Complete List Of Marty Balin Albums And Discography

Marty Balin Albums

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This Complete List Of Marty Balin Albums And Songs presents the full discography of Marty Balin studio albums. Marty Balin was born on January 30, 1942. He passed away on September 27, 2018. Marty Balin hailed from the area of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was well known for his work in Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. This list looks just at his solo albums.

Balin

Released January 1981

Marty Balin’s debut solo album, Balin, marked a significant transition from his time with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Released on EMI America Records, this album was a foray into soft rock and balladry, showcasing Balin’s distinctive voice and songwriting skills. The album’s production was handled by John Hug and Marty Balin himself.

The recording of Balin took place in several studios, including The Record Plant in Sausalito, California. The album featured a host of musicians, including Jesse Barish on guitar and backing vocals, Mark Cummings on keyboards, and Bobby Vega on bass. Balin was well-received for its smooth production and the hit single “Hearts,” which became a top-10 hit in the United States.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Hearts” – 4:32
  2. “You Left Your Mark on Me” – 4:40
  3. “Lydia!” – 3:36
  4. “Atlanta Lady (Something About Your Love)” – 3:46
  5. “Spotlight” – 3:30
  6. “I Do Believe in You” – 3:22
  7. “Elvis and Marilyn” – 2:45
  8. “Tell Me More” – 3:15
  9. “Music Is the Light” – 3:25
  10. “Born to Be a Winner” – 4:10

Lucky

Released 1983

Lucky, Marty Balin’s second studio album, continued in the vein of his first solo effort, blending soft rock with more mainstream pop elements. Released on EMI America Records, the album was again produced by John Hug, showcasing Balin’s smooth vocals and songwriting prowess.

The album’s recording sessions took place in California, featuring an array of musicians including Johnny De Caro on guitar, Jesse Barish on guitar and backing vocals, and David Miner on bass. While Lucky did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor, it was still recognized for its polished sound and Balin’s emotive vocal performances.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Born to Be a Winner” – 4:10
  2. “What Love Is” – 3:55
  3. “There’s No Shoulder” – 4:20
  4. “Before” – 4:20
  5. “Heart of Stone” – 4:40
  6. “Why” – 3:55
  7. “Shoot” – 3:10
  8. “When Love Comes” – 4:10
  9. “Do It for Love” – 3:40
  10. “What’s New in Love” – 3:20

There’s No Shoulder

Released 1983

There’s No Shoulder was a compilation album by Marty Balin, released in the same year as Lucky. This album featured a selection of tracks from his previous solo work, designed to showcase the range and depth of his songwriting and vocal talents.

The album includes songs from Balin and Lucky, capturing the essence of Balin’s early solo career. The compilation highlights his transition from the psychedelic rock sound of Jefferson Airplane to the more melodic and softer rock of his solo efforts.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Hearts” – 4:32
  2. “You Left Your Mark on Me” – 4:40
  3. “Lydia!” – 3:36
  4. “Atlanta Lady (Something About Your Love)” – 3:46
  5. “Spotlight” – 3:30
  6. “I Do Believe in You” – 3:22
  7. “Elvis and Marilyn” – 2:45
  8. “Tell Me More” – 3:15
  9. “Music Is the Light” – 3:25
  10. “Born to Be a Winner” – 4:10
  11. “What Love Is” – 3:55
  12. “There’s No Shoulder” – 4:20
  13. “Before” – 4:20
  14. “Heart of Stone” – 4:40
  15. “Why” – 3:55
  16. “Shoot” – 3:10
  17. “When Love Comes” – 4:10
  18. “Do It for Love” – 3:40
  19. “What’s New in Love” – 3:20

Better Generation

Released 1991

Balin’s 1991 album, Better Generation, represented a shift towards a more contemporary sound, blending his classic soft rock sensibilities with elements of new wave and pop. Released under the GWE Records label, this album showcased Balin’s ability to adapt and evolve with the changing musical landscape of the early 90s.

The recording of Better Generation took place in various studios, featuring a lineup of musicians that included Balin on vocals, with support from talented session players. The production of the album was geared towards a sound that was both modern and reflective of Balin’s roots in the 1960s and 70s rock scenes.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Better Generation” – 4:05
  2. “The Wheel” – 4:33
  3. “World of Dreams” – 4:27
  4. “Do It for Love” – 4:12
  5. “Ties That Bind” – 4:50
  6. “I’m Here” – 4:24
  7. “Young at Heart” – 4:17
  8. “Don’t Say Goodbye” – 3:55
  9. “Shake It Up” – 3:44
  10. “Time For Every Season” – 4:10
  11. “Let’s Go” – 4:07
  12. “Country Girl” – 4:29

Freedom Flight

Released 1997

Freedom Flight, released in 1997, continued Marty Balin’s exploration of different musical styles, incorporating more acoustic elements and a laid-back, almost country-inflected sound. This album, released on the independent label, Miramar Recordings, displayed Balin’s versatility as an artist and his ability to resonate with a diverse range of musical tastes.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Summer of Love” – 4:21
  2. “I Specialize in Love” – 4:34
  3. “The Music Is No Good Without You” – 4:38
  4. “Freedom Flight” – 4:42
  5. “Crazy Over You” – 4:28
  6. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” – 4:13
  7. “Ganja of Love” – 4:50
  8. “Sitting in the Rain” – 4:12
  9. “Miracle” – 4:06
  10. “America” – 4:30

