3rd Stage Alert - 3rd Stage Alert EP (1984)
- The only release by this California melodic heavy metal band, with Mark Edwards (Lion, Steeler, Riot) on drums. Produced by Yngwie Malmsteen. Just five tracks, solid stuff.
Stealer - Stealer (1982)
- Another release comprising the entirity of the band's output, this one by Canadian melodic rockers Stealer. This one has never even been released on CD, so was happy to snag it. Classic rock bordering on hard rock, similar to Foreigner.
Y&T - Earthshaker (1981)
- Third album by this fantastic American hard rock band. I have the three albums that follow this (Black Tiger, Mean Streak and In Rock We Trust) on vinyl but need to get their later 80s stuff still.
TNT - Intuition (1989)
- The fourth album by these Norwegian powerhouse rockers and the second I now own on vinyl (I also have 1987's Tell No Tales). Definitely one of TNT's best.
Will and the Kill - Will and the Kill (1988) BLIND BUY
- I had never heard of this band but the cover and name caught my attention. It turns out this is quite good bluesy hard rock with an abundance of acoustic guitars.
Hellfield - Hellfield (1978) BLIND BUY
- Another blind pick up based on the name and the band photo. Canadian classic rock with some great guitaring and the kind of organ/keyboards that was big in the 70s.
Ugly Kid Joe - America's Least Wanted (1992) CD
- The breakout album for this band, on the back of the huge hit Everything About You. Great stuff, and I didn't have this on CD (or any physical media for that matter). As a side note, if you haven't checked out the band's 2015 release, Uglier Than They Used Ta Be, do it, it's awesome!