Favorite Power Ballads #6 - "Ball and Chain"

@teamfreak16 (29941)
Manitou Springs, Colorado
August 10, 2017 8:45pm CST
In the 1980's, power ballads were all the rage, particularly with the hair metal bands, so I am celebrating power ballads with this particular series. We are at #6 in the countdown, with a guy who was not a hair metal guy, but he made a great power ballad anyway: "Ball and Chain" by Aldo Nova, who is making his first appearance in one of my music series'. From his double platinum 1982 self-titled album, "Ball and Chain" certainly fits the power ballad criteria. It's slow, and has both the required keyboards and obligatory mid-song guitar solo. As lovely as it is, "Ball and Chain" was not released as a single, despite being one of the strongest tunes on an album full of them, and remains one of Aldo Nova's more popular songs. Who knows what record companies are thinking, but in "Ball and Chain," they had a radio friendly song just waiting to be a hit. They dropped the ball with this one. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
Aldo Nova. Ball and chain. Track 4 from "Aldo Nova" album (1982). Lyrics below: Aldo Nova's album "Subject" (1983) and info: https://goo.gl/BRPgQx AOR & Melo...
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Aug
I remember this only vaguely Scott. It sure is lovely though.
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
I'm getting a lot of "I don't know this one" comments. They should have released it as a single.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
11 Aug
@teamfreak16 Yes they surely should have. It is most deserving..it is baffling why they did not.
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
@TiarasOceanView - Who knows what record companies are thinking.
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• Richfield, Utah
11 Aug
I like this one, but ive always been more partial to Fantasy....
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
I do love "Fantasy."
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• Richfield, Utah
11 Aug
@teamfreak16 lol, me too
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@andriaperry (21871)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Aug
I have no idea where I was when all this music came out! I dont know this one.
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
You were probably were listening to something else at the time.
@FourWalls (7884)
• United States
11 Aug
His career was just a fantasy. As I frequently say, this is better than the "big hit," which I learned to hate after about three weeks of nonstop playing by radio stations.....
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
"Fantasy" certainly was overplayed. I still dig it, though.
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@FayeHazel (7155)
• United States
11 Aug
Aldo Nova is awesome!
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
His first two albums are really good. I didn't care much for Twitch, however.
@TRBRocks420 (54474)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Aug
Pretty good song. I haven't heard this one in awhile.
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
I hadn't listened to it in awhile myself.
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@JohnRoberts (32397)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Aug
Another one I don't know at all!
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@teamfreak16 (29941)
• Manitou Springs, Colorado
11 Aug
I still think it could have been a hit.
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@dollaboy (6401)
11 Aug
Aldo Nova Album is very good, Scott
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