The Rockets (5) ‎– No Ballads

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RSS 20 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO RSS 20 UK 1980 Sell This Version
8T-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(8-Trk, Album) RSO 8T-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
CT-1-3071, 3216 250 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(Cass) RSO, RSO CT-1-3071, 3216 250 US 1980 Sell This Version
3216 250 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(Cass) RSO 3216 250 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071, 2394 250 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO, RSO RS-1-3071, 2394 250 US 1980 Sell This Version
2394 250 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO 2394 250 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
2394 250 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO 2394 250 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
MWF 1078 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO MWF 1078 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
2394 250 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO 2394 250 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album) RSO RS-1-3071 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album, 25) RSO RS-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album, 26) RSO RS-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album, 53) RSO RS-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album, 56) RSO RS-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album, 72) RSO RS-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
RS-1-3071 The Rockets (5) No Ballads(LP, Album, Promo, 73) RSO RS-1-3071 US 1980 Sell This Version
2394250 The Rockets (5) no ballads(LP, Album) RSO, Polydor 2394250 France 1980 Sell This Version

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winchrecords

winchrecords

May 15, 2019
edited 5 months ago
referencing No Ballads, LP, Album, RSS 20
No Ballads
**** recommended.

Produced by Johnny Sandlin

The title of this 1980 album seems to be a partial punch at the folks who might have thought their previous breakthrough album was going to be the start of an ongoing movement into radio-friendly territory, and likely a solid sock to all the candy-ass chicken rock of this era. (It's also a great title for a rock 'n roll album) The set seems to be a return to the no-nonsense power of their 1977 Love Transfusion album. Two Pointer Sisters add background vocals to a cover of Lou Reed's "Sally Can't Dance," and Lee Michaels offers organ to that cut and a few others, but if the 1979 album swerved slightly, this jumps right back on the two-lane blacktop. "Takin' it Back" sounds a lot like the enjoyable "Turn Up the Radio" from the previous album but the punch and Chuck Berry is more intact here, Little Richard as well. It’s perhaps the best song they offered. If 1977's "Love Transfusion" had you grinning, but you lost some of that grin at times in 1979, this will likely find you cheesing from chin to chin.

The band offers Tommy Talton's "Restless" (a Cowboy song?) and the Lou Reed song on the first side, while side two sticks with the originals--which of course show many influences, Little Richard throughout, and Del Shannon on "Sad Songs." The set concludes with a couple of bluesy numbers, the last one "Troublemaker" the better of the two, the song slinking into the conclusion. This was clearly one of this band's more essential outings.

-- Winch (Winch Records: only the good ones...the good, the odd, and the wonderful)
ztifg

ztifg

January 4, 2019
referencing No Ballads, LP, Album, RS-1-3071, 2394 250
This is a kick ass record. Most records are lucky to have a couple of great songs. Every song on this album is great. Desire and Takin' It Back are the best punk/rock songs you'll ever hear. I can't say enough good things about this record.