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Author: Subject: Your Favorite/and or the best hard rock,metal albums of the 80's

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 07:56 AM
To me this kinda seems like the heyday of that genre of music . I grew up during that time so it had a big influence on me. I probably could have included the late 70's or early 90's, but to me during the 80's seemed like when it really exploded. I was really never into the big hair stuff. More of the European bands and that type of music I dug.
Below are alist of my favorites and the ones that really stood out. There are others but to me , these are the most important .
To pick the best(lets say the top 25 or so)you really could not do, but if I had to argue
for a few Krokus Headhunter and Whitesnake Slide It In. I think top to bottom on both of those there are no clunkers at all.

Here is my list of fav's. In no order except for the first one.

Krokus Headhunter. All time fav. Kicks but from start to finish. I do not like power hard rock ballads, but Screaming in the Night is great.


Van Halen-Diver Down
UFO -The Best Of The Rest
The Michael Schenker Group-MSG(2nd release and they're best), Live At Budokan
Badlands
Tony Iommi -Seventh Star
Montrose -Mean
Whitesnake-Slide It In
Deep PUrple-Perfect Strangers
Queensryche-The Warning
Judas Priest-British Steel, Defenders Of The FAith, Screaming For Vegence
Metallica-Kill em all
Aerosmith-Done With Mirrors


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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 08:03 AM
Deep Purple Perfect strangers is a good one and the only one on your list i own..

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 08:58 AM
Though I'm far from a Heavy Metal fan, I do enjoy some bands from the genre. Still I have kept quite an arm's length away from stuff like Poison, Bon Jovi, Anthrax etc. I will never like Aerosmith.

But my favorite band that happened to be Heavy Metal (sort of) was the Scorpions. However they did do quite a few ballads and had good musicianship. I really like their live album WORLD WIDE LIVE, which is a nice overview of their 80s stuff in a live setting.



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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 09:11 AM
off the top of my head:

Black Sabbath: Mob Rules + Heaven and Hell
The Firm: both albums
Metallica: the first 4
Led Zeppelin: Coda
Iron Maiden: the first 5
Van Halen: all of the 80's albums
Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers
Motley Crue: Shout at the Devil
Ozzy: first 2 + live albums
StormTroopers of Death
Scorpions: Blackout
Tesla: first 2
GnR: Appetitie
Rory Gallagher: Stages
Dickey Betts Band: Pattern Disruptive


I'll think up some more later

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 09:33 AM
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off the top of my head:

Rory Gallagher: Stages
Dickey Betts Band: Pattern Disruptive


I'll think up some more later




I never knew Rory or Dickey made Heavy Metal records

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 09:41 AM
first three tesla lps
delerious nomad-armored saint
knights of the new thunder-tnt
steel the light-Q5
surf nicaragua-sacred reich
frolic through the park-death angel
projects in the jungle-pantera
heartbreak station-cinderella
blackout-scorpions
the live MSG albums
one vice at a time-krokus
peace sells...megadeth
ride the lightning-metallica
without love-black n blue
second coming-shotgun messiah
too fast for love-motley crue
slide it in-whitesnake
bonded by blood-exodus

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 09:43 AM
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off the top of my head:

Rory Gallagher: Stages
Dickey Betts Band: Pattern Disruptive


I'll think up some more later




I never knew Rory or Dickey made Heavy Metal records


Title says hard rock or metal albums.

Dickey has said that he wanted to make a hard rock album at the time based on what was
going on at that point in the decade. Read it in interview when the album was released.

Rory's live album was hard rock. It's debatable, but I included it due to Rory's comment
about it being a bit too "metallic" for his tastes.


 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 09:45 AM
plus...

the debut ep by queensryche
rigor mortis by rigor mortis
self title by great white
atomic arena by barren cross
live to die by bride
armed for battle by emerald
detonantion by bloodgood
dmz by rez band

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:00 AM
that's it I quit, it's too hard to remember them all

I can't believe I forgot two of my favorites

Icon by Icon
and Night Of The Crime by Icon

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:34 AM
LMAO Jamez

Just a few that immediately come to mind..

TFFL- Motley Crue
Shout At The Devil- Crue
First 3 Metallica albums.
First 2 Tesla ( Still crank these to this day )
Blackout - Scorpions
Feel The Fire- Overkill
Practice What You Preach- Testament
Reign In Blood- Slayer... no.. excuse me... SLAYER!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:37 AM
Van Halen-Diver Down
UFO -The Best Of The Rest
The Michael Schenker Group-MSG(2nd release and they're best), Live At Budokan
Badlands
Tony Iommi -Seventh Star
Montrose -Mean
Whitesnake-Slide It In
Deep PUrple-Perfect Strangers
Queensryche-The Warning
Judas Priest-British Steel, Defenders Of The FAith, Screaming For Vegence
Metallica-Kill em all
Aerosmith-Done With Mirror

I agree with everything above except the UFO is a compilation - You could have listed the albums , which are solid that were added to BOTR - "No Place To Run" &"The Wild , Willing & The Innocent"
Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors only has 2 good cuts on it , IMO .
Fastways debut was very good and I would have included it .

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:50 AM
Rush - Permanent Waves (released January 1, 1980, it qualifies )
Rush - Moving Pictures
Rush - Exit...Stage Left
Rush - Signals
Rush - Grace Under Pressure



Also, Zebra's first album. I still listen to it.
Queensryche - Operation:Mindcrime

Jamez done listed most of the ones I would have said...

