My Favorite ’80s Rock Albums! (PART 2)

Albums - Part 2


 

Hello, everyone!

Previously, I have listed 10 of my favorite rock albums from the 80s (you can check the publication by clicking here – [CLICK HERE] My Top 10 ’80s Rock Albums! ). However, since we are talking about the 80s and rock music, naturally, much more than 10 albums are in “my favorite” category. Therefore, I decided to prepare a part 2 and list 10 more incredible records from the golden era of rock, I love and appreciate with all my heart and soul. There will be a part 3, 4, etc. for sure because let’s face it – 80s were the greatest decade for rock music and one can’t but love all the music that was released back then… It is indeed very difficult for me to choose favorites but I will try…

Now – here we go again…


 

Survivor – Vital Signs ( 1984 )

Survivor - Vital SignsAnyone who knows me is quite aware of the fact that I ADORE Survivor and Jimi Jamison is one of my favorite male vocalists of all time. “Vital Signs” happens to be the first album with him as their frontman and as a bonus we can find some awesome classics, such as “I Can’t Hold Back”, “High on You” and “First Night”. I think this is my favorite Survivor album in general and I am particularly fond of the song “Popular Girl” which is very catchy and has such captivating lyrics… “When she’s breaking your heart, she’s the state of the art… with license to take what she wants…”


 

AC/DC – For Those About To Rock We Salute You ( 1981 )

acdc for those about to rock we salute you albumThe follow up of AC/DC’s highly successful album “Back in Black” turned out to be equally important for their career and as perfect as one can imagine. I also consider “For Those About to Rock We Salute You” as their greatest album in terms of technicality, vocal delivery and quality of production. The title song is also one of my favorite 80s tunes – the lyrics and the energy of it are out of this world. Songs such as “Let’s Lit It Up” and “Spellbound” are also among my favorite tracks of the era. The album is the third and final collaboration between AC/DC and famous producer Mutt Lange.


 

Steve Perry – Street Talk ( 1984 )

Steve Perry - Street TalkThe first solo album of Steve Perry turned out to be a phenomenal project and of course it’s going to be in my favorite rock albums from the 80s! The title track of “Street Talk”“Oh Sherrie” is beyond impressive and I can’t have my day going without listening to it at least once. In addition to this massive hit, songs such as “Foolish Heart” and “She’s Mine” are also among my ultimate favorite tracks from the album (and from the 80s as well). Steve Perry is an incredible talent and I am so happy he released this album – it’s the golden egg of my collection!


 

Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes
( 1983 )

Eric Clapton - Money and CigarettesI have a whole publication dedicated to the greatness of this album – you can read it here: [CLICK HERE] [The Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s] Eric Clapton – Money and Cigarettes
What else can I say? This is my favorite album of Eric Clapton and contrary to the popular belief I think what he did in the 80s was quite impressive! The sound is indeed a little bit more commercial but the songs are very well-written and create such a beautiful mood. Among all, I think “Pretty Girl” and “I’ve Got a Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart” are my ultimate favorite songs from this album.


 

Genesis – Invisible Touch ( 1986 )

Genesis - Invisible TouchTill today, “Invisible Touch” remains Genesis’ best-selling album and one of the most loved records of the era. I love Phil Collins and I’ve always preferred him as their frontman in comparison with Peter Gabriel. The record has so many beautiful and quite famous tracks – “Invisible Touch”, “Land of Confusion” and of course my personal favorite – “In Too Deep”. The overall sound of the album may be too soft for some people, but to me it sounds perfect. I particularly enjoy the electronic drums.

