April Wine – Nature of the Beast. I got this for Christmas 1981, on 8 track. I recently got back into collecting 8 tracks and found this one again. Rock on.
Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms. Such amazing guitar and vocals. Mark Knopfler is the bomb.
Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever. Some guys named Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison are on this album. Whoever they are.
ZZ Top – Eliminator. They had more bluesy albums, but this one just hit home when I was watching videos on tv back in the 80’s. Catchy songs with great lyrics and musicianship. Just a fun album to listen to.
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here. Everyone in the world loves Dark Side but I don’t find it as awesome as WYWH, The Wall, Animals etc. I could only pick one Floyd and it was real close between this and the Wall, but Wish You Were Here was my introduction, so I chose it.
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols. This to me is punk. Ramones may have been first to tour and put out a record, but they seemed to be closer to rock/pop to me than punk. Punk was about giving the finger to the establishment and spitting on the crowd during a live show. Maybe getting in a fight. That was the Sex Pistols. To all the children of the 90’s that thought only grunge bands could resonate the feelings of youth angst, I suggest to give this album a spin.
U2 – Joshua Tree. No amount of pretentious asshole frontman blathering could sway me from not loving this album. Another argument for one of the best albums front to back.
Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil. This album was played on radio when they actually used to play metal bands. I had to have it the first time I heard it.
Steve Miller – Fly Like An Eagle. Most people have heard Steve Miller’s greatest hits. They assume he is a classic rock musician. What they don’t know is he has his roots in the blues and he may be a better guitar player than a singer. This album is more about the hits, but I suggest to go through his catalogue if you love the blues.
Quiet Riot – Metal Health. Kevin Dubrow sure could sing, and this album fit in perfectly with the hair metal of the day. it also still sounds good in 2015.