Masterpiece 80's Studio Albums

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I think, these albums are must:

1980


AC/DC - Back in Black
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Judas Priest - British Steel
Scorpions - Animal Magnetism
Whitesnake - Ready an' Willing

1981

Def Leppard - High 'n' Dry
Foreigner - 4
Iron Maiden - Killers
Judas Priest - Point of Entry
Rainbow - Difficult to Cure
Saxon - Denim and Leather
Whitesnake - Come an' Get It

1982

Accept - Restless and Wild
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Rainbow - Straight Between the Eyes
Scorpions - Blackout
Twisted Sister - Under the Blade
Whitesnake - Saints & Sinners

1983

Accept - Balls to the Wall
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Dio - Holy Diver
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Marillion - Script for a Jester's Tear
Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Rainbow - Bent Out of Shape
Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll

1984

Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
Dio - The Last in Line
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Saxon - Crusader
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
Whitesnake - Slide It In
 

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1985

Accept - Metal Heart
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain
Supertramp - Brother Where You Bound

1986

Cinderella - Night Songs
Europe - The Final Countdown
Genesis - Invisible Touch
Metallica - Master of Puppets

1987

Def Leppard - Hysteria
Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Marillion - Clutching at Straws
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Joe Satriani - Surfing With the Alien
Whitesnake - Whitesnake [aka 1987]

1988

AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video
Bon Jovi - New Jersey
Europe - Out of This World
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Manowar - Kings of Metal
Van Halen - OU812

1989

Eric Clapton - Journeyman
Alice Cooper - Trash
The Cult - Sonic Temple
Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
Tina Turner - Foreign Affair
 

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Think some of these lists stray from the idea of 'masterpieces'; surely every album by certain bands don't count as masterpieces....? [whoops! - see Elvis Costello, below!]

Here's a few (masterpieces??) that spring to mind:

AC/DC - Back in Black
Tom Petty - Southern Accents / Full Moon Fever
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones / Raindogs
Screaming Blue Messiahs - Bikini Red
UFO - The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent
Stone Roses - first album
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road / The Hard Way (not masterpieces but the second is, to my mind, underrated)
Genesis - Duke
Peter Gabriel - Third
Jesus & Mary Chain - Darklands (ovo!) / Automatic
Aerosmith - Pump
Del Amitri - Waking Hours
The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
U2 - Unforgettable Fire / Joshua Tree
Springsteen - Nebraska
Del Fuegos - Stand Up
Dire Straits - (Making Movies) / Brothers in Arms
Elvis Costello - Almost any of them?!
John Hiatt - Slow Turning
Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
Prince - Sign O' The Times
REO Speedwagon - Hi-Infidelity



So ridiculously subjective!! I.e. Here's a list of albums I know of (and like - they all got played a lot) and think other people should appreciate....
I know, albums by certain bands (UFO / Stone Roses / Del Fuegos....) would never, in the true sense of the word, be considered as masterpieces - but, conversely, anything is a 'masterpiece' if it has enough effect upon you....?
 
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Most of the above I've never listened to except AC/DCs Back In Black & UFOs The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent. Don't know what you can draw from that?.

I have heard most of mrblond's list above though except for Genesis, Marillion & Motley Crue material. .
 
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Most of the above I've never listened to except AC/DCs Back In Black & UFOs The Wild, The Willing & The Innocent. Don't know what you can draw from that?.

I have heard most of mrblond's list above though except for Genesis, Marillion & Motley Crue material. .

Different musical tastes (with some overlap), different early influences, etc, etc - it's that subjective thing. Maybe we both moved on - in different directions (you mention Madonna earlier in this link - never one of my go-to's). Aerosmith Pump is a good album - maybe too slick and not-bluesy for you, but plenty of energy and 'sass'. And Screaming Blue Messiahs - Bikini Red. I went off bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd (sans Waters), Def Leppard, Van Halen, Scorpions, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Supertramp during the (mid to late) eighties - so maybe it's my tastes that changed (maybe I'm on the wrong site here?!). Admittedly, I probably missed some decent stuff (or knew it less well); I think I missed some of their less good stuff too.
 
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(you mention Madonna earlier in this link - never one of my go-to's).
Darklands are you trying to destroy my rock credibility??. I must have been PLENTY DRUNK when I posted that??.

Only joking Madonna's first 2 or 3 albums from the 1980s aren't bad to be honest and sometimes those albums just make a change from listening to heavy rock 24/7.
 
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Must say, I did wonder....!
I have the same problem - "WTF! - I posted THAT!!!"

My mention of Cliff Richard in the best singer / songwriters thread was a joke, in case anyone wondered!
 
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