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Hawai'i Underground >> you know, there are still GOOD ROCK BALLADS


6/3/12 4:08 AM
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take "bleed" by hot chelle rae for example. dang.
6/3/12 5:45 PM
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That guy has got some pretty nice vocal range. But I think I know what KC is talking about. Old school rock ballads were done by grisly genuine rock stars momentarily showing their heart, so it had that much more impact. When it comes from these soft modern emo dudes who are always whining anyways, you're like, "Hey! Shut up!"

That said, nice song, good voice.
6/3/12 11:23 PM
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oh yeah, well what about TRAPT?
6/5/12 5:42 AM
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This is how it's done...

6/5/12 6:51 AM
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Moke - Old school rock ballads were done by grisly genuine rock stars momentarily showing their heart, so it had that much more impact.


Sensitive Vikings. The only new rock ballads I've listened to for the past five/six years now come from this guy. Zakk Wylde.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MThwypq_ARo&feature=related

Other than that I'm with Moke. Since we on Coverdale, fucking watch his set acoustically. Here's my fave: SAILING SHIPS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5QKBmBAxQk


Tis sad when you say Nancy and Ann Wilson have more balls than these "men".
6/5/12 12:59 PM
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so rock bands like journey that specialized in the ballad wouldn't count?
6/5/12 5:08 PM
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Of course Journey counts!!! Guys like them and REO Speedwagon practically invented that shit...plus they knew how to rock their balls off too.
6/5/12 5:14 PM
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Here's something interesting...Adrian Vandenberg was the guitarist for that era of Whitesnake and was as responible for their sound as Coverdale. He used to have a band called Vandenberg many years previously. As you can see, he had already mastered the art of the power ballad before bringing those skills to Whitesnake.

6/5/12 5:27 PM
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Nice find MOB U2...Coverdale is the better singer than Plant...that's right, I said it.

6/5/12 5:45 PM
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we're not worthy?
6/5/12 8:27 PM
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Dang, KC busting out supah old school.

6/5/12 8:44 PM
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I forgot to mention above, that Adrian Vandenberg was fired after recording for the Whitesnake album and John Sykes took over and ended up writing/re-recording the vast majority of the tracks. Sykes is awesome and has a very unique style that probably had more to do with the sound of that album than anything or anyone...aside from it's production...it was over-produced imo (Bob Rock), but still a great album nonetheless.

John Sykes also has a great voice and is the lead singer as well as covering all guitars when playing in his own band Blue Murder, which has some great material.
6/5/12 9:16 PM
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I bring you a Blue Murder ballad...I LOVE how Sykes uses Tony Franklin on fretless bass. It has a very signature awesome sound in the right hands. This tune is unique in that the chorus and ballad part of the song doesn't really start until about 2:20 in.

6/5/12 11:02 PM
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Point taken FCTV. My bad - I should never be so musically bigoted towards others musical tastes.

Not my thing though that's all.

@ Moke, yeah I've followed them for a while. Though I love all of the guitar players of Whitesnake, I really loved Vai (since he was the guy on the first album I got from them - Slip of the Tongue), but tis true that Vandenberg and Sykes should get more of the credit. I remember the Vandenberg band as well - him and his PINK guitar! I shouldn't though b/c I was so young but I had a thing for buying old $4.99 tapes in those Woolworth bins.

I hate to say that too but yeah I like Coverdale over Plant anyday, but then again I guess for some it's like who's better - Halford or Dickinson - for me there is no choice - you take em both no questions asked!

I am forever jealous that my cousin saw Whitesnake a few times.

But as for ballady stuff, it's still guys I grew up with that are still rocking. Any of you guys still listen to 80s guitar wizard Richie Kotzen? This one is 2006.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14aNUK9rn04

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