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The Quiet Storm - not so quiet really when the first track is a blast from Aerosmith! Still, it just goes to show that the title of an album does not always reflect the style of music contained within it. Having said that, this is quite a good album with plenty of well known tracks, but with the compulsory "blooper" thrown in for luck here and there.
To be honest, when I bought this album, it was supposed to be a surprise for my husband to listen to during a short stay in hospital. But then I decided to do what we little wives usually do - kept it for myself!
*** TRACK LIST ***
01: Aerosmith - Crazy
In my opinion, no Aerosmith track will ever surpass "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" but this is a good one to start with. A word of warning - make sure your volume is down for the beginning of the record - it starts with a bit of "Hey Baby..." and then in with some serious drumbeats. Anyone of a nervous disposition would not appreciate this on 'loud'.
02: Bryan Adams - Lets Make A Night To Remember
I have to admit to having a bit of a soft spot for Bryan. Any singer with a bit of grit in their voice works for me! Therefore, in my opinion, great record.
03: Nickleback - How You Remind Me
Another track with a bit of 'umph' to it. Warn the neighbours before you play this one!
04: Prince - Purple Rain
Oh no, he turns up everywhere. I think Zippity Doo Dah (what does he call himself nowadays?) is an acquired taste. Needless to say, I haven't acquired it.
05: Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
Depends on what you like. This is either a classic track, or alternatively, music to slash your wrists to. It's not a patch on Sultans of Swing but ok(ish).
06: Chad Kroeger Ft. Josey Scott - Hero
A good American sound with nice strong vocals. I like this one.
07: Mr Mister - Broken Wings
Ah, reminds me of my college days. In my opinion, a classic 80's track. Why don't people have this one blaring out of the car stereo instead of the old 'ddddddddddd...'? Yes, I know, they are all under the age of 19 and don't know it!
08: Reo Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You
This one always seems to turn up on compilation albums. I think I have it on about 8 CDs but it now seems a bit dated. Good in its day though.
09: Chris Rea - Fool if you Think Its Over
I personally prefer the Elkie Brooks version of this (I know, anyone under 20 are wondering who Elkie Brooks is) but I think Chris Rea wrote the song so I suppose he has the right to sing it.
10: Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
He allegedly wrote this song for his wife. Typical Clapton guitar twangs make this a great track.
11: Gary Moore & Phil Lynott - Parisienne Walkways
He may not have the greatest voice, but Gary Moore is certainly one of the greatest guitarists ever. To me, this record will never be outdated and the combination of Moore and Lynott will never fail to produce good music.
12: The Who - See Me Feel Me
I personally find this record boring. The beginning of the track certainly doesn't reflect the Who's image of trashing microphone stands and drum kits. Very dull
13: Free - My Brother Jake
Why is this track on this album? Who knows, but it doesn't exactly fit in with the genre of acoustic ballad. The record is ok, but doesn't really belong here.
14: Boston - Moore Than A Feeling
Ah, classic! What more can I say? It has a very 80's sound to it but it is nevertheless a great song.
15: Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Foreigner is another band that can do no wrong in my eyes. Lou Gramm has a very distinctive vocal sound and, considering the length of time this was in the Top 40, you will either love it or hate it.
16: Styx - Babe
Hmm. Not sure about this one. Very sickly sweet record.
17: The Scorpions - Wind of Change
Originating from Germany, this is the only Scorpion track that has ever got anywhere in the UK. Probably has something to do with the fact they always record in German. But there you go...
18: Lynard Skynard - Freebird
I don't know why, but this always sounds to me like he is singing off key. Doesn't really do it for me.
01: Sting - Fields of Gold
It's not really a sing you can sing to, but if you are a Sting fan, you can always have a go. I suppose it's ok but has the potential to be a bit depressing.
02: Paul Weller - Wild Wood
Gone are the days of po-going (anyone remember that?) to Jam records. Paul Weller has done really well since going solo and this, together with "You Do Something To Me" is one of his best pieces of work ever. Great song.
