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The Fire Still Burns [Best of]

Russ Ballard Audio CD
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Russ Ballard's eponymous 1984 album and its sequel, The Fire Still Burns, were reissued on a single disc by Renaissance Records in 1996. Both albums are fairly spotty, but they have enough highlights to make this worthwhile for dedicated fans of Ballard or his former band Argent. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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3.0 out of 5 stars Time can be cruel Oct. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Russ Ballard is a bit of Aldo Nova to me. I remember how much I used to play both these artist in my youth and I thought they played some of the greatest rock ever made. But as time goes on, your references are no longer the same and sometimes that result in a different feeling towards music from the past - especially when it's as time typical as in this case. Now, more than 15 years later I can still feel that songs like "I can't hear you no more", "In the night" (covered later on by Ace Frehley from Kiss), "Playing with fire", "The omen" and "Hey Bernadette" still touch me, due to their melodic and captivating style. But I think it has a lot to do with nostalgia. Once upon a time I wouldn't hesitate rating this (originally two separate LP's) with 5 stars, but today there can't be any higher than 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time can be cruel Oct. 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
Russ Ballard is a bit of Aldo Nova to me. I remember how much I used to play both these artist in my youth and I thought they played some of the greatest rock ever made. But as time goes on, your references are no longer the same and sometimes that result in a different feeling towards music from the past - especially when it's as time typical as in this case. Now, more than 15 years later I can still feel that songs like "I can't hear you no more", "In the night" (covered later on by Ace Frehley from Kiss), "Playing with fire", "The omen" and "Hey Bernadette" still touch me, due to their melodic and captivating style. But I think it has a lot to do with nostalgia. Once upon a time I wouldn't hesitate rating this (originally two separate LP's) with 5 stars, but today there can't be any higher than 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain price for 2 of his best albums-a must for fans. June 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had both these albums on cassette when they were released in the mid 80's and had worn them out. Russ Ballard, the former Argent front man can certainly "hold his head up" with these two albums. A call it a mix of rock meets pop, very easy to listen to. Fantastic guitar and great drum perfectlty meet with Ballard's strong vocals. Just listen to Amazon's samples for a taste of what the rest of the songs are like. Honestly, there is not one bad song on this CD. The first 8 songs are from his self titled 1984 LP. My favories are Voices, Two Silhouettes, I can't hear you no more and Playing with fire. Then the last 8 tracks are from 1985's "The Fire Still Burns". My picks are Once a Rebel, Hey Bernadette, Searching and the Fire Still Burns. A special mention for the magnificent Time & Your Time is Gonna Come. Although seperate songs they are linked, like a mini epic. To have these on CD is a dream come true, but great for the budget that both are on one CD. I have wanted these for so long. As seperate CD's you would have to pay 3 times as much as they are imports. Thanks Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Just Voices I Hear... Sept. 11 2002
By Zagnorch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was first exposed to Russ Ballard by his song Voices© on a local hard-rock station several years back. I rather enjoyed this track's sound and feel-- you know, the whole duality of man, and goin' schizo and all that rot-- and attempted to track down this particular cut on CD-Single (this was before I got into the whole MP3-Sharing-Over-The Internet thing). Following this vainglorious quest, I finally broke down and grabbed this double-album CD, all the while hoping that the one tune I wanted wasn't the only good song on it.
Fortunately, I found most of his other musical pieces rather enjoyable and relaxing, which is especially therapeutic after a long hard day of work. Now what kinda tunage is to be expected from this quasi-obscure artist, you ask? Well, except for Voices©, most of Ballard's tracks don't sound all that much different from the usual mid-80s combo-Pop-and-Hard-Rock tunes that you'd've heard on rock radio back in the day. Basically, if you dig the works of Journey™, The Cars™, Toto™, or Foreigner™, you'll likely enjoy Russ Ballard's work as well. And if you don't-- well, I guess you'd best listen to something else...
...`Late
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voices from long ago Jan. 7 2003
By "rkc03" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this song was on an episode of Miami Vice. Tubbs and Crockett were streaming to an island in a power boat of some kind after some bad dude. The song captured me. It was the the most break-taking form of rock I had heard in years. The beat - Drums, guitars,and the orchestra,were all placed with wonder in my mind. Several weeks after that I went to a local record store ,and of course purchased the cassette. I enjoyed many miles of listening to Russ Ballard,and that song,"Voices".Unfortunately, as time went on,and the kids grew older, the cassette was either lost or left outside like so many other things my kids drug out from the house. Of course they didnt know any better. The song now, after many years is still as refreshing as always. It is a time classic. This song will make you press the gas pedal down to the floor of your,what-ever you are driving,and become a vice officer in Miami. (Just dont let the cops catch ya ) Voices has a beat all of its own,and Russ Ballard has a voice that capitalizes that song in a way no other artist can. It is one of a kind. Buy it, play it,jam with it. I just wished there's was someway I could download the whole song instead of a sample.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Generic Rock Feb. 13 2011
By Francis P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have both Russ Ballard tapes (yes I like cassettes!). I got the self-titled Russ Ballard (1984) for free in a box of tapes - and really liked it! I'm not sure why! But definately Russ & his gang can write a great song. I recognized 'In the night' from my Ace Frehley 'Frehley's Comet' tape.

C'mon - don't expect too much! Jeepers! 'The fire still burns' is a little heavier and I like it even better! - The song 'Dream On' is covered by one of my favorite bands "King Kobra".

Great 'generic rock' - don't expect too much and you'll love the music - like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miami Vice Fan Nov. 6 2010
By Rodster1966 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge "Miami Vice" fan, and this CD has 3 great songs from that show; "In the Night", "Voices", and "Your Time is Gonna Come". There are other songs that are good on this CD also, I'm enjoying it very much.
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