1987: Key Albums (Things are Finally Looking Up)

A Listmania! list by ds "Lagerd" (West Allis, WI)
The list author says: "After a few lean years in the mid eighties this year saw a return of an abundance of quality material. Hiatt defined "Americana," Tull released their finest since '78, the Mekons and the 77's kept things edgy, Green on Red's THE KILLER INSIDE ME was muscular and lean and even Mike Oldfield impressed with his latest offering.

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Bring the Family
1.  Bring the Family by John Hiatt
The list author says:
  "What do you get when you combine a little soul, a little country, a lttle blues and some good rockin' rhythms? John Hiatt, what else."
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Honky Tonkin
2.  Honky Tonkin by The Mekons
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  "The last of their ghost town country albums and my favorite. An underrated masterpiece."
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Islands
3.  Islands by Mike Oldfield
The list author says:
  "Oldfield's ability to write superb pop songs has not been stated strongly enough. I enjoyed him more in the eighties than in the seventies."
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Cutter & The Clan
4.  Cutter & The Clan by Runrig
The list author says:
  "Should have been their breakout album but not enough people were paying attention. Masters of the rock anthem."
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Crest of a Knave
5.  Crest of a Knave by Jethro Tull
The list author says:
  "Solid rebound after the utterly dismal UNDER WRAPS. Why didn't they use a real drummer on all tracks?"
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The Turning
6.  The Turning by Leslie Phillips
The list author says:
  "Her creative masterpiece under the tutelage of future hubby T Bone Burnett."
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Tapestry of Carols
7.  Tapestry of Carols by Maddy Prior
The list author says:
  "Maddy Prior's first of several Christmas recordings. This was also her debut with the Carnival Band."
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Exit 0
8.  Exit 0 by Steve Earle
The list author says:
  "Only his second album and Nashville and country radio discarded him. That simply means this stuff is too good for them."
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Polkatharsis
9.  Polkatharsis by Brave Combo
The list author says:
  "My introduction to this wild Tex-Mex polka band from Denton, TX."
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Signs of Life
10.  Signs of Life by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
The list author says:
  "Innovators of new acoustic chamber music. Read: Not New Age!"
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This Is the Story
11.  This Is the Story by Proclaimers
The list author says:
  "The rough unpolished beginning from this Scottish duo. Listen to their music. They're not just one hit wonders."
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Seventy Sevens
12.  Seventy Sevens by The Seventy Sevens
The list author says:
  "Straight up energetic roots rock. When they jam, few are better."
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Pontiac
13.  Pontiac by Lyle Lovett
The list author says:
  "Pop, folk, country or Texas swing. Take your pick. Not what they mean by eighties "hair" bands."
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Robbie Robertson
14.  Robbie Robertson by Robbie Robertson
The list author says:
  "Nice moody, textured effort by the former Band leader."
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The Bears
15.  The Bears by The Bears
The list author says:
  "Adrian Belew's post King Crimson band."
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Step Outside
16.  Step Outside by Oysterband
The list author says:
  "Humble beginnings from this important British folk-rock outfit."
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Eye of the Hurricane
17.  Eye of the Hurricane by The Alarm
The list author says:
  "If Runrig were the rock anthem masters, the Alarm were a close second."
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I Predict 1990
18.  I Predict 1990 by Steve Taylor
The list author says:
  "Taylor finally gets with the times with this release. Didn't receive much attention, though."
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Lion and the Cobra
19.  Lion and the Cobra by Sinead O'Connor
The list author says:
  "Unique new voice that recalls Peter Gabriel and Robbie Robertson's release listed above."
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Third World Child
20.  Third World Child by Johnny Clegg
The list author says:
  "Post-Juluka South African folk-rock."
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The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas Vol.2
21.  The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas Vol.2 by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "All the classic renditions."
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iDeOLA: Tribal Opera
22.  iDeOLA: Tribal Opera 
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