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10:01 - 1987 Ten O One
These boys are right at home serving up a melodic rock treat. Their ReverbNation site suggests the typical trio of REO Speedwagon, Boston and Journey as references. I'd say they were more inspirational than anything else..

Aaron, Lee - 1987 Lee Aaron
Come 1987, Lee assembled a band which resembled and sounded much like the late great Wrabit (a much loved Canadian band here among the GLORY-DAZE staff). The fact that musical direction for this album came from Wrabit axe-wizard John Albani and bassist Chris Brockway was half the reason why this album had all the hallmarks of a successful release..

Adams, Bryan - 1987 Into The Fire
I'll admit to not playing this album as much as I should have back in 1987. Despite its indifference from the likes of Adams and Vallance, I don't think it deserves the underdog status. When you compare this to the earlier albums from Adams' discography (albums 2, 3 and 4 especially), then this fifth effort makes a fine compendium for his 80's era output.

Aerosmith - 1987 Permanent Vacation
By 1987, Aerosmith had made a move toward a hard rock/AOR hybrid sound. On 'Permanent Vacation', they chose to distill their sound and approach into hard AOR, a good move and mostly well executed.

Agentz - 1987 Stick To Your Guns
Guitar-wise think Icon's 'Night Of The Crime'. As for keyboards, this band operate in the territory previously occupied by the likes of Prophet, Tradia, Shotgun Symphony and Sing Sing.

Alpha - 1987 Alpha
Alpha are an American band, from Rhode Island it would seem, and despite taking on an AOR appearance, they are more progressive musically. As a three-piece, it's hard to ignore comparisons to their erstwhile compatriots from across the border in Rush and Triumph, or even an outfit like Zebra.

Anthem - 1987 Bound To Break
The obvious comparison to Loudness is going to be made, and Anthem sit admirably alongside their countrymen when it comes to propping up the cause for Japanese metal.

Autograph - 1987 Loud And Clear
'Loud And Clear' was easily the best of Autograph's three albums and also one of the best AOR releases of 1987.

Babe Blu - 1987 Can't Stop Rock N Roll
Probably the closest equivalent I can make of the band is a cross between White Sister, Sabu/Only Child and Autograph. Certainly the infectious nature of their sound makes this a compulsory listen to even the most hardened of rock fans.

Balanx - 1987 One
Balanx are a German outfit from the same school of melodic rockers as Craaft and Channel 5. Very hi-tech, and a ton of keyboards to boot.

Barclay James Harvest - 1987 Face To Face
Having listened to most of their 80's albums, I would say categorically that AORsters should really find the time to get acquainted with BJH's back catalog from this era.

Bardens, Peter - 1987 Seen One Earth
Out of the small handful of Cinema releases, former Camel keyboard player Peter Bardens 'Seen One Earth' was the most successful and for lack of a better description think 'Dark Side Of The Moon' for the Yuppie set.

Barnes, Jimmy - 1987 Freight Train Heart
Through the mid-eighties period, Jimmy spent a bit of time up in the USA. There he formed an association with many top musos, including the guys from Journey, recently moved on from their 'Raised On Radio' gig.. namely Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Randy Jackson.

Beau Coup - 1987 Born And Raised On Rock n Roll
Another of those mid-west combos that epitomised the best of hi-tech AOR. Beau Coup played very much in the style of Dakota, The Innocent, and Jonah Koslen.

Becker, Margaret - 1987 Never For Nothing
Margaret Becker is a name well enshrined in the CCM genre. By 1987, Becker and her label Sparrow had formulated a plan to release her debut album, showcasing her songs with a stellar Nashville based lineup.

Béliveau, Véronique - 1987 Borderline
'Borderline' is heavy on mid 80's production attributes. I'm guessing you know what these are. Big electronic drums and percussion, synths everywhere, dance-oriented rhythms and hi-tech arrangements.

Big Trouble - 1987 Big Trouble
If you enjoyed Belinda Carlisle's 'Heaven On Earth', Holly Knight's solo or some of Wilson Phillips work, then Big Trouble will do the trick.

Black Rose (UK) - 1987 Walk It Like You Talk It
'Walk It Like You Talk It' had lain dormant in my music collection for a few years until recently. A pity I never cottoned onto these British guys earlier, as for the most part, this is damn good stuff. Having listened to Shogun's '31 Days', this compares similarly.

Black Sabbath - 1987 The Eternal Idol
To Tony Iommi's disappointment, the album failed to sell and even he admits the fans were probably confused and disillusioned with all the changes in the band. It didn't stop this from being a solid release in an uncertain time.

Blue Yonder - 1987 Blue Yonder
Having moved on from her 1984 solo album 'Cat Dancer', singer/songwriter Sandy Stewart and musical compadre David Munday form a new project called Blue Yonder. The overly synth pop rock on that album is replaced instead by a deeply atmospheric sound reminiscent of bands such as Cock Robin, Idle Tears, Til Tuesday and Marilyn Martin.

Body Electric - 1987 Walking Through Walls
Body Electric are essentially the duo of Bob Buckley and David Sinclair. Both guys synonymous with the Vancouver hard rock scene, and who in a previous life, were members of the AOR band Straight Lines.

Bolton, Michael - 1987 The Hunger
Of Michael Bolton's three mid to late 80's AOR masterpieces, 'The Hunger' is perhaps the least of the trio, but not in a sense that could be construed as negative. In fact the exact opposite. Another brilliant effort..

Bonfire - 1987 Fireworks
With such a cool looking album cover, it was hard not to miss this one in the LP racks of my local record store back in 1987. Some of these songs were razor sharp for their time, and they left an indelible mark on my consciousness..

Boulevard (Sweden) - 1987 Whats Up
Just quite why Yesterrock felt compelled to reissue 'What's Up' is beyond comprehension. Along with the Midnight Blue reissue, it would have to rate as one of the years stranger reissue decisions. Give a wide berth if you know what's good for you.

Bourgeois Tagg - 1987 Yoyo
The Sacramento based unit Bourgeois Tagg graced us with only two albums, but it is their second and final album 'Yoyo' that leaves a lingering taste on the tongue. Somehow, the band combine a unique blend of American power pop, Beatles-eque moments, plus a mixture of Mr Mister and Toto flavored hi-tech AOR.

Breathe - 1987 All That Jazz
Breathe on 'All That Jazz' offer up a classy set of sophisticated pop in the style of Level 42, Spandau Ballet and late period Roxy Music. It's a brilliant record with a timelessness that belies the fact its over twenty years old.

Breen, Michael - 1987 Michael Breen
There's not too many individuals out there in AOR-land that remain a biographical mystery to me. Canadian Michael Breen would be an exception though..

Burtnick, Glen - 1987 Heroes And Zeros
Here's a Jersey boy who can't quite decide how his name should be spelt. You think we're confused? I wonder how he's feeling. ere on 'Heroes And Zeroes' he combines the artistry of Jude Cole and commerciality of Bryan Adams to come up with something that is uniquely Burtnick.

Bush, Stan (and Barrage) - 1987 Stan Bush and Barrage
However with this Barrage album released four years later, Bush moves into legendary status as this really is great stuff and confirms itself as one of the 'must have' albums of the genre.

Bystander - 1987 Not So Innocent
New Jersey band Bystander should've been reviewed ages ago! Their strengths include multiple vocal harmonies and a pure AOR sound from that mid-late 80's timeframe.

Candlemass - 1987 Nightfall
Truthfully doom has never been my favorite metal style but when it's done well as with 'Nightfall', it can be incredibly rewarding.

Carpenter, Richard - 1987 Time
Richard Carpenter was one-half of the brother/sister duo that were pop sueprstars back in the 70's. Here, four years after his sister Karen's death, Richard release an album that could be considered AOR-lite, with some interesting connections to the genre.

Cars, The - 1987 Door To Door
'Door To Door' was possibly the band's lowest selling album, although it wasn't a bad effort by their lofty standards, but the creative fire was on the verge of being extinguished.

