Deep Purple – In Rock
One of the founding bands of hard rock and heavy metal, Deep Purple went through a lot of personnel changes. In Rock saw the first incarnation of the classic Mark II line-up which gave the band the majority of their best known hits. The band really hit their stride here and came out with classics like ‘Speed King’ and ‘Child in Time’.
AC/DC – Back in Black
The band had just released their breakthrough album Highway to Hell when lead singer Bon Scott died of alcohol poisoning. Most bands wouldn’t have survived such an ordeal, but with new singer Brian Johnson on board they bounced back with the best album of their career, including the hits ‘Shoot to Thrill’, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and the title track ‘Back in Black’.
Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
By their third album Aerosmith had secured a place as one of America’s greatest rock bands, thanks to Steven Tyler’s wild vocals and Joe Perry’s killer riffs. Thanks to hits such as ‘Walk This Way’ and ‘Sweet Emotion’ it remains the band’s best selling studio album.
Van Halen – Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen was a revolutionary guitarist. The short instrumental ‘Eruption’ introduced the world to a new rapid and intricate way of playing which was quickly adopted throughout the world of rock and metal. The band’s landmark eponymous debut featured the songs ‘Runnin’ With the Devil’, ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love’ and their cover of the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’.
Guns ‘N Roses – Appetite for Destruction
Whilst GNR’s debut originally had a lukewarm reception, it is now held as high point of the genre by the archetypal hard rock band. It is an unapologetically wild snapshot of the band at their best. Although they could never match their debut it did spawn some of their biggest hits such as ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’.