Rock Ballad of the Week: The Storm “To Have And To Hold”

You and I know that we need each other
It came to me as I drove through the pouring rain
There’s something I’ve always known that I need to tell you
It’s the simple things I find so hard to say
[Chorus]
So I give you my heart
And all the feelings inside
Here’s a love that will last
for the rest of our lives
So believe in these words
That are deep from my soul
And remember that I’ll always be there
To have and to holdWhen you’re away I find that I need you
And then It turns out
You feel the same
Now I won’t be alone to face tomorrow
And the truth is out and it”s falling just like rain

*Songwriters: Gregg Rolie / Kevin Chalfant

Photo credit: Clique Records

The Storm was an American supergroup rock band, formed in the Bay Area of San Francisco during the early 1990s. The band released their first single, a power ballad, “I’ve Got a Lot to Learn About Love,” for which they are perhaps most widely known. The song peaked at #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Bachman Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

I met a devil woman
She took my heart away
She said, I’ve had it comin’ to me
But I wanted it that way
I think that any love is good lovin’
So I took what I could get, mmh
Oooh, oooh she looked at me with big brown eyes

And said,
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something that you never gonna forget
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet

“Nothin’ yet
You ain’t been around
That’s what they told me”

And now I’m feelin’ better
‘Cause I found out for sure
She took me to her doctor
And he told me of a cure
He said that any love is good love
So I took what I could get
Yes, I took what I could get
And then she looked at me with them big brown eyes

And said,
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something, here’s something your never gonna forget
baby, you know, you know, you know you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet

“You need educatin’
You got to go to school”

Any love is good lovin’
So I took what I could get
Yes, I took what I could get
And then, and then, and then
She looked at me with them big brown eyes

And said,
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
Baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something, here’s something
Here’s something that your never gonna forget, baby
Baby, baby, baby you ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
You ain’t been around
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
That’s what she told me
She said, “I needed educatin’, go to school”
I know I ain’t seen nothin’ yet
I know I ain’t seen nothin’ yet

*Lyrics by Randy Bachman

Bachman–Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, was a Canadian rock group from WinnipegManitoba, who had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Their 1970s catalogue included five Top 40 albums and six US Top 40 singles (eleven in Canada). The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as “gearheads” (derived from the band’s gear-shaped logo). Many of their songs, including “Let It Ride“, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet“, “Takin’ Care of Business“, “Hey You“, and “Roll on Down the Highway“, still receive play on classic-rock stations.

The original lineup consisted of Randy Bachman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Fred Turner (bass guitar, lead vocals), Tim Bachman (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Bachman (drums). This lineup released two albums in 1973. The second and most commercially successful lineup featured Blair Thornton (lead guitar), in place of Tim Bachman. This lineup released four albums between 1974 and 1977, including two that reached the Top 5 in the U.S. pop charts, as well as the band’s only U.S. No. 1 single (“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”). Subsequent lineups enjoyed only moderate success.

After the band went into a hiatus in 2005, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2009 to tour and collaborate on a new album. In 2010, they played the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton. The two stopped touring following Turner’s amicable retirement in March 2018.

On March 29, 2014, the classic Not Fragile line-up reunited for the first time since 1991 to mark Bachman–Turner Overdrive’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and participated in performing in a tribute version of “Takin’ Care of Business”.

*source: Wikipedia

Thank you to Erika’s 70’s week for this gem.

Rock Ballad of the Week: Huey Lewis And The News “Do You Believe In Love?”

I was walking down a one-way street
Just a looking for someone to meet
One woman who was looking for a man

Now I’m hoping that the feeling is right
And I’m wondering if you’ll stay for the night
So I’m coming, oh
(I don’t wanna be lonely, baby please tell me)
I wanna love you all over

Do you believe in love?
Do you believe it’s true?
Do you believe in love?
Oh, you can bet I believe it too

Now the feeling is beginning to grow
And the meaning is something you only know
If you believe it take my hand and I’ll take your heart, come on

Now I wonder where does true love begin
I’m going under so I’m lettin’ you in
My woman, oh
(I don’t wanna be lonely, baby please tell me)
I wanna love you all over

Do you believe in love?
Do you believe it’s true?
Do you believe in love?
Oh, you’re makin’ me believe it too, yeah

I use to have you in a photograph
(I’m so glad it’s changed)
But now I’ve got you and it’s gonna last
(Do you believe in love)

Do you believe in love?
Do you believe it’s true?
(I’m so glad)
Do you believe in love?
(I’m so glad)
Oh, you’re makin’ me believe it too, yeah

Do you believe in love?
Do you believe it too?
Do you believe in love?
I believe in love too, oh

*
Songwriters: ROBERT JOHN LANGE
Do You Believe In Love lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Huey Lewis and the News is an American pop rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually achieving 19 top ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100Adult Contemporary, and Mainstream Rock charts.

Their most successful album, Sports, was released in 1983. The album, along with its videos being featured on MTV, catapulted the group to worldwide fame. That expanded when the song “The Power of Love” was featured in the hit film Back to the Future. “The Power of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The News combined a rock backing with soul and doo-wop harmony vocals and Lewis’ distinctive voice.

*source: wikipedia

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Instrumental: Reb Beach “Santa Fe”

Richard Earl “Reb” Beach, Jr. (born August 31, 1963) is an American rock guitarist. He is a member of the bands Winger and Whitesnake.

Beach is best known for his work in the band Winger and for being a member of Whitesnake since 2002.

After graduating from Fox Chapel Area High School and attending Berklee College of Music in the early 1980s, he played in Fiona‘s backing band and became an accomplished studio musician, working with the likes of Howard Jones, Chaka Khan, The Bee Gees, Twisted Sister, and Roger Daltrey, among others, showcasing Beach’s ability to adapt to various musical styles.

