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Old 05-06-2011, 10:18 AM
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Rush - Permanent Waves
(1980)

Nothing wrong with choosing this album. It's a classic.
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Old 05-06-2011, 01:18 PM
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Nice pick with Lights Out. If live albums we're in play, and I only could pick one UFO, I'd go with Strangers in the Night. It's long regarded as one of the best live albums ever.

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Old 05-06-2011, 06:18 PM
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#86:
Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
(1985)


This is another band that is not for everyone. Magnum's style, especially during this era is best described as what some would call "Pomp Rock" - mostly a blend of Progressive Rock and 80's AOR - see bands such as Asia and Saga for comparisons - however I have always thought Magnum had something special. Maybe it's the songwriting, maybe it's the charismatic vocals of frontman Bob Catley, or maybe it's the relatively varied and enduring catalog. But their brand of "epic prog-pop" was never better than on this classic from 1985, featuring some of their most memorable tracks.

Tracklisting:
01 How Far Jerusalem (6:25)
02 Just Like an Arrow (3:23)
03 On a Storyteller's Night (4:59)
04 Before First Light (3:52)
05 Les Morts Dansant (5:47)
06 Endless Love (4:30)
07 Two Hearts (4:24)
08 Steal Your Heart (3:59)
09 All England's Eyes (4:47)
10 The Last Dance (3:39)

Featured Track:
"On a Storyteller's Night"
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#85:
Europe - Wings of Tomorrow (
1984)


To put it bluntly: If you wrote off Europe with "The Final Countdown", you are really, really missing out on some good shit - most notably pretty much this entire album. One of Sweden's first notable international metal bands, Europe established themselves with this great and well-rounded album. John Norum's guitar playing on this is outstanding, and the songs are enduring, even if the production, sadly, is not. This is 80's metal at it's finest.

Tracklisting:
01 Stormwind (4:31)
02 Scream of Anger (4:06)
03 Open Your Heart (4:10)
04 Treated Bad Again (3:42)
05 Aphasia (2:32)
06 Wings of Tomorrow (3:59)
07 Wasted Time (4:10)
08 Lyin' Eyes (3:47)
09 Dreamer (4:28)
10 Dance the Night Away (3:35)

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Very funny, whoever gave this thread a one-star rating.
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No one mentioned how great of a song Stand Alone is off of Something Wicked This Way Comes. The opening riff is just brutal.
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#86:
Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
(1985)


This is another band that is not for everyone. Magnum's style, especially during this era is best described as what some would call "Pomp Rock" - mostly a blend of Progressive Rock and 80's AOR - see bands such as Asia and Saga for comparisons - however I have always thought Magnum had something special. Maybe it's the songwriting, maybe it's the charismatic vocals of frontman Bob Catley, or maybe it's the relatively varied and enduring catalog. But their brand of "epic prog-pop" was never better than on this classic from 1985, featuring some of their most memorable tracks.

Tracklisting:
01 How Far Jerusalem (6:25)
02 Just Like an Arrow (3:23)
03 On a Storyteller's Night (4:59)
04 Before First Light (3:52)
05 Les Morts Dansant (5:47)
06 Endless Love (4:30)
07 Two Hearts (4:24)
08 Steal Your Heart (3:59)
09 All England's Eyes (4:47)
10 The Last Dance (3:39)

Featured Track:
"On a Storyteller's Night"
I've never heard of this band before but I did like that song. I'm gonna have to check out some more stuff from them.

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No one mentioned how great of a song Stand Alone is off of Something Wicked This Way Comes. The opening riff is just brutal.
I wouldn't consider it that brutal but the riff played after the chorus has a simliarity to 'Blackened' from Metallica.
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Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
(1998)


Once regarded as one of my favorite bands, this album's placement is more based on nostalgia than anything. Despite it being a rather inconsistent album in many people's eyes, this is (along with Night of the Stormrider) the only Iced Earth album on which I actually like pretty much every song (though "Reaping Stone" is a bit of a drag). I am one of the few people who generally likes Jon Schaffer ballads, and there are 4 of my favorites on this disc. The songs are generally to-the-point and hard-hitting, and the Something Wicked Trilogy is pretty unanimously considered one of the best things this band has ever done. Fronted by the great vocals of Matt Barlow, this was my favorite era of Iced Earth, and Schaffer ever assembling an album again that is this solid and void of messages are slim to none.

Tracklisting:
01 Burning Times (3:44)
02 Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (4:47)
03 Disciples of the Lie (4:03)
04 Watching Over Me (4:28)
05 Stand Alone (2:44)
06 Consequences (5:36)
07 My Own Savior (3:39)
08 Reaping Stone (4:02)
09 1776 (3:33)
10 Blessed Are You (5:05)
11 Prophecy (6:18)
12 The Birth of the Wicked (4:16)
13 The Coming Curse (9:33)

Featured Track:
"Burning Times"
I've always had a tough time with this album. There are some really killer tunes -- Disciples of the Lie, My Own Savior, Stand Alone and the Something Wicked Trilogy are all fucking amazing, kick-ass power-thrash masterpieces. There's so much down time though: A pretty lackluster opener, three ballads (which is way too much for a 'metal' album), a plodding number in "Reaping Stone" and an instrumental which is pretty mediocre. I dunno, I don't hate this album, but I don't think I'd rate it above a 6/10. If there was more along the lines of Disciples, it would rate much higher in my books.
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It's by far the best Barlow record and has a lot of killer material, but it does have certain issues that El Gordo has pretty accurately addressed. Oddly, I'd probably take both Night of the Stormrider and The Glorious Burden over it, gun to my head.
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