Big Hair and Bigger Riffs: 40 Albums That Defined 1983
Before 2013 disappears altogether, let us pause briefly to ponder 40 studio albums — good, bad and somewhere in between — that celebrated their 30th anniversary this year.
Exactly how cool was 1983?
For starters, Metallica, Slayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan released their stellar debut albums and became a part of our vocabulary as guitarists. Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Black Sabbath, Accept and Iron Maiden supplied metal fans with plenty of head-banging inspiration.
Yngwie Malmsteen was turning heads with Alcatrazz while his idol, Ritchie Blackmore, scored a minor hit ("Street of Dreams") with Rainbow.
And while the blues world lost Muddy Waters in 1983, it gained Vaughan — as we mentioned earlier — and enjoyed strong releases from two other top-notch guitarists — newcomer Robert Cray and the already-legendary Albert Collins, aka "the master of the Telecaster." And let's not forget ZZ Top's mega-successful Eliminator album and Vaughan's appearance on another huge album that year.
OK, we're giving away too much.
Check out the photo gallery below, which (we stress) is presented in no particular order. And while we're at it, we'll leave you with a question: If we were to expand this gallery to 40 or 50 albums, what would you add? What were some of your personal favorites? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.
Commence time travel!
Slayer - Show No Mercy
Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Lou Reed - Legendary Hearts
Kiss - Lick It Up
The Kinks - State of Confusion
Accept - Balls to the Wall
Journey - Frontiers
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil
Hanoi Rocks - Back to Mystery City
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood
Dio - Holy Diver
Black Sabbath - Born Again
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
AC/DC - Flick of the Switch
ZZ Top - Eliminator
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Quiet Riot - Metal Health
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Bad Brains - Rock For Light
Frank Zappa - Baby Snakes (featuring Adrian Belew)
Pantera - Metal Magic
The Police - Synchronicity
Alcatrazz - No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll
Sonic Youth - Confusion Is Sex
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Album
Ministry - With Sympathy
Minutemen - What Makes a Man Start Fires?
Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
R.E.M. - Murmur
Rainbow - Bent Out of Shape
Yes - 90125
Bob Dylan - Infidels
Eric Clapton - Money and Cigarettes
The Robert Cray Band - Bad Influence
Robert Plant - The Principle of Moments
Stray Cats - Rant N’ Rave with the Stray Cats
U2 - War
Albert Collins and The Ice Breakers - Don't Lose Your Cool