As you may know, RockmusicRaider also reviews older records, often from the ’70s and ’80s of the last century. For the simple reason that we still have a lot of great material, sometimes real pioneer work, which should never be forgotten.
The RMR crew already published the Old’n’Tasty volumes I & II earlier. And now is the time for a new installment, with a number of records that took our fancy. As always, this is in no way a ranking, but simply a selection of great albums that crossed our path.
Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime
This record is a fascinating piece, a theme album with a truly tasty storyline on a Heavy Metal background. Asylums were used as the backdrop story on many a record over time already. But we are unsure if we ever encountered one that so confidently told its tale. And this whilst sticking to the story AND the genre in a very compelling manner. I tell ya, you will definitely start to look over your shoulder, once the record starts turning. I remember now.
Krokus – Metal Rendez-Vous
Aye. Meet the platform that propelled Krokus to global fame. And this happened back in 1980, not quite at the beginning of their career. But after they already had a few albums to show for and considerable action under their belt. Before that truly tasty record, the band enjoyed some limited fame. Yet as it is with every well-oiled machine, you need to increase the octane levels to really get to full speed ahead. And with Metal Rendez-Vous, the pedal went through the metal. Just stellar.
Uriah Heep – Salisbury
With this record, the band went full-tilt progressive – and hit the target dead center. And they did this on a sophomore album. Those records that often turn out to be the problem child, if not worse. Yet, the style of this particular piece was so far out in the boonies that it caused quite a stir with critics and fans alike. David Byron‘s falsetto offerings were – and still are – pretty difficult to stomach at first. Until Salisbury reveals its undeniable qualities. In the end, it turned out to be one of their best albums they ever made.
Scorpions – Lovedrive
If there is a Scorpions album that our today’s purists somewhat breathlessly whisper about, it is their 1979 concoction Lovedrive. And – usually – they bitch about the cover with the sticky-finger guy. Because we can’t have that these days. Yet and whilst not without its controversies, this record turned out to be one of those cornerstones. A pillar that helped the band build one of the most impressive careers rock music has to offer.
Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
With the band in turmoil, two main actors of Black Sabbath‘s dramatic story found themselves. Tony Iommi and Dio famously met at The Rainbow in Los Angeles. One in search of a vocalist and the other one the lookout for a new gig. The resulting album was tasty, to say the least. With Dio‘s soaring voice really taking center stage. They thus created a record that contains a few of the most iconic tracks the band ever produced. A must-have for any fan of the now-defunct Black Sabbath. Incidentally, the album also released in 1980, the very same year that Krokus unleashed the aforementioned Metal Rendez-Vous.
Okay, this will conclude this series of oldies, but goodies. We will – of course – continue to cover juicy old records as we move forward. Because – you see – we didn’t even scratch the surface yet, there are so many.
In this light, if you are an adept of the good ‘ol days of rock’n’roll, do stay tuned to this station. We will have news for you, one day, but hopefully soon.