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Diving For Pearls is the latest album from 1989 I rated very favourably. Such a huge shame they couldn't maintain the perfection of those first 6 songs for the whole album... Still got an 88% from me, though.

This is the only rating i will reveal before my final list but i rated it 86% (rounded up)

 

I love the album.

 

The first half is stronger i agree but my fav song is actually track 8 'I Dont Want to Cry'

 

New Moon is also a gem.

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Nightrain, the question I have for you is do you rate differently depending on mood?

For example there are times I can't listen to ac/DC or led zeppelin but at other times I think they have the greatest songs. I've spent so much time buying back discs that I got rid off that I could never rate the way you do.

 

I'll try to rate an album as objective as I can be although personal rating is always subjective but I think mood doesn't affect that much (maybe a swing of 5% but maybe lower). I tend to give a slightly favorable review to an album with solid and skillful musicianship, especially great singer or guitarist.

 

After listening to so many albums, I think the way you rate will be very accurate, which means very rarely an album will swing over 15%, usually the spread is lower than 10%. For example, if you rate something 90%, then probably after a while it can go down to 84% but not 75%, so it's useful to do this to remind yourself which one is great, which one is not.

 

It's very easy to do this kinda rating, everybody's using samsung or iphone now, you can just browse the tracklist on main page, copy paste it to Notes, and put the rating on each song as you listen, it took only 2-3 sec to do that, and then you mark the production value, skill, and replay value, and calculate everything, you can do that less than a minute and write it down on Excel :)

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Nightrain - can you post your full list in order.

 

I'm almost done with 1989....defo down to the dregs although I do have about 5-10 discs still to rate which could make my top 30, just want to make sure I havent missed any gems.

 

Cheers

 

Please give me few days, maybe I'll post the full list on Monday, I think I have around 10 CDs that I like to listen :)

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Diving For Pearls is the latest album from 1989 I rated very favourably. Such a huge shame they couldn't maintain the perfection of those first 6 songs for the whole album... Still got an 88% from me, though.

This is the only rating i will reveal before my final list but i rated it 86% (rounded up)

 

I love the album.

 

The first half is stronger i agree but my fav song is actually track 8 'I Dont Want to Cry'

 

New Moon is also a gem.

 

 

Very close rating we got. Mine is 83.6%

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Diving For Pearls is the latest album from 1989 I rated very favourably. Such a huge shame they couldn't maintain the perfection of those first 6 songs for the whole album... Still got an 88% from me, though.

This is the only rating i will reveal before my final list but i rated it 86% (rounded up)

 

I love the album.

 

The first half is stronger i agree but my fav song is actually track 8 'I Dont Want to Cry'

 

New Moon is also a gem.

 

 

Very close rating we got. Mine is 83.6%

 

 

0.1% better than Whitecross and only 2-3% better than Tora Tora? Strange world you live in if that's the case, mate. ;)

 

Weird favourite song, Glen. I think that was one of my lowest rated tunes on the disc. One of my all time favourite songs is easily 'Never on Monday,' which is my fave. I do agree that 'New Moon' is absolutely superb, though. Such a classy album, and I love the vocals too.

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89 was teragigamega fine to drink with a 99 Rioja wine...

 

Attack - Destinies of War 80%

Thunder Rider- Tales of Darkness and Light 100%

Helstar - Nosferatu 100%

Heir Apparent - One Small Voice 100%

Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry 100%

Rage - Secrets in a Weird World 90%

Blacksmith - Fire From Within 98%

Victory - Culture Killed the Native 95%

Coroner - No More Color 98%

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Blue Blud- The Big Noise 80% ( Still my favorite tracks from them were in their Trespass/Mendes Prey days)

 

 

That Blue Blud album was a big part of my time as a teenager. I have fond memories associated with those tunes but I know nothing of their Trespass/Mendes Prey days. Is it a similar sound?

