Classic albums: 1975-1980

 

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Boston‘s self-titled debut album (Epic, 1976) is a landmark in the history of melodic hard rock, that showed how heavy rock guitars could be successfully combined with ultra melodic songs (review).

 

 

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Meat Loaf‘s second album, Bat Out Of Hell (Epic, 1977),  was extremely successful both artistically and commercially, not in the least because of Jim Steinman‘s stellar songwriting (review).

 

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Van Halen‘s self-titled debut album (Warner Bros, 1978) ‘rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general’ as some put it. A very influential album (review).

 

 

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Thin Lizzy ‘s ninth album, Black Rose: A Rock Legend (Vertigo, 1979), is their most balanced work. It draws from their Irish heritage with great effect and has some excellent compositions (review)

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