Monster Ballads CD (1999)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview

Monster Ballads provides a near-definitive portrait of the golden age of the power ballad, the late '80s/early '90s including great hits like "Heaven," "Almost Paridise," and "When I'm with you."


Label Bmg/razor & Tie Entertainment
SKU 60317064
UPC 793018902427
UPC 14 00793018902427
Format CD
Release Date 6/29/1999
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 9022
Lable Name Razor & Tie
Released 06/29/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00793018902427
Album Notes and Credits
Compilation producers: Craig Balsam, Cliff Chenfeld.
Razor & Tie's Monster Ballads provides a near-definitive portrait of the golden age of the power ballad, the late '80s/early '90s (henceforth known as the Bush era). Sure, a few of the 16 songs were recorded prior to the Bush era (such as Mike Reno and Anne Wilson's genre-defining "Almost Paradise" or Europe's "Carrie"), and there are a few noticeable omissions (no Bon Jovi or Slaughter, "Something to Believe In" instead of the classic "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" from Poison), but it's hard to argue with almost everything here. Nearly every classic power ballad is here -- "Heaven," "High Enough," "Is This Love," "To Be With You," "Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone," "More Than Words," "Headed for a Heartbreak," "When I See You Smile," "When I'm With You," and the Scorpions' end of the Cold War epic "Winds of Change" -- and those that don't quite make "classic" status are usually listenable (with the notable exception of Steelheart's "I'll Never Let You Go [Angel Eyes]). Ultimately, the missing tracks and the mediocre cuts don't drag down the disc, since the core of this collection consists of the best power ballads known to man. What exactly that means is subject to interpretation. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Disc 1
1 Heaven - Warrant
2 Something To Believe In - Poison
3 High Enough - Damn Yankees
4 Almost Paradise - Mike Reno/Ann Wilson
5 Is This Love - Whitesnake
6 To Be With You - Mr. Big
7 Carrie - Europe
8 Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) - Cinderella
9 More Than Words - Extreme
10 Headed For A Heartbreak - Winger
11 When I Look Into Your Eyes - Firehouse
12 Wind Of Change - Scorpions
13 I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) - Steelheart
14 When I See You Smile - Bad English
15 Don't Close Your Eyes - Kix
16 When I'm With You - Sheriff
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