Power ballads are for men to drive home to after a day at the office aren't they? They can stick on Phil Collins or Chris Rea and belt out the words with no fear of their wives finding out that they like cheesy music. I don't have a wife, not do I drive round doing power ballads, but I don't mind a dose every once in a while.
There are three CDs here comprising fifty songs for you to get powerful over. It starts with Queen. You can shoot me down now when I say I don't like Queen. Yes, Mercury has a stunning voice, but their music fails to grab me. 'We Are The Champions' is a laborious and tedious start.
Talking of Phil Collins, he here is with 'In The Air Tonight.' A bleak and dismal song, but ever so atmospheric and with some of the best drum work you will ever hear. I love this one and Phil is a god! Head to Scorpions doing 'Wind Of Change' which is moving and slightly creepy, with that eerie whistling bit, makes me think of walking through graves.
A bit of female power balladness can be found in Cher doing 'If I Could Turn Back Time.' A meaty vocal in which she sounds like she could swallow you whole and a fierce and emotive chorus. T'pau also appear and Carol Decker is a force to be reckoned with. 'China In Your Hand' is a confident and assertive record with a chorus which makes you quake with fear when she gets highly strung.
Dare I slate Sinead O' Connor? 'Nothing Compares To You' might be an intimate affair with genuine emotion, but I find it painful and punishing. The song is an endurance and always makes me so sad. Also not too keen on Belinda Carlisle's 'Leave A Light On' which is way too shouty and annoying.
There are a good selection of real classics like The Cars, Nilsson and Meatloaf which will thrill dads and there are some newer ones like Robbie. Though I would happily pass on 'Angels' having heard it to death!
This is a solid compilation though with a ninety percent strike rate, so worth the price tag, which is just over a fiver.
When the first Power Ballads album came out, I was excited. It's the sort of music I used to love listening to, but there were never really any compilations of them, and at the time it was harder to make your own compilation. The ensuing Power Ballads albums contained more of the same, although I was a little hesitant about the inclusion of some of the songs, which didn't exactly seem like ballads, but were good tracks anyway, so I overlooked this and just enjoyed a good compilation.
The Very Best Of Power Ballads encompasses a lot of these tracks in a 3 CD presentation, and contains quite a few top tracks, the best of the Power Ballads albums. Much in the same vein as various Best Of albums such as the Now That's What I Call Music Best Of The 1980s, they combine what they feel to be ther best of the best in one album. However, there haven't been enough Power Ballads albums in my view to warrant making an amalgamation of all the best, and so it seems rather a pointless exercise when you take this into account.
However, as it stands, the compilation album is a very good one in terms of music selection. The first track of the first disc kicks things off nicely with We Are The Champions by Queen. There are further instantly recognisable tracks such as I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner, and the hit recently having made a comeback with the Cadbury's advert with the gorilla playing drums, In The Air Tonight, from Phil Collins. There are a couple of tracks on here that I wouldn't have thought would have been chosen as the very best of ballads, although Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and Broken Wings by Mr Mister are a couple of my all time favourites.
The second disc features a wider range of music in terms of spanning time. It kicks off with Robbie Williams' Angels, before dropping back to favourite 80s tracks from Chicago and Boston, before giving up on the bands with American place names and giving us another modern track with Nickelback's How You Remind Me. This is an excellent song, but I wouldn't have placed it under Power Ballads! Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Power Of Love is a great power ballad, as is Without You from Nilsson, but another inclusion that surprised me was The House Of The Rising Sun from The Animals - not really a power ballad as such!
Perhaps the whole of disc 3 would be more relevant? Great start with Holding Out For A Hero from Bonnie Tyler, although verging on a rock anthem as opposed to a power ballad. The same could be said of Billy Idol's White Wedding and 4 Non Blondes' What's Up, and by this point I gave up trying to fish out the rock anthems from the power ballads, resigning myself to accepting that the term 'Power Ballads' was being used rather loosely and incorporating a lot of rockier tunes.
This is not necessarily a criticism, as the tracks on here are all awesome, and the third disc doesn't disappoint by including such modern tracks as Hero from the Spiderman film as well as classics such as China In Your Hand from T'Pau. The disc ends fantastically with Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf - a powerful song, not particularly ballady, but awesome nonetheless.
I think the secret here is to not wonder what the relevance to ballads is, but merely to enjoy a very good combination of music. Ignoring the previous Power Ballads compilations, it is worth just admiring the amalgamation of a large number of excellent tracks spanning a few decades. It's an impressive group of songs, and although I deem it rather unnecessary considering there aren't that many Power Ballads albums to pick and choose tracks from, they have done well with what they had to work with, and I commend them for this.