 


 

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms ( 1985 )

Dire Straits - Brothers in ArmsI love Dire Straits and this is absolutely my favorite album of theirs. With awesome tracks such as “Money for Nothing”, “So Far Away” and “Walk of Life”, the album was destined for success. It occupied top chart positions for months!  “Money for Nothing” was also one of the most played music videos in the history of MTV. It’s an awesome track – probably one of THE tracks of the 80s and the MV is also quite memorable and era-defining – let’s just watch it…


 

Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry ( 1981 )

Def Leppard - High n DryOf course you will find yet another album of Def Leppard in here, on this list…you know now much I love all of their work! “High ‘n’ Dry” was the album that signaled that something strong and powerful was coming and it was going to change to course of rock music – that thing was called Def Leppard! “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”, “Lady Strange” and “On through the Night” are just a few of the songs I love from this album. The 80s belonged to Def Leppard and this album is indeed one of their finest projects. Interesting fact – it’s their final album with guitarist and original member Pete Willis.


 

Judas Priest – Turbo ( 1986 )

Judas Priest - TurboThis has to be my favorite Judas Priest album of all time. “Turbo” marked the band’s first use of guitar synthesizers and as a result, a very unique and interesting sound was crafted. Songs such as “Turbo Lover”, “Locked In” and “Rock You All around the World” are ultimate classics and I do really enjoy listening to them on a daily basis. The reason why this album in particular is here, on this list is because it’s somehow different from all of their works – the theme of love and romance is heavily emphasized and I absolutely like it!


 

Foreigner – Agent Provocateur ( 1984 )

Foreigner - Agent ProvocateurBut of course Foreigner’s ultimate hit record “Agent Provocateur” is going to be on my list!! I love Foreigner and this album is so special and important to me. It was a bit criticized for being too commercial and ordinary; however to me this album is everything! It contains the band’s biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is” and my most favorite Foreigner song of all time – “That Was Yesterday”. Also, I have a very special bond with “Reaction to Action” and I can’t have my day without listening to this song at least a few times…


 

Rainbow – Bent Out of Shape ( 1983 )

Rainbow - Bent Out of ShapeRainbow with Joe Lynn Turner was the most amazing combination ever! During his time as their frontman, they released some awesome albums and Bent out of Shape” has to be my favorite one among all. “Can’t Let You Go” and “Street of Dreams” are classics which will always be remembered, played and performed – they will forever remain some of the most appreciated anthems of the 80s!


 

This is it for now! Tell me your favorite rock albums from the 80s!
Stay tuned for part 3!

Velina

xoxo

10 Classic Rock Songs About Heartbreak…

“There are plenty of ways to die, but only love can kill and keep you alive to feel it…” – Leo Christopher

Nothing much to say on the subject of heartbreak… It’s indeed one of the most excruciating types of pain one can feel. When you look into the eyes of someone you love and they look away it hurts like hell and we desperately wish we could do something to stop the tears…but sometimes we just can’t do anything. We can’t stop the feelings we have for someone – and when that someone leaves us for another or walks away, all we are left with is our broken heart and empty soul… Things might get better, indeed; however, heartbreak changes people and always leaves its mark…

Heartbreak has been a popular song theme for as long as we can remember. Actually, many people choose to express their feelings through different types of art…however, since this is a place for rock music, I would be focusing on that, of course.

It may not be pleasant to write, perform or sing about being hurt by someone you love, however, out of this sadness, some of the greatest songs were born. The following publication will list 10 classic rock songs, dealing with the theme of breakup. I apologize for the sadness, but I truly admire these songs and I believe they all possess one outstanding characteristic – impressive lyrics that can make you experience an emotion (most certainly a sad one, though)…

Let’s listen to some of the greatest classic rock songs dealing with broken hearts and trying to forget someone who gave you so much to remember…


PLAYLIST:

  1. Winger – Headed For A Heartbreak (1988)
    Nazareth – Love Hurts (1976)
    Sammy Hagar – I’ll Fall In Love Again (1981)
    Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (1977)
    Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (1990)
    Def Leppard – Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (1981)
    Led Zeppelin – “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (1969)
    The Eagles – Wasted Time (1976)
    The Rolling Stones – Out of Tears (1944)
    Elvis Presley- Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
  2. +John Lennon – I’m Losing You (1980)
    The Beatles – Yesterday (1965)

