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38 Special - 1986 Strength In Numbers
'Strength In Numbers' is quite possibly their purest AOR moment, and featured some heavyweight guest musicians.

911 - 1986 Time Will Tell
911 were a Las Vegas Christian rock/AOR band that came out of the 80's. This is one of the better quality Christian releases from the mid 80's. Track it down.

A=440 - 1986 A=440
Here's an American pop/rock outfit with a musical signature of their own. They are called A=440, and they play a hi-tech pop style somewhere west of Mr Mister and east of Rick Springfield.

Adams, Dave - 1986 Dancing In My Sleep
Dave Adams was the driving force behind North Carolina prog poppers Glass Moon. His 1986 solo album 'Dancing In My Sleep is interchangeable with a gazillion other albums released the same year and decade.

Adrenalin - 1986 Road Of The Gypsy
In a strange set of circumstances, MCA decided to re-use most of their 'American Heart' songs from the Rocshire days (minus three), and bolt on three new songs for 1986's 'Road Of The Gypsy'.

Agent - 1986 Agent
Agent bring to mind many of its Canadian contemporaries, such as Glass Tiger, Loverboy, Streetheart and Honeymoon Suite. But the real big comparison to these ears is the one-off AOR classic Preