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Stocks - 1983 Eclats De Rock
One of the harder rocking acts to originate from France, with one foot firmly in the boogie department judging from this, their second and last album to that point.

Storm - 1983 Storm
This L.A quartet released their commerically challenged self titled album back in 19729. Overblown pomp of some substance, and still very much a talking point among pomp/seventies collectors to this day.

Street, Judy - 1983 More Than Enough [ep]
An obscurity from 1983, this is quite classy west coast/AOR from Judy Street, who started life as a soul singer.

Streetheart - 1983 Dancing With Danger
The Streetheart sound of 1983 was a crisp and well produced affair, not far away from the material released by Helix and soon to be heroes Honeymoon Suite. But according to the band it could've been so much better.

Streets - 1983 1st
The combination of Walsh's symphonic background, mixed with Slamer's melodic pop sensibilities makes for an engaging combination with Streets, and so it proved on '1st'.

Styx - 1983 Kilroy Was Here
Despite all the tension in the band and widespread public derision, 'Kilroy Was Here' provided yet another multi platinum success for Styx, with two massive hits into the bargain. I would hesitate to call it an AOR classic, but it has plenty of strong points to discover beyond the obvious hits.

Survivor - 1983 Caught In The Game
Perhaps the rarest album of theirs to get was this one 'Caught In The Game' released one year after 'Eye Of The Tiger' (the album). I recall seeing or hearing very little of this platter for many years, and wondered whether this album actually existed. You must realise that prior to the Internet, the printed media were only into mainstream acts, of which Survivor did not fit.

Taylor, B.E (Group) - 1983 Love Won The Fight
This is an album I admit to dreaming of owning as a youngster, simply due to the connotations of the albums title and a solo male AOR artist. 'Love Won The Fight' screams out to anyone, particularly a lad having just heard Michael Bolton and reading Taylor's glowing reference in the notorious Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Encyclopedia!

Tenants. The - 1983 The Tenants
Bands like Toronto's The Tenants were a dime a dozen back in the day, playing a new wave pop that was all the rage in that cosmopolitan city's then vital club scene. Think The Police, INXS and The Fixx.. You get the drift..

Thin Lizzy - 1983 Thunder And Lightning
It was announced in 1983 that 'Thunder And Lightning' would be Lizzy's final album and tour, Lynott not wanting to flog a dead horse. He went out on a positive note, the album going top five and Lizzy playing some of the best gigs of their career.

Tokyo (Germany) - 1983 San
1983's 'San' is the third and final instalment of the Tokyo story.

Tokyo Blade - 1983 Tokyo Blade
Tokyo Blade signed to the Powerstation label and soon released the hard hitting NWOBHM tinged debut. It was crude opposed to the sheen and professionalism of Iron Maiden or Saxon, but the energy levels were beyond fault.

Triumph - 1983 Never Surrender
1983's 'Never Surrender' was this Canadian trio's follow-up LP to the excellent 'Allied Forces'. I think it would be easy to say that following up with a new album after 'Allied Forces' was a hard ask, such was the bar being set very high with that album. Did 'Never Surrender' equal or surpass its predecessor? In my humble judgement, I would say no.

Tubes, The - 1983 Outside Inside
Having gone AOR with 1979's 'Remote Control' and tasted success with 1981's 'The Completion Backward Principle', they clearly wanted some more because what we have here is AOR central!

Twisted Sister - 1983 You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
Without doubt, 'You Can't Stop Rock N Roll' is a fantastic LP, and increased their stocks in the heavy metal industry during the 1983-84 timeframe.

Tycoon - 1983 Opportunity Knocks
Just what is the exact history behind this unreleased third album by New Yorkers Tycoon is unclear. When not trying to emulate Franke Previte's band, Tycoon can be heard peddling a mixture of styles - not necessarily AOR it must be said.

Tyler, Bonnie - 1983 Faster Than The Speed Of Night
Not everyone will find Tyler's husky tones to their liking, but as a recording, 'Faster Than The Speed Of Light' should definitely be added to your 1983 discography.

UFO - 1983 Making Contact
UFO were flying very close to the ground by 1983, they were in a bad way. That said, the music on 'Making Contact' stands up as an amazing achievement in adversity.

Uriah Heep - 1983 Head First
Due to bad promotion 'Head First' failed when it was equal to, if slightly better than 'Abominog'.

Vandenberg - 1983 Heading For A Storm
1983 saw the follow-up to the debut Vandenberg album from the previous year. Where that album was a bonafide metal album with emphasis on guitars, 'Heading For A Storm' sees the band moving into the AOR/ melodic hard rock camp.

Various Artists - 1983 Staying Alive [Soundtrack]
Of all the AOR dominated soundtracks of the decade this is undoubtedly one of the best, with a good mixture of melodic rock and West Coast, the latter - compliments of Frank Stallone.

Various Artists - 1983 US Metal III
This time it's Year Three of the Shrapnel US Metal series. By now, the rot had truly set in. Without doubt, this is the weakest of the series.

Verity - 1983 Interrupted Journey
John Verity's vocal are a dead-ringer for that other fine British vocal talent Pete Goalby, who at the time was singing for Uriah Heep. For comparisons, Verity as a band are a far heavier proposition than Charlie ever were, though the commercial and melodic angle were still appropriate for the lucrative American market, which was lapping this music up in droves!

Virgin Steele - 1983 Guardians Of The Flame
Still operating under an independent management, 'GOTF' is still a very raw sounding record, but it is not without it reward.

Vixen (Hawaii) - 1983 Made In Hawaii
This version of Vixen come from Hawaii, and they first began their tortured run for fame and fortune during the middle of 1981.

Walsh, Brock - 1983 Dateline: Tokyo
Despite some marginal ballads, this is an excellent album of mostly pure AOR. It's been on CD officially since 2001 and has become a collector's favorite in the last three decades.

Wendy And The Rockets - 1983 Dazed For Days
All up we get a mixture of solid pop based melodia, with influences very much centered on artists of the day including Pat Benatar, fellow Aussie Lisa Bade, Sharon O'Neill, obviously Judie Tzuke and Martha Davis' band The Motels.

Westwind - 1983 Westwind
Another band from the lost and found files are Westwind. These guys have a nice sound somewhere in that zone occupied by Redvette, Link, Alecstar.. though ultimately offset by a small scale production job.

White Heart - 1983 White Heart
Enter White Heart and their immaculate debut. Admittedly on the cover they really didn't look like your average rock band of the day. Adorned in color coordinated pastels and average hair cuts, they pretty much looked the part of Reagan era conservatives, but musically they were a different story.

White Light - 1983 Forces
An interesting but shortlived symphonic/prog rock outfit from the 80's. White Light, from the Santa Rosa/Simi Valley area of California, plyed their trade somewhere between Yes, Styx and Stencil Forest.

Wildlife - 1983 Wildlife
Highly melodic in nature, the band's style of polished but typically British melodic rock saw them swing a deal with the Chrysalis label.

Wilson, Carl - 1983 Youngblood
With The Beach Boys reaching a commercial low point in the early 80's, founding member Carl Wilson decided to branch out into a solo career. 'Younblood' is his second attempt, and easily qualifies as an obscure AOR gem.

Windfall - 1983 Windfall
Windfall, from Texas featuring the Miller family released a one-off six-track mini LP back in 1983. If it's a pompous version of AOR you're after, then Windfall just might fit the bill. Accordingly, bands such as 707, Steel Breeze and other pomp gems get a comparison.

Wrabit - 1983 West Side Kid
The third and final installment from Canadian AOR heroes Wrabit.

Y & T - 1983 Mean Streak
The trio of 'Earthshaker', 'Black Tiger' and 'Mean Streak' has always been referred to as the defining era of Y&T's long history and for once it's an accurate description.

Yes - 1983 90125
Well, what hasn't been said about this album? The British progressive supergroup Yes drop their 70's pretensions and head down the hi-tech freeway toward 80's synth pop/rock stardom, with this rather tasty slab of 80's memorabilia.

Youngs, Drew (And ESP) - 1983 Heartbeat
Drew Young's ESP offer up a west coast/fusion sound similar at times with Toto although unfortunately this classy sound doesn't last. But when you factor in the dated production, mediocre material as well as a short running time and you have what is a forgettable and non essential piece of AOR pop.

Zebra - 1983 Zebra
Three good old boys from the land of the Bayou head off to Long Island New York in search of fame and fortune. Yessiree, that's the story of Randy Jackson and Zebra.

ZZ Top - 1983 Eliminator
'Eliminator' pretty much owned 1983, the AOR upgrade and captivating automotive imagery proving irresistable the world over.
 
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