Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Year 1981 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1981, the year of Rush or Moving Pictures I guess.

Yikes, like the 1979 list, it doesn't include a ton of classics or all-time favorites for me. And like 1979 with In Through the Out Door, I look at the Rush album on par with most of their catalog. But it's not like Moving Pictures is a go-to album really for them, for me, over many others.

But comparing it to the rest of the releases of 1981, it kind of is.

I do enjoy Ghost in the Machine quite a bit too, but #2 for the year? dunno about that.

I guess I'm learning with many years, especially from the period of time, my taste and knowledge is only so deep. And it's mostly artists I know/like releasing albums that are okay to good, but hardly even in the upper half of their catalog.

Which it sort of hit me that my love and depth of interest in the last 15 or 20 years even is justified at least to the point there was MORE music made, per more quality. Now, that argument doesn't correlate fully with many of those years in the 70's, but alas, that's when a lot of the best stuff in my taste was 1st made, so go figure.

At the same time, of course there are many albums I only vaguely know on this Calendar list, and also many I don't know but may discover down the road.

But at least in 1981 it was the year Rush kind of broke through commercially and it actually is the #1 ranked album on rym's chart, which is rare for My Own List and their chart for any of these years (maybe I'll do a tally once I finish this whole project).

1. Rush - Moving Pictures
2. The Police - Ghost in the Machine
3. Al Di Meola John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia - Friday Night in San Francisco
4. Rush - Exit...Stage Left
5. Fuse One - Fuse One
6. King Crimson - Discipline
7. Van Halen - Fair Warning
8. Robert Fripp and the League of Gentleman - The League of Gentleman
9. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
10. Iron Maiden - Killers
11. Journey - Escape
12. Prince - Controversy
13. Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
14. Phil Collins - Face Value
15. Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
16. Genesis - Abacab
17. The Dregs - Unsung Heroes
18. Duran Duran - Duran Duran
19. Bob and Doug McKenzie - The Great White North
20. Renaissance - Camera Camera

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Iron Maiden - Killers
rel February 2, 1981

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Rush - Moving Pictures
rel February 12, 1981

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Phil Collins - Face Value
rel February 13, 1981

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Rick Springfield - Working Class Dog
rel February 24, 1981

Jack Bruce Bill Lordan and Robin Trower - B.L.T.
rel February 1981

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Robert Fripp and the League of Gentleman - The League of Gentleman
rel February 1981

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Spandau Ballet - Journeys to Glory
rel March 6, 1981

Gang of Four - Solid Gold
rel March 9, 1981

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Roger Taylor - Fun in Space
rel April 6, 1981

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Billy Squier - Don't Say No
rel April 13, 1981

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Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays - As Falls Wichita, so Falls Wichita Falls
rel April 27, 1981

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Van Halen - Fair Warning
rel April 29, 1981

Nick Mason - Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports
rel May 3, 1981

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Frank Zappa - Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
rel May 11, 1981

The Moody Blues - Long Distance Voyager
rel May 15, 1981

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Squeeze - East Side Story
rel May 15, 1981

Robyn Hitchcock - Black Snake Diamond Role
rel May 1981

Duran Duran - Duran Duran
rel June 8, 1981

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Oingo Boingo - Only a Lad
rel June 19, 1981

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Motorhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
rel June 27, 1981

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Red Rider - As Far as Siam
rel June 30, 1981

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ELO - Time
rel July 2, 1981

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Foreign - 4
rel July 2, 1981

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The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat
rel July 7, 1981

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Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
rel July 27, 1981

Journey - Escape
rel July 31, 1981

Jon and Vangelis - The Friends of Mr.Cairo
rel July 1981

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Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin
rel July 1981

Chick Corea - Three Quartets
rel July 1981

Jaco Pastorius - Word of Mouth
rel July 1981

Artie Fart - The Wonderful Smell of Artie Fart
rel August 2, 1981

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Friday Night in San Francisco
rel August 10, 1981

The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
rel August 28, 1981

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Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
rel September 1, 1981
Genesis - Abacab
rel September 18, 1981

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King Crimson - Discipline
rel September 22, 1981

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Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is
rel September 23, 1981

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Saga - Worlds Apart
rel September 1981

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The Police - Ghost in the Machine
rel October 2, 1981

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U2 - October
rel October 12, 1981

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Prince - Controversy
rel October 14, 1981

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Rush - Exit...Stage Left
rel October 29, 1981

Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
rel November 4, 1981

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Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
rel November 7, 1981

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Men at Work - Business as Usual
rel November 9, 1981

The Buggles - Adventures in Modern Recording
rel November 11, 1981

Japan - Tin Drum
rel November 13, 1981

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Neal Schon and Jan Hammer - Untold Passion
rel November 1981

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Venom - Welcome to Hell
rel December 1981

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Cardiacs - Toy World
rel 1981

Billy Cobham - Stratus
rel 1981

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The Dregs - Unsung Heroes
rel 1981

Fuse One - Fuse One
rel 1981

Kenso - Kenso
rel 1981

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Bob and Doug McKenzie - The Great White North
rel 1981

Renaissance - Camera Camera
rel 1981

Serú Girán - Peperina
rel 1981