Caufield, Tom - 1987 Long Distance Calling
Tom is supplying us with a traditional mid-west version of heartland rock, mixed in with some eighties style mainstream pop. It's similar to the likes of Jimmy Ryser, John Kilzer or early Tom Petty, while the pop elements could throw up names like Elvis Costello, especially the vocal similarity.

Cauze, The - 1987 The Cauze
Here's an AOR band with a difference! The Cauze, all the way from Fort Worth and the Lone Star state of Texas. The funny thing is.. there's not a cowboy boot or stetson anywhere near these boys.

Clannad - 1987 Sirius
Irish eyes always seem to be smiling on Clannad and in my humble opinion, along with Horslips and the now hopelessly bloated U2 are one of the best outfits to come out of the Emerald Isle.

Cooper, Alice - 1987 Raise Your Fist And Yell
Reading elsewhere, pundits all seem to be reading from the same book, that is: this album is full of filler. Well, I managed to pass through this album several times without coming to that conclusion. This is theatric metal with a leaning toward the slasher/horror movie genre.

Da Vinci - 1987 Da Vinci
Da Vinci are playing a sound that's more streamlined melodic AOR compared to their Norwegian cousins the Stage Dolls or the over the top pyrotechnics of TNT.

Dalton - 1987 The Race Is On
Swedish band Dalton were only around for a few years between 1986 and 1989, but caused a bit of stir along the way - leaving us with two fantastic Scandi AOR albums, of which this one 'The Race Is On' was their debut.

Daltrey, Roger - 1987 Can't Wait To See The Movie
Many might be unaware of this album, but it displays how versatile Daltrey is vocal wise - the guy could (and still can) turn his hand to anything. This was his last real stab at AOR.

Davis, Jimmy (and Junction) - 1987 Kick The Wall
Another revered piece of AOR is this southern tinged effort from Memphis rocker Jimmy Davis. It's got hooks, exceptional melodies in the right places, and the keyboards and guitars compliment each other to perfection. Added to that the breathy vocal style of Davis over the top of it and you get a classic cocktail of AOR.

Deep Purple - 1987 House Of Blue Light
I might be in a minority for believing so, but 'The House Of Blue Light' twenty years down the road stands up as a more consistent listen than any of the Steve Morse era albums. Regardless 'Blue Light' straddles the line between commercial hard rock and AOR, and driven by a succession of stunning hooks this is one Purple outing I will never tire of.

Def Leppard - 1987 Hysteria
Regardless of what you or I might think of this album, it certainly appealed to a great number of people - over 20 million. And during 1987-1988, this album was all over the charts and airwaves.

Demon - 1987 Breakout
Some good references to GDM faves Magnum mostly, but that insistent and soul destroying snare drum killed this album for me big time. What a shame.

Dianno, Paul (And Battlezone) - 1987 Children Of Madness
Of Paul Dianno's myriad projects following his departure from Iron Maiden, Battlezone would prove to be one of the more enduring (three years).

Dig, The - 1987 The Dig
For fans of all things '80s AOR there's nothing going on with The Dig you haven't heard before and right off the top my head The Fixx and Frozen Ghost are good points of reference.

Digger - 1987 Stronger Than Ever
German metallers Gravedigger are an institution in their homeland, releasing many HM albums during their time. Who would've thought then - that the band would change their stripes, call themselves Digger, jump metal ship and release this highly palatable form of melodic hard rock during the era (1987) of thrash?

Dokken - 1987 Back For The Attack
Like the preceding two albums, this too went platinum. It was considered by many to be harder and heavier overall than their previous material. For those who are counting, that's 13 songs and 63 minutes of rock. We expect that much material per album these days, but that was a lot in 1987. And to their credit, there are no songs I consider to be weak.

Dolphin Brothers - 1987 Catch The Fall
A band related to 70's outfit Japan. Atmospheric and intelligent; 'Catch The Fall' is a notch above typical '80s fare from both a production standpoint and pop outlook. Taking a page from Talk Talk's brilliant 'The Colour Of Spring' opus, The Dolphin Brothers offer up a classy set of tunes heavy on electronics and exotic hi-tech trickery.

Double - 1987 Dou3le
Criminally overlooked Swiss duo, Double released three albums combining synthesized hi-tech pop to great effect.