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The Classic Rock Album Of The Week Club

Album of the Week Club
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Every week, Classic Rock's Facebook group, the Album of the Week Club, listens to and discusses a classic album – or a not-so-classic album.  

The members of the votes contribute their own reviews and grade the album, and we publish the findings, with the aim of giving people reliable reviews and the wider rock community the chance to contribute. 

If you’re on Facebook and want to discover classic rock music and discuss it with other rock fans as you do, it might be just the place for you. We listen together, and comment together, and together we're building the definitive guide to many of rock's most interesting albums: a series of reviews that mix personal stories with critical thought.

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Every album is rated out of 10. Here, from high to low, are the albums we've reviewed so far.

AC/DC - Back In Black
As one of our reviewers says, "AC/DC may not have reinvented the wheel here, but they may have produced the best f**king wheel to ever exist". Score = 9.31

Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous
Recorded in London, Toronto and Philadelphia, Live And Dangerous may not have been completely live, but it was still Thin Lizzy at their peak.   Score = 9.23 

Van Halen - Van Halen
Van Halen's debut album changed the face of rock music when it was released in 1978, and, for better or worse, ushered in the era of the shredder. Score = 9.21

AC/DC - Powerage
The overlooked album that became AC/DC's Astral Weeks/Pet Sounds/Exile On Main Street…  Score = 9.10

Boston - Boston
Boston's debut album was mostly recorded in band mainman Tom Scholz’s basement in Massachusetts, yet went on to shape the studio work of a generation. Score = 9.06

Pink Floyd - Animals
In the wake of Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here, Animals saw Pink Floyd show their disgust with humanity. Score = 9.04

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double rouble - Texas Flood
Texas Flood was the debut album from Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Texas cat with the hat and the Strat who hot-wired the 80s blues revival. Score = 9.02

Rory Gallagher: Irish Tour '74
Recorded during The Troubles, Irish Tour '74 finds Rory Gallagher at his electrifying best. Score = 9.01

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III
In which Jimmy Page and Robert Plant retreat to the Welsh hills and come up with something less bombastic for Led Zeppelin's third album. Score = 8.98

Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
In which Black Sabbath decamp to LA to work on an album, and somehow made Vol. 4. Score = 8.94

Queen - Greatest Hits
Queen's Greatest Hits is the biggest-selling album in the UK ever, so is there anything new to be said about it? Score: 8.93

Motorhead - Overkill
Lemmy thought it was too slow, but Motorhead's Overkill is clearly a fan favourite... as proved by our fan reviews. Score = 8.89

Wishbone Ash - Argus
Formed from the Wishbone Ash's background in hard rock, folk and crisp, electric blues, Argus's evocative strains pioneered a twin-guitar approach that was adopted by countless other bands. Score = 8.86

Judas Priest - British Steel
Judas Priest's British Steel is an album that defined the style, sound and image of metal as we know it today. Score = 8.84

Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Jethro Tull's fourth album, Aqualung, is the biggest selling of the band's 50-year career. But is it a concept album? It's not, says Ian Anderson. Score = 8.66

Status Quo - Live!
Recorded at the height of their powers in front of a rabid Glasgow audience, Status Quo's Live! is a firm fan favourite. Score = 8.64

Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
The album that reinvented the Stones and kicked off the purple patch that had them crowned as 'The Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band in the World'. Score = 8.6 

Rush - A Farewell To Kings
In which Rush head to Wales, where reader Ian Pritchard spots Geddy and Alex out sight-seeing, looking down the Brecon Valley toward Llangynidr. Score = 8.59 

Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
Looking back, it’s obvious that Every Picture Tells A Story was Rod’s defining moment. But is it a classic? Score = 8.55

Be-Bop Deluxe - Sunburst Finish
"It’s absolutely amazing. Every single song on there is brilliant." Iron Maiden's Steve Harris on Be Bop Deluxe's Sunburst Finish. Score = 8.54 

Faith No More - Angel Dust
Angel Dust marks the point in Faith No More's career where Mike Patton asserts authority and makes the band darker, weirder, and (perhaps) more influential than ever before. Score = 8.54

Def Leppard: High 'N' Dry
Nearly four decades afters its release, High ’N’ Dry remains a true rock classic and the springboard for all that followed. Score = 8.51

Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
Queen's third album ran the gamut of pre-existing genres and invented a new one: thrash metal. Score = 8.50

