Tag: 80

Judas Priest – British Steel

Judas Priest – British Steel       Steve Huey – Predating Metallica’s self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest’s British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It streamlined and simplified the progressive intricacies of a band fresh off of revolutionizing the entire heavy metal genre; it brought an […]

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The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry        Chris True: ‘Falling somewhere between official release and compilation, Boys Don’t Cry was released in February 1980 in hopes of increasing the band’s exposure outside of the U.K. It captures the first phase of the band well, showcasing the angular new wave that had garnered them […]

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The Feelies ‎- Crazy Rhythms

The Feelies ‎- Crazy Rhythms       Crazy Rhythms is the debut studio album by American rock band The Feelies. It was released in April 1980, through record label Stiff. Its fusion of post-punk and jangle pop was influential on the forthcoming alternative rock genre, with R.E.M. among others citing the album as an […]

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Elvis Costello – Get Happy!

Elvis Costello – Get Happy! AMG Review: Get Happy!! was born as much from sincere love for soul as it was for Elvis Costello’s desire to distance himself from an unfortunate verbal faux pas where he insulted Ray Charles in an attempt to get Stephen Stills’ goat. Either way, it resulted in a 20-song blue-eyed […]

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The Cure – Seventeen Seconds

The Cure – Seventeen Seconds       Chris True: ‘It’s hard to believe that the Cure could release an album even more sparse than Three Imaginary Boys, but here’s the proof. The lineup change that saw funkstery bassist Michael Dempsey squeezed out in favor of the more specific playing of (eventually the longest serving […]

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Jean Luc Ponty – Civilized Evil

Jean Luc Ponty – Civilized Evil       Civilized Evil is an album by French Jazz-Fusion artist Jean-Luc Ponty, released in 1980. It was reissued on Atlantic Records on CD in 1992. Civilized Evil is a well balanced combination of sounds that definitely provide the jazz fusion ingredients but has that overall progressive feel […]

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Saxon – Strong Arm Of The Law

Saxon – Strong Arm Of The Law AMG Review: A mere six months after releasing their stunning sophomore album, Wheels of Steel, Saxon almost managed to top themselves with the equally timeless Strong Arm of the Law, forever after dividing their fan base over which of the two delivered the ultimate Saxon long-playing experience. This time, […]

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Brian Eno & Harold Budd – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror

Brian Eno & Harold Budd – Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror Progarchives: This is fragile & very nostalgic ambient New Age music. Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror  consists in mellow, slow, very echoed piano notes and in some atmospheric electronics of Eno giving an atmosphere of ethereal softness, like if you were floating on […]

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Steve Winwood – Arc Of A Diver

Steve Winwood – Arc Of A Diver ‘William Ruhlmann’ Utterly unencumbered by the baggage of his long years in the music business, Winwood reinvents himself as a completely contemporary artist on this outstanding album, leading off with his best solo song, “While You See a Chance.” Winwood also plays all the instruments.  ‘–Don Harrison’  He […]

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Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth

Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth       Richie Unterberger: ‘ Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth is a collection of sparse, evocative tunes emphasizing Alison Statton’s floating vocals and minimal guitar/organ/bass/drum machine arrangements. Comparable to little else from its time or since, this is rock music at its most austere. The original album […]

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The Sound – Jeopardy

The Sound – Jeopardy The Sound – Jeopardy is the debut studio album by English post-punk band The Sound. Following their EP Physical World in 1979, the band started work on a full-length album. Impressed by the demos, record label Korova signed the group, and the band started recorded throughout 1980 at Elephant Studio in […]

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George Winston – Autumn

George Winston – Autumn George Winston – Autumn is the second solo piano album by pianist George Winston, released in 1980. It was re-issued in 2001 with a bonus track “Too Much Between Us” on the Dancing Cat label. Self-described “rural folk piano” player George Winston was among the earliest and most successful proponents of the […]

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Killing Joke – Killing Joke

Killing Joke – Killing Joke AMG review: Since 1980, there have been a hundred bands who sound like this; but before Steve Albini and Al Jourgensen made it hip, the cold metallic throb of Killing Joke was exciting and fresh. The harshly sung vocals riding over the pulsating synth lines of the opener “Requiem” have […]

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Bruce Springsteen – The River

      William Ruhlmann: ‘Imbedded within the double-disc running time of Bruce Springsteen – The River is a single-disc album that follows up on the themes and sound of Darkness on the Edge of Town — wide-screen, midtempo rock and stories of the disillusionment of working-class life and the conflicts within families. In these […]

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Eno/Hassell – Fourth World, Vol.1: Possible Musics

Eno/Hassell – Fourth World, Vol.1: Possible Musics Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics is an album by Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, released in 1980. Fourth World” is a term used by trumpeter Jon Hassell to describe a style of music employing modern technological treatments and influenced by various cultures and eras. He wanted the […]

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Ultravox – Vienna

Ultravox – Vienna Ultravox – Vienna is the fourth studio album by British new wave band Ultravox, first released on 11 July 1980. The album peaked at #3 in the UK charts and was the first Ultravox release to enter the UK top ten. It was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom in July 1981 […]

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Mike Rutherford – Smallcreep’s Day

Mike Rutherford – Smallcreep’s Day Wikipedia: Smallcreep’s Day is the first solo album by Genesis bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford. It was released in 1980 and reached number 13 in the UK Albums Chart. The album was produced by David Hentschel, who also produced the Genesis album Duke the same year. Anthony Phillips, Rutherford’s original songwriting […]

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Bob Marley – Uprising

Bob Marley – Uprising Bob Marley – Uprising is a 1980 reggae album by Bob Marley & The Wailers. As Marley died the following year, Uprising was to become the final studio album to be released during his lifetime. This album is one of Marley’s most directly religious, with nearly every song addressing his Rastafarian […]

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Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 3

Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel 3 Stephen Thomas Erlewine ‘Generally regarded as Peter Gabriel’s finest record, his third eponymous album: Peter Gabriel 3 finds him coming into his own, crafting an album that’s artier, stronger, more song-oriented than before. Consider its ominous opener, the controlled menace of “Intruder.” He’s never found such a scary sound, […]

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