Winger – Headed For A Heartbreak (1988)

You’ve become a stranger
I just got to be alone
Don’t need nobody on my side
To dull the blade I’m on
So don’t be waiting on love
‘Cause I’ll be waiting to ramble on…

……..It’s not a mistake
Don’t you think I can feel the pain?
I walk away, to live again…


Nazareth – Love Hurts (1976)

Some fools think of happiness
Blissfulness, togetherness
Some fools fool themselves I guess
They’re not foolin’ me

I know it isn’t true, I know it isn’t true
Love is just a lie
Made to make you blue…


Sammy Hagar – I’ll Fall In Love Again (1981)

But it’s alright with me now
I’ll get back up somehow
And with a little luck, I’m bound to win
I’ll fall in love, I’ll fall in love again…

…And I guess you think you’ve got it made
Oh, but then you never were afraid
Of anything that you’ve left behind…


Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (1977)

Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things that I feel?

If I could
Baby I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me?

You can go your own way
Go your own way…


Roxette – It Must Have Been Love (1990)

It must have been love but it’s over now.
It must have been good but I lost it somehow.
It must have been love but it’s over now.
From the moment we touched, ’til the time had run out.

Make-believing we’re together
That I’m sheltered by your heart.
But in and outside I’ve turned to water
Like a teardrop in your palm….


Def Leppard – Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (1981)

You’re such a secret, misty eyed and shady
Lady how you hold the key
Oh you’re like a candle, your flame slowly fadin’
Burnin’ out and burnin’ me

Can’t you see?
Just try and say to you…

You’re bringin’ on the heartache
Takin’ all the best of me
Oh can’t you see?
You got the best of me
Can’t you see?


Led Zeppelin – “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” (1969)

It was really, really good.
You made me happy every single day.
But now… I’ve got to go away! Oh, oh, oh.

Baby, baby, baby
That’s when it’s callin’ me
I said that’s when it’s callin’ me back home…


The Eagles – Wasted Time (1976)

Oh, another love has come and gone
Oh, and the years keep rushing on
I remember what you told me before you went out on your own:
“Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone.”
So you can get on with your search, baby, and I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find , that it wasn’t really wasted time…


The Rolling Stones – Out of Tears (1944)

I won’t cry when you say goodbye
I’m out of tears
I won’t die when you wave goodbye
I’m out of tears
Out of tears…


I just had to…

Elvis Presley- Heartbreak Hotel (1956)

And although it’s always crowded,
you still can find some room.
Where broken hearted lovers
do cry away their gloom.

You make me so lonely baby,
I get so lonely,
I get so lonely I could die…


+ 2 BONUS TRACKS From the greatest….

John Lennon – I’m Losing You (1980)

Somehow the wires have crossed,
Communication’s lost,
Can’t even get you on the telephone,
Just got to shout about it,
I’m losing you,

Here in the valley of indecision,
I don’t know what to do,
I feel you sliping away,
I feel you sliping away,
I’m losing you,
I’m losing you…



The Beatles – Yesterday (1965)

Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday…


 

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The publication expresses my personal opinion and in no way is trying to make a generalized statement. Please be kind and considerate when you read and/or comment.
Cheers~

Rock and Sax Might Be The Most Magical Blend In Music!

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Greetings, everyone!

