - 5:34
  2. 119. Search Is Over - 4:13
  3. 120. We Belong - 4:42
  4. 121. Is This Love - 5:44
  5. 122. To Be with You - 3:29
  6. 123. I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - 5:16
  7. 124. Say You Will - 4:15
  8. 125. When I See You Smile - 4:19
  9. 126. Amanda - 4:15
  10. 127. Midnight Blue - 4:54
  11. 128. Owner of a Lonely Heart - 4:51
  12. 129. Carrie - 5:33
  13. 130. High Enough - 5:47
  14. 131. Every Rose Has It's Thorn - 4:20
  15. 132. More Than Words Can Say - 4:52
  16. 133. Waiting for a Girl Like You - 5:52
  17. 134. Heaven - 4:07
  18. 135. Babe - 4:00
  19. 136. You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
  20. 137. Ooh Baby Baby

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11/13/07 

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