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When you listen to an Hard Rock record it often happens that after a series of fast and energetic tracks the atmosphere changes suddenly. It' the moment of the Ballade, or rather the moment of the Strong Ballade, because the guitar in solo has to be distorted anyway just to emphasize its emotional aspect; otherwise we would be at the level of deadly Sanremo paralysis.
The hard rock ballads become more tender, and I'm not only talking about the bands they propose, but also about their supporters, who at the concert, when the "Lentone" is released, take the lighter out of their pockets and dot the hall with a thousand star-like candles. The term ballade therefore refers to an emotional song, which is characterized by a sweet and melodic sound, whose themes, with corresponding exceptions, speak of love, abandonment and jealousy.
In most cases, the ballads begin with a slow and rhythmic verse in which piano, keyboard or acoustic guitar predominate. Then, when the choir comes, the loudness generally increases and the conventional instruments of hard rock are introduced: drums, bass and especially the electric guitar, which offers fast metal-style solos.
American music critic and sociologist Simon Frith identifies the origins of ballads of might with solo artists, especially Ray Charles, and the subsequent adaptation of this style in the 1960s by characters such as Eric Burdon, Tom Jones and Joe Cocker, who produced songs from the time of slowness, based on a strong and emotional chorus supported by powerful sounds.
In the 1970s, rock stars tried to convey deeper messages to the public and powerful ballads became their ideal medium. The genre that has given the most to powerful ballads, or rather, that has gotten the most of them, is the AOR. Foreigners, Journey, Styx, House Of Lord, have built their success on this melodic and at the same time energetic music.
But even in view of the hardest rock, the bands didn't miss the opportunity to soften some hearts. Of course, the history of music is full of slow songs composed by bands. In fact, for that very reason, it wouldn't be bad if everyone here were to write what their favourite rock music is.
A famous keyboard phrase, played by drummer Tommy Lee, serves as an introduction to the shrill voice of Vince Neil, who attacks the first verse of what is considered Mötley Crüe's most beautiful song: Home Sweet Home. Up to the choir, vocals and pianos stick together, where the Ballade is transformed into a powerful Ballade thanks to the majestic refinement of drums, bass and electric guitar.
The song was released on the 1985 album Theatre Of Pain, but can also be found in the anthology Decade of Decadence under the title Home Sweet Home '91 remastered. One can say that the success of this Ballade was the prelude to similar songs, of great radio impact and remarkable catalysts in terms of directing the following Hair Metal bands in the second half of the 80s.
The piece begins with an arpeggiated guitar and the deep voice of Jeoff Tate, who invites the protagonist "not to cry". About half of it is the inevitable electric guitar solo by Chris DeGarmo, who is also the composer. At the end of the song, when the sound peak becomes quiet again, a cello under the guitar arpeggio hints at the theme of the traditional Brahms sister Lullaby.
Silent Lovin' You is considered the best song of German sculptors who know their way around lentils because they had previously recorded songs like When The Soke Is Going Down, Always Somewhere and Lady Starlight (not to mention those composed later). Based on the album Love At First Sting, the song is, as Rudolf Schenker explained in an interview, "the story of a love that even though we know it is over, we are still trying to restore it".
The end is a long, endless, repeated phrase I'm Still Living You by Klaus Meine, with Schenker's guitar sparking. A sigh begins Every Rose Has Its Thorn, a powerful Baltic with a vague 1988 tone by Pison. It unfolds for a while with the voice of Bret Michaels, which is accompanied only by the acoustic guitar and a keyboard.
Then the drums and the electric guitar come, facing two complicated solos, one soft, the other faster and more metallic. Michaels said in an interview that the inspiration for the song came from a night he waited in a laundry until his clothes dried and called his girlfriend, whose name is Tracy Lewis.
He wrote the song when he got home. Meanwhile, the head of the group, Mr. Pison, revealed that the "Rose" in the song's title is a reference to the female organ. As Dee Snider of Twisted Sister said, this song killed ballads from music. Suddenly all the heavybands got rid of their distortion pedals and took over the acoustics.
Written by singer Steven Tyler, this ballad is certainly still one of the greatest hits of the Boston group. It starts with an arpeggiated guitar to which Steven attaches the first verse. Then, as is often the case with powerful ballads, the chorus is replaced by other instruments that increase the intensity of the song.