03: The Police - Every Breath You Take
Well, we can't get away from old Sting can we? I do prefer the Police work to Sting's solo stuff, and this is a great track. A hit for me.
04: Eric Clapton - Let It Grow
Ooh, no. Very wishy washy song in my opinion. Acoustic? I don't think so.
05: Rod Stewart - Handbags & Gladrags
Although Rodders recorded the original of this, I much prefer the Stereophonics' version. Brilliant track all the same.
06: Texas - I Don't Want A Lover
Great group. Great track. Strong vocals. Good stuff!
07: Pretenders - Kid (Live)
This nearly sent me to sleep. I don't want to offend any Pretenders fans, but they have done better than this.
08: Elvis Costello - Alison
This sounds a bit like a country & western record. Not bad, but another one that doesn't really belong on this album.
09: Squeeze - Labelled with Love
This is a very catchy track. Anything that starts with "she unscrews the top of new whiskey bottle..." is going to be good!
10: Suzanne Vega Ft. Joe Jackson - Left of Centre
Oh shoot me now! Music to slash your wrists to. Joe Jackson has done some good music, but Suzanne Vega has never really appealed to me.
11: Lisa Loeb - Stay (I Missed You)
This is just a 'nice' little record that sounds good as background music (background music for what, I haven't yet decided) but it's ok. Nothing to rave about though.
12: Cast - Free Me
I had never heard of Cast before I heard this track. This is quite a good 'pop' tune, a little reminiscent of Oasis. It grows on you.
13: Del Amitri - Driving With The Brakes On
I do like this track and I think Del Amitri have done some good work. This is the kind of music you would expect on an album like this.
14: Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's
I always liked this one. A very catchy tune and one that needs playing with the volume up a bit.
15: The Cardigans - My Favourite Game
Similar sound to The Bangles but better.
16: The LA's - There She Goes
A bit of a one hit wonder (apologies to any LA's fans who are going to tell me that the band have had ten No.1's). Not a bad track though.
17: Ocean Colour Scene - The Circle
Ocean Colour Scene usually appear on compilation albums with "The Day We Caught The Train". This makes a refreshing change and in my opinion is a great piece of music.
18: Extreme - More Than Words
Not one of my favourites. I think it needs a bit more of a beat to it to liven it up a little.
*** PRESENTATION ***
Take two guitars, a swivel chair (not sure of the relevance of this - anyone tried playing a guitar on a swivel chair? The arms get in the way...), a window with a storm breaking outside. What have you got? A very simply album cover but one which portrays the title of the album very well.
The discs themselves are quite a nasty colour - caramel (a bit like a plaster to be precise!).
*** MY OVERALL OPINION ***
Generally, this is a good album but does have a few 'duds' for my taste. I could quite easily live without it but, as the saying goes, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Therefore, I would recommend this album, but bear in mind there are a fair few tracks that do not particularly meet the criteria of an acoustic ballad compilation.
Thanks for reading.
(Also on Ciao - matthewsmum)
I bought this cd quite a while back now, and hadn't listened to it for quite a while until recently, when I re-discovered it sitting amongst my cd collection.
I realised again what a good compilation album it actually is, with quite a few of my favourite tracks on it.
I am not really a fan of compliation albums on the whole, as I usually find there maybe one or two good tracks, but also a lot of 'filler' which is often rubbish in my opinion. Also with a lot of themed albums, such as a love songs compilation for example, you will often notice some tracks included which definitely would not fit in with most people's idea of a love song!
So, with that in mind I am quite pleased to see that this album 'The Quiet Storm' which is meant to be 'The Best In Electric and Acoustic Rock Ballads' is for the most part exactly what it claims to be.
As for being 'the best' well that is down to opinion, and although not all the tracks on this double cd are the best in my opinion, a fair few of them are!
This is a double album, released in 2003 and containing 36 tracks, so I am not going to list or review them all here but list some of my favourites and mention some of the others.
Nickelback - How You Remind Me.....This was one of my favourite songs of the year when it was released a few years back, and still is a favourite track of mine. It remained in the top 20 singles chart for 3 months, reaching number 4. I love the deep bass and loud guitar, alongside Chad Kroger's meaningful vocals.
The song is about a man whose girlfriend has left him, and he is haunted by her memory, seeing her everywhere he goes. Then as he begins to get over her, she wants him back but he realises he doesn't want her anymore, and ultimately she is the one who ends up feeling haunted by his memory.
Dire Straits - Romeo & Juliet...... I am quite a fan of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, and being from the North East as is Mark, I can relate to a lot of North East places he refers to in many of his songs. There is no mention of such places in this track, however, it is one of my top 5 Dire Straits tracks, and probably a favourite of many people I would imagine. Not only do I love the guitar on this track but I love the lyrics also , they are quite moving yet funny in parts too, when 'Juliet says, hey it's Romeo, you nearly gimme a heart attack!'
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is......a great power ballad, this was a number one single for Foreigner, and while I am not a big fan of them, this song brings back many happy memories for me, so I love the fact it is included here.
Gary Moore - Parisian Walkways.... the guitar in this track is amazing. Gary Moore is one of the greatest guitarists (in my opinion of course) and I'm glad this track is included on the album, as it certainly deserves to be.
Paul Weller - Wildwood.....I was a fan of The Jam way back in my younger days and like a fair bit of Paul Weller's solo stuff over the years. This acoustic track is soft and mellow and fits very well with other acoustic tracks included on the album. It is one of my favourite Paul Weller tracks, along with You Do Something To Me.
Eric Clapton- Wonderful Tonight....another guitar great. It is of course the track he wrote for Pattie Boyd, who was married to George Harrison , who also wrote a song about her (Something), and then married Eric Clapton, who wrote this track and 'Layla' about her.
Fancy having 2 famous rock stars writing 3 hit songs about you!
It is the guitar in this track that appeals to me, much more than the lyrics.
R.E.O Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You.... this is another song I like purely because it brings back some happy memories of my younger days ( saying that makes me seem really old!) I loved this track and the follow up 'Take It On The Run' but never really liked anything else they did after this.
Other favourites of mine on this album are :-
Sting - Shape Of My Heart
Boston - More Than A Feeling
Mr Mister - Broken Wings
Prince - Purple Rain
There is also a beautiful acoustic version of 'Kid' by The Pretenders, which I feel is a stand -out track on this compilation.
There are also tracks by The Who, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega, Free, The Scorpions, Lynard Skynard and lots more. For a full track list vist Amazon.co.uk.
This double album is available to buy on Amazon for £12.98 new, and from 99p used.
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Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Crazy - Aerosmith
2 Let's Make A Night To Remember - Bryan Adams
3 How You Remind Me - Nickelback
4 Purple Rain - Prince
5 Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits
6 Hero - Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott
7 Broken Wings - Mr Mister
8 Keep On Lovin' You - REO Speedwagon
9 Fool If You Think It's Over - Chris Rea
10 Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
11 Parisian Walkways - Gary Moore
12 See Me Feel Me - The Who
13 My Brother Jake - Free
14 More Than A Feeling - Boston
15 I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
16 Babe - Styx
17 Wind Of Change - Scorpions
18 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Shape Of My Heart - Sting
2 Wild Wood - Paul Weller
3 Every Breath You Take - The Police
4 Let It Grow - Eric Clapton
5 Handbags & Gladrags - Rod Stewart
6 I Don't Want A Lover - Texas
7 Kid (Acoustic Version) - Pretenders
8 Alison - Elvis Costello
9 Labelled With Love - Squeeze
10 Left Of Centre - Suzanne Vega
11 Stay (I Miss You) - Lisa Loeb
12 Free Me (Acoustic Version) - Cast
13 Driving With The Brakes On - Del Amitri
14 Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
15 My Favourite Game (Acoustic Version) - The Cardigans
16 There She Goes - The La's
17 The Circle (Acoustic Version) - Ocean Colour Scene
18 More Than Words - Extreme