There are some albums which have left their mark on rock music for good. Some albums which gave inspiration to thousands of musicians so as to play, write and record music for the first time. Such an album is Russ Ballard's homonymous release which came out in 1984. 1984 was a time when music did rule the radio waves. Not fancy cover artworks, or album titles etc… just music, which was more important than everything else. Russ released an album which was meant to become a classic. You see the 80s was the time when the most rock/hard rock classic albums were released.
The Midnighters were an American R&B group from Detroit, Michigan. They were an influential group in the 1950s and early 1960s, with many R&B hit records. They were also notable for launching the career of lead singer Hank Ballard, and the world-wide dance craze The Twist. Between 1953 and 1962 The Midnighters scored almost two dozen hits on the National Pop & R&B Charts. Their big hits included the million-selling Billboard Top 10 pop hits "Finger Popping Time", and "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go".The Midnighters also enjoyed 13 Top 10 R&B Hits,including 3 R&B # 1's. Top 10 R&B hits included Work With Me Annie", "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)", "Annie Had a Baby", "The Hoochi Coochi Coo", "Teardrops On Your Letter", "Get It", "The Float" and "Nothing But Good". The Midnighters as a group were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012.
Russ Ballard takes advantage of his unparalleled song writing skills throughout the Book Of Love album. Needless to say, Ballard was one of the great U.K. singer-songwriters who was also a brilliant guitarist. Always worth the ears of Argent fans, Hank and the Shadows fans and more, Ballard’s unique ability to merge guitar driven progressive rock and pop influences continues moving in the right direction with the classic rock vibe of Book Of Love.
Premium Gold Collection was released Sep 07, 1999 on the EMI Music Distribution label. Collection of the Argent vocalist's best solo recordings. 16 tracks, including 'I Can't Hear You No More' and 'Voices'. The original EMI CDs (not the remasters): 8 songs - "Russ Ballard" 1984 and 8 - "The Fire Still Burns" 1985.
A welcome return after a long absence. The 13 song CD opens with "Only Love Can Save Me" which is probably not the most convincing number on the album, though it does grow on you with listening. The next two songs are Ballard at his best. "Stay With Me Tonight" and "Vibrate" are uptempo catchy beasts that stick in the mind. On the whole this is an album that you have to listen to a few times to get into it. The effort is worthwhile because this is undoubtedly an excellent collection of new songs, six co-written with Chris Winter.
The best of the former Argent vocalist's solo work on the EMI label includes the hit title track "Voices", his solo rendition of Argent's signature song "Hold Your Head Up", "You Can Do Voodoo", "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" (adopted by Kiss) and many more.