After this song Perry and Tyler's group created other wonderful ballads (e.g. fly away from here or Amazing), I don't think any of them ever managed to create the atmosphere of a masterpiece like Dream On, probably the most famous slow of Del epip Purpleé soloist of Fortune, but personally I prefer When A Blind Man Cry, also because it was originally composed by the best line-up of the English group, the so-called Mark II.
The song was initially only available as a B-side of the single Never Before, was released during Machine Head Sessions in 1972 and did not appear on the album. Later, when the record was remastered in 1997 for the 25th anniversary, it was put on the last song on the Tracklist. Because Ritchie Blackmore hated this song, the group never played it live as long as the guitarist was off, except for one case on April 6, 1972 in Quebec when Blackmore was ill and the late Randy California of the Spirits replaced him.
But Ian Gillan played the song together with his bandman in the 70s and 80s there. Later, with Ritchie's final farewell, the song became an integral part of Deep Purple's performances and appeared on most of the albums the group released with Steve Morse (very nice versions on Able) (Live At The Olympia 1996 and Able).
With Morse's arrival, most of the song was rewritten until it was extended to about 7 minutes during the concerts (compared to 3 minutes of the original), with a very complex and emotional guitar solo. The guitar parts for the song consist mainly of some Morse improvisations, while Roger Glover and Don Airey have reproduced the main rhythm section.
Morse is so different from the Studios version that when the song appears on a Morse record, it is attributed to Gillan, Paice, Glover, Lord and Morse, while the original version is Blackmore. In the song Shannon Hoon is introduced by Blind Melon in the choirs, who can also be seen in the film.
In an interview, Axl Rose explained that the song is about a woman who leaves a man and is dedicated to Izzy Stradlin's girlfriend who attracted Axl. Another whiny ballad is Alone Again, written by Dokken and released in 1984 on her Tooth And Nail record.
A high-profile single, like the rest of the band's repertoire, was written by singer Don Dokken and bassist Jeff Pilson, about a lyric that talks about a man's depression after being abandoned by his lover. It has a similar story to many other powerful ballads.
Almost all shot in black and white, with only a few colorful scenes, it shows the live performer of the song together with some flashes of Don Dokken in just one room. Dokken have written other ballads of might, like Slippin'Away, Nothing Left To Say and Goodbye My Friend, but Alone Again is the best for me: great voice of Don Dokken and great work of George Lynch's Mr Scary.
è More Than Words, the rock group Extreme. It is based on the work of the acoustic guitar by Nuno Bettencourt and on the voice of Gary Cherone, with vocal harmonies by Bettencourt himself. The other instruments are excluded, so when we come back to the speech at the beginning of the article, this cannot be seen as a real balance of powers.
No rise in Pathos, no electric solos, no bass and no battery. Principal guitar accustica and vocal. It is a balancing act about the loss of a relationship that is very different from normal Sabbath jobs. With a melodic, quiet tone, in which the voice of Ozzy Osbourne is accompanied by the piano and later by the strings of an ensemble, Changes stands in stark contrast to the hard tone of the electric guitar that made Toni Iommi's group famous.
The Firehouse have a large number of powerful ballads in their repertoire that have made them the most melodic metall group in the genre. The latter was the second single of the North Carolina Bands and their most successful charts in the United States, ranked number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
So when the label suggested the demo for their debut on Epic Records, they thought it needed a strong ball. shyly raising his hand, said, "I have a song. "It was played that way, liked it and became a great success.
Sweet and tender, with a vague blues tone, Is This Love is Whitesnake's best powerful Ballade, which was released in 1987 on her name record. Written by David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes, the song seems to have been originally written for Tina Turner. The song became one of the greatest hits of 1988 and further defined Whitesnake as one of the best rock bands of the 80s.
The most beautiful atmospheric song of a romantic like Jon Bon Jovi. A single from the 1992 album Keep The Faith, it reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and placed very well in the charts of the world, also thanks to the fact that it was one of the first to show the new sounds of the group, more mature than the light sounds that had led them to success over the past decade.
The piece, strange for a ballald, begins with the electric guitar, with a piano phrasing in the background. Accompanied by light guitar riffs, the song changes rhythm in the choirs, whereby the singer begins to use his accustomed tonality. In 1991, Jon was inspired by this song as he rode his bike through the streets of Arizona.
A few weeks later, however, a drunken Jon Bon Jovi wrote the last words in a hotel room, which actually reflect the feelings of the singer at that time. There are so many powerful ballads. The pianistic Ballade of the Great White. Even a speed-threatening band like the Canadian Annihilator has given in to the beautiful, melancholic Only Be lonely, a song in which they are unrecognizable.