Previously, I have expressed so many times how much I love when rock musicians feature piano in their songs – there is something very touching and captivating when a guitar and a piano play together. However, what I adore even more than that is the combination of rock ‘n’ roll and saxophone. There is just something so magical and fascinating about the saxophone as an instrument…and when you add some brilliant rock tunes, you get the finest thing in the world! To many people, such blends might be rather unusual and difficult to swallow, however I truly believe that sax and rock ‘n’ roll go very well together. I strongly believe that saxophone might be the perfect detail to any rock song and can enhance it like no other instrument or digital effect. To prove that saxophone truly belongs in rock music, I have gathered 10 of my favorite rock songs, featuring an outstanding saxophone solos! I truly hope that there are more people out there who truly cherish and admire this magical collaboration. Let’s listen to…


 

The first two songs come from Pink Floyd and they are probably the finest examples of how well a saxophone can enhance the overall atmosphere of the song and create something outstanding as a result. These two songs were featured in their 1973 album “Dark Side Of The Moon” and are my personal favorites! Just listen to the brilliant saxophone solos…

Pink Floyd – Us And Them ( 1973 )

Pink Floyd – Money ( 1973 )


 

And the song that made me love saxophone and rock together so much is this one! Another perfect example of how well a sax solo fits in a perfect and catchy hard rock melody. Foreigner’s “Urgent” is an absolute classic and the sax might be the reason why…Listen…

Foreigner – Urgent ( 1981 )


 

This has got to be one of the greatest songs in history. No one can deny the energy and power that comes out of that saxophone. The song is more soft and melodic but the presence of the sax solo is what makes it so colorful and unique…

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street ( 1978 )


 

David Bowie’s “Modern Love” is another example of how a saxophone can bring so much energy and completely change your mood for better. Just look at them having the time of their lives on that stage…..
Miss you, David…

David Bowie – Modern Love ( 1983 )


 

I love everything about this song – the rhythm, the vocals…and of course the outstanding saxophone solo by Sonny Rollins. This is actually one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs – It makes me feel soo goood….

Rolling Stones – Slave ( 1981 )


 

I just had to include this ultimate classic by the legendary Bob Seger… And people still have the guts to tell me sax and rock don’t go together!!!? This right here is probably my favorite example to give…

Bob Seger – Old Time Rock and Roll ( 1978 )


 

The boss loves saxophones and his songs often feature a sax accompaniment. This one is I think my personal favorite because we can listen to the smooth sounds of the sax throughout the entire song..

Bruce Springsteen – Spirit In The Night
( 1973 )


 

This song is a relatively recent discovery of mine and I’m so happy it came into my life…it’s an absolute masterpiece! I wish I could hear more saxophone but still, the sax details make it so beautiful!

Dream Theater – Another Day ( 1992 )


 

Finally, I decided to include something more hardcore to show you guys that a song doesn’t necessarily have to be soft to include a saxophone solo. Steve Mackay is the brilliant sax technician who made this song so perfect…

The Stooges – Fun House ( 1970 )


 

And many many more….

My TOP 10 Favorite FOREIGNER Songs

Everyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that Foreigner and I go way back. They are probably one of the most important bands of my childhood and the first classic rockers I got into. In addition to the memories, deep appreciation and respect I have for them, their music is what has always been there for me. There are a handful of bands I can point out for certain as my ultimate favorites due to their music matching my taste and personality 100%…and Foreigner is one of those bands! Imagine my emotional state, when I found out that they will be performing in my native country and I won’t be able to attend due to studying abroad…!? I’m still devastated and I’m not sure I will ever get over it.

Tour concert aside, at least what I always had and always will have is their brilliant music I’ve been listening to since as long as I can remember. As I previously said, it can be so challenging to find a band whose music completes you in each and every way possible – it’s like they wrote all these songs ESPECIALLY for you, knowing exactly what you like and you look for in a song. That’s how I feel about Foreigner – they are just that important to me! Can we also talk about Lou Gramm whose vocals are EVERYTHING (at least to me)! His ability to kill those high notes and his tough, yet gentle vocal delivery are just a few of the reasons why I consider him as one of the most talented and notable rock vocalists ever!

