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Steppenwolf (John Kay &) - 1987 Rock N Roll Rebels
I know a majority of bands turned to AOR in the 80's, but I'm sure nobody would ever have thought John Kay, the rebel himself, would create album so melodic and synthesizer oriented that it defies belief.

Strangeways - 1987 Native Sons
Those who know me well also know I rave about this album. Superlatives run off the tongue like a years supply of saliva! This one is so good, it is perhaps one of the best ever AOR releases to spring forth from the UK.

TNT - 1987 Tell No Tales
'Tell No Tales' was an album that graced my turntable, car stereo tape deck and walkman during those hazy days of 1987. This album is a glossy melodic rock come AOR affair, interspersing LeTekro's guitar wizardry and Harnell's soaring voice.

Treat - 1987 Dreamhunter
Having heard them on their debut 'Scratch And Bite' my initial thoughts were 'yeah yeah .. heard it all before'. However before I had a chance to dismiss them well and truly as 'one hack wonders', they literally bounce back with a superb second effort 'The Pleasure Principle' before completely dumbfounding and flooring me with this special moment of Swedish AOR called 'Dreamhunter'.

Triumph - 1987 Surveillance
By this stage of Triumph's career, the band had arrived at the crossroads of dysfunctionality. Though 'Surveillance' is my favorite album, it's certainly one that the band themselves don't rate, for the reason that it wasn't a cohesive or 'band' album.

Twenty Twenty - 1987 Altered
Twenty Twenty (or 20/Twenty. .whatever version) are one of the most popular bands among AOR collectors, due to their two albums, but this is probably the pick of the two.. Get 'altered' indeed!

Twisted Sister - 1987 Love Is For Suckers
Twisted Sister tried to cash in the melodic hard rock scene of the time, with an album on the verge of AOR. To show how serious they were, Beau Hill was bought in to produce..

Tygers Of Pan Tang - 1987 Burning In The Shade
An album that needs to be rediscovered in the annals of classy UK AOR - is this one from British stalwarts Tygers Of Pan Tang. 'Burning In The Shade' is not the write off that many past scribes have claimed it to be..

Urgent - 1987 Thinking Out Loud
I totally loved Urgent's first album, and was pleased to find it re-released during 2007. Unlike 'Thinking Out Loud', which has difficulty in reaching the same lofty heights as its predecessor.

Vengeance - 1987 Take It Or Leave It
Musically, their chainsaw like guitarwork invoked memories of bands operating at the same time, such as Victory and Pretty Maids.

Virginia Wolf - 1987 Push
From a personal perspective, I have enjoyed this album over the years. It is probably more AOR than the debut, no doubt helped by the production from Kevin Elson, a man well known in AOR production circles.

Vow Wow - 1987 V
It's safe to say Vow Wow annihilated the pomp AOR target here, this really is a high quality consistent album.

What If - 1987 What If
This can only be best described as heavied up West Coast, somewhere between Mr Mister, Tim Feehan and latter-day Richard Marx.

White Lion - 1987 Pride
Without doubt 'Pride' is a classic slice of melodic hard rock, showcasing the best of the New York scene during the hair metal days of the late eighties.

White, Michael - 1987 Michael White
Between Michael White and Kingdom Come's Lenny Wolf, these two blokes had the Robert Plant doppelganger gig all sewn up between them. It's a very stylish album, that many punters have picked up on in later years, more so than when it was originally released. There's a good line-up of musicians assembled here, but it's the voice of White which holds it all together.

Whitesnake - 1987 1987
Despite four years in the making '1987' heralded a new direction for Coverdale, more melodic and AOR based, abandoning the bluesy tone of the 1978-84 era. It worked as '1987' sold more than ten million copies, and to this day remains one of the greatest hard rock albums of the late 80's.

Wild Dogs - 1987 Reign Of Terror
Their first album for the Enigma label consolidated their heavy riff-heavy attack, taking a leaf out of a bands like Malice and Fifth Angel, who were very Judas Priest flavored, but in their own American way. The same went for Wild Dogs.

Wild Force - 1987 Wild Force
Scandi lovers should acquire this rare effort as it really is quite good. Wild Force deliver us superb Scandi based melodic rock in the mould of Treat, Skagarack, Bad Habit and Bon Jovi.

Wilfred N And The Grown Men - 1987 Thunder On The Tundra
'Thunder On The Tundra' is a remarkable, spacious and lush record. If Klaatu had focused less on emulating the Fab Four's psychedelic excursions and lasted a few more years, this is what they would have sounded like.

Willis, Bruce - 1987 The Return Of Bruno
Following on the heels of fellow superstar actor-turned musician Don Johnson, was Bruce Willis. He sang on a commercial for wine cooler Seagram, which along with his new found celebrity, was enough to convince Motown records that Willis should be offered his own record..

Windows, The - 1987 Runnin' Alone
There are no southern rock influences to be found here I'm afraid. This is radio friendly stuff, which infuses power pop and radio rock to great effect.

Y & T - 1987 Contagious
1987 represented a year of transition for Bay Area favorites Y&T. Much like the title of one of their 'Black Tiger' era songs 'Winds Of Change', the winds were certainly rustling through Camp Meniketti leading up to the release of this album.

Yes - 1987 Big Generator
I'll admit it, the two Yes albums from the mid 80's are a couple of favourites. Reintroducing the same line-up from the stellar '70125' period, the 'Big Generator' sessions would prove to be a nightmare to fulfil to the end product.

Zoid - 1987 Zoid
Liverpool is well known to many of you, if you are a fan of The Beatles, the Kop, or even Everton FC. However the Liverpool we're talking about on this review is in Upstate New York (northwest Syracuse on the shores of Onondaga Lake to be exact), the home of AORsters Zoid.
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