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:55 AM
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Deep Purple Perfect strangers is a good one and the only one on your list i own..


One concert memory I'll never forget - 14 years old, on the floor for this tour. They had PA speakers on both sides and on the floor itself. If one stood directly in front of them, Jon Lord's organ parts actually flapped your clothing. I think I still have hearing loss from that.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:59 AM
Sorry guys but the 80's was the worst decade for music!

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 10:59 AM
A few that come to mind:

Quiet Riot - Metal Health
Autograph - Turn Up the Radio
Dokken - Back For the Attack
Slade - Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply
Hardline - Double Eclipse
Damn Yankees - Both of their releases

And I totally agree with the first two Tesla albums. I doubt they will ever top those two (like I feel about Mule).

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 11:05 AM
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Sorry guys but the 80's was the worst decade for music!


I'd stack 2000-2010 up against the 80s on that call, at least there were a lot more bands in the 80s putting out a lot more original material, regardless of its quality.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 11:13 AM
Motorhead:
Ace Of Spades 1980
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 1981
Another Perfect Day 1983
No Remorse 1984 (This was my formal introduction to Lemmy, the King of Rock & Roll)
Orgasmatron 1986
Rock & Roll 1987
No Sleep At All 1988

Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors 1985 (Aside from Pump, this is the last Aerosmith album I respected. Permanent Vacation was such a let down after this one.)

Joe Perry Project: These albums are everything Aerosmith should be but are not.
Let The Music Do The Talking 1980
I've Got The Rock & Rolls Again 1981
Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker 1983

Ozzy:
Blizzard Of Ozz 1980
Diary Of A Madman 1981
Speak Of The Devil 1982 (Brad Gillis of Night Ranger playing Black Sabbath songs. Priceless. Sister Christian? Meet the Prince of Darkness)
Bark At The Moon 1983
Tribute 1987 (The live versions of those songs were so damned good it made me appreciate Randy Rhoads 1000% more. How did he do that stuff?)

W.A.S.P.:
W.A.S.P. 1984
Inside The Electric Circus 1986 (thin production and even Blackie doesn't seem to like it but it's got something there. I love it.)
Live...In The Raw 1987 (Not necessarily live but I love it just the same. A big F-You to the PMRC)
Headless Children 1989

Iron Maiden - I could list them all but Piece Of Mind, Live After Death and 7th Son of a 7th Son are probably the ones I play most often.

Zodiac Mindwarp & Love Reaction - Tattooed Beat Messiah 1988 (dirty, reckless, abrasive. yum)

Smashed Gladys - Social Intercourse 1988 (dirty, reckless, abrasive plus Sally Cato on vocals. Double yum. I bought based solely on the album cover and have never regretted it)

Circus Of Power - Circus Of Power 1988 (Motorcycles, leather and twin guitars)

Rock City Angels - Young Man's Blues 1988 (If the Black Crowes were from Texas and moved to L.A. they would have sounded like this, but 2 years earlier.)

Junkyard - Junkyard 1989 (Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the gutters of Hollywood)

Too many to list. I didn't even get to Judas Priest, Dio, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, MSG, Yngwie Malmsteen, David Lee Roth (Eat 'Em & Smile!), Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, Anvil Bitch, Helloween, Uriah Heep...

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 11:25 AM
Cinderella. Really liked the singer's voice.

Kind of one out of left field, but anyone remember Helix? I liked them too.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 11:39 AM
Lee from meeeeechigan...you were much closer to a hair metal guy than I would have expected my friend.

The early 80s (before the 80s cheeze-synth influence impacted the genre) were pretty awesome for hard rock & metal. Most of these have been mentioned, but these are the ones that were solid as a rock:

Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules
Ozzy - Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman
Iron Maiden - Killers, Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind
Judas Priest - British Steel, Screaming For Vengeance AC/DC - Back in Black, For Those About To Rock
Van Halen - Fair Warning, Diver Down
Whitesnake - Slide It In
Scorpions - Blackout
Def Leppard - High & Dry (before they went all-MTV-ish)
Guns n Roses - Appetite for Desctruction

And more of hard rock (no real metal feel to it), but were great albums:
Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin
Triumph - Allied Forces
Rush - Moving Pictures
Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
Robert Plant - Pictures at 11

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 11:56 AM
Jane's Addiction- Nothing Shocking
Faith No More- The Real Thing
Living Color- Vivid
Primus- Suck on this

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 12:06 PM
Tim -

Those were our formative years. Surprised they allowed that kind of music down in your neck of the woods.

And my favorite Robert Plant album is Manic Nirvana (early 90s). I went to see him on that tour. Great show.

Until I was driving home and we were stuck in traffic getting out of Pine Knob and my girlfriend at the time was hanging her head out of the window throwing up all over the side of my first new car, which I had for about three months. People were cracking up. I shoulda thrown her ass out of the car.

Not one of my better concert stories.

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 12:30 PM
For a couple weeks in 1989, I could not get this cassette out of my player...

 

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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 01:10 PM
Not a genre' I was ever into...however, I did like the Van Halen albums of that era.

Other bands mentioned here that I liked, but in the '70s, not '80s:

Blue Oyster Cult
Deep Purple
Led Zeppelin
Aerosmith

I wouldn't really call Robert Plant's '80s solo albums "Hard Rock"...but, if they qualifry, then mark me down for them, as well.

 
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  posted on 12/2/2010 at 03:36 PM
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Cinderella. Really liked the singer's voice.

Kind of one out of left field, but anyone remember Helix? I liked them too.


Hells yea

 

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