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Ulrich, Shari - 1982 Talk Around Town
Shari Ulrich was a fine singer - a natural for the FM radio rock genre in fact. She was able to switch with ease from expressive, mannered vocals reminiscent of Lisa Dalbello, to an emotive pure vocal style similar to Teri De Sario.

Uriah Heep - 1982 Abominog
The reviews for the album at the time in early 1982 were nothing short of staggering. 5 Star reviews throughout the UK saw the Heep return to the top of the rock pile among the rock papparazzi.

USA - 1982 USA
As you can guess from the record label, this band hail from Philadelphia, and they made a small dent on the AOR scene back in 1982.

Van Halen - 1982 Diver Down
Many fans felt this resulted in too much filler and not enough original material, with the later one only really rising to former Van Halen standards, that's not true IMO. It's one of Van Halen's best records, one that is a true testament to the spirit of the world's best bar band.

Van Zant, Johnny (Band) - 1982 Last Of The Wild Ones
As enjoyable as 1985's 'Van Zant' was, there were three albums worth of material for AORsters to get their teeth into. The Johnny Van Zant Band released three super albums between 1980 and 1982, all compulsory additions to your CD collection. Definitely the seeds for 1985's 'Van Zant' were laid here, but I believe no one really knew that a classic was just around the corner.

Vandenberg - 1982 Vandenberg
Despite the success of this album, it proved to be the only real success for the band, because the following two albums 'Heading For A Storm' and 'Alibi' aren't a patch on this debut, though they will probably appeal to AORsters..

Various Artists - 1982 US Metal II
1982 saw the release of the second installment of the Shrapnel US Metal series. New talent had been unearthed since 1981, and many of these acts went onto bigger things later on as a result of appearing here.

Vendetta - 1982 Vendetta
A hard hitting trio from New York, put together by the industrious singer/guitarist Nikki Buzz. Vendetta were melodic, powerful, and at times brutal. Initially compared to Y&T and perhaps The Rods.

Victory Group - 1982 Tomorrow
The band's only album 'Tomorrow' was produced by ex Painter, Hammersmith and 451 alumni Dan Lowe, and comes across in the same style as late 70's early 80's era April Wine, Prototype, Straight Lines, Hellfield and Orphan.

Virgin Steele - 1982 Virgin Steele
Virgin Steele were one of the first American bands to give American heavy metal a real injection, despite their unknown status at the time.

Voltz - 1982 Knight's Fall
The Voltz sound more often than not hearkens back to 'old school' Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep and Quartz although vocalist Glen Leinster has just enough of Dan McCafferty's raspy howl to put the mighty Nazareth in front of the line.

Waite, John - 1982 Ignition
'Ignition' would lay the platform for former Babys lead singer John Waite to successfully go it alone as a solo artist.

Waldman, Wendy - 1982 Which Way To Main Street
During the early 80's, Wendy Waldman signed with Epic Records, and toughened up her sound somewhat for this album, with Eddie Kramer handling production. There's no sign of the country/folk rock sound from her immediate past.

Warner, Florence - 1982 Just Believe It
This really has to be a (near) undiscovered classic of the genre during 1982. Stunning stuff.

Warwick, Dionne - 1982 Friends In Love
Anyone familiar with Graydon knows when he gets involved-especially with the usual cast of a Westcoast/AOR elite, jaw dropping AOR results can erupt even out of the MOST unlikely of suspects. Dionne Warwick's 'Friends In Love' is no exception.

Weaver, Patty - 1982 Patty Weaver
For those of us who have a never ending appetite for AOR of this variety we should be thankful for this offering, another notch in the 1982 cannon that will never be topped.

Wet, Kevin - 1982 Wet/Hard Attack
Back in the early 80's these two EP's caused a bit of a stir amongst the Hard Rock community, with their suitably OTT packaging. Well after getting past the artwork - what is on offer is an ambitious mix of straight ahead US rock and also some more progressive tinged songs

Whitesnake - 1982 Saints And Sinners
With this album Coverdale sought to crack the American charts. Instead he would have to settle for a top ten placing in Britain, US success proving elusive.

Who, The - 1982 It's Hard
'It's Hard' is not the complete write-off that many have made it out to be. Ultimately this is a great album, just a radical departure for Who loyalists of the day who were probably expecting another 'Tommy' or 'Who's Next'.

Winterhawk - 1982 Revival
The themes on 'Revival' are often fantasy based, but the result is a hard rock lovers dream, although to those claiming this is 'desert island' material, that's open to debate.

Wolfer, Bill - 1982 Wolf
Bill Wolfer has been around the block and back when it comes to session appearances. 'Wolf' is a delightful album from beginning to end and unusual for its mixture of pop and smooth jazz instrumentals. I suppose Paul Hardcastle could be a valid reference point as Wolfer uses an arsenal of keyboards here and explores the same 'synth jazz' territory as Hardcastle, but the music on 'Wolf' I find is more interesting from an AOR/west coast perspective..

Wrabit - 1982 Tracks
An extremely difficult disc to find now, but this is one essential slab of melodic rock to own. Sublime AOR from woah to go.

X-15 - 1982 Blueprint
X-15 hailed from the greater Pittsburgh area, and though named after a military spy plane, the band was the love child of David 'Tunes' Cross and singer T Doverspike, and not the result of some in-house musical shenanigans at Lockheed's Skunkworks Factory.

Y & T - 1982 Black Tiger
It goes without question that Y&T's 'Earthshaker' album was an absolute game-changer in the world of heavy metal in 1981. Not to be outdone, is the band's 1982 follow-up 'Black Tiger'.

Yamamoto, Kyoji - 1982 Electric Cinema
Vow Wow guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto teams up with future Alaska vocalist Bob Hawthorn. A surprising collection of melodic tunes, but will keep any serious music lover happy.

Young, Jesse Colin - 1982 The Perfect Stranger
Here's a guy with an impressive pedigree dating back to the early 12964. 1982 he caught the eye of AOR fans by releasing a superb album in keeping with the era of the solo male star. In a nutshell, 'The Perfect Stranger' is the album that Franke and the Knockouts never recorded.

Zahalan, Mary-Lu - 1982 Think Of Me
This is the debut album from Canadian singer/actress Mary-Lu Zahalan..

Ziggurat - 1982 Melodic Scandal
Musically, Ziggurat compare favorably with Canadian bands such as Zon, Lynx and Cinema Face, but without the overblown theatrics.
 
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Felder, Don - 1983 Airborne, Hotel - 1979 Hotel, Kimmel, Tom - 1987 5 To 1, Newman, Troy - 1991 Gypsy Moon, Cranberries, The - 2001 Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, Elevener - 2011 Symmetry In Motion, Sonata Arctica - 2006 For The Sake Of Revenge [DVD], Radio Sun, The - 2015 Heaven Or Heartbreak, Seventh Key - 2004 The Raging Fire, Animator - 1990 Gallery, Aries - 2001 Crash And Burn, Joleen - 1988 Joleen, Stenmarck, Martin - 2002 One, Cocker, Joe - 1984 Civilized Man, Ledin, Tomas - 1982 The Human Touch
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