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Early 80s AOR Albums
chrismayek
Going through the Encyclopedia of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal last night, I discovered three AOR albums I previously hadn't heard of:

Rick DuFay - Tender Loving Abuse (1981)

Ellen Shipley - Breaking Through The Ice Age (1980)
*Two tracks from this album are on youtube. Vocally she's a mix of Ellen Foley, Pat Benatar, and Olivia Newton John

Dianne Heatherington - Hearthington Rocks (1980)
*Raspy and powerful voiced canadian singer similar to Patty Weaver, Darby Mills, Martee Lebow, etc
 
gdazegod
I have the Diane Hetherington, it's OK. Don't have the other two.
 
reyno-roxx
Of the three the Ellen Shipley is by far the best.
 
Eric
Wasn't the Hetherington album produced by one of the Triumph guys? I don't think it was Emmett? Maybe it was? I seem to remember Shipley doing a tour with Cheap Trick back when they did 364 shows a year(!). Or maybe that was Carolyn Mas? Arrghh...helpless
 
reyno-roxx
Eric, it was produced by Keith Whitey (FM). Rik Emmett does guest on guitar. Dianne sadly passed away in 1996.
 
chrismayek
reyno-roxx wrote:

Of the three the Ellen Shipley is by far the best.


I agree, based off of what I've heard so far. Dianne Heatherington has a great cover of Helfer Skelter on her album, though
 
jefflynnefan
I have that Shipley album on vinyl along with Foley's 'Another Breath' album.

Have you ever heard of Wendy Matthews from Australia? She's got a great voice. You might like her 1990 debut album. I don't understand why she didn't try hard in the USA, she could have even done CandW if she wanted too.

Here she is singing Toto's 'Hold The Line' with Johnny Galvatron:

https://youtu.be/...
 
Explorer
Did someone mention Ellen Foley???, although not quite the 80's, 1979 is close enough isn't it?.Her 'Nightout' album is a corker with a great OTT full on Phil Spector type production job by the dream team that was Hunter/Ronson.
 
Geir
'Breaking Through the Ice Age' is easily the best among Ellen Shipley's three solo albums from the late '70s and early '80s. She's a dynamic and powerful singer, her songs at times pack more of a punch than people give her credit for, and '...Ice Age' flows quite well from beginning to end. It's also the overall most AOR/melodic rock oriented of her three discs.

I made a custom Ellen Shipley compilation disc for myself at some point, and just to illustrate my point, it features four songs from her debut album, six from '...Ice Age', plus five from 'Call of the Wild' (1983). It does make for a strong, if somewhat musically directionally challenged fifteen tracker overall! Wink

On a final note: Both Rich Cerniglia and Steve Vitale from Shipley's backing band would later go on to form Aviator - how's that for AOR credibility? Thumbs Up
 
chrismayek
Explorer wrote:

Did someone mention Ellen Foley???, although not quite the 80's, 1979 is close enough isn't it?.Her 'Nightout' album is a corker with a great OTT full on Phil Spector type production job by the dream team that was Hunter/Ronson.


I agree, Nightout is a great album. Another Breath is good too but not quite as strong overall, though it's more of an AOR album than Nightout is
 
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