Prince “Sign o’ the Times” (1987)

     I will admit, when I saw that “Sign o’ the Times”, the next album from Prince, was rated #45 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, I was a bit cynical after thinking “The Joshua Tree” by U2 was rated way too low, at #135.  I really shouldn’t care about theseContinue reading “Prince “Sign o’ the Times” (1987)”

U2 “The Joshua Tree” (1987)

     Some of these albums require several complete listens from front to back for me to learn the nuances and figure out how I feel about the record, and then there are some that I could write about without even a second thought.  “The Joshua Tree” by U2 definitely belongs in that second category, asContinue reading “U2 “The Joshua Tree” (1987)”

Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet” (1986)

     “Tommy used to work on the docks…”, yes, it is time today for 1987’s #1 selling album, which was released in August of 1986, “Slippery When Wet” by Bon Jovi.  Not only was the record a massive commercial hit, it opened the aperture further, along with Def Leppard, for the merging of pop musicContinue reading “Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet” (1986)”

Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill” (1986)

     After two days of intense metal, who would have thought the relatively soothing sounds of the Beastie Boys would bring me down from the ledge, but that is exactly what happened.  My appreciation for this group evolved much more so in the 1990s, and when “Licensed to Ill” was first released, I didn’t giveContinue reading “Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill” (1986)”

Slayer “Reign In Blood” (1986)

     The year of metal continues, with yet another highly acclaimed heavy metal record that came out in 1986.  “Reign In Blood” by Slayer is the 4th rated album on the list of Top 10 Metal Albums of All Time.  Like Metallica and Megadeth, Slayer also hails from California, and just like Dave MustaineContinue reading “Slayer “Reign In Blood” (1986)”

Megadeth “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” (1986)

     Back to the heavy metal for another highly acclaimed 1986 release, today we have “Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?” by Dave Mustaine and Megadeth.  Mustaine was originally with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in Metallica before being fired for substance abuse issues, and was replaced by Kirk Hammett.  It is only natural for theContinue reading “Megadeth “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” (1986)”

Paul Simon “Graceland” (1986)

     In the 1980s, several stars of the 1960s and 1970s discovered a resurgence.  Unfortunately, for most of them, it was fueled by superficial pop hits that in many cases, were note even written by these re-emerging artists.  Heart, Aerosmith and Tina Turner are among those that come to mind, and while they had aContinue reading “Paul Simon “Graceland” (1986)”

R.E.M. “Lifes Rich Pageant” (1986)

     For some reason, I have found it to be a challenge to properly digest and process the next album, “Lifes Rich Pageant” by R.E.M.  It is a good follow-on to The Smiths, and like every R.E.M. record I have included so far, it has multiple songs that I know and love, but I haveContinue reading “R.E.M. “Lifes Rich Pageant” (1986)”

The Smiths “The Queen Is Dead” (1986)

     Today we feature one of the towering artists of the darker new-wave sound of the 1980s, The Smiths and their third album, “The Queen is Dead”.  I have always looked at The Smiths as an entity that is almost entirely the creation and representation of their singer Morrissey, and while he is the faceContinue reading “The Smiths “The Queen Is Dead” (1986)”

Peter Gabriel “So” (1986)

     One of the 1980s albums that has really stood the test of time is Peter Gabriel’s 1986 success, “So”.  Rated #297 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, this record stands out for its diverse and innovative songwriting, along with the distinctive production touched from Daniel Lanois.  I’m beginning to recognizeContinue reading “Peter Gabriel “So” (1986)”