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  • All Shook Up

    All Shook Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not everything ex-Beatles producer George Martin touches turns to Fab Four. Cheap Trick's All Shook Up, produced by Martin, is actually closer in sound and fury to the ham-fisted heavy-metal grind of the band's 1977 debut album...

    March 19, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Making Movies

    Making Movies | ALBUM REVIEW

    Singer, songwriter and ace guitarist Mark Knopfler is the impressive sum of several very appealing parts. His voice is a smoky mixture of Bob Dylan's acidic whine, Tom Waits' tubercular snore and J.J. Cale's breathy, marbles-in-the-mouth whisper....

    February 5, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Zenyatta Mondatta

    Zenyatta Mondatta | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the two years since they first arrested America's attention with singer-bassist Sting's Top Forty love song for a prostitute, "Roxanne," the Police have gotten trapped in a credibility gap between their commercial importance as a New...

    December 25, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Back In Black

    Back In Black | ALBUM REVIEW

    While the accidental death of singer Bon Scott last February was undoubtedly a big blow to AC/DC, Scott's untimely demise seems to have lit a roaring fire under this Australian band. Back in Black is not only...

    November 27, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • AC/DC Refuses To Give Up and Rocks On

    AC/DC Refuses To Give Up and Rocks On | ARTICLE

    There is a full moon out here tonight, and it belongs to Angus Young, the twenty-one-year-old guitarist for Australian jock-rockers AC/DC. While his...

    October 30, 1980 4:40 PM ET
  • AC/DC Shrug Off a Death and Rock On

    AC/DC Shrug Off a Death and Rock On | ARTICLE

    There is a full moon out here tonight, and it belongs to Angus Young, the twenty-one-year-old guitarist for Australian jock-rockers AC/DC. While his older brother and rhythm guitarist Malcolm, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd...

    October 30, 1980 10:35 AM ET
  • Boy

    Boy | ALBUM REVIEW

    From the beginning, U2 aspired to profound ecstasy. But it took Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. a while to get there. Two of U2's first three albums are undeniable classics: 1980's precociously magnificent...

    October 20, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Unmasked

    Unmasked | ALBUM REVIEW

    Heavy-metal monsters rarely die but eventually collapse under the accumulated weight of their own leaden riffing, Tarzan-like singing and boorish macho arrogance. Three new albums by Kiss, Humble Pie and Judas Priest merely represent different ways of...

    October 2, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • There And Back

    There And Back | ALBUM REVIEW

    The good news is that Jeff Beck is back with his first studio record since Wired in 1976. The bad news is that There and Back sounds dismally familiar. In the last few years, such avant-garde guitarists...

    September 4, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Flush The Fashion

    Flush The Fashion | ALBUM REVIEW

    This isn't the Killer album that Alice Cooper hoped it'd be, but give the ghoul credit for trying. At a time when his rock & roll stock is nearly bankrupt, Cooper has wisely scrapped the flatulent vaudeville...

    August 21, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • On Through The Night

    On Through The Night | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans insist that it never went away. Critics wish it would. But heavy metal, that belligerent bastard son of American blues and macho English rock-star attitudes, is back. It's also bigger, louder and — hard as this...

    June 26, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Women And Children First

    Women And Children First | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans insist that it never went away. Critics wish it would. But heavy metal, that belligerent bastard son of American blues and macho English rock-star attitudes, is back. It's also bigger, louder and — hard as this...

    June 26, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Permanent Waves

    Permanent Waves | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's easy to criticize what you don't understand, which at least partly explains why Canadian power trio Rush have suffered so much at the hands of rock journalists since the band's debut album in 1974. Critics find...

    May 1, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Night in the Ruts

    Night in the Ruts | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first song on Aerosmith's seventh album is called "No Surprize," and that about sums up Night in the Ruts. After some tentative attempts to expand its basic jock-rock sound with mandolins, banjos and an occasional female...

    February 7, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Soldier

    Soldier | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the front of his second studio album, A.B. (After Bowie, who managed quite a rescue), Iggy Pop ironically looks less like a soldier than a used-up suicide commando. In "Take Care of Me," he admits he's...

    February 7, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Singles Going Steady

    Singles Going Steady | ALBUM REVIEW

    Three albums and nearly a dozen singles after turning London on its jaded ear in 1976, the Summer of Punk, the Buzzcocks continue to wrestle with the problem of reconciling leader Pete Shelley's incurable romanticism with the...

    January 24, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Cornerstone

    Cornerstone | ALBUM REVIEW

    If you take away the 2001: A Space Odyssey pretensions of Cornerstone's cover art, the social observations of "Why Me" and "Borrowed Time," and the orchestral deployment of Dennis DeYoung's synthesizers, Styx can be appreciated for what...

    December 13, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Low Budget

    Low Budget | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Kinks records go, Low Budget wins the award for cheesiest packaging hands down, greatest-hits sets included. The cover photo of the group's logo and the album's title stenciled on a grimy sidewalk between a pair of...

    September 20, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Killers

    Live Killers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Live, they said. pity the poor consumer who has to spend eight or nine dollars before he or she can read the self-congratulatory liner notes inside Queen's Live Killers and discover that the better part of "Bohemian...

    September 6, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Dynasty

    Dynasty | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Kiss army is going to mutiny when they hear "I Was Made for Lovin' You," the disco-inflected leadoff track on the Masked Marvels' latest album. They'll demand to know why their heroes, after years of rallying...

    August 23, 1979 12:00 AM ET
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