The Who - Tommy
Strictly speaking, Tommy wasn't the first rock opera. But it's the one that catapulted The Who into the major leagues. Score = 8.45

Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
A devilish combination of shock-rock and Broadway pizzazz spawns a theatrical classic. Score = 8.44 

UFO - The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent
Singer Phil Mogg might have been listening to Bruce Springsteen, but UFO's The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent was much more than just a nod towards the boss. Score = 8.44

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
The album that introduced Lynyrd Skynyrd's three-guitar attack and provided many with their first sweet taste of Southern Rock... Score = 8.38 

The Wildhearts - Earth vs. The Wildhearts
Earth vs. The Wildhearts was a Britrock classic, and an intoxicating, hyperactive mash-up of pop melodies, punk aggression and glam-rock swagger. Score = 8.37

Pink Floyd - Meddle
Meddle is the sound of Pink Floyd distilling their psychedelic past into a scintillating future. Score = 8.36

Derek And The Dominoes: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
When push comes to shove, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs might just showcase Eric Clapton at his very best. Score = 8.30 

Yes - The Yes Album
Three albums in, Steve Howe joins Yes and the band finally achieve lift-off. Score = 8.27

Nazareth: Hair Of The Dog
An inspiration for Guns N' Roses and a cover featuring a bat-like creature with vicious teeth. It can only be Nazareth's Hair Of The Dog. Score = 8.26

Bad Company - Straight Shooter
Recorded just three months after their debut, Bad Company's Straight Shooter was more of the same. Or was it? Score = 8.22

Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Recorded in Liverpool and Brixton, Space Ritual is the perfect summary of Hawkwind’s musicnauts ethos. Score = 8.20

Alice In Chains - Facelift
Alice In Chains' debut album Facelift reinvented heavy metal and sent grunge into the charts. Score = 8.18

Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties
Secret Treaties was the third album by Blue Oyster Cult, and the one where they really figured out what it was they did: darkness, perversion, and sonic eccentricity. Score = 8.17

Judas Priest - Stained Class
Judas Priest's Stained Class catches the band on the cusp; the ultimate hybrid of unbridled, flamboyant creativity and refined, distilled commercial intent. It’s a true metal milestone. Score = 8.15

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells' iconic status grows as the years pass, its importance underlined when Mike Oldfield performed it at the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Score = 8.14

Cream - Disraeli Gears
Adding the headlong rush of psychedelia to the British blues, Cream's Disraeli Gears captured the original power trio at their peak. Score = 8.12

The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion
Your reviews of The Black Crowes' Southern Harmony And Musical Companion: the exhilarating sound of a band hitting its stride... or is it? Score = 8.11 

Scorpions - Lovedrive
Dovetailing perfectly with what AC/DC and Aerosmith were doing, the Scorpions added arena sparkle to their sound. Score = 8.10

Mastodon - Crack The Skye
A sprawling prog metal masterpiece dealing with astral travel, wormhole theory, Rasputin and suicide. Score = 8.09

King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
There are the nearly men. There are the underrated bands. There are the should-have-beens. And then there's King's X, and their second album Gretchen Goes To Nebraska. Score = 8.08

Sweet - Sweet Fanny Adams
Sweet left their bubblegum-peddling past behind and morphed into a fully fledged hard rock band on their 1974 classic Sweet Fanny Adams. Score - 8.08

Cinderella - Long Cold Winter
Cinderella shifted gear on second album Long Cold Winter, as Tom Keifer attempted to move forward before both the band and the scene got left behind. Score = 8.07

Rush - Signals
An album that split Rush's following clean down the middle, Signals saw the Canadian trio beginning to experiment with keyboards. Score - 8.06

Thunder - Backstreet Symphony
In which Thunder's Backstreet Symphony, the out-of-time debut by the much-loved Brit-rockers, is examined closely for evidence of greatness. Score = 8.06

UFO - Lights Out
With just eight songs and slightly over half an hour of music, is UFO's sixth studio album the one where they got it just right? Score = 8.06  

Genesis - A Trick Of The Tail
Peter Gabriel departs, Phil Collins steps up to the mic, and it's almost business as usual for Genesis on A Trick Of The Tail. Score = 8.05

Tool - 10,000 Days
Years in the making, Tool's 10,000 Days is as long as it is challenging, and is never an easy listen. As one of our reviewers says, it's "intense, dense and immense". Score = 8.04

