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Masterpiece 80's Studio Albums

Discussion in '80's Music' started by nichodido, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. nichodido

    nichodido Member

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    Also, I love Van Halen. Heck, I have Van Halen, Diver Down, 1984, 5150, and OU812 all on CD. But I would like to ask how OU812 is a masterpiece album. I mean it really only has 1 good song. I almost feel like you're just naming every popular album you know. Explain how it's a "masterpiece album". Something like Journey Escape is masterpiece.. OU812??? Cmon man..
     
  2. BikerDude

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    Actually in the 80's I went mostly left of the dial.
    A lot of semi forgotten bands.
    But I'll grant that it was a time when things really started changing.
    Uncle Tupelo, R.E.M.,Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, on and on.

    One of my fav's back then. Edfromohio rules.
     
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  3. nichodido

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    I have decided to redo my list.

    1980:
    Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
    Billy Joel - Glass Houses
    REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
    Blondie - Autoamerican
    AC/DC - Back In Black
    Rush - Permanent Waves
    The Pretenders - Pretenders
    Pat Benatar - Crimes Of Passion
    The Alan Parsons Project - Turn Of A Friendly Card

    1981:
    Quincy Jones - The Dude
    Journey - Escape
    Rush - Moving Pictures
    Foreigner - 4
    Genesis - Abacab
    Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
    The Human League - Dare
    The Police - Ghosts In The Machine
    Men At Work - Business As Usual

    1982:
    Asia - Asia
    Chicago - Chicago 16
    Hall & Oates - H2O
    Joe Jackson - Night & Day
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Toto - Toto IV
    John Cougar - American Fool
    The Clash - Combat Rock
    Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie
    Fleetwood Mac - Mirage
    Pat Benatar - Get Nervous
    Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
    Duran Duran - Rio

    1983:
    Yes - 90125
    Asia - Alpha
    Journey - Frontiers
    Madonna - Madonna
    Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down
    Robert Plant - The Principle Of Moments
    Def Leppard - Pyromania
    U2 - War
    Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
    The Police - Synchronicity
    Men At Work - Cargo

    1984:
    Chicago - Chicago 17
    The Cars - Heartbeat City
    Van Halen - 1984
    Foreigner - Agent Provocateur
    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
    Scorpions - Love At First Sting
    Bryan Adams - Reckless
    Steve Perry - Street Talk
    Survivor - Vital Signs

    1985:
    Asia - Astra
    The Outfield - Play Deep
    Heart - Heart
    Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
    Men At Work - Two Hearts

    1986:
    Van Halen - 5150
    Billy Joel - The Bridge
    Toto - Fahrenheit
    Europe - The Final Countdown
    Journey - Raised On Radio
    Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
    Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life
    GTR - GTR
    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
    Peter Gabriel - So
    Survivor - When Seconds Count

    1987:
    U2 - The Joshua Tree
    Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night
    Whitesnake - Whitesnake

    1988:
    Toto - The Seventh One
    Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Up Your Alley

    1989:
    Nothing

    Still think 1989 was garbage. I did add to 87 and 88. Enjoy the new list everyone :D
     
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  4. DJ Spanky

    DJ Spanky The Lunatic is in my Head

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    This spurred me to think about a few I'd add to your list:

    1981
    Heavy Metal Soundtrack

    1983
    Eddie and the Cruisers Soundtrack

    1986
    Boston - Third Stage

    1988
    Bon Jovi - New Jersey

    1989
    Quincy Jones - Back On The Block
     
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    Lynch Rockin' Out

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    I can't believe that I missed this one on my list. :banghead: Awesome album! :bow:

    I know long time Boston fans might disagree with me, but I like Third Stage more than Don't Look Back

    (pinch forefinger and thumb together), I was this close to buying a Rockman unit back in the day because of this album. The day that I went to buy one, I wanted to give it another test drive and ended up pulling an American made BC Rich off of the wall to tinker around with. Ended up trading in my Strat for that BCR and never did buy a Rockman
     
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    Going out on a limb here but I'm gonna mention Sentimental Hygiene by Warren Zevon - 1987. After a few years off he emerged clean and sober with a well written album with and a slew of killer guest musicians (Neil Young, Flea, David Lindley, Peter Buck).
    Neil Young's lead guitar on the title track is hypnotic.
     
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    Not sure if it is or was a '1980s masterpiece album' but I once bought a KING COBRA cd called READY TO STRIKE that featured Carmine Appice older brother of Vinny Appice of Dio & Black Sabbath as the bands drummer with the rest of the band being made up of a young bunch of guys about 10-15 years younger than Carmine and all wearing BIG HAIR 1980s style anyway I believe the album was there debut album and dated from 1985 and I personally thought it sounded pretty good.

    There was one track in particular which may have been the opening track on side two on the vinyl album (my copy was a cd) that was a great 'road number' meaning that it would have sounded great listening to it while driving down a US state highway but I can't remember the name of the song??.
     
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  8. Ar-Pharazon

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    No Duran Duran - Seven And The Ragged Tiger? They exploded with that album, and also burned out for a while afterwards.

    I pretty much agree with your picks though. I owned a great majority of those albums.
     
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  9. Dave78

    Dave78 Dave's not here, man

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    I think most of these are general consensus masterpiece albums. Though a few of them might not be, I still think they are in terms of them being the band's signature 80's album in their catalogue (in addition to just being a great album overall). Some of these albums have lost their luster with me personally over the years, but most haven't.

    REO Speedwagon -- Hi Infidelity
    RUSH -- Moving Pictures
    The Scorpions -- Animal Magnetism
    AC/DC -- Back In Black
    Black Sabbath -- Heaven And Hell
    Van Halen -- Fair Warning
    Journey -- Escape
    The Rolling Stones -- Tattoo You
    YES -- 90125
    Def Leppard -- Pyromania
    Motley Crue -- Shout At The Devil
    Michael Jackson -- Thriller
    Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.
    Tears For Fears -- Songs From The Big Chair
    The Cult -- Love
    Heart -- Heart '85
    Ozzy -- The Ultimate Sin
    Bon Jovi -- Slippery When Wet
    Madonna -- True Blue (if not Like A Prayer)
    Triumph -- The Sport Of Kings
    Whitesnake -- Whitesnake '87
    Wendy & Lisa -- Wendy & Lisa
    U2 -- Where The Streets Have No Name (if not War)
    INXS -- Kick (if not Listen Like Thieves)
     
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    The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden (1982)
     
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