 

 

Nope!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diving For Pearls is the latest album from 1989 I rated very favourably. Such a huge shame they couldn't maintain the perfection of those first 6 songs for the whole album... Still got an 88% from me, though.

This is the only rating i will reveal before my final list but i rated it 86% (rounded up)

 

I love the album.

 

The first half is stronger i agree but my fav song is actually track 8 'I Dont Want to Cry'

 

New Moon is also a gem.

Very close rating we got. Mine is 83.6%

0.1% better than Whitecross and only 2-3% better than Tora Tora? Strange world you live in if that's the case, mate. ;)

 

Weird favourite song, Glen. I think that was one of my lowest rated tunes on the disc. One of my all time favourite songs is easily 'Never on Monday,' which is my fave. I do agree that 'New Moon' is absolutely superb, though. Such a classy album, and I love the vocals too.

New Moon is my favourite from that album as well. But yeah a great album, one of my all time favs. Pitty that the follow up Texas wasn't so special. Anyone know of any unreleased demos etc from this band?

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Blue Blud- The Big Noise 80% ( Still my favorite tracks from them were in their Trespass/Mendes Prey days)

 

 

That Blue Blud album was a big part of my time as a teenager. I have fond memories associated with those tunes but I know nothing of their Trespass/Mendes Prey days. Is it a similar sound?

 

 

Nope!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you! Wow that's quite a change from that to Blue Blud!

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89 was teragigamega fine to drink with a 99 Rioja wine...

 

Attack - Destinies of War 80%

Thunder Rider- Tales of Darkness and Light 100%

Helstar - Nosferatu 100%

Heir Apparent - One Small Voice 100%

Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry 100%

Rage - Secrets in a Weird World 90%

Blacksmith - Fire From Within 98%

Victory - Culture Killed the Native 95%

Coroner - No More Color 98%

 

a lot of 100% on your list mate :)

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Does anybody can confirm about NO RESPECT's self-titled album ? On the main page it said it's released on 1989, but on youtube, some songs on the 1989 actually came from 1994 album ? and this is remastered on 2001, so what's the original year for this album ?

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Does anybody can confirm about NO RESPECT's self-titled album ? On the main page it said it's released on 1989, but on youtube, some songs on the 1989 actually came from 1994 album ? and this is remastered on 2001, so what's the original year for this album ?

 

I honestly have no idea. It'd be cool if lead singer Jason had answered the question in his comment on the main page. I'd be curious. To me, it definitely sounds more like 1993/1994 than 1989.

 

Maybe those 8 tracks were recorded in 1989 under the different band name, and re-recorded in 1993/4 as No Respect.

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the cd says that the copyright for the songs is 1994-2001 :blink:

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Looks like problem solved, I traced their facebook and apparently couple of demos were recorded in 1992-1993 and Retrospect released a finished product in 1994, so the original release date is confirmed 1994. Metal Mayhem then remastered and reissued this in 2001 with several bonus tracks

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THE YEAR OF 1989

 

Total 150 albums evaluated and the top 100 consists of :

>= 90% = 21 albums

81%-89% = 67 albums

<= 80% = 12 albums

 

Average rating for the top 100 is 85.56%

 

RANK 1 - 20

SKID ROW s/t Hard Rock Warner 100.0%
ROBIN BECK Trouble or Nothin' Melodic Rock PolyGram 98.8%
DANGER DANGER s/t Melodic Rock CBS 97.6%
BONFIRE Point Blank Melodic Rock BMG 96.5%
MOTLEY CRUE Dr. Feelgood Sleaze / Hard Rock Warner 95.9%
WINTER ROSE s/t Melodic Rock Victor 94.4%
TESLA The Great Radio Controversy Hard Rock Geffen 93.6%
XYZ s/t Hard Rock EMI 93.2%
FAHRENHEIT (AUS) Talking About Love Lite AOR OK-Musica 92.8%
VAIN No Respect Sleaze / Hard Rock Polystar 92.3%

WHITE LION Big Game Hard Rock Atlantic 92.1%
PRETTY BOY FLOYD Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz Sleaze / Hard Rock Warner 91.9%
SEPULTURA Beneath The Remains Thrash Metal FEMS 91.8%
FM Tough It Out AOR CBS 91.7%
BAD ENGLISH s/t AOR Epic 91.5%
CHINA Sign In The Sky Melodic Rock Vertigo 91.2%
MR.BIG s/t Hard Rock East West 90.5%
ALICE COOPER Trash Hard Rock Epic 90.5%
SILENT RAGE Don't Touch Me There Melodic Rock RCA 90.3%
FIFTH ANGEL Time Will Tell Heavy Metal Epic 90.3%

RANK 21 - 100

DA VINCI Back In Business AOR MTM 90.1%
TREAT Organized Crime Melodic Rock PolyGram 89.3%
TNT Intuition Melodic Rock PolyGram 89.3%
AXEL RUDI PELL Wild Obsession Heavy Metal SPV 89.1%
LION Trouble In Angel City Hard Rock Grand Slamm 89.0%
LOUDNESS Soldier of Fortune Hard Rock Warner 88.6%
STRANGEWAYS Walk In The Fire AOR Hangdog 88.6%
X JAPAN Blue Blood Power / Heavy Metal Sony Music 88.4%
WHITESNAKE Slip of The Tongue Hard Rock Sony Music 88.0%
SIGNAL Loud And Clear AOR EMI 87.7%

GLORY Danger In This Game AOR BOZZ 87.3%
SWEDISH EROTICA s/t Sleaze / Hard Rock Virgin 87.1%
BAD HABIT After Hours Melodic Rock Virgin 86.9%
ONSLAUGHT In Search of Sanity Thrash Metal Polydor 86.8%
LILLIAN AXE Love and War Hard Rock MCA 86.7%
TESTAMENT Practice What You Preach Thrash Metal Atlantic 86.7%
EXTREME s/t Hard Rock Polydor 86.6%
ALIEN s/t AOR Virgin 86.5%
BABYLON A.D s/t Hard Rock Arista 86.1%
WARRANT Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich Sleaze / Hard Rock Sony Music 86.1%

ZAR Live Your Life Forever Melodic Rock Hurricane 86.0%
STAGE DOLLS s/t AOR Chrysalis 85.6%
RAGE N ROX Rage N Rox AOR Retrospect 85.5%
MICHAEL BOLTON Soul Provider Pop / AOR Columbia 85.5%
MICHAEL MORALES s/t AOR Wing Records 85.1%
GREAT WHITE Twice Shy Hard Rock EMI 85.0%
EVENRUDE One Size Fits All Melodic Rock Mercury 85.0%
L.A.GUNS Cocked And Loaded Sleaze / Hard Rock PolyGram 84.8%
GIANT Last of The Runaways Hard Rock A & M 84.8%
MELIDIAN Lost In The Wild Hard Rock CBS 84.5%

CATS IN BOOTS Kicked & Klawed Sleaze / Hard Rock EMI 84.4%
MSG Save Yourself Melodic Rock Capitol 84.4%
BENNY MARDONES s/t AOR Curb Records 84.4%
VICTORY Culture Killed The Native Hard Rock Rampage 84.3%
HARLOT Room With A View AOR KDC Records 84.3%
STEVE STEVENS Atomic Playboys Hard Rock Warner 83.9%
KINGDOM COME In Your Face Hard Rock Polydor 83.8%
AEROSMITH Pump Hard Rock Warner Music 83.8%
W.A.S.P The Headless Children Heavy Metal Capitol 83.7%
STEVE LUKATHER Lukather AOR Sony Music 83.7%

DIVING FOR PEARLS s/t AOR CBS 83.6%
WHITECROSS Triumphant Return Hard Rock Pure Metal Records 83.5%
ENUFF Z'NUFF s/t Hard Rock East West 83.4%
ICON Right Between The Eyes Melodic Rock Atlantic 83.2%
BLACK SABBATH Headless Cross Heavy Metal I.R.S 83.2%
MASS Voices In The Night Hard Rock Enigma 83.0%
BLUE BLUD The Big Noise Melodic Rock Music For Nations 83.0%
KREATOR Extreme Aggression Thrash Metal Noise 82.7%
BRITNY FOX Boys In Heat Sleaze / Hard Rock Sony Music 82.5%
RUNNING WILD Death or Glory Heavy Metal Noise Records 82.3%

HEAVY PETTIN' Big Bang AOR FM Revolver 82.0%
MICHAEL MONROE Not Fakin' It Sleaze / Hard Rock Mercury 81.7%
RICHARD MARX Repeat Offender AOR EMI 81.7%
SAVATAGE Gutter Ballet Prog / Heavy Metal East West 81.6%
SHARK ISLAND Law of The Order Hard Rock CBS 81.5%
FASTWAY On Target Melodic Rock Enigma 81.5%
TORA TORA Surprise Attack Sleaze / Hard Rock A & M 81.5%
PINK CREAM 69 s/t Hard Rock Sony Music 81.4%
STORMWITCH Eye of The Storm Heavy Metal Battle Cry 81.3%
BADLANDS s/t Blues / Hard Rock Atlantic 81.0%

BAM BAM BOYS s/t Melodic Rock Riverside Records 81.0%
MARCHELLO Destiny Heavy Metal CBS 80.7%
HEIST High Heel Heaven Sleaze / Hard Rock IRS Records 80.7%
MAXIMUM Just For Kicks Sleaze / Hard Rock Sunset Records 80.6%
KING DIAMOND Conspiracy Heavy Metal Roadrunner 80.6%
TRANSIT Dirty Pleasures Melodic Rock K-Tel 80.5%
AXXIS Kingdom of The Night Hard Rock EMI 80.5%
MARILLION Seasons End Prog Rock EMI Records 80.2%
DALTON Injection Melodic Rock EMI 80.0%
BEAU NASTY Dirty But Well Dressed Sleaze / Hard Rock CBS 79.8%

JUNKYARD s/t Sleaze / Hard Rock Geffen 79.8%
FATES WARNING Perfect Symmetry Prog Metal Metal Blade 79.5%
ANGELICA s/t Hard Rock Intense Records 79.5%
LOU GRAMM Long Hard Look AOR Atlantic 79.4%
ERIC CLAPTON Journeyman Blues Rock Reprise Records 79.3%
SARAYA s/t Hard Rock PolyGram 79.2%
WALK ON FIRE Blind Faith AOR Uni Records 79.2%
DREAM THEATER When Dream and Day Unite Prog Metal MCA Victor 78.8%
TINDRUM How Bout This AOR BMG 78.8%
MORTAL SIN Face of Despair Thrash Metal Phonogram 78.3%

RANK 101 - 150

LEATHERWOLF Street Ready Heavy Metal Island 78.0%
DRIVE SHE SAID s/t AOR CBS 78.0%
ANNIHILATOR Alice In Hell Thrash Metal Roadrunner 77.9%
NEAL SCHON Late Night Instrumental / Fusion Columbia 77.7%
SHOUT In Your Face Hard Rock Frontline 77.3%
OUTFIELD, THE Voice of Babylon AOR Columbia 77.3%
SHOTGUN MESSIAH s/t Sleaze / Hard Rock Relativity 77.0%
FASTER PUSSYCAT Wake Me When It's Over Sleaze / Hard Rock Elektra 77.0%
PHANTOM BLUE s/t Heavy Metal Shrapnel 77.0%
CRIMSON GLORY Transcendence Prog / Heavy Metal MCA 76.9%

