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The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] [Box]

The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] [Box]


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, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Time/Life Music
  • UPC: 610583217728
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Track listings

  • 1. Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
  • 2. Drive The Cars
  • 3. I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner
  • 4. If You Leave Me Now Chicago
  • 5. Stay With Me Faces
  • 6. How Much I Feel Ambrosia
  • 7. Dance With Me Orleans
  • 8. Over My Head Fleetwood Mac
  • 9. Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • 10. Alone Again Dokken
  • 11. Black Velvet Alannah Myles
  • 12. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Phil Collins
  • 13. Ready For Love Bad Company
  • 14. Time For Me To Fly Reo Speedwagon
  • 15. Miles Away Winger
  • 16. You And Me Alice Cooper
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Feels Like The First Time Foreigner
  • 2. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Bad Company
  • 3. Burning Heart Survivor
  • 4. 18 And Life Skid Row
  • 5. I'll Stand By You Pretenders
  • 6. Black Water The Doobie Brothers
  • 7. Only Women Bleed Alice Cooper
  • 8. Sea Of Love The Honeydrippers
  • 9. When The Children Cry White Lion
  • 10. Never Tear Us Apart Inxs
  • 11. Big Log Robert Plant
  • 12. Ride Like The Wind Christopher Cross
  • 13. Look Away Chicago
  • 14. Don't Close Your Eyes Kix
  • 15. Dream Weaver Gary Wright
  • 16. At This Moment Billy Vera & The Beaters
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. What's Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
  • 2. Missing You John Waite
  • 3. If This Is It Huey Lewis & The News
  • 4. These Dreams Heart
  • 5. Baker Street Gerry Rafferty
  • 6. You're No Good Linda Ronstadt
  • 7. Lonesome Loser Little River Band
  • 8. Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone) Glass Tiger
  • 9. Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar
  • 10. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Cutting Crew
  • 11. Fly Like An Eagle Steve Miller Band
  • 12. Bad Time Grand Funk
  • 13. Just Between You And Me April Wine
  • 14. Eyes Without A Face Billy Idol
  • 15. Love Stinks J. Geils Band
  • 16. Silent Lucidity Queensr˜Che
  • 17. When I'm With You Sheriff
  • 18. Every Time I Think Of You The Babys
  • 19. Alone Heart
  • Disc 4:
  • 1. Miracles Jefferson Starship
  • 2. Broken Wings Mr. Mister
  • 3. Open Arms Journey
  • 4. Rosanna Toto
  • 5. One That You Love, The Air Supply
  • 6. Keep On Loving You Reo Speedwagon
  • 7. Piano Man Billy Joel
  • 8. Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
  • 9. Heaven In Your Eyes Loverboy
  • 10. Oh Sherrie Steve Perry
  • 11. Everytime You Go Away Paul Young
  • 12. Without You Harry Nilsson
  • 13. Air That I Breathe, The The Hollies
  • 14. Love Of A Lifetime Firehouse
  • 15. Almost Paradise (Love Theme From Footloose) Mike Reno/Ann Wilson
  • 16. All By Myself Eric Carmen
  • Disc 5:
  • 1. More Than A Feeling Boston
  • 2. (Don't Fear ) The Reaper Blue ™Yster Cult
  • 3. Sara Starship
  • 4. Kyrie Mr. Mister
  • 5. Living Inside Myself Gino Vannelli
  • 6. We Just Disagree Dave Mason
  • 7. Hungry Eyes Eric Carmen
  • 8. Flame, The Cheap Trick
  • 9. Paradise By The Dashboard Light Meat Loaf
  • 10. Poison Alice Cooper
  • 11. All The Young Dudes Mott The Hoople
  • 12. Close My Eyes Forever Lita Ford (Featuring Ozzy Osbourne)
  • 13. Can't Get It Out Of My Head Electric Light Orchestra
  • 14. Final Countdown, The Europe
  • 15. Take It On The Run Reo Speedwagon
  • 16. Eternal Flame Bangles
  • Disc 6:
  • 1. Harden My Heart Quarterflash
  • 2. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me Elton John
  • 3. Lady Styx
  • 4. Nights In White Satin The Moody Blues
  • 5. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy Sammy Hagar
  • 6. Wind Of Change Scorpions
  • 7. Beth Kiss
  • 8. Melissa The Allman Brothers Band
  • 9. More Than Words Extreme
  • 10. I'm Not In Love 10cc
  • 11. Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds
  • 12. I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman
  • 13. You Belong To The City Glenn Grey/Glenn Frey
  • 14. Love Song Tesla
  • 15. Sister Christian Night Ranger
  • 16. Do You Feel Like We Do Peter Frampton
  • Disc 7:
  • 1. Tiny Dancer Elton John/Starship
  • 2. If I Could Turn Back Time Survivor
  • 3. Can't Fight This Feeling Pat Benatar/Reo Speedwagon
  • 4. Come Sail Away Styx/Whitesnake
  • 5. Love Hurts Mr. Big/Nazareth
  • 6. Up Where We Belong Jennifer Warnes/Joe Cocker/Meat Loaf
  • 7. Fooled Around And Fell In Love Elvin Bishop/Foreigner
  • 8. We're Ready Bad English
  • 9. Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh/Boston
  • 10. Second Chance .38 Special/Lou Gramm
  • 11. In A Big Country Yes/Big Country
  • 12. (Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection Europe/Gunnar Nelson
  • 13. Sentimental Street Damn Yankees/Night Ranger
  • 14. Midnight Rider Gregg Allman/Poison
  • 15. Baby, I Love Your Way Alias/Peter Frampton
  • 16. Free Bird Foreigner/Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • 17. Heaven Warrant
  • 18. Babe Styx
  • Disc 8:
  • 1. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now Starship/Warren Zevon
  • 2. Search Is Over, The Eddie Money/Survivor
  • 3. We Belong Pat Benatar/Patti Smith Group
  • 4. Is This Love Meat Loaf/Whitesnake
  • 5. To Be With You Mr. Big/Nick Gilder
  • 6. I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) Eric Clapton/Meat Loaf
  • 7. Say You Will Foreigner
  • 8. When I See You Smile Joe Walsh/Bad English
  • 9. Amanda Steely Dan
  • 10. Midnight Blue Lou Gramm/The O'jays
  • 11. Owner Of A Lonely Heart Yes
  • 12. Carrie Bee Gees
  • 13. High Enough Damn Yankees/Alicia Bridges
  • 14. Every Rose Has It's Thorn Exile/Poison
  • 15. More Than Words Can Say Alias/Randy Newman
  • 16. Waiting For A Girl Like You Foreigner/Kansas
  • 17. Heaven Chic/Warrant
  • 18. Babe Foreigner/Styx
  • 19. You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) Rod Stewart
  • 20. Ooh Baby Baby Linda Ronstadt
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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