Release date may vary per country.
SPV / Steamhammer => AXEL RUDI PELL "The Ballads IV" is coming in September 2011Another 7 years passed by after the release of the “The Ballads III”.Seven years of writing, recording and collecting even more emotional and melancholic songs. To keep the tradition, the band decided to record 3 brand new tracks for this ballad compilation.
Here is a short introduction by Axel himself to every new song in the specific running order:
WHERE THE WILD WATERS FLOW-"My own composition in the true ARP ballad style. This song is not about love, it has a more mysterious content and it captures the long and hopeless journey of human beings trying to get away from some dark mights. One can apply this to many different thoughts and situations nowadays.I definitely think that this song is one of the strongest ballads I´ve ever written with a hookline that will stick to everyone´s ears !"
HOLY DIVER-"As everybody knows, my soul mate and friend Ronnie James Dio sadly passed away last year. It was very clear to me using one of his songs to pay him tribute. It had to be a song, which was very easy recognizable as one of his tunes and therefore I picked “Holy Diver”. Of course the original track isn´t a ballad, so I decided to re-arrange the song completelyand we made a Piano version out of it, featuring some Orchestra – strings, a Cello and a clean and melodic guitar solo. Johnny gave his very best vocal performance and after the track was finished, there werelots of tears in some eyes…"
HALLELUJAH-"At least one of the best ballads around. Originally written and released by Leonard Cohen in 1984, it wasn´t his version giving me the idea to cover this tune. Actually it was all the good and bad performances of some TV casting show participants, who gave me the real kick to createone of the, hopefully, ultimate versions of this song. We recorded a children´s choir for this, which fitsperfectlyto Johnny´s emotional and soulful voice. There are 2 different versions of this track: the CD album version which features a slightly wilder guitar solo and the “Single” (and downloadable) version which features a calmer guitar solo. "
"The Ballads IV" will be released as standard version, double gatefold LP in coloured vinyl and download through Steamhammer / SPV.
AXEL RUDI PELL "The Ballads IV" - Tracklisting:
1)WHERE THE WILD WATERS FLOW5:34 (new song)
2)HOLY DIVER4:49 (new song)
3)HALLELUJAH4:16 (new song)
5)NOBLESSE OBLIGE(Opus #5 Adagio Contabile)4:08
8)IN THE AIR TONIGHT8:37
9)TOUCHING MY SOUL6:32
10)LIKE A CHILD AGAIN4:47
11)NO CHANCE TO LIVE6:17
12)HAUNTED CASTLE SERENADE (Opus #4 Grazioso E Agresso)3:51
13)THE CURSE OF THE DAMNED9:57
Produced and Arranged by Axel Rudi Pell.
“Where The Wild Waters Flow”, “Holy Diver” and “Hallelujah” were Recorded, Mixed and Co-Produced by Charlie Bauerfeind at Twilight Hall Studios, Grefrath, Germany, in May 2011.
Children´s Choir on “Hallelujah” recorded at the Widar School, Bochum – Wattenscheid, conducted by Dietmar Bloch.
Mastered by Ulf Horbelt at DMS Mastering Studios. Marl, Germany.
Cover Illustration by Martin McKenna.
"The Ballads IV" - Release Dates:
Germany: September 23rd, 2011
Europe: September 26th, 2011
USA/Canada: September 27th, 2011
Axel Rudi Pell live 2011:
14.07. D-Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
15.07. D-Osnabrück - Hyde Park
16.07. NL-Kerkrade - Rodahall (special guest of WHITESNAKE)
Johnny Gioeli - Lead und Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm und Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums