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Do you like AOR Music?

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Do you like AOR Music?

Postby MissingPersons » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:31 pm

Do you like any artists from this genre? AOR was one of the most popular genres during the 80s especially in the US and Canada also by some degree. Not much popular in Europe or Australia though.
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby Poodle » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:12 pm

I love AOR music, especially the keyboard-dominated groups! Some private releases I believe are essential for any AOR fan are:

The Blitz - Get It On! (1988)
The Action - Louder Than Words (1987)
Y Fly 2 London - Just Say No (1984)
Eclipse - 7th Floor (1987)

The Blitz hailed from Green Bay/Appleton, Wisconsin and were a hair-metal type AOR band with the BEST AOR male lead singer out there, Tim Pilz! The Action were a Florida-based outfit with a lead singer/drummer who played with lightning speed. Y Fly 2 London had Nick DeStefano, the best AOR lead guitarist to come out of New Jersey. Eclipse (from Southern California) were the epitome of a Westcoast-type AOR band that rocked a few songs and had an "urban" feel. They also did the BEST ballads I've heard, not unlike Michael Bolton material. Lead singer Scott Doyle really croons.
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby Qbertqubes » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:17 am

me too guys. Poodle, do you have the eclipse album?
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby InvisibleMan » Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:01 am

to be honest I never really understood AOR label... it's melodic 80's Rock/Arena stuff i think?
anyway here are some good ones that are often labeled as AOR...

Strangeways - Native Sons (1987)
Skagarack - Hungry for a Game (1988)
Survivor - Vital Signs (1984)
Boulevard - S/T (1988)
Airrace - Shaft of Light (1984)
Orion the Hunter - S/T (1984)
Virginia Wolf - S/T (1986)
Dare - Out of the silence (1988)
Alien - S/T (1988)
Aldo Nova - S/T (1982)
Toto - The seventh one (1988)
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby CanzetYote » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:42 pm

I love AOR just as much as New Wave. Brother Firetribe and Final Frontier are a couple of my fave AOR bands.
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby trebalmen » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:00 am

I can say that i like that music :)
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby MissingPersons » Thu May 04, 2017 5:46 pm

InvisibleMan wrote:to be honest I never really understood AOR label... it's melodic 80's Rock/Arena stuff i think?
anyway here are some good ones that are often labeled as AOR...

Strangeways - Native Sons (1987)
Skagarack - Hungry for a Game (1988)
Survivor - Vital Signs (1984)
Boulevard - S/T (1988)
Airrace - Shaft of Light (1984)
Orion the Hunter - S/T (1984)
Virginia Wolf - S/T (1986)
Dare - Out of the silence (1988)
Alien - S/T (1988)
Aldo Nova - S/T (1982)
Toto - The seventh one (1988)


Wow I love most of those, especially Aldo Nova's debut, Vital Signs and Shaft Of Light. AOR stands for Album Oriented Rock, but each artist's brand of AOR is different (like Progressive Rock). For example REO Speedwagon and Aldo Nova were both considered AOR but they were sounding totally different. REO were using more 50s-60s Rock 'n Roll elements unlike Aldo who was using more electronic elements. Toto as well, had more Jazz/Soul elements. But essentially it's a radio format, meaning Radio Stations which play other songs apart from the singles or even full albums.
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby InvisibleMan » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:45 am

MissingPersons wrote:Not much popular in Europe or Australia though.


there were some nice AOR bands from UK, I can think of these:

The Outfield
Walk on fire (Blind Faith) (this year there was an unexpected new album from them, good stuff!)
FM
Heartland
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Re: Do you like AOR Music?

Postby MissingPersons » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:42 pm

The Outfield were big in America in the mid 80s, with their single "Your Love". FM weren't commercially successful, but it's one of the most popular bands among the AOR audience. Indiscreet and Tough It Out are masterpieces indeed.
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