While working with Fiona, he was introduced to Kip Winger who was touring with Alice Cooper at the time. Eventually they formed the band Sahara along with Rod Morgenstein and Paul Taylor, which was later renamed to Winger.

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*source: wikipedia

photo credit: Alchetron

Rock Ballad of the Week: Little Caesar “In Your Arms”

Everything ain’t what it seems
In this world of broken dreams
And the things they try to teach you
Sure ain’t what you’ve seen
But you make it all seem right
When you whisper in the night
Won’t you wrap those calming arms around me?
Hold me tight
Hold me near through the years
Through the fears, through the tears

Well it makes you wanna shout
With the crap they’re dishin’ out
You’re the only one it seems
To make it all work out
And you’re always by my side
Puttin’ up with foolish pride
When the day to day fiascos
Only multiply
You’re the heart, you’re the soul
When the world takes it’s toll

The load is getting lighter
When I’m in your arms
Just squeeze a little tighter
When I’m in your arms
In your arms
In your arms

With my back against the wall
When you keep standing tall
When I stumble, you are
Always there to break my fall
When I’m far away from home
I can call you on the phone
When I hear your voice
Then certainly I’m not alone
All the words that you say
Make the miles drift away

The load is getting lighter
When I’m in your arms
Just squeeze a little tighter
When I’m in your arms
‘Cause it all seems so easy
When I’m in your arms
Just hold me tight and squeeze me
When I’m in your arms
In your arms

You take me far away from there
When you hold me in your arms right away, yeah!

SOLO

(Won’t you hear me now?)

Everything ain’t what it seems
In this world of broken dreams
And the things they try to teach you
Sure ain’t what you’ve seen
In the dark, in the night
In your arms, it’s all right
You’re the heart, you’re the soul
When the world takes it’s toll

The load is getting lighter
When I’m in your arms
Just squeeze a little tighter
When I’m in your arms
‘Cause it all seems so easy
When I’m in your arms
Just hold me tight and squeeze me
When I’m in your arms
The load is getting lighter
When I’m in your arms
Just squeeze a little tighter
When I’m in your arms
‘Cause it all seems so easy
When I’m in your arms
Just hold me tight and squeeze me
When I’m in your arms
In your arms
In your arms
In your arms
In your arms

Everything ain’t what it seems

*

Writer(s): Ronald Curtis Young, Gregg W. Sutton

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The band was founded late in the 1980s by Ron Young, who had previously worked as a nightclub bouncer The group independently released an EP and were featured on the 1989 Metal Blade compilation Street Survivors with one song “Down to the Wire”, which led to their signing with DGC Records, a subsidiary of Geffen Records, in 1989. John Kalodner did A&R work for the group, and Bob Rock produced their debut self-titled album, which was released in 1990 to positive reviews.  On the strength of the singles “Chain of Fools” (a cover of the Aretha Franklin song) and “In Your Arms”, Little Caesar hit number 139 on the US Billboard 200 in 1990. Lead vocalist Ron Young made a brief cameo in James Cameron‘s ‘TERMINATOR 2‘ as the biker thrown through the window of the bar by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Despite the group’s chart success, they had problems maintaining a popular image, due in part to their heavily tattooed membership.  They remained with DGC/Geffen for a sophomore release, Influence in 1992, but neither Rock nor Kalodner continued working with them. By this time, guitarist Apache had left and was replaced with Earl Slick. After Influence failed to sell well the group disbanded. They were one of many metal bands whose careers faltered with the early 1990s rise of alternative rock. DGC – initially a label strongly devoted to metal/progressive rock label – began to favor alternative bands. Ron Young later went on to sing in The Four HorsemenManic Eden, and Dirt.

The band reformed for some live shows in 2001, and released a new album, ‘Redemption’, in 2009. They also introduced new guitar player Joey Brasler (who had played with Etta James, Bob Welch, Cherie Currie) replacing original member Apache. After touring in the US, Europe and the UK during 2010/2011, Little Caesar released their fourth longplayer entitled “American Dream” on the Unison Music Group label in May, 2012. It was produced by Bruce Witkin. They embark on a tour of Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium mid June and will be performing at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales in Dec 2012.

On 25 March 2013, it was announced that band would perform at the Download Festival on the 16th June 2013. The band will perform on the Pepsi Max Stage. Frontman Ron Young explains: “20 years ago we were offered to play the festival when it was called Monsters Of Rock. We had to turn it down because our label would not give us the funds to get there.

“Today, with no label, manager or big-money supporters, we finally made it. We got there because we have some amazing people that prop us up, inspire us, and bless us with their talent, energies – and most priceless, their friendship. They’ve helped us accomplish what we couldn’t do with a lot of powerful people behind us.”

*source: wikipedia

photo credit:  AllMusicScreamer Magazine

Instrumental: Steve Stevens “Water On Ares”

Steve Stevens (born Steven Bruce Schneider; May 5, 1959) is an American guitarist and songwriter. Often referred to as “the fingers of rock”, he is best known for being Billy Idol‘s guitarist, the lead guitar work on “Top Gun Anthem”, and for playing for other artists (most notably Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil)[1] and also for his solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco a Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and as an in-demand session guitarist. Between 2012 and 2016, he appeared with Kings of Chaos. He is also a television personality on the E! show Married to Rock, alongside his wife, Josie Stevens. He is also known for his diverse collaborations. One notable example is his Spanish guitar stylings for the trance group Juno Reactor in the song Pistolero.

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*source: wikipedia

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Instrumental: John Petrucci “Wishful Thinking”

John Peter Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is an American virtuoso guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

*source: Wikipedia

photo credit: Guitar World