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Still going strong after 20 years of listening

 

 

Alyson Hell-S/t
Attack-The Secret Place
Bad Habit-Revolution
Michael Angelo Batio-No Boundaries
Blind Guardian-Imaginations From the Other Side
Conception-In Your Multitude
Death-Symbolic
Grave Digger-Heart of Darkness
Harem Scarem-Voice of Reason
Nocturnal Rites-In a Time of Blood and Fire
Praying Mantis-To the Power of Ten
Pretty Maids-Scream
Psycho Drama-The Illusion
Rage- Black in Mind
Rainbow-Stranger in us All
Reactor-Farewell to Reality
Regicide-Welcome in the Family
Riot- The Brethren of the Long House
Royal Hunt-Moving Target
Scanner-Mental Reservation
Shadow Gallery-Carved in Stone
Stratovarius-Fourth Dimension
Syris-S/t
The Storm-Eye of the Storm
Virgin Steele-The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - Part Two
Yngwie-Magnum Opus
Worth Mentioning
Tony Denander-Less Is More
Gamma Ray-Land of the Free
Alex Masi-Tales From the North
Medalyon-Visions
Skyclad-The Silent Whales of Lunar Sea
Tour De Force-World on Fire
Zeno-Zenology
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I've only rated to "K" (with a few random exceptions included), but here's where I'm at so far:

 

1. Amaze Me - Amaze Me - 90
2. Arti Tisi - Arti Tisi - 89
3. Bon Jovi - These Days - 89
4. Gunshy - Mayday - 85
5. Hotwire - Hotwire - 83
6. Demon Drive - Burn Rubber - 81
7. Bad Habit - Revolution - 81
8. Jones Street - Dancin' With The Devil - 81
9. Vinnie Kay - Where Do We Go From Here - 80
10. Frontline - Two Faced - 80
11. Arti Tisi - Demos - 79
12. Zeno - Zenology - 78
13. Barakade - Volume 1 - 77
14. CITA - Relapse Of Reason - 74
15. Arcara - Arcara - 74
16. Marcie Free - Tormented - 74
17. Artica - As It Is - 73
18. China - Natural Groove - 72
19. Bewarp - In Your Face - 72
20. Warrant - Ultraphobic - 72
21. Blue Ruby - Blue Ruby - 71
22. Chyld - Saints & Sinners - 71
23. Anxiety - If I Were… - 70
24. Burn - Spark to a Flame - 70
25. Heaven's Touch - The Best of 1988 - 1995 - 70
26. Firehouse - 3 - 70
27. D.A.D - Helpyourselfish - 70
28. Eyewitness - Eyewitness - 70
29. Vinci - Vinci - 69
30. Falcon Scream - Falcon Scream - 68
31. The Burnpool - The Burnpool - 66
32. Jess Harnell - The Sound Of Your Voice - 66
33. Distant Cry - Distant Cry - 66
34. Bengal Tigers - Painclinic EP - 66
35. Dokken - Dysfunctional - 65
36. Statement - Love Bites - 64
37. Fair Warning - Rainmaker - 64
38. Soul Asylum - Let Your Dim Light Shine - 63
39. Bad Moon Rising - Opium For The Masses - 63
40. Keri Kelli - Demos - 63
41. Stream - Take It Or Leave It - 63
42. Harem Scarem - Voice Of Reason - 62
43. Athenaeum - Athenaeum - 62
44. Torstein Flanke - Shoot The Moon - 62
45. Junebug - Ticket To Hell - 61
46. Pain - Pain - 61
47. Danger Danger - Dawn - 60
48. Cleopatra - Chapter One - 60
49. Kix - Show Business - 60
50. Alien - Crash - 59
51. Delirious - Delirious - 58
52. Big Thing - Fallen Nation - 56
53. FM - Dead Man's Shoes - 47
54. B-Joe - White, White Roses - 45
55. Foxxy Roxx - Shake The Foundation - 43
56. Sing Sing - Human Cannonball - 37
57. Holy Soldier - Promise Man - 36
58. Contagious - Reverse - 29
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My Top 16 best of 1995 (in alphabetical order)

Arena - Songs From The Lions Cage
Bon Jovi - These Days
Conception - In Your Multitude
Enchant - A Blueprint Of The World
Fair Warning - Rainmaker
Faith No More - King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime
The Flower Kings - Back In The World Of Adventures
Fu Manchu - Daredevil
Gotthard - G
Gov't Mule - Gov't Mule
Marillion - Afraid Of Sunlight
Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity
Savatage - Dead Winter Dead
Slaughter - Fear No Evil
Spock's Beard - The Light
Van Halen - Balance

 

Honourable mention:

Iron Maiden - The X Factor

As Grunge was ruling the world by now (which isn't my thing), it looks like I was getting into the more niche Prog scene by this point, rather than following mainstream conventions. These albums from the likes of Arena, Enchant, The Flower Kings and Spock's Beard remain favourites to this day.

 

I thought I'd mention Iron Maiden separately as, whilst it's not a particular favourite, there's some good stuff on it but overall the album is too long, and Blaze Bayley's voice does add to the monotony. If Bruce was still present, it would probably make it into the main list.

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Marillion - Afraid Of Sunlight

Arena - Songs From The Lions Cage

Robby Valentine - Valentine

John Elefante - Windows Of Heaven

O'Ryan - Initiate

Neal Schon - Beyond the Thunder

Toto - Tambu

Bystander - Stranger Things Have Happened

Tommy Denander - Less Is More/ Skeleton

Foreigner - Mr. Moonlight

Jump - The Myth Of Independence

Tour De Force - World On Fire

Saga - Generation 13

Bon Jovi - These Days

The Storm - Eye Of The Storm

Frederiksen/ Phillips - S/T

Bad Habit - Revolution

John O'Banion - Hearts

Glenn Hughes - Feel

C.I.T.A - Act 1: Relapse Of Reason

John Waite - Temple Bar

Gun - Swagger

Kansas - Freaks Of Nature

Saxon - Dogs of War

Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzmosis

Thunder - Behind Closed Doors

Praying Mantis - To The Power Of Ten

Harem Scarem - Voice Of Reason

Ian Crichton Band - Welcome To The Boom Boom Room

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Some good stuff again this year....Amaze Me , D.A.D , Rage, Swedish Erotica and Thunder would be my top 5...

 

Accept - Death Row

Amaze Me - S/T

Arcara - S/T

Bad Moon Rising - Opium For The Masses

Cathedral - The Carnival Bizarre

C.I.T.A - Relapse of Reason

D.A.D - Helpyourselfish

Grip Inc - The Power of Inner Strength

Jane Doe - Zero To Hero

L.A Guns - Vicious circle

M Pire - Chapter One

Monster - Through The Eyes of the World

Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity

Paradise Lost - Draconian Times

Pretty Maids - Scream

Rage - Black In Mind

Saxon - Dogs Of War

Sinner - Bottom LIne

Slaughter - Fear No Evil

The Storm - Eye of the Storm

Swedish Erotica - Blindman's Justice

Thunder - Behind Closed Doors

Tigertailz - Wazbones

Tour De Force - World On Fire

Vinci - S/T

Voxen - Sacrifice

Wild Frontier - One Way To Heaven

Zeno - Zenology

Zero - S/T

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The early/mid 90s were lean years for me ...

 

Bon Jovi: These Days

Catherine Wheel: Happy Days

D.A.D.: Helpyourselfish

Death: Symbolic

Del Amitri: Twisted

Dream Disciples: In Amber

Melissa Etheridge: Your Little Secret

The Gathering: Mandylion

Inkubus Sukkubus: Heartbeat Of The Earth

Ivanhoe: Symbols Of Time

Marillion: Afraid Of Sunlight

Alanis Morrisette: Jagged Little Pill

Paradise Lost: Draconian Times

Porcupine Tree: The Sky Moves Sideways

Senseless Things: Taking Care Of Business

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Ledbetter Heights

Slash’s Snakepit: It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere

Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine

The Storm: Eye Of The Storm

Van Halen: Balance

Whiskeytown: Faithless Street

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A dissapointing year for melodic hard rrock, the boring grunge rock was in .

 

1-Pretty maids - Scream Strong album with great ballads. 95

2-Virgin steele- the marriage of heaven and hell part two A great release I really love this album . I don't follow this band anymore 95

3-Rats- la vertigine del mondo 95

4-Rage-Black in mind Same as I wrote for virgin steele 90

5-Van halen- balance Not one of my favorite Van hagar album but ok 90

6-Bon jovi -These days I didn't like this album at all in 1995, It was a big let down for the fans of Slippery or New Jersey, but I admit that It has some great moment 89

7-Savatage- Dead winter dead 88

8-Firehouse 3 84

9-Malmsteen- magnum opus 83

10-L.A. guns - vicious circle 82

11-Gotthard- G 82

12-Rainbow-stranger in us all 81

13-Marcie Free-tormented 81

14-Nightranger-Feeding off the mojo 80

15-Cita-relapse of reason 80

 

About Amaze me, I only own Dream on and wonderland, I believe the self titled could be very good, if you all like it.

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About Amaze me, I only own Dream on and wonderland, I believe the self titled could be very good, if you all like it.

 

Excellent album. Drum machines always hurt an album for me, but if you look past that it's magnificent, and stupidly consistently high in quality, song after song.

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11-Gotthard- G 82

 

This was released in 1996, and I'm not even gonna mention that it should be much higher than 82.

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Amaze Me Amaze Me *

Artica As It Should Be *

Bad Habit Revolution *

Bon Jovi These Days *

Firehouse 3 *

Foo Fighters – s/t *

Gunshy Mayday *

Harem Scarem Voice of Reason *

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill *

Nelson Because They Can

Oasis – Whats The Story *

Pretty Maids Scream *

Slaughter Fear No Evil *

Jeff Scott Soto Jeff Scott Soto Presents Love Parade *

The Storm Eye of the Storm *

Toto – Tambu *

Vain Fade

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A dissapointing year for melodic hard rrock, the boring grunge rock was in .

 

1-Pretty maids - Scream Strong album with great ballads. 95

2-Virgin steele- the marriage of heaven and hell part two A great release I really love this album . I don't follow this band anymore 95

3-Rats- la vertigine del mondo 95

4-Rage-Black in mind Same as I wrote for virgin steele 90

5-Van halen- balance Not one of my favorite Van hagar album but ok 90

6-Bon jovi -These days I didn't like this album at all in 1995, It was a big let down for the fans of Slippery or New Jersey, but I admit that It has some great moment 89

7-Savatage- Dead winter dead 88

8-Firehouse 3 84

9-Malmsteen- magnum opus 83

10-L.A. guns - vicious circle 82

11-Gotthard- G 82

12-Rainbow-stranger in us all 81

13-Marcie Free-tormented 81

14-Nightranger-Feeding off the mojo 80

15-Cita-relapse of reason 80

 

About Amaze me, I only own Dream on and wonderland, I believe the self titled could be very good, if you all like it.

 

 

 

Nice list, mate. Kinda harsh on Rage 'causeafter BIM they produced more killer albums in a grandiose repertoire. I've seen them 6 times, last when celebrating 20 years since the release of this album. Perhaps, you should post your 85 list, since we caught the decades then.

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Savatage - Dead Winter Dead

Radakka - Malice and Tranquility

Raven - Destroy All Monsters: Live in Japan

Nevermore - S/T

Ramones - Adios Amigos!

Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings

Dokken - Dysfunctional

Parish - Envision

Warrior Soul - The Space Age Playboys (U.S. release)

W.A.S.P. - Still Not Black Enough

Ugly Kid Joe - Menace To Sobriety

Trouble - Plastic Green Head

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11-Gotthard- G 82

 

This was released in 1996, and I'm not even gonna mention that it should be much higher than 82.

 

You are right , G is the favorite Gotthard cd of many people I know, I prefer lipservice, homerun and Need to believe.

 

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A dissapointing year for melodic hard rrock, the boring grunge rock was in .

 

1-Pretty maids - Scream Strong album with great ballads. 95

2-Virgin steele- the marriage of heaven and hell part two A great release I really love this album . I don't follow this band anymore 95

3-Rats- la vertigine del mondo 95

4-Rage-Black in mind Same as I wrote for virgin steele 90

5-Van halen- balance Not one of my favorite Van hagar album but ok 90

6-Bon jovi -These days I didn't like this album at all in 1995, It was a big let down for the fans of Slippery or New Jersey, but I admit that It has some great moment 89

7-Savatage- Dead winter dead 88

8-Firehouse 3 84

9-Malmsteen- magnum opus 83

10-L.A. guns - vicious circle 82

11-Gotthard- G 82

12-Rainbow-stranger in us all 81

13-Marcie Free-tormented 81

14-Nightranger-Feeding off the mojo 80

15-Cita-relapse of reason 80

 

About Amaze me, I only own Dream on and wonderland, I believe the self titled could be very good, if you all like it.

 

 

 

Nice list, mate. Kinda harsh on Rage 'causeafter BIM they produced more killer albums in a grandiose repertoire. I've seen them 6 times, last when celebrating 20 years since the release of this album. Perhaps, you should post your 85 list, since we caught the decades then.

 

I saw Rage , just one time. I stopped follow them ,since few years. Ok let's post the 85 list.

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

 

 

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

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O2 and Prime time were goog (Imo).

 

I could pick an EP of songs I like from those two albums... and a 4 song EP at that. ;)

 

1. Loving You Is Paradise
2. Call of the Night
3. Crash
4. Perfect Lie
Not really into any of the other songs at all.
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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

 

 

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

 

Disagree, I still like it a lot.

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

 

 

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

 

Disagree, I still like it a lot.

 

 

Yep. Just listened to it yesterday to see if he was right. Of course, no surprise, he was wrong. It's a solid effort.

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

 

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

Disagree, I still like it a lot.

Yep. Just listened to it yesterday to see if he was right. Of course, no surprise, he was wrong. It's a solid effort.

Geoff is right. The debut is easily their best and for me the rest of their releases are patchy and inconsistent. There's usually a great track or two, maybe 3 on all post debut albums. Shame, could have been a great band.

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

 

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

Disagree, I still like it a lot.

Yep. Just listened to it yesterday to see if he was right. Of course, no surprise, he was wrong. It's a solid effort.

Geoff is right. The debut is easily their best and for me the rest of their releases are patchy and inconsistent. There's usually a great track or two, maybe 3 on all post debut albums. Shame, could have been a great band.

 

 

Of course I'm right. ;) I absolutely adore those first two albums and their sound and style, and wish they had been magnificent for every album afterwards... but they just really, truly weren't. 'I live my life for you' and maybe 'No one at all' are the only songs from '3' I ever really need to hear again. For the most part, the rest is okay, but nothing that needs repeating, sadly.

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

 

Disagree, I still like it a lot.

 

Yep. Just listened to it yesterday to see if he was right. Of course, no surprise, he was wrong. It's a solid effort.

 

Geoff is right. The debut is easily their best and for me the rest of their releases are patchy and inconsistent. There's usually a great track or two, maybe 3 on all post debut albums. Shame, could have been a great band.

 

Of course I'm right. ;) I absolutely adore those first two albums and their sound and style, and wish they had been magnificent for every album afterwards... but they just really, truly weren't. 'I live my life for you' and maybe 'No one at all' are the only songs from '3' I ever really need to hear again. For the most part, the rest is okay, but nothing that needs repeating, sadly.

 

The debut is patchy too imo

 

This band only have 2 truly killer songs -

 

All She Wrote

Reach For The Sky

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Slim pickings for me in 1995 - here's what interested me in alphabetical order

 

Firehouse 3 *

I'd be interested to see if that remains there after you play it back. I always thought it was okay too - it does not stand the rest of time. I love the closing ballad, but could basically leave the rest, to be honest. Weak album, imo. Only their first two are worth a thing from these guys, sadly. :(

 

Disagree, I still like it a lot.

 

Yep. Just listened to it yesterday to see if he was right. Of course, no surprise, he was wrong. It's a solid effort.

 

Geoff is right. The debut is easily their best and for me the rest of their releases are patchy and inconsistent. There's usually a great track or two, maybe 3 on all post debut albums. Shame, could have been a great band.

 

Of course I'm right. ;) I absolutely adore those first two albums and their sound and style, and wish they had been magnificent for every album afterwards... but they just really, truly weren't. 'I live my life for you' and maybe 'No one at all' are the only songs from '3' I ever really need to hear again. For the most part, the rest is okay, but nothing that needs repeating, sadly.

 

The debut is patchy too imo

 

This band only have 2 truly killer songs -

 

All She Wrote

Reach For The Sky

 

Um, "Don't Treat Me Bad"?

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