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Union - 1981 On Strike
Canadian band with links and history to Bachman Turner Overdrive and Ironhorse.

Valenti, John - 1981 I Won
Valenti ranked with the best male solo artists of the genre, think David Roberts or John O Banion, not to mention powerhouse acts at the time like Toto or Player.

Van Halen - 1981 Fair Warning
'Fair Warning' was VH's fourth album in as many years, and their most complex work yet. With an array of different styles employed, it is to these ears the embodiment of hard rock/metal perfection, another blueprint for rising US bands of the genre to follow in the 80's.

Van Zant, Johnny (Band) - 1981 Round Two
According to most historians 'Round Two' was a shift into AOR territory, but this is anything but, rather a set of Southern tinged ballads with the odd rocker thrown in. Even with Kevin Elson producing the set still is mostly Southern flavoured.

Various Artists - 1981 US Metal 1
This was the first in a series of four releases from Shrapnel Records. In all honesty, though the concept was admirable, and the talent undeniable, the quality of the material was pretty scratchy.

Vergat, Vic - 1981 Down To The Bone
I looked at the cover of this album and thought to myself 'this guy looks as if he could play some mean guitar'. Unfortunately the appearance I was looking at did not quite equate to the sound I was hearing.

Whitford St Holmes - 1981 Whitford St Holmes
Quite forgotten is this one off collaboration between then ex Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and ex Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St Holmes. No frills and gimmick free rock and roll is the order of the day, recalling the glory years of both men's previous bands.

Who, The - 1981 Face Dances
The band was a shocking mess on the face of it in 1981, but even at their worst The Who still remained compelling.

Wild Horses (UK) - 1981 Stand Your Ground
Here's the second instalment of the British band Wild Horses.

Wrabit - 1981 Wrough And Wready
Although it's often overlooked in favor of it's more illustrious follow up 'Tracks', 'Wrough And Wready' is a slice of pure AOR. Some of the songs end far too soon, but the album's sheer consistency comes through in a big way.

Wright, Gary - 1981 The Right Place
If you like outrageous keyboard oriented pop/rock from the late 70's and early 80's, then 'The Right Place' should be on your list.

Y & T - 1981 Earthshaker
A name change and a bit of a shake-up in terms of image and musical delivery for our Bay Area rockers previously called Yesterday And Today.

Zeabra - 1981 Makin' Tracks (1981)
Small time Oklahoma based band who released this one off effort back in 1981.

Zed - 1981 Zed
Zed were a British outfit steeped in the tradition of 70's classic rock a la Charlie, Aviator, Dave Mason and Chris Rea.
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