ALANNAH MYLES s/t Melodic Rock Atlantic 76.9%
VOODOO X Vol 1 - The Awakening Melodic Rock AOR Heaven 76.7%
DANGEROUS TOYS s/t Sleaze / Hard Rock Columbia 76.7%
OVERKILL The Years of Decay Thrash Metal Megaforce 76.2%
EXODUS Fabulous Disaster Thrash Metal Combat 76.1%
KISS Hot In The Shade Hard Rock Mercury 76.6%
BANSHEE Race Against Time Heavy Metal Atlantic 76.4%
STARSHIP Love Among The Cannibals AOR RCA 76.2%
AMERICAN ANGEL s/t Hard Rock Grudge 75.5%
AFTER HOURS s/t AOR indie 75.5%

DIRTY BLONDE Passion Sleaze / Hard Rock Outpost 75.1%
METAL CHURCH Blessing In Disguise Heavy Metal Warner 75.0%
LIAISON s/t Lite AOR Frontline 75.0%
RETURN Straight Down The Line AOR CBS 74.4%
EZO Fire Fire Hard Rock Geffen 74.3%
MORDRED Fool's Game Thrash Metal Noise 74.2%
RICHIE KOTZEN s/t Instrumental / Fusion Rock Shrapnel 74.1%
ROBERT HART Cries and Whispers Lite AOR Atlantic 73.9%
HEAVEN (NOR) Take Me Back AOR Tomato 73.8%
MARSHALL LAW s/t Heavy Metal Heavy Metal 73.2%

MASTEDON It's A Jungle Out There AOR Regency Music 73.2%
GNP Safety Zone AOR Virgin 73.0%
LEE AARON Bodyrock Hard Rock Attic Records 72.8%
GUARDIAN First Watch Hard Rock Enigma 72.6%
TANGIER Four Winds Blues Hard Rock ATCO 72.3%
BLUE MURDER s/t Hard Rock Geffen 71.6%
CULT, THE Sonic Temple Hard Rock Reprise Records 70.8%
KIM MITCHELL Rockland Hard Rock Atlantic 70.4%
BANG TANGO Psycho Café Sleaze / Funk / Hard Rock MCA Records 70.3%
IT BITES Eat Me In St. Louis Prog / Melodic Rock Geffen 70.3%

DISTANCE Under The One Sky AOR Reprise Records 70.1%
ALEXA s/t AOR Savage 70.0%
WORK FORCE s/t AOR Scotti Brothers 68.4%
BLIND GUARDIAN Follow The Blind Power / Thrash Metal No Remorse 67.9%
NASTY IDOLS Gigolos On Parole AOR HSM 67.5%
ARMAGEDDON The Money Mask Heavy Metal Talkingtown Records 66.9%
LEATHER Shock Waves Heavy Metal Roadracer 66.8%
GORKY PARK s/t Hard Rock Mercury 66.7%
SABBAT Dreamweaver Thrash Metal Noise 65.5%
XENON America's New Design Hard Rock Vision America 58.8%

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Nice list Nightrain. In general you rate things higher than me but I definitely like most of your top 20. A big surprise for me though was your rating of Blue Murder s/t which I would have had much higher.

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Thanks for your list NT - thats a mommoth effort to rate 150!!!

 

I have to agree that you have been pretty kind to some of those albums in the 90s (not all)......but hey its all opinions eh??!

 

A few I would pick are out are -

 

MOTLEY CRUE Dr. Feelgood Sleaze / Hard Rock Warner 95.9% - [really??!]
XYZ s/t Hard Rock EMI 93.2% - [its a good album, but Im way lower on this]
FAHRENHEIT (AUS) Talking About Love Lite AOR OK-Musica 92.8% [not even heard this?????]
WHITE LION Big Game Hard Rock Atlantic 92.1% [not rated yet but remember this being quite weak??]
PRETTY BOY FLOYD Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz Sleaze / Hard Rock Warner 91.9% [wow. just wow. we are mile different on this one!]

cheers mate

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Yeah, totz echo those statements at the high scores. Most of those scores are at least a full 10% higher than what I would award, but to each their own. I'm more curious in the rankings.