Foreigner - Debut Album 1977…Of course, the fact that they are one of the best-selling rock bands of all time proves that apparently I’m not the only one who carries such deep affection for them. Not to mention that they sold more than 80 million records worldwide… Yes, to reach to such highs and succeed so massively, you need to have excellent musicianship skills and know how to make splendid rock tunes that can reach to and have a special effect on people… Well, they sure as hell knew how to do that! Throughout the years, they released phenomenal records, such as “Double Vision” (1978), “Head Games” (1979), my two personal favorites – “4” (1981) and “Agent Provocateur” (1984) and many more. The amount of exceptional rock tunes you can find on those records goes beyond. Even though, picking up favorite songs from their extensive music catalog has to be the most difficult thing in the world, I really wanted to list some of my favorite Foreigner tunes on my blog – songs that really mean a lot to me for one reason or another. Besides, I would never miss another chance of listening to those loved songs of mine. I hope my readers love Foreigner as much as I do and have a good time while reminding themselves of those remarkable classics! I decided to include songs sung only by Lou Gramm. I’m sorry, Foreigner and I’m sorry, other fans of Foreigner who don’t really share my view but to me the situation goes like this – No Lou Gramm = No Foreigner ! Thanks for reading and please enjoy the songs!!!


 

That Was Yesterday ( 1984 – Agent Provocateur )

You were the only one
The only friend that I counted on
How could I watch you walk away
I’d give anything to have you here today…


 

Cold As Ice ( 1977 – Foreigner )

You’re as cold as ice
You’re willing to sacrifice our love
You never take advice
Someday you’ll pay the price, I know…


 

She’s Too Tough ( 1984 – Agent Provocateur )

My girl, everybody says she’s alright
And I know that she’s more than alright
Well, she’s a hard headed woman
Got a mean attitude
I may have bitten off more than I can chew
I get a little light headed
At her altitude
But she goes one step higher…


 

Jukebox Hero ( 1981 – 4 )

He heard one guitar, just blew him away
He saw stars in his eyes, and the very next day
Bought a beat up six string in a secondhand store
Didn’t know how to play it, but he knew for sure…


 

Reaction To Action ( 1984 – Agent Provocateur )

It’s hard getting through to me
I’m truly elusive
I got my own point of view
I am the one of a kind
And I tell you l’il girl
I’m fascinated by you
There’s something about you
That makes all the difference…


 

Woman In Black ( 1981 – 4 )

I saw a dark silhouette, at the table
I tried to talk, but I was unable
She drew me in right under her spell
I was hypnotized by the sudden temptation

Of that woman in black, she’s a mystery
She’s everything a woman should be
Woman in black, she’s got a hold on me
She’s in control, she won’t set me free…


 

Feels Like The First Time ( 1977 – Foreigner )

I have waited a lifetime
Spent my time so foolishly
But now that I’ve found you
Together we’ll make history

And I know that it must be the woman in you
That brings out the man in me
I know I can’t help myself
You’re all that my eyes can see…


 

Waiting For A Girl Like You ( 1981 – 4 )

Maybe I’m wrong
Won’t you tell me if I’m coming on too strong
This heart of mine has been hurt before
This time I want be be sure

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life
I’ve been waiting for a girl like you
A love that will survive
I’ve been waiting for someone new
To make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life…


 

Double Vision ( 1978 – Double Vision )

Never do more than I, I really need
My mind is racing, but my body’s in the lead
Tonight’s the night, I’m gonna push it to the limit
I’ll live all of my years in a single minute…


 

Growing Up The Hard Way ( 1984 – Agent Provocateur )

He’s got nothing to say, he’s got no excuse
He’s just made that way, and he’s gonna stay that way
Like a dog on the loose in a firework display in a world of his own
No, no, no, he won’t back down or go running back home…


 

HONORABLE MENTIONS ….

