Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Power ballads

"I Think I Love You"
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Early 80s Cincinnati Power Ballad

If it’s true that Aerosmith invented the “power ballad” in 1973 with their prom-rock classic, “Dream On,” then let history take note that Cincinnati teen rockers – Max & the Bluegills – would enter a sound studio eight years later to record their own aching power ballad about unrequited love’s

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"Stand by the Door"
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“Stand by the Door”: 1972 UK Power Ballad

It’s too bad the term “power ballad” has ruined it for power ballads, but as power ballads go, this one is a winner: “Stand By the Door“ Audience (1972) Such an obvious anthem — with that early glam sound (courtesy of London’s Trident Studios). Q:  So how come I only

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"It Could Have Been Better"
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“It Could Have Been Better”: It Could Have Been an A-Side

Discovered a great song – “It Could Have Been Better“- from Joan Armatrading‘s debut album that was included on a 1973 sampler album of A&M artists (in partnership with Altec sound equipment) entitled, Odyssey: LP includes “Part Of The Union” by The Strawbs “It Could Have Been Better” is said

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