If you have the Power Ballads albums already, then don't worry too much about getting this, as you will only be duplicating half your collection! However, if this is your first foray into the Power Ballads collections, it's an excellent way to bring yourself up to date. The compilation is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £12.98.
The very best of power ballads is a compilation that started of with power ballads 1 then 2 etc ect This is the best of thoes.
most of these tracks you should know most of them you may love but not have or some you may want to skip.
The problem with these albums is all the usual suspects are present on the cd's .
However this is 3 cd's so it covers a lot of ground. and dont worry if you dont want 3 cd's of ballads because there are a lot of upbeat songs here ,
for instance bat out of hell is that a ballad? erm no
holding out for a hero - defiantly not a ballad in my book.
so basically if you want 3 cd collection of some great tracks this is one to get.
The cd collection includes classics like i wan to know what love is to joe coker and up where i belong all the way to songs like robbie williams angels, to the original without you by nillson.
As i said there are upbeat tracks as well like rem and the one i love , white wedding by billy idol, and the upbeat the power of love by huey lewis.
TRACK LIST IS BELOW
* 1.We Are The Champions - with Queen
* 2.I Want To Know What Love Is - with Foreigner
* 3.In The Air Tonight - with Phil Collins
* 4.Is This Love - with Whitesnake
* 5.Wind Of Change - with Scorpions
* 6.Up Where We Belong - with Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
* 7.Broken Wings - with Mr. Mister
* 8.We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) - with Tina Turner
* 9.If I Could Turn Back Time - with Cher
* 10.(I Just) Died In Your Arms - with Cutting Crew
* 11.Can't Fight This Feeling - with REO Speedwagon
* 12.I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth) - with Meat Loaf
* 13.Alone - with Heart
* 14.Poison - with Alice Cooper
* 15.Kayleigh - with Marillion
* 16.Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - with Starship
* 17.Show Me Heaven - with Maria McKee
* 1.Angels - with Robbie Williams
* 2.Drive - with The Cars
* 3.Nights In White Satin - with The Moody Blues
* 4.All Out Of Love - with Air Supply
* 5.Hard To Say I'm Sorry - with Chicago
* 6.Listen To Your Heart - with Roxette
* 7.More Than A Feeling - with Boston
* 8.The One I Love - with R.E.M.
* 9.How You Remind Me - with Nickelback
* 10.Streets Of Love - with The Rolling Stones
* 11.The House Of The Rising Sun - with The Animals
* 12.Without You - with Nilsson
* 13.Nothing Compares 2 U - with Sinead O'Connor
* 14.The Power Of Love - with Frankie Goes To Hollywood
* 15.Every Rose Has Its Thorn - with Poison
* 16.Love Hurts - with Nazareth
* 17.It's All Coming Back To Me Now - with Pandora's Box
* 1.Holding Out For A Hero - with Bonnie Tyler
* 2.The Final Countdown - with Europe
* 3.Here I Go Again - with Whitesnake
* 4.White Wedding - with Billy Idol
* 5.The Power Of Love - with Huey Lewis And The News
* 6.Leave A Light On - with Belinda Carlisle
* 7.Don't Shed A Tear - with Paul Carrack
* 8.Black Velvet - with Alannah Myles
* 9.What's Up - with 4 Non Blondes
* 10.Hero - with Chad Kroeger, Josey Scott
* 11.China In Your Hand - with T'Pau
* 12.Alive And Kicking - with Simple Minds
* 13.Rooms On Fire - with Stevie Nicks
* 14.Missing You - with John Waite
* 15.Over My Shoulder - with Mike And The Mechanics
* 16.Bat Out Of Hell - with Meat Loaf
I've always been a fan of Power Ballad's and used to often watch the Magic Channel when they had them on for hours and hours so when I opened this for my birthday I was ecstatic. This sort of music takes me back to my childhood and reminds me of times that I spent with my grandparents at there house, as they were obsessed with music and anything in the hit parade as it was called then was purchased on vinyl which now all reside in a huge cabinet at my nan's house.
I think the album title however is a little deceiving "The Very Best of Power Ballads - The Greatest Driving Anthems ever". Now in my opinion that contradicts itself a little and I think there is a difference between Power Ballads and Driving Anthems. In my opinion a Power Ballad - as it says in the little is a ballad - quite simple and a driving anthem can actually be anything that basically gets you going when you are in the car, so if you are anything like me this can cover a huges amount of various types of music. Personally the title of the CD should be along the lines of 80's classic as more or less around 90% of the songs on this 3 CD album are from the 80's with the odd one or two driving anthems/power ballads from the later era.
