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1. Ultravox: Vienna

Ultravox: Vienna First album from Ultravox with Midge Ure as a leading person, this is also the first of three substancial releases in the early 80's. The others are "Rage In Eden" and "Quartet".

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2. The Alan Parsons Project: The Turn Of A Friendly Card

The Alan Parsons Project: The Turn Of A Friendly Card After several albums throughout the '70's, Alan Parsons found their true self with this release. Several followed in its footsteps...


3. Dire Straits: Making Movies

Dire Straits: Making Movies Third album from Dire Straits and a departure from the more quiet songs, "Making Movies" remain a good album yet without too much personality.

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4. Thin Lizzy: Chinatown

Thin Lizzy: Chinatown One of the harder albums to come from Thin Lizzy, focus was on the heavy rock sound as part of the new heavy rock/heavy metal wave.

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5. U2: Boy

U2: Boy Debut album from U2 and an album showing a band not afraid to pair rock music and strong lyrics with a political twist.

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6. The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta The Police enters a new decade with yet another successful album. This one contains the classic "Don't Stand So Close To Me".


7. Visage: Visage

Visage: Visage As a partnership with Steve Strange, Visage functioned as a playground for several of the members of Ultravox. "Fade To Grey" was the hit.


8. Phil Lynott: Solo In Soho

Phil Lynott: Solo In Soho Besides Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott had a softer side. This he tried to expose through two solo albums, this one being the first. However, he never did match Lizzy's success.

About Thin Lizzy


9. David Bowie: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

David Bowie: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) Having had a big decade success-wise in the 70's, Bowie entered the new decade still going strong.


10. Roxy Music: Flesh And Blood

Roxy Music: Flesh And Blood A release characterized by the typical Roxy Music sound. Not their best, though, this album was still a commercial success.

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Albums that also made an impact:
Bruce Springsteen: The River
Abba: Super Trouper
AC/DC: Back In Black


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