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Balance/In For The Count

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (Looking For The) Magic
  2. I'm Through Loving You
  3. Breaking Away
  4. No Getting Around My Love
  5. Fly Through The Night
  6. American Dream
  7. Haunting
  8. Falling In Love
  9. Hot Summer Nights
  10. It's So Strange
  11. In For The Count
  12. Is It Over
  13. Slow Motion
  14. Undercover Man
  15. On My Honor
  16. All The Way
  17. Pull The Plug
  18. Bedroom Eyes
  19. We Can Have It All


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RENAISSANCE
  • ASIN: B001BJ65H6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Allison on March 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I didn't get this one because Renaissance Records has ripped me off a few times. I found out they will use any source to put out a record if they can't get the masters. But I did see the review by Joe L. states it's one of their rare good quality CD's. I know Joe's got a good ear so this one must be OK. But be warned. You could be wasting your money if you want quality sound and the label says "Renaissance"!
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This 2-on-1 release features the first two studio albums by the AOR band Balance, which featured Bob Kulick on guitar. Balance served up keyboard drenched melodic pop/rock with great harmonies that was just perfect for early 80's radio consumption.

The band's 1981 self-titled debut makes up the first 10 tracks of this CD, and has a decidedly lighter approach than the disc's second half. This is a straightforward pop album, and gets a bit cheesy at times. It reminds me of lighter Ambrosia and Toto material. It does, however, contain a fantastic hard rock song called "Fly through the Night" that is as good an 80's rock tune as you could hope to find.

Fortunately the band decided to rock a bit more for their 1982 album In for the Count. Compare the guitar-driven album opener "In for the Count" to the first album's unbelievably cheesy leadoff track "Looking for the Magic" and you immediately know you're getting an entirely different album. The second half of the disc more than makes up for the first half. In For the Count has a REO Speedwagon/Touch/April Wine sound. It's "roller rink rock", but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Balance is one of my guilty pleasure bands. Sure, I'll hit the skip button on a couple of these songs, but for the most part this is a great collection of 80's rock.

NOTE: In for the Count was recently reissued with a pair of bonus tracks. If you can't find a copy of this 2-on-1, that may be the way to go. Besides, that is the album with just about all of Balance's best songs.
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As far as the sound quality goes I see nothing wrong with this album. Upon putting it in my cd player I was instantly transported back to 1981 & 82 when I first heard these albums. Great singing,and great lyrics, they just don't make music like this anymore. And both classics on one cd, what more can you ask for?!
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The first Balance album was perfect from start to finish, as it gathered great musicians from several bands and let them do their thing. This CD would be worth it just for that album, but you also get the follow-up release, which boasts several excellent tunes. Great price and great pop music.
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