Premium Gold Collection was released Sep 07, 1999 on the EMI Music Distribution label. Collection of the Argent vocalist's best solo recordings. 16 tracks, including 'I Can't Hear You No More' and 'Voices'. The original EMI CDs (not the remasters): 8 songs - "Russ Ballard" 1984 and 8 - "The Fire Still Burns" 1985.
A welcome return after a long absence. The 13 song CD opens with "Only Love Can Save Me" which is probably not the most convincing number on the album, though it does grow on you with listening. The next two songs are Ballard at his best. "Stay With Me Tonight" and "Vibrate" are uptempo catchy beasts that stick in the mind. On the whole this is an album that you have to listen to a few times to get into it. The effort is worthwhile because this is undoubtedly an excellent collection of new songs, six co-written with Chris Winter.
The best of the former Argent vocalist's solo work on the EMI label includes the hit title track "Voices", his solo rendition of Argent's signature song "Hold Your Head Up", "You Can Do Voodoo", "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" (adopted by Kiss) and many more.
Fine follow up to the previous album. Same style, same standard. Also "Your Time Is Gonna Come" had considerable commercial potential. "The Fire Still Burns," the title track of his 1985 album attained No. 15 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Russ Ballard's first solo album is, surprisingly, a bit rootsier than one would've expected coming from an ex-Argent member, trying for a good, pounding beat on most of its length, interspersed with some anthemic-style numbers. There aren't too many interesting or diverting hooks on this album's worth of originals, and at his best Ballard is a decent if unexceptional hard rock singer here. The record as a whole is as much a somewhat bland extension of Ballard's mid-'60s work with the Roulettes, as it is a distillation of the core Argent sound, with the strongest songs being the material on the original LP's side one.