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1983: Key Albums (The Lean Years)

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The list author says: "The pickins were slim in the early eighties. Music that I liked which also stood the test of time was hard to come by. New artists like Big Country, Billy Bragg and Violent Femmes were exciting as were a few oldies like Waits, Thompson and Oldfield. Otherwise '83 was very thin.

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My general music interests include '70s progressive rock, intelligent rock, European folk-rock, alt-country and non-synthesized '80s rock."
Crisis
Crisis
"Oldfield continues his nice run in the eighties. Nice vocals from Roger Chapman, Maggie Reilly and Oldfield himself."
Swordfishtrombones
Swordfishtrombones
"Waits reinvents himself as a junkyard artist. Unique stuff."
Life's a Riot With Spy Vs Spy
Life's a Riot With Spy Vs Spy
"Bragg's debut of his "one man Clash" act."
The Crossing
The Crossing
"Big sound, different and desperately needed in 1983 - real musicians playing rock 'n' roll."
Hand of Kindness
Hand of Kindness
"Thompson's sharp and cutting post-split unveiling."
Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
"Refreshing new band with a unique sound."
The Final Cut
The Final Cut
"Theatric and melancholy effort from Waters' Floyd."
Shadowdance
Shadowdance
"Instrumental world rock fusion."
Guitar Is the Song
Guitar Is the Song
"Around the world with the classical guitar virtuoso."
Time Step
Time Step
"The first of the Burnett produced Kottke albums."
Rampal Plays Scott Joplin with John Steele Ritter
Rampal Plays Scott Joplin with John Steele Ritter
Boatman's Daughter
Boatman's Daughter
"Traditional and originals from this acoustic folk quartet. Pre-Tempest Lief Sorbye."