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Here is a tough question: Name albums that open with a BALLAD!


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Initial post: Apr 12, 2012 7:48:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2012 7:49:09 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
I was listening to Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (ELTON)on my way to work today.
It starts off with Daniel...a ballad!

I'm still trying to think of another record that starts off with a slow tune especially a "rock" record.
I realize Whitney n' Barry n' Celene do it all the time so pick a record that isn't by an artist known for a ton of ballads...

Good Luck!

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 9:18:26 AM PDT
ED S. says:
This is a tough question. And I can only think of one album and it is from the era of "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player"

"The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars".

"Five Years". Great opening track.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 9:34:48 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Very good question, took me a minute to think of one but Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key Of Life" starts off with:

"Love's In Need Of Love Today"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 9:47:10 AM PDT
Andy B says:
Anita Baker's Rapture album started off with "Sweet Love"

Whitney Houston's debut album started with "You Give Good Love"

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 9:52:33 AM PDT
Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon' - "Breathe". (Technically, it starts with "Speak to Me", but that is more or less an intro, not a song).

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 9:53:33 AM PDT
Badfinger - A$$ - Apple of My Eye
The Band - Music from Big Pink - Tears of Rage
The Beatles - Let It Be - Two of Us
The Byrds - Fifth Dimension - 5D
Crowded House - Time on Earth - Nobody Wants To
Derek & the Dominos - Layla - I Looked Away
Jefferson Airplane - Crown of Creation - Lather
John Lennon - Imagine - Imagine
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass - I'd Have You Anytime
The Velvet Underground - s/t - Candy Says
The Velvet Underground - & Nico - Sunday Morning

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 9:55:19 AM PDT
ED S. says:
Here is another one. "No Reply" From "Beatles '65"

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 10:00:34 AM PDT
Boston's "Third Stage"; song: 'Amanda'

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 10:04:45 AM PDT
TC says:
Animals - Pink Floyd

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 10:15:57 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Hey Andy, I forgot about Anita and "Sweet Love". One of my favorite songs by her.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 10:52:27 AM PDT
ED S. says:
All I am comeing up with is 1970's music.
David Bowies guitarists solo album "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue" by Mick Ronson, leads off with "Love Me Tender".
But who cares because me and three other guys are the only ones who bought this album.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 12:01:16 PM PDT
Out In The Cold from Priest Live album-Judas Priest

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 1:11:57 PM PDT
onsenkuma says:
FLEETWOOD MAC: Tusk (Over and Over)

A daring move on a daring record.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 2:31:26 PM PDT
Laust Cawz says:
Bowie's "Space Oddity" (originally titled "Man Of Words, Man Of Music")
begins with "Space Oddity", which is a ballad, in the original sense
(meaning that it's a narrative song, that it tells a story).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 2:43:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2012 2:44:12 PM PDT
Strange Days - The Doors (Strange Days)
Nashville Skyline - Bob Dylan (Girl from the North Country)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 2:46:25 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
@MissMiscellanea,
"Girl From The North Country" is an excellent song.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 2:51:24 PM PDT
S. Rice says:
Tom Waits - Blue Valentine - Somewhere
Roxy Music - Avalon - More Than This
David Sylvian - September - Secrets of the Beehive
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
Nick Cave - Into My Arms - The Boatman's Call

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 7:15:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2012 7:16:15 PM PDT
I would say "Court and Spark" on Joni Mitchell's album of the same name. Maybe not a ballad per se but definitely a lighter song kicking off an album. One of my all time favorites.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 7:32:06 PM PDT
MTK says:
The answer is a fun obscure classic.

Willis Alan Ramsey's debut eponomous (and final) LP from 1970 opens with "Ballad of Spider John". Sends chills up my spine no matter how many times I hear it. The tale of of a criminal who falls for an innocent girl...and the heartbreak that follows. This remains one of my favorite songs and sets the tone for a remarkable folk album. It surpasses the cover that Jimmy Buffett put on his '74 "Living & Dying in ¾ Time" album. That record also included "Muskrat Love", a tender if silly song made famous by Captain and Tenille. I had a chance to see the reclusive Ramsey in concert a few years back in Memphis at the Folk Alliance International gathering. I missed it by a day, and still am kicking myself for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1umpe-u86rk

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 11:42:27 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
ED
Count me as one of the three guys with Ronson's solo records...the rest of you don't know what you're missing!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2012 11:48:24 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
Jeff "a reviewer", it's good to see you here! I was wondering earlier today, before reading your post from yesterday, where you've been!

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 11:54:02 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
Both by Sinead "O Connor:
"Jackie" from "The Lion And The Cobra"
"Feels So Different" from "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got"

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 12:26:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2012 12:32:18 PM PDT
Boots - Nancy Sinatra
The LP opens with Nancy's cover of the Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By."

There's also "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison. This album opens with the title track.

The Bay City Rollers' self-titled U.S. debut opens with the ballad "Give a Little Love."

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 10:33:34 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
The opening title tracks on Gordon Lightfoot's "Don Quixote" and Joni Mitchell's "Court And Spark" are ballad-like.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 10:34:59 AM PDT
Steelers fan says:
If "ballad" is expanded to include mere slow love songs, there are many.
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