Marty Balin Greatest Hits

Released 1999

Marty Balin Greatest Hits, released in 1999, is a compilation album featuring new recordings of Balin’s most popular songs from his solo career as well as his time with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. This collection, released by the label CMC International, was an opportunity for Balin to revisit and reinterpret his classic tracks with a contemporary touch.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Miracles” – 4:32
  2. “Hearts” – 4:26
  3. “Atlanta Lady” – 3:38
  4. “Do You Believe in Love” – 4:10
  5. “Count on Me” – 3:29
  6. “Runaway” – 3:50
  7. “With Your Love” – 3:35
  8. “Caroline” – 3:47
  9. “Music Is the Light” – 3:50
  10. “Hold Me” – 4:14
  11. “You Left Your Mark on Me” – 4:20
  12. “Lydia!” – 3:35
  13. “It’s No Secret” – 3:28

Marty Balin

Released 2003

In 2003, Marty Balin released an eponymous album, Marty Balin, continuing his journey in the music industry with a blend of soft rock and acoustic elements. Released under the label Artemis Records, this album highlighted Balin’s enduring talent as a vocalist and songwriter.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “What Love Is” – 3:52
  2. “Miracle” – 4:28
  3. “Hearts” – 4:36
  4. “Atlanta Lady” – 3:46
  5. “Do It for Love” – 4:14
  6. “Tell Me More” – 4:12
  7. “Music Is the Light” – 3:54
  8. “There’s No Shoulder” – 4:22
  9. “Maybe” – 3:58
  10. “Candles” – 3:54

Nashville Sessions

Released 2008

Nashville Sessions, released in 2008, showcased Marty Balin embracing country music, a genre that had always influenced his songwriting. This album, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, was a tribute to the city’s rich musical heritage and featured a blend of country and soft rock styles.

Working with Nashville’s seasoned session musicians and producers, the album contained both new songs and reworked classics, highlighting Balin’s versatility as an artist. The recording sessions in Nashville brought a distinct country flavor to Balin’s work, adding a new dimension to his extensive discography.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Blue Monday” – 4:10
  2. “Cowboy on the Run” – 3:45
  3. “Guess I’ll Go Back Home” – 3:30
  4. “Wandering Man” – 4:20
  5. “No More Bad Memories” – 3:55
  6. “Everything” – 4:05
  7. “Georgia Moon” – 4:12
  8. “Just Like That” – 3:40
  9. “Always” – 3:50
  10. “An American Icon” – 4:25

Time for Every Season

Released 2009

In 2009, Marty Balin released Time for Every Season, an album that reflected on the various stages of his career and life. This introspective album included a mix of new songs and reworked versions of some of his classics.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Time for Every Season” – 4:10
  2. “Summer of Love” – 3:50
  3. “Good Memories” – 4:05
  4. “Heart of Stone” – 4:15
  5. “Blue Highway” – 4:20
  6. “Nobody but You” – 3:55
  7. “Now I Know” – 4:10
  8. “Crazy” – 4:00
  9. “Shine” – 3:45
  10. “You Are the One” – 4:30

Blue Highway

Released 2010

Blue Highway, released in 2010, continued Marty Balin’s exploration of his musical roots, blending elements of rock, pop, and folk. The album, featuring a collection of new songs, showcased Balin’s songwriting skills and his ability to convey emotion through music.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Blue Highway” – 4:22
  2. “Heart of Stone” – 4:18
  3. “Candles” – 3:56
  4. “You’re a Beautiful Woman” – 4:04
  5. “Please” – 4:10
  6. “Shadows” – 4:08
  7. “Always” – 3:50
  8. “Turn Me Up” – 4:15
  9. “Yesterday’s Dreams” – 4:00
  10. “Miracle Flight” – 4:30
  11. “Who’s Fooling Who?” – 4:05
  12. “Rollin’ Ball” – 3:58

The Witcher

Released 2011

CD Track Listings:

1 The Witcher
2 Turn Me Up
3 L.A. Girls
4 Love Don’t Lie
5 Gonga Of Love
6 Just A Dream
7 I Want You
8 Dream Motorcycle
9 Boulevard
10 Sleepwalkin’

Good Memories

Released 2015

CD Track Listings:

Disc: 1
1 Good Memories
2 It’s No Secret
3 Blues from An Airplane
4 Come Up the Years
5 Young Girl Sunday Blues
6 J.P.P. McStep B. Blues
7 She Has Funny Cars
8 Martha
9 High Flying Bird
10 And I Like It
11 Other Side of This Life
12 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds

Disc: 2
1 St. Charles
2 Caroline
3 There Will Be Love
4 Comin Back to Me
5 My Best Friend
6 Count on Me
7 Today
8 Fat Angel
9 Runaway
10 With Your Love
11 Hearts
12 Miracles

The Greatest Love

Released 2016

CD Track Listings:

1 Scheherazade
2 Crazy Over You
3 Always
4 The Greatest Love
5 Wonderful
6 Dance All Night
7 Superman
8 Rollin’ Ball
9 Stripper
10 You Had Me at Hello
11 Jamaican Me Crazy
12 What Can I Do
13 Surprise
14 Horses
15 Waves

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