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Visitor - 1980 Visitor
Rare and obscure outfit from New York called Visitor.

Walsh, Steve - 1980 Schemer Dreamer
This is the first solo album from Kansas keyboardist Steve Walsh, recently reissued by Rock Candy Records.

Waterman, Dennis - 1980 So Good For You
I could see this being a curiosity to some, but it's certainly more than commendable, with at least three true AOR classics on board. Those make it worth hearing alone, as good as you'll hear from 1980.

Wetton, John - 1980 Caught In The Crossfire
Do yourself a favour - do some research of Asia's history and discover the original blueprint. 'Caught In The Crossfire' was a breeding ground of ideas, some flourished some backfired, but overall a recommended listen.

White Lie - 1980 True Confessions
I have encountered so many private label AOR albums over the years that I think I've become desensitized to the good, the bad and the ugly. How many reputed 'classics' fetching big bucks have you bought only to be disappointed with nothing more than cheap bar band rock? Exactly.. and that's what we have with 'True Confessions' and a cover that tells the tale.

White Spirit - 1980 White Spirit
Their sound was an interesting amalgam of keyboard based rockers, such as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Rainbow and Grand Prix. Indeed, Malcolm Pearson's ivory work shines throughout this one-off platter, and a comparison to GP's Phil Lanzon is probably a good reference, notwithsanding Jon Lord. Along with that, guitarist Janick Gers had a reputation as being a Richie Blackmore clone, so no doubt the Deep Purple comparisons would've been well founded.

White, Tony Joe - 1980 The Real Thang
Quite simply this album has to be heard to be believed. White turns in one of the coolest vocal performances you're likely to hear and the result is a melodic, funky treat.

Whitesnake - 1980 Ready An' Willing
'Ready And Willing' was the lit fuse that would spark Whitesnake's popularity into the rest of the 80's, though the sound here would disappear when Coverdale revamped the style to melodic hard rock in 1987.

Wild Horses (UK) - 1980 The First Album
They were a superrgroup of sorts, with personnel among some of the British heavyweights of rock.

Wildlife - 1980 Burning
Though it sits as a bookmark in the 1980 history books, it also acts as a support-beam for the 1983 'Wildlife' LP, along with the legacy of FM (UK) that was to follow.

Wilk, Scott (And The Walls) - 1980 Scott Wilk And The Walls
With Elvis Costello at his peak of popularity in 1980 and the critical intelligentsia falling over themselves in praise of the former pub rocker turned new wave icon, it was only a matter of time before the imitators started throwing their many hats in the proverbial ring. Enter Scott Wilk + the Walls and a self-titled album that combined Costello's vocal style and quirky eccentricity with American power pop.

Wilks, Van - 1980 Bombay Tears
He's better known as a blues guitarist in the Texan style, but his debut album 'Bombay Tears' offered up something different.

Wintergarden - 1980 The Land Of Milk And Honey
'The Land of Milk & Honey' was Wintergarden's second LP and housed in a colorful gatefold sleeve with lyrics and paired with a biographical booklet it's a nice artifact from days gone by.

Wireless - 1980 No Static
Rush's Geddy Lee produced this, their third and final album, and indeed this does have a lot of the vibe Rush were emitting themselves circa 'Moving Pictures'.

Witchfynde - 1980 Stagefright
Break out the black candles and dust off the chalk drawn pentagram; here's one of the scariest bands to come out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

Woolstenholme, Woolly - 1980 Maestoso
'Maestoso' is a beautifully executed progressive pop album and in many ways out-performs the 80's efforts of his former colleagues in Barclay James Harvest.

Yes - 1980 Drama
As can be imagined, the Yes sound underwent its first significant change with the inclusion of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, no doubt helped by their success as The Buggles, and their earlier exposure worldwide due to 1979's smash hit 'Video Killed The Radio Star' and 1980' subsequent album 'The Age Of Plastic'.

Zon - 1980 I'm Worried About The Boys
'I'm Worried About The Boys' was released for the independent Falcon label as their third album. It's very difficult to track down, but worth the effort.
 
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