The Cult – Electric
How and why did The Cult transform themselves from paisley-patterned goths into leather-clad rock beasts – and does the result still stand up today? Score = 8.03 

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers And Sisters
Recorded after the tragic deaths of two band members, Brothers And Sisters found The Allman Brothers Band striving for unity and renewal. Score = 8.02

Magnum - On A Storyteller's Night
With Magnum on the verge of falling apart, everything came together with On A Storyteller's Night, an album that offered the perfect coalescing of music, themes and imagery. Score = 8.02

Tesla: Mechanical Resonance
Mechanical Resonance: the debut album by Tesla, the band formerly known as City Kidd, the band formerly known an Earthshaker. Score = 8.01

Free - Tons Of Sobs
A debut album from the youthful Free, a band with a couldn’t-care-less attitude honed on the rough-and-ready UK circuit of blues clubs and ballrooms. Score = 8.00

Slade - Slade Alive!
Slade may not have been cool, but they were a better live act than most, and Alive! captures the band at their fiery best. Score = 8.00

Jeff Beck - Truth
Eric Clapton's Cream were a year away from extinction, Jimmy Page was commandeering his own juggernaut, and Jeff Beck was determined not to be left out of the race. Score = 7.99

Michael Schenker Group - Michael Schenker Group
A guitarist battling demons, a bunch of seasoned session pros and a novice singer: welcome to the Michael Schenker Group. Score = 7.98

Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All The Rest
Re-released as Tom Petty originally intended, Wildflowers & The Rest is now an expanded package that includes a batch of previously unheard material. Score = 7.97

Neil Young - Tonight's The Night
Delayed by a record company unhappy about its misery quotient, Neil Young's Tonight’s The Night is a stark tribute to departed friends. Score = 7.97

The Doors: Strange Days
Strange Days was The Doors' second record, spawning the hit singles People Are Strange and Love Me Two Times. Score = 7.96

Riot: Fire Down Below
Riot's third album Fire Down Under might just be the finest NWOBHM album released by an American band. Score = 7.92

Status Quo - Hello!
After consolidating the sound of the Frantic Four on 1972's Piledriver, Status Quo stuck with a winning formula on the following year's Hello! Score = 7.89

Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers
In which Deep Purple's fabled Mk II line-up return to renew their animosity with a new album, Perfect Strangers. Score = 7.88

Soundgarden - Superunknown
Soundgarden may have been a little slower to hit the mainstream than Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but Superunknown catapulted them into the big time. Score = 7.84 

Faces - A Nod’s As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse
Only one of the songs has a chorus, they were "pissed" most of the time they made it and it was their second album of 1971. So why is A Nod's As Good As A Wink… so loved? Score = 7.83 

Jellyfish - Bellybutton
Honeyed harmonies, subversively witty lyrics and superb musicianship? It can only be Jellyfish's Bellybutton. Score = 7.83

ZZ Top - Fandango!
One half recorded live, one half in the studio, ZZ Top's Fandango! felt like a compromise but still shone. Score = 7.82

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult's debut album: the first forays into sonic exploration from the thinking man’s rock band. Score = 7.81

Marillion: Fugazi
Marillion's follow-up to their Script For A Jester's Tear took Fish & Co. on a journey into the darkness on Fugazi. Score = 7.81

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Stranger In Town
Stranger In Town is an album featuring three of Bob Seger's most celebrated songs, but it's not his most celebrated album. What's going on? Score = 7.81

Van Halen - Van Halen II
How do you follow an album that changed the world? For the most part it's rinse then repeat. Score = 7.81

Iron Maiden - Killers
Did Iron Maiden's second album build on the promise of their storming debut? And if it did, why did they get rid of singer Paul Di'Anno immediately afterwards? Score = 7.79 

Metallica - Metallica
Metallica's Black Album turned them from rising thrash stars to mainstream rock icons. Did the compromise come at a cost? Score = 7.79

Blackfoot - Strikes
It took ten years for Blackfoot to become an overnight success, and a week for the Album Of The Week Club members to compose the definitive review of Strikes. Score = 7.78

Queensryche - Rage For Order
The Prog Metal pioneers created a new sound on the second full-length album... their own. Score = 7.73

Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
A talent who existed apart from the norm, nobody else makes music quite like Kate Bush... even at the very beginning. Score = 7.72 

Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent
In which the Motor City Madman makes his solo debut, and the world is never the same again. Score = 7.72

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band
Hated by the critics and operating with low expectations, Grand Funk brought in production guru Todd Rundgren for We're An American Band. Score = 7.71

Traffic: The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
Traffic’s most restless record, with shades and styles jumbled up in the same pot, shaken into new shapes, then broken down and started up again. Score = 7.70

Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick's debut album had a rougher edge than in later years, but the songwriting and sense of humour were already in place. Score = 7.68

Rainbow - Down To Earth
Out with Dio, in with the Hawaiian shirt bloke. What was Ritchie Blackmore up to with Rainbow's Down To Earth? Score = 7.67

Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
Fly Like An Eagle is an album that sees Steve Miller navigate his way through rapidly changing musical tides. Score = 7.67 

Journey - Infinity
It's 1978. Journey are going nowhere, but they have a plan. His name is Steve Perry, and Infinity is the result. Score = 7.65

Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Bill Ward was gone. Everyone involved (including the producer) were battling drug problems. The following year, half the band would depart in acrimony. How does Mob Rules stand up today? Score = 7.63 

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Frank Zappa's Hot Rats was both a pinnacle of the jazz-rock fusion boom of the late 60s and one of the first albums to be dubbed (or cursed) ‘progressive’. Score = 7.63

Living Colour - Vivid
At a time when rock was increasingly looking beyond its own frontiers for inspiration, Living Colours' Vivid was a genre-mashing stake in the ground. Score = 7.62

Rose Tattoo - Rock 'N' Roll Outlaw
Rose Tattoo's debut album is the sound of bogan bars in dusty Australian suburbs; places where only the toughest of cookies make it out unscratched. Score = 7.57

The Quireboys - A Bit Of What You Fancy
The Quireboys' debut album A Bit Of What You Fancy took the Stones and Faces template and used it to throw one helluva party. Score = 7.52 

Masters Of Reality - Sunrise On The Sufferbus
Remember that time Ginger Baker joined stoner rock pioneers Masters Of Reality? Score = 7.47

Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven
Instead of returning with a debut solo album that aped previous achievements, Robert Plant pleased himself on 1982's Pictures At Eleven. Score = 7.47

Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti
An album stuffed with jokes that haven't aged well, made to make a quick buck? Or is there something more to Frank Zappa's most commercial album, Sheik Yerbouti? Score = 7.47

Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus was the album that put Spirit at the forefront of conceptual psych-rock. Score = 7.46

Mother Love Bone - Apple
Apple bridged the end of hair metal and the beginning of grunge, but Mother Love Bone's one album will forever be associated with tragedy rather than transformation. Score = 7.44

Humble Pie - Rock On
On Rock On, Humble Pie proved that they were not the 'minor league Rolling Stones' while busy inventing the Black Crowes. Score = 7.43 

Golden Earring - Moontan
Dutch one-hit wonders Golden Earring prove there's so much more to their arsenal than Radar Love. Score = 7.42

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive!
In mid-1975, Peter Frampton was a moderately successful solo artist. Within a year, Frampton Comes Alive! had smashed all known sales records... Score = 7.41

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Pendulum
John Fogerty embellished the Creedence Clearwater Revival sound on Pendulum, the album that heralded the beginning of CCR's end. Score = 7.40

Foreigner - 4
Is it pop? Is it rock? Is it both? Is is good? Is it bad? Foreigner 4 divides the critics. Score = 7.40

Uriah Heep - ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
Uriah Heep's debut album was hated by Rolling Stone but paved the way for a a career that's still going half a century later. Score = 7.39

The Cars - Heartbeat City
The Cars hired the golden hands of Robert John "Mutt" Lange and turned Heartbeat City's sound into a celebration of studio sonics. The result? Four million sales. Score = 7.36

Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
Draconian Times was Paradise Lost’s own Black album: a slab of contemporary metal that met the mainstream on its own terms. Score = 7.36

Robin Trower - Twice Removed From Yesterday
Inspired by Hendrix but frequently damned as a copyist, Robin Trower's journey to stardom started with debut album Twice Removed From Yesterday. Score = 7.34

Led Zeppelin - Presence
Presence is an album Jimmy Page rates as one of Led Zeppelin's best... but it was made under very difficult circumstances. Score = 7.31 

The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F.
Released, remixed, re-released, remixed, re-released: will the real Heartbreakers' L.A.M.F. please stand up? Score = 7.30

Janis Joplin - Pearl
Released in January 1971, just three months after her death, Janis Joplin's Pearl was described by Rolling Stones as, "not a new Janis, but a redefined, more organised, old Janis". Score = 7.26

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Was Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms 100% arena-filling classic rock, or a groan-inducing middle-of-the-road snoozefest? Score = 7.23 

Coverdale/Page - Coverdale/Page
Superstars David Coverdale and Jimmy Page join forces to pay tribute to each other's legacies, but does it live up to the past? Score = 7.21

Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Australian trio Wolfmother were virtually unknown outside of their local circuit, but that all changed with their self-titled debut album. Score = 7.21

The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
A psych-pop masterpiece that was a commercial flop, but it has since gained the status of a classic, regularly making it onto the ‘Best Albums of All Time’ lists… Score = 7.19

Deep Purple - Come Taste The Band
With the great Ritchie Blackmore departed for Rainbow pastures, Deep Purple regrouped and brought in an American... Score = 7.19 

J. Geils Band - "Live" Full House
The J. Geils Band's Live Full House is a vivid celebration of live rock'n'roll, but is there more to Peter Wolf & Co. than the world's best keg party soundtrack? Score = 7.17

Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
UK rockers of a certain age were introduced to Nantucket Sleighride by political broadcasting on the TV, but there was also an album attached to the song. Score = 7.17

Styx - Paradise Theater
Paradise Theater: a concept piece based on a fictional rundown venue, and a metaphor for the American dream. Score = 7.17

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn')
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bow to fate's inevitable plan as the Tedeschi Trucks Band faithfully perform Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs on Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn') Score = 7.16 

Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey
Yngwie Malmsteen's Odyssey was a deliberate attempt to pursue chart success, with former Rainbow man Joe Lynn Turner roped in to provide melodic ballast. Score = 7.14

Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
Is Them Crooked Vultures more or less than the sum of its Led Zeppelin/Foo Fighters/Queens Of The Stone Age parts? Score = 7.13

Triumph - Rock & Roll Machine
Triumph's second album Rock & Roll Machine was also their debut, depending on where you lived. It also mixed hard rock with ambitious prog. Score = 7.13

Georgia Satellites: Georgia Satellites
The Georgia Satellites' debut was a scuzzy blast of pure rock'n'roll amidst the glamour and glitz of hair metal... but has it stood the test of time? Score = 7.12

The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones' Tattoo You was assembled from long forgotten songs and instrumentals jams, with choice snippets recalibrated with contemporary vocal performances. Score = 7.11

Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush: Live
There's more to Frank Marino than that comparison. You know, the one they always make. But is 1978's Mahogany Rush Live proof? Score = 7.10

Groundhogs - Split
Inspired by a panic attack, The Groundhog's four-part suite Split soundtracked a psychotic reaction. Score = 7.09 

Thin Lizzy - Nightlife
Two new guitarists but a muted sound make Nightlife a Thin Lizzy album that isn't quite the Thin Lizzy we know and love. Score = 7.09

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
Side one is an acknowledged prog masterpiece... but how much does side two drag the overall score down? Score = 7.07

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Framed
SAHB crept up on an unsuspecting nation, grabbed it by the balls and won hearts and minds in unison Score = 7.05

Aerosmith - Rock In A Hard Place
How does the album Aerosmith released without Joe Perry stand up after all these years? Score = 7.04

Geddy Lee: My Favourite Headache
Rush were on hiatus, so Geddy Lee hooked up with k.d.lang collaborator Ben Mink to make his debut album. The result was My Favourite Headache. Score = 7.04 

Accept - Metal Heart
Teutonic titans Accept mould themselves into more commercial shapes on sixth album Metal Heart. Score = 7.03

Greta Van Fleet - Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
Greta Van Fleet: are the here to save rock'n'roll or sully it? Both opinions are available. Score = 7.02

Yes - Drama
Yes become Yeggles on Drama, bringing in two pop interlopers from Buggles to shine a light on the path towards gleaming chart success. Score = 7.02

Girlschool - Demolition
Girlschool didn’t so much sound like they might scratch your eyes out as boot you in the balls and nick your beer. Score - 7.01

Trapeze - You Are The Music... We’re Just The Band
After the blues rock of Medusa, Trapeze shifted in a funkier, more soulful direction for You Are The Music... We’re Just The Band, supplying Glenn Hughes with the style that would define his career. Score = 7.01

Heart - Little Queen
"We were unusual among friends at school in that we wanted to wanted to be The Beatles rather than marry them” - Ann Wilson.  Score = 6.98 

James Gang - Bang
Tommy Bolin's James Gang bandmates have claimed he was at his best when high... and on Bang the chemical dependency produced fine results. Score = 6.98

Starz- Starz
Are Starz the "Big Star of hair metal"? Examining the debut, self-titled album may provide some answers. Score = 6.97

Bonnie Raitt: Nick Of Time
Bonnie Raitt's redemption came in the shape of the multi-million selling Nick Of Time after splitting with her original label and hooking up with producer Don Was. Score = 6.94

Mott The Hoople - The Hoople
Mott The Hoople's final album comes under the Album Of The Week microscope. Score = 6.89 

Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil
Motley Crue’s second album, their platinum-selling breakthrough, was an all-out attack on America’s self-appointed moral majority. Score = 6.85 

Aphrodites Child - 666
Vangelis Papathanassiou's cult masterpiece 666: an apocalyptic prog tour-de-force or a pretentious load of twaddle? Just don't ask Irene Papas what she thinks. Score = 6.82

Whitesake - Saints & Sinners
Saints & Sinners by Whitesnake features two songs that would later be successfully remodelled... but what of the rest of the album? Score = 6.81

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
Some albums are so big that the follow-up can only be a disappointment. Did Tusk suffer this fate, or is gold concealed within? Score = 6.75

The Edgar Winter Group - They Only Come Out At Night
They Only Come Out At Night sold millions, birthed two hit singles and featured an all-star cast that included Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer and Dan Hartman. Does it still stand up? Score = 6.73 

The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy
The Four Horsemen knew how to to rock. Too often on Nobody Said It Was Easy they sounded like other rockers. Score = 6.71

King Crimson - Discipline
A prog album for Talking Heads fans? Or a new-wave album for King Crimson fans? Either way, Discipline sparks debate. Score = 6.71

Black Sabbath - Never Say Die!
Black Sabbath's Never Say Die! arrived as the band's original line-up began to disintegrate. History has not been kind, but will our reviewers find more to enjoy? Score = 6.70

Elf - Carolina County Ball
Elf showed what Ronnie James Dio could do before he went on to do it with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and the rest. Score = 6.69

Budgie - Budgie
A Zeppelin covers band? A Sabbath tribute act? The Welsh Rush? Or genius proto-metal pioneers? Our readers examine Budgie's debut. Score = 6.66

Saxon - Saxon
Part rock, part prog, under-produced and released on a French disco label: it can only be Saxon's debut album Score = 6.61

U.K. - U.K.
The world's first prog supergroup conjures up challenging jazz fusion, fail to set world alight. Score = 6.60

Hanoi Rocks - Two Steps From The Move
Hanoi Rocks' Two Steps From The Move was meant to propel the impossibly glamorous Finns to stardom... instead it became an epitaph. Score = 6.52

Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
Originally self-released in 1980, Joan Jett's debut album was given a major label makeover in 1981. Score = 6.51

Pretenders - Pretenders II
Written and recorded under pressure, Pretenders II sought to continue where Pretenders I left off. But did it succeed? Score = 6.51

Joe Perry Project - Let The Music Do The Talking
In which Joe Perry escapes the dysfunctional Aerosmith family and tries to Let The Music Do The Talking. Score = 6.49

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother marked the point where the band found their way out of their post-Barrett malaise. Score = 6.49

Utopia - Todd Rundgren's Utopia
Todd Rundgren's genius for FM power-pop had made him a star, but Todd Rundgren's Utopia was an adventure in full-blown cosmic freakology. Score = 6.47

Beck, Bogert & Appice - Beck, Bogert & Appice
Beck, Bogert & Appice was a coming together of three superlative musical minds... but did their only studio album live up to the sum of its parts? Score = 6.44 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
John Frusciante returns and the Red Hot Chili Peppers hand over the reins. The result? Doo-wop harmonies, less funk, and critical acclaim. Score = 6.44

Diamond Head - Canterbury
Diamond Head's progressive swerve towards Canterbury: a maligned classic, commercial suicide, or something in-between? Score = 6.43

The Runaways - Queens Of Noise
At loggerheads with their manager, The Runaways installed themselves in the Beach Boys' studio for album number two, Queens of Noise. Score = 6.37

The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow
The Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow was one of the most extraordinary British albums of the late 1960s, and one utterly beset by disaster Score = 6.31

Eagles - The Long Run
Following up Hotel California was hard enough, and The Long Run showed there was life left for Eagles... but not for long. Score = 6.33 

Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
He hadn't been tagged the future of rock'n'roll yet, but Bruce Springsteen was beginning to make the right noises. Score = 6.32

Suzi Quatro - Suzi Quatro
The self-titled debut album by the original Queen Of Noise, Suzi Quatro, strives to prove she was more than a singles act. Score = 6.29

The Firm - The Firm
Supergroup The Firm saw Jimmy Page turn to Paul Rodgers to sort out his post-Zeppelin malaise. Our review suggests things didn't turn out as super as expected. Score = 6.28

Saga - Silent Knight
"Majestic!" says one reviewer, "dreadful!" says another. What's the truth about Saga's third album Silent Knight? Score = 6.27

Steve Vai - Flex-Able
Fresh from working with Frank Zappa, a young Steve Vai took what he'd learned and made an album no one was meant to hear. Score = 6.26

Jim Steinman - Bad For Good
Jim Steinman's Bad For Good was meant to be the sequel to Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell, but when then big man lost his voice Steinman stepped up to the mic. Score = 6.25

White Lion - Pride
What's the recipe for two million sales? A Danish singer, a genius guitarist, and a production that perhaps hasn't stood the test of time. Score = 6.17

T. Rex - Dandy In The Underworld
Touched by tragedy, T. Rex's Dandy in the Underworld was seen as a return to form by many. Score = 6.14

Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying
Heralding the departure of Adrian Smith and the arrival of Janick Gers, Iron Maiden's No Prayer For The Dying also saw the arrival of very mixed reviews. Score = 6.12

Skunk Anansie - Paranoid & Sunburnt
Skunk Anansie melded together rock, punk, dub, reggae and electronica influences on debut album Paranoid & Sunburnt. Score = 6.11

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
An overbearing hit single became the soundtrack to the 80s – but have Survivor stood the test of time? Score = 6.11

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum
50 years on, does Blue Cheer's debut Vincebus Eruptum deserve its status as the first metal/heavy album? And, even if it does, does that make it any good? Score = 6.08 

Venom - Welcome To Hell
Venom's Welcome To Hell may have been a genuine force for musical revolution, but to some it remains unlistenable. Score = 6.06

Klaatu - Hope
Accidental Beatle impersonators Klaatu attempt to ride out a global publicity storm on second album Hope. Score = 6.03

Johnny Thunders - So Alone
The star-studded pinnacle of Johnny Thunders’ solo career, So Alone is not a perfect album, but its faults are easy to love... or hate. Score = 6.02

Sparks - Kimono My House
Ron and Russell Mael have maintained a tireless forward momentum across some of rock’s most ingenious albums. Kimono My House was their third. Score = 6.00

Europe - The Final Countdown
In which we discuss communal music youth programs in a social democracy, and what they meant for Europe's album The Final Countdown. Score = 5.95

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown's debut album is famous and infamous for one song... but does it deserve more respect? Score = 5.65

Genesis: Abacab
In which Genesis cause controversy and dismay by turning their hand to shorter, more pop-orientated songs. Score = 5.62

Bon Jovi: 7800° Fahrenheit
Bon Jovi's second album 7800° Fahrenheit failed to launch the band towards superstardom in the way its follow-up Slippery When Wet did. Can our reviewers figure out why? Score = 5.54

Sea Hags - Sea Hags
The Sea Hags: the throbbing, ragged heart of Saturday night, or more 80s rock'n'roll bullshit? You decide. Score = 5.47

Kiss - Music From "The Elder"
In which Kiss go Prog and alienate everyone... or not, as our reviewers clearly prove. Score = 5.31

Nickelback: All The Right Reasons
In which we ask our Album Of The Week regulars to put aside any hatin' business and give Nickelback's All The Right Reasons a fair crack of the whip. Score = 4.91

Radiohead - OK Computer
OK Computer is the album that took Radiohead far into the mainstream, while retaining rockist cred – at least to some. Score = 4.90 

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
Can we review Axl Rose's labour of love Chinese Democracy without talking about time and money? Probably not. Score = 4.88

Van Halen - Van Halen III
A new singer, a bass player missing in action and a distinct lack of partying: will someone make the case for Van Halen III? Score = 4.45

Scott Rowley

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc (Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Louder, Guitarist, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar etc). He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock for 10 years and Editor of Total Guitar for 4 years.