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Soto, Jeff Scott - The Essential Ballads (6,5/10) - USA - 2006

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Frontiers Records
Playing time: 70:56
Band homepage: Soto, Jeff Scott

Tracklist:

  1. If This Is The End
  2. As I Do 2 U
  3. Holding On
  4. Send Her My Love
  5. Lonely Shade Of Blue
  6. This Aint The Love
  7. Don't Wanna Say Goodbye
  8. 4U
  9. Still Be Loving U
  10. Till The End Of Time
  11. Sacred Eyes
  12. By Your Side
  13. Beginning 2 End
  14. Through It All
  15. Last Mistake
  16. Another Try
Soto, Jeff Scott - The Essential Ballads

Jeff has compiled a best of ballads disc culled from his three solo full lengths and two E.P.’S. In addition to all of that there are three new songs on here to soak up as well. “If This Is The End” is a tender soft number with JSS vocals bursting through with all of his crooning glory. A shining guitar solo erupts and plays though the rest of the song. “Holding On” has a bit more bite than the rest of his compositions. The keys are lush and do play a prominent part on here while the drums have a little more action as well.

 

One of the real highlights on here is the JOURNEY version of “Send Her My Love” which is basically Jeff accompanied with a bongo like percussion, soft keyboard work and minor guitar work. This sounds just as good as the original if not better. “4U” is an interesting number because the voice is slightly higher than usual and it somewhat is reminiscent of Glenn Hughes/Prince/Al Green and the music is more along the lines of R & B.

 

It’s a nice change of pace actually compared to the rest of the songs on the album. There is not much to write here except that there are tunes on here that utilize acoustic guitars in the mix and some songs are heavier than others, but in the end they are all done well and JSS remains a highly underrated singer. However, I think that this comp is a bit much and it is hard to swallow in one setting. Sure this may be a good thing to throw in when you are with that certain someone, but otherwise, I would listen to this in increments of fifteen minutes at a time spread out during the week.

(Online January 6, 2007)

Joe Florez



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