 

Soul Doctor ( 1992, The Very Best … and Beyond )

I need to see the soul doctor
Before the fever begins
You know I’m searching for the soul doctor
When love is wearing thin
Doctor soul is in…


 

Prisoner of Love ( 1992, The Very Best … and Beyond )

In your book of broken hearts
You had my name now the story starts
We’ll never be the same again, I have known…

I’m a victim of circumstance
I’m the one that got the second chance
One chance that’s all I need, and I won’t let go

Now you’ve got to understand I’m ready
I won’t be denied
This lonely heart must be satisfied…


 

Say You Will ( 1987 – Inside Information )

I can’t sleep I keep dreaming I’m losing you
Feel so alone in the night, scared to open my eyes
I’m in too deep, I’m in over my head this time
Can’t get you out of my mind no matter how hard I try…


 

Urgent ( 1981 – 4 )

Got fire in your veins
Burnin’ hot but you don’t feel the pain
Your desire is insane
You can’t stop until you do it again

But sometimes I wonder as I look in your eyes
Maybe you’re thinking of some other guy
But I know, yes I know, how to treat you right
That’s why you call me in the middle of the night…


 

Blue Morning, Blue Day ( 1978 – Double Vision )

Out in the street it’s 6 am, another sleepless night
Three cups of coffee, but I can’t clear my head from what went down last night
No we won’t have our own little ways, but somehow we keep it together
You hear me talk, but you don’t hear what I say, I guess it don’t even matter…


 

Of course, I had to wrap things up with this song……

I Want To Know What Love Is ( 1984 – Agent Provocateur )

Now this mountain I must climb
Feels like a world upon my shoulders
I through the clouds I see love shine
It keeps me warm as life grows colder

In my life there’s been heartache and pain
I don’t know if I can face it again
Can’t stop now, I’ve traveled so far
To change this lonely life…


[PLAYLIST] My Good Morning Classic Rock Mixtape

Good Morning, everyone!

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I don’t know which side of the world you live in, but for me it’s time to rise and shine and marry the day! Like many other rock fans out there, I can’t really imagine waking up and start preparing for the day, without listening to some rock ‘n’ roll tunes as a background. However, mornings can be pretty tough – we are still too sleepy, still very tired and it takes time for the coffee to start working…So, to some people, including myself, solid hard rock sounds and crazy guitars might not be the best option for your morning…especially if it’s the beginning of the week. Thus, a few years ago, I made the so called “morning playlist” or “morning mixtape”, featuring classic rock tunes which I think are perfect for the early start of your day. I love collecting songs and making playlists, so I decided to share with you guys, some of the songs you can find on this morning playlist of mine (My personal playlist is too long, so I decided to share just 20 songs from it). They are indeed more soft and melodic than the usual songs I post on the blog, because I just can’t handle the crazy riffs at 6 am in the morning (haha). I hope you guys will enjoy the mixtape I prepared for you and might get some ideas for your own “morning playlist”. It’s a personal selection, combining classic rock songs with no common grounds, except being suitable for your busy and tiring mornings ( of course, based on my opinion only). Let’s play!


 

Eagles – I Can’t Tell You Why ( 1979 )

 

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight ( 1977 )

 

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven ( 1971 )

 

Whitesnake – Don’t Fade Away ( 1997 )

 

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man

 

The Alan Parsons Project – Some Other Time ( 1977 )

 

Skid Row – I Remember You ( 1989 )

 

Fleetwood Mac – Over My Head ( 1975 )

 

Pink Floyd – Learning to Fly ( 1987 )

 

Eagles – Tequila Sunrise ( 1973 )

 

Def Leppard – Unbelievable ( 2002 )

 

Dire Staits – Lady Writer ( 1979 )

 

Foreigner – Waiting For a Girl Like You
( 1981 )

 

Chicago – You’re the Inspiration ( 1984 )

 

Bad English – Time Stood Still ( 1991 )

 

John Lennon – Woman ( 1981 )

 

Queen – Somebody to Love ( 1976 )

 

Survivor – You Know Who You Are ( 1993 )

 

Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure
( 1982 )

 

The Police – Every Breath You Take ( 1983 )