Category: 1981

Van Halen - Fair Warning

Van Halen – Fair Warning 5 (2)

Van Halen’s ‘Fair Warning’ is easily the most forgotten Roth era album, but for myself it’s their best.

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Novo Combo - Novo Combo

Novo Combo – Novo Combo 3 (2)

Novo Combo were all about jangly pop rock, with a definite nod to The Police who were big news during…

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Balance - Balance

Balance – Balance 4 (2)

Balance’s music was prime time AOR suited for early 80’s radio, such was their commercial style.

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Tycoon - Turn Out The Lights

Tycoon – Turn Out The Lights 4 (2)

It was surprising to see Tycoon three years later with an album that was completely different, and held by many…

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Air Raid - Air Raid

Air Raid – Air Raid 4 (1)

Air Raid’s pompous arrangements, tempo changes galore, and some impressive vocals by Offen, make this a great listen for fans…

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Fortress - Hands In The Till

Fortress – Hands In The Till 4 (1)

Another period AOR classic from 1981 are the band Fortress, a Californian outfit with hints of southern fried rock and…

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Black Sabbath - Mob Rules

Black Sabbath – Mob Rules 0 (0)

Black Sabbath’s 1981 album Mob Rules’ is easily as strong as ‘Heaven And Hell’, with not a poor track on…

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Mayday - Mayday

Mayday – Mayday 4 (1)

‘Mayday’ is worth the hype and an easy classic. The following year’s ‘Revenge’ was equally as accomplished.

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Trapeze - Live In Texas (Dead Armadillos)

Trapeze – Live In Texas (Dead Armadillos) 3 (1)

‘Live In Texas’ would be British band Trapeze’s last album before calling it a day.

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Shooting Star - Hang On For Your Life

Shooting Star – Hang On For Your Life 4 (2)

Depending on who you talk to, this sophomore album from Shooting Star is considered by many to be their best…

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Danger (Belgium) - Danger

Danger – Danger 3 (1)

Belgian band Danger were one of the first hard rock metal bands to emerge from that country, combining hard rock…

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The Rods - The Rods

The Rods – The Rods 5 (1)

Who remembers these guys? The Rods. A manic and rabid trio from New York, who started out as commercial hard…

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Blue Oyster Cult - Fire Of Unknown Origin

Blue Oyster Cult – Fire Of Unknown Origin 4 (1)

We look at Blue Oyster Cult’s 1981’s ‘Fire Of Unknown Origin’, an album which surprised many at the time as…

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