However, i general it is a great CD, which when you purchase compilation albums you normally get one great CD and two more with a few odd songs on that are good, but there are only a few tracks on the whle compilation that I personally wouldn't have chose to put on there.
This CD starts off with a band that I was bought up with, everyone will know and if you don't you haven't been born. Queen - We are the Champions. A great track from the late Freddie Mercury and his co, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor, Queen had many great hits and really there should have been a few more on this particualr album. Following on it just gets better for me and like I said the whole album takes me back to my CHildhood, Foreigner - I want To Know What Love Is. One of my grandads favourites, that was played at his funeral and also a classic tune. With many other Classic favourites on this CD, including Whitesnake - Is This Love, Mr Mister - Broken Wings and many other tear jerkers if you have had a few drinks.
- Queen - We ARe The Champions
- Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
- Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
- Whitesnake - Is This Love
- The Scorpions - Wind of Change
- Joe Cockner & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong
- Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
- Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero
- Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
- Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arm Tonight
- REO SPeedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling
- Meatloaf - I'd Lie For You and Thats the Truth
- Heart - ALone
- Alice Cooper - Poison
- Marrillion - Kayleigh
- Starship - Nothings Gonna Stop Us
- Maria McKee - SHow Me Heaven
I feel on CD2 that there are a few tracks that could have been dropped from this compilation, they don't seem to quite fit in with the era that most of the come from, although they are good tracks by great artists, I think they could have been replaced, i.e. Robbie Williams - Angels and Nickelback - How YOu remind Me
- Robbie Williams - Angels
- The Cars - Drive
- The Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin
- Air Supply - All Out of Love
- Chicago - Hard to Say I Am Sorry
- Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
- Boston - More Than A Feeling
- REM - The One I Love
- Nickelback - You Remind Me
- The Rolling Stones - Streets of Love
- The Animals - The HOuse of the Rising Sun
- Nilsson - Without You
- Sinead o Connor - Nothing Compares to You
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood - The Power of Love
- Poison - Every Rose Has a Thorn
- Nazareth - Love HUrts
- Pandora's Box - Its All Coming Back to Me Now
Again a few songs on this particular CD that I don't think should be on there, the likes of 4 Non Blondes - Whats Up, however for me this CD make up for it with Carol Decker in T'Pau with China in Your Hands and the one hit wonder John Waite, which I think is one of the best songs of all time during the 80's era. We also have the UK version of WHitesnake - Here I Go AGain.
- Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For a Hero
- Europe - The Final Countdown
- Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
- Billy Idol - White Wedding
- Huey Lewis & The News - The Power of Love
- Belinda Carlisle - Leave the Light On
- Paul Carrack - Don't Shed a Tear
- Alannah Miles - Black Velvet
- 4 Non Blondes - Whats Up
- Chad Kroeger - Hero
-T'Pau - China In Your Hands
- Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking
- Stevie Nicks - Rooms on Fire
- John Waite - Missing You
- Mike and the Mechanics - Over My Shoulder
- Meatloaf - Bat out of Hell
I think following the kind of format that they have when making this compilation they ahve actually missed on or two classics from this which would have been nice to see, including the likes of Ultravox - Vienna and A-Ha, but thats just my opinion.
Great Great CD though!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Queen - We Are The Champions
2 Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
3 Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
4 Whitesnake - Is This Love
5 The Scorpions - Wind Of Change
6 Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong
7 Mr. Mister - Broken Wings
8 Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
9 Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
10 Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
11 REO Speedwagon - Cant Fight This Feeling
12 Meat Loaf - I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth)
13 Heart - Alone
14 Alice Cooper - Poison
15 Marillion - Kayleigh
16 Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
17 Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Robbie Williams - Angels
2 The Cars - Drive
3 The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
4 Air Supply - All Out Of Love
5 Chicago - Hard To Say Im Sorry
6 Roxette - Listen To Your Heart
7 Boston - More Than A Feeling
8 R.E.M - The One I Love
9 Nickelback - How You Remind Me
10 The Rolling Stones - Streets Of Love
11 The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun
12 Nilsson - Without You
13 Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
14 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love
15 Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn
16 Nazareth - Love Hurts
17 Pandoras Box - It's All Coming Back To Me Now
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
2 Europe - The Final Countdown
3 Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
4 Billy Idol - White Wedding - Part 1
5 Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
6 Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
7 Paul Carrack - Don't Shed A Tear
8 Alannah Myles - Black Velvet
9 4 Non Blondes - Whats Up
10 Chad Kroeger feat. Josey Scott - Hero
11 TPau - China In Your Hand
12 Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking
13 Stevie Nicks - Rooms On Fire
14 John Waite - Missing You
15 Mike And The Mechanics - Over My Shoulder
16 Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell