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Springfield, Rick - 1988 Rock Of Life
Style wise, there's not too much difference between 'Rock Of Life' versus 'Tao' from three years earlier. All hi-tech with an emphasis on busy vocals and top-end musicianship.

State, The - 1988 Elementary
These guys are the pre-cursor to the Aussie wonders that became Southern Sons, the only difference being is that Jack Jones had not joined the fold at this early stage.

Stealin' Horses - 1988 Stealin' Horses
Primarily the duo of Kiya Heartwood and Kopana Terry, originating out of the Kentucky/Tennessee divide, playing a mixture of folk driven rock, or is it rock driven folk? One of the two, but for the record, it is very good.

Sterling, Hope - 1988 The Way Things Are
Canadian singer Hope Sterling released this one-off CCM affair back in 1988 on the Image7 label. For fans of Connie Scott and Amy Grant.

Stryper - 1988 In God We Trust
It's hard not to compare 'In God We Trust' to it's predecessor as it closely follows the same tried and true formula. Stryper fans criticized the songs here as being 'too commercial' and 'over-produced'. Maybe true but I find them to be the band's most consistent and at times best overall.

Survivor - 1988 Too Hot To Sleep
With one more contracted album with Scotti Bros and the writing more or less on the wall, the band decided to go out with a bang, rather than a whimper. 'Too Hot To Sleep' was the result.

Talk Of The Town - 1988 Talk Of The Town
One of the most pristine AOR albums ever released in my humble opinion is this scandi AOR effort from Sweden's Talk Of The Town.

Tao - 1988 Magical Moments
Magical Moments (song) co-written by James Hopkins-Harrison, of the band LAKE.

Thomas, Ian - 1988 Levity
Canadian Ian Thomas is well covered on this site, his career going way back into time. I can't reiterate enough, just how good this guy is. It's AOR of the most thought-provoking kind and essential listening. 'Levity' should be in your collection if you know what's good for you.

Torino - 1988 Customised
The first time I remember hearing about Torino was in a 1970 edition of Metal Forces, leading me to wonder why anybody would name their band after an Italian football team. Looking at the song titles it's hard not to raise a nostalgic grin or two. How does it get any more reflective of 1988?

Toto - 1988 The Seventh One
With an album cover reminiscent of the 1978 debut LP, it is indeed a case of 'back to the future' with these L.A legends, as 'The Seventh One' delivers a variable set of tunes that range from incredulous pop to hard-out rockers, plus everything in between.

Tradia - 1988 Trade Winds
Coming at ya from the Styx and Prophet end of the melodic rock spectrum, combining a spectacular mix of heavy piano and synth layers, augmented with some fantastic guitar lines and super vocals by Johnny Lindsay.

Tuesday Blue - 1988 Shibumi
Here's an Irish band that seemed to have slipped under the radar during 1988. They are called Tuesday Blue and are a recent find to GLORY-DAZE from the vaults of yesteryear.

Tunefish - 1988 Guitar Poetry
Tunefish only managed one release. Featuring former Anyone's Daughter keyboardist Matthias Ulmer and drummer Peter Schmidt; Tunefish also included three lead vocalists, one female and two male which offers a wide variety of atmospheres and colors often reminding me of the great Dutch band Earth And Fire.

UFO - 1988 Ain't Misbehavin' [mini LP]
'Ain't Misbehavin' certainly ended UFO's 1980's output on a high note. Suffice to say this little beauty would not disgrace your AOR collection.

Valet Parking - 1988 Valet Parking
Valet Parking is the project of German maestro Thomas Fuchsberger. This one came out in 1988, and is a super-smooth slice of AOR. In fact, it is so smooth that a comparison to an aural version of cappucino is what you get with Valet Parking.

Van Halen - 1988 OU812
When Van Halen fans sit down and dissect the discography of their favourite band, you can guarantee that their 1988 album 'OU812' will come in for some ribbing.

Vinnie Vincent Invasion - 1988 All Systems Go
A decent enough album that suffered badly from the wrong vocal style I reckon, but that's just my personal opinion, and I know the two VVI albums are regarded (by some) as classics.

Deezer


Vixen - 1988 Vixen
By the time Vixen's debut was released in 1988, the group had endured numerous line up changes and a slime ball scheme by EMI to give The Bangles a run for their money. EMI's plan failed as the group looked and sounded nothing like the latter, eventually unintentionally competing with the pop/metal pretty boy bands who were in vogue at the time on MTV.

Wilde, Danny - 1988 Any Man's Hunger
Now I know there are a few Wilde supporters here, and it's only deserving that we flesh out his records on this site because they really are good!

Winger - 1988 Winger
The late eighties hard rock scene was populated with as many mediocre acts as talented ones, Winger by a wide margin one of the latter. Mixing the elements of party rock with AOR wizardry, the bands success was guaranteed, especially with the larger than life Winger at the helm, one of the last rock gods of the modern era.

Witness - 1988 Witness
Primarily a project to showcase the talents of gorgeous singer Debbie Davis, and by crikey this girl can rock! She has the power of Alexa, mixed in with a bit of Sharon O'Neill on the softer stuff.

Y Kant Tori Read - 1988 Y Kant Tori Read
This is the album from Tori Amos, prior to her 90's success. Her vocal warbling is somewhere in between E.G Daily, Kate Bush, and Bonnie Tyler. The E.G Daily reference point is quite apt, considering the over-produced and mechanised feel to the album: high stepping, lots of keyboard arrangements, and complicated percussive elements.

Ya Ya - 1988 Ya Ya II
Ya Ya picked up new boy Sam Bluett (Sam Blue, ex Samson) as their replacement vocalist. 'Ya Ya II' was released to little fanfare in 1988, but really, for all fans of AOR this is an album that deserves to be heard.

Zappa, Dweezil - 1988 My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama
Mostly, this is MTV derived hard rock of the era, you can hear a myriad of influences, while the song-titles and lyrics are slightly 'out there'.

Zuma II - 1988 Zuma II
Zuma II was headed up by Richard Gibbs and Kerry Hatch, formerly of the off-kilter but creative new wave act and KROQ favorites Oingo Boingo, but who with this band opted for the proliferating hi-tech pop arena.
 
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