 

The ones that still stick out like AIDs in a haystack are Fahrenheit (good disc, but I definitely don't see what you see in it!) and White Lion. As per the previous discussions, I think the album is shit and it looks so out of place amongst all those great albums.

 

Anyway, in the spirit of to each their owning, it's a good fun read. Just to keep the conversation flowing, a few things a little further down that I really can't comprehend are:

 

Zar > Stage Dolls? Really? In what planet are Zar superior to Stage Dolls, ever?! ;)

 

Evenrude > Giant and Melidian???

 

Aside from that, the placement of these albums just blows my mind - Diving For Pearls, Blue Blud (both will be right near the top of my list) and to a lesser degree, Leatherwolf and Shotgun Messiah. All four are amazing albums, imo, but some of the stuff you have above these guys is amazing. Better than these four albums, you have the likes of Aerosmith, Steve Stevens, Cats In Boots (??!!), Rage N Rox (some b-grade Retrospect title better that those 4 classic albums? Really?!) and etc. etc.

 

In the end, if that's how you roll that's how you roll, but some really head scratching choices there.

 

As for Glen re- XYZ and PBF, I see them both topping 90% for me too, so I might have to actually agree with Nightrain on that one. 'Inside out' and 'Follow the night' will toy with the XYZ rating, but I think that even despite those two clunkers, it should still exceed 90% based on some all-time classics like basically the entire rest of the CD. A few certain 10's there. And the guitar work... zomfg!!

 

As for PBF, not even a sniff of a weak track there and I can't see any reason it won't top 95% for me. For the record, it holds a special place for me and was actually one of the first albums (tapes) that ever truly blew me away when I just got into this type of music, way, WAAY back in highschool. So I go way back with this; as far back as Bon Jovi and Poison (which were my first two bands I got into) and I've loved every second of the album from way back then right to this very day.

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I certainly agree with this "Evenrude > Giant and Melidian"....that Evenrude is the one release that I would immediately give a 100% to....there are several others that would be close though.....

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There is a lot of stuff on there i've never heard of, like Evenrude.

 

I'd put Vain above Motley Crue and Steve Stevens up with Pretty Boy Floyd.

 

I'm pleased to see Danger Danger near the top. Great album

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Mmm PBF has aged very badly for me. Production is poor, lyrics are ridiculous, vocals are pretty weak. Yeah. Not great.

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I must give it a re-listen. Haven't heard it since 2005 when they played Rock City with Enuff Z'Nuff and Bang Tango

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Thanks for your list NT - thats a mommoth effort to rate 150!!!

 

I have to agree that you have been pretty kind to some of those albums in the 90s (not all)......but hey its all opinions eh??!

 

A few I would pick are out are -

 

MOTLEY CRUE Dr. Feelgood Sleaze / Hard Rock Warner 95.9% - [really??!]

XYZ s/t Hard Rock EMI 93.2% - [its a good album, but Im way lower on this]

FAHRENHEIT (AUS) Talking About Love Lite AOR OK-Musica 92.8% [not even heard this?????]

WHITE LION Big Game Hard Rock Atlantic 92.1% [not rated yet but remember this being quite weak??]

PRETTY BOY FLOYD Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz Sleaze / Hard Rock Warner 91.9% [wow. just wow. we are mile different on this one!]

 

cheers mate

 

I'm a fan of MOTLEY CRUE, especially in the early era. Lots of us agree that 'Feelgood' is the topping point of the band, but I also like 'Shout at the devil' a lot, in fact I think I'll rate it 100% for that particular year even though mathematically 'Feelgood' is on paper have higher grade.

 

As for XYZ and PBF, you're underrating it too much, I know the majority will agree with me :)

 

WHITE LION is one of the band I grew up with and I'm very fond of Vito's playing, and I also like to give a slightly favorable review to skillful musician but of course I think the album is packed with lots of fun and great songs. Some will agree, some will not, that's the way it goes :D

 

FAHRENHEIT is a bit obscure band I guess, and I knew them probably only 4-5 years ago but it always cheered me up with their lite and great AOR so maybe 5 years later I'll revisit it again to see how it holds but judging on the main page, looks like lots of people also dig it so maybe you'll like it man

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Nice list Nightrain. In general you rate things higher than me but I definitely like most of your top 20. A big surprise for me though was your rating of Blue Murder s/t which I would have had much higher.

 

Thanks man, yeah I know lots of people love BLUE MURDER but not me. I respect Sykes as a guitarist and singer but songwise, they're too close to WHITESNAKE at the point of copycatting and WHITESNAKE is just much better :D

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Yeah, totz echo those statements at the high scores. Most of those scores are at least a full 10% higher than what I would award, but to each their own. I'm more curious in the rankings.

 

The ones that still stick out like AIDs in a haystack are Fahrenheit (good disc, but I definitely don't see what you see in it!) and White Lion. As per the previous discussions, I think the album is shit and it looks so out of place amongst all those great albums.

 

Anyway, in the spirit of to each their owning, it's a good fun read. Just to keep the conversation flowing, a few things a little further down that I really can't comprehend are:

 

Zar > Stage Dolls? Really? In what planet are Zar superior to Stage Dolls, ever?! ;)

 

Evenrude > Giant and Melidian???

 

Aside from that, the placement of these albums just blows my mind - Diving For Pearls, Blue Blud (both will be right near the top of my list) and to a lesser degree, Leatherwolf and Shotgun Messiah. All four are amazing albums, imo, but some of the stuff you have above these guys is amazing. Better than these four albums, you have the likes of Aerosmith, Steve Stevens, Cats In Boots (??!!), Rage N Rox (some b-grade Retrospect title better that those 4 classic albums? Really?!) and etc. etc.

 

In the end, if that's how you roll that's how you roll, but some really head scratching choices there.

 

As for Glen re- XYZ and PBF, I see them both topping 90% for me too, so I might have to actually agree with Nightrain on that one. 'Inside out' and 'Follow the night' will toy with the XYZ rating, but I think that even despite those two clunkers, it should still exceed 90% based on some all-time classics like basically the entire rest of the CD. A few certain 10's there. And the guitar work... zomfg!!

 

As for PBF, not even a sniff of a weak track there and I can't see any reason it won't top 95% for me. For the record, it holds a special place for me and was actually one of the first albums (tapes) that ever truly blew me away when I just got into this type of music, way, WAAY back in highschool. So I go way back with this; as far back as Bon Jovi and Poison (which were my first two bands I got into) and I've loved every second of the album from way back then right to this very day.

 

FAHRENHEIT maybe too lite for you but I have a soft spot in some pop/lite AOR music so let's agree to disagree on this

WHITE LION, we've discussed it but you haven't revisited it yet, so who knows that it might be much better than you think :D

 

ZAR and STAGE DOLLS is almost the same score man so I don't know why it bothers you haha but do you think STAGE DOLLS should be better more than 10% ? Hm I don't think so, they're very much in the same league

 

EVENRUDE is more consistent, probably only 1 filler or maybe 2, and GIANT and MELIDIAN probably has 3 fillers / weaker songs even though their best songs is better than EVENRUDE, but in the end, the final score should be calculated for the whole bunch and that's what I got

 

DIVING FOR PEARLS we rated almost the same, BLUE BLUD you place much higher but after 5-6 strong tracks, the rest are around 7.5 to 8 and the vocal for me is a bit annoying after a while. LEATHERWOLF and SHOTGUN MESSIAH are among bands that I think are overrated so I really think my score is really accurate for that. As for the other 4 albums, love em all and RAGE N ROX is really great, wonderful singer and the songs are just strong and probably only 2 that I rated below 8 :)

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