Tag: 83

Slayer – Show No Mercy

Slayer – Show No Mercy       Jeremy Ulrey: ‘Released at the forefront of the early-’80s thrash movement, Show No Mercy proved to be only a small step toward Slayer’s domination of the extreme metal scene, basically amounting to a cleaned-up version of black metal stalwarts Venom. Everything about this album, from the production […]

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The Chameleons – Script Of The Bridge

The Chameleons – Script Of The Bridge     Ned Raggett: ‘With two years, numerous radio sessions, and incessant gigging under their belts since their debut single, “In Shreds,” the Chameleons came to the studio determined to make a great first album with Script of the Bridge. To say they succeeded would be like saying […]

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Asia – Alpha

      Tom Demalon ‘The eagerly awaited follow-up to the supergroup’s debut, Alpha landed with a resounding thud a year later. The album still managed to be a platinum-selling Top Ten hit, as did the leadoff single “Don’t Cry,” but where Asia managed to make old sounds fresh, Alpha fails miserably. Nothing on Alpha […]

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Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes AMG Review: One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic, Violent Femmes weds the geeky, child-man persona of Jonathan Richman and the tense, jittery, hyperactive feel of new wave in an unlikely context: raw, amateurish acoustic folk-rock. The music also owes something […]

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ZZ Top – Eliminator

ZZ Top – Eliminator AMG Review: ZZ Top had reached the top of the charts before, but that didn’t make their sudden popularity in 1983 any more predictable. It wasn’t that they were just popular — they were hip, for God’s sake, since they were one of the only AOR favorites to figure out to […]

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Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind

Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind     Steve Huey : ‘ The second of three straight iconic Iron Maiden albums, Piece of Mind marks the debut of what many regard as the definitive Maiden lineup, with the arrival of new drummer Nicko McBrain. McBrain’s ability to duplicate the complex patterns of the guitar and […]

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Yes – 90125

Yes – 90125 AMG Review: A stunning self-reinvention by a band that many had given up for dead, 90125 is the album that introduced a whole new generation of listeners to Yes. Begun as Cinema, a new band by Chris Squire and Alan White, the project grew to include the slick production of Trevor Horn, […]

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REM – Murmur

REM – Murmur       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Leaving behind the garagey jangle pop of their first recordings, R.E.M. developed a strangely subdued variation of their trademark sound for their full-length debut album, Murmur. Heightening the enigmatic tendencies of Chronic Town by de-emphasizing the backbeat and accentuating the ambience of the ringing guitar, R.E.M. […]

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U2 – War

U2 – War        Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘ Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” War immediately announces itself as U2’s most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above […]

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Big Country – The Crossing

Big Country – The Crossing  AMG Review: With producer Steve Lillywhite at the helm, Scotland’s Big Country managed to deliver earnest, socially conscious arena anthems in a similar vein to U2 and the Alarm. The twist was their trademark bagpipe sound, achieved through the use of E-Bow. The unique sound of “In a Big Country” garnered […]

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Jon and Vangelis – Private Collection

Jon and Vangelis – Private Collection AMG Review: Jon & Vangelis’ first two albums really seemed to be building up to this point. With Jon and Vangelis – Private Collection, the two artists (Jon Anderson of Yes fame and Vangelis) have created what feels just a bit like a classical work. Truly the nearly 23-minute […]

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Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood AMG Review :  It’s hard to overestimate the impact Stevie Ray Vaughan’s debut, Texas Flood, had upon its release in 1983. At that point, blues was no longer hip, the way it was in the ’60s. Texas Flood changed all that, climbing into the Top 40 and spending over […]

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Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks

Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks is an album by the British ambient musician Brian Eno, released in 1983. It was written, produced, and performed by Brian Eno, his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois. Music from the album appeared in the films 28 Days Later, Drive, Traffic […]

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J.S. Bach – Cello Suites (by Yo-Yo Ma)

J.S. Bach – Cello Suites (by Yo-Yo Ma) The suites have been performed and recorded by many renowned cellists such as Pablo Casals, János Starker, Pierre Fournier, Paul Tortelier, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma and Mischa Maisky. Ma won the 1985 Best Instrumental Soloist Grammy Award for his best selling album “Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites”. The […]

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New Order – Power, Corruption, and Lies

New Order – Power, Corruption, and Lies John Bush: ‘A great leap forward from their funereal debut album, New Order – Power, Corruption, and Lies cemented New Order’s place as the most exciting dance-rock hybrid in music (and it didn’t even include the massive “Blue Monday” single, released earlier that year). Confident and invigorating where Movement […]

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The Stranglers – Feline

The Stranglers – Feline Wikipedia: The Stranglers – Feline was the seventh studio album by The Stranglers and was released in the new year of 1983 (on the Epic record label in the United Kingdom). The first edition came with a free one-sided 7″ single “Aural Sculpture Manifesto”. Feline drew heavily on two of the dominant musical […]

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Andreas Vollenweider – Caverna Magica

Andreas Vollenweider – Caverna Magica Andreas Vollenweider – Caverna Magica is the second studio album by New Age artist Andreas Vollenweider, released in 1983. It is almost entirely instrumental. It was the direct followup to Vollenweider’s breakthrough album, Behind the Gardens. Amazon: New age nomenclature was still a trial balloon when Swiss “electro-harpist” Andreas Vollenweider’s […]

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Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear

Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear is the debut album by the neo-progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1983. It reached number seven on the UK album chart and stayed on the chart for 31 weeks, the second longest chart residency of a Marillion album. The single […]

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The Police – Synchronicity

The Police – Synchronicity AMG review: Simultaneously more pop-oriented and experimental than either Ghost in the Machine or Zenyatta Mondatta, The Police – Synchronicity made the Police superstars, generating no less than five hit singles. With the exception of “Synchronicity II,” which sounds disarmingly like a crappy Billy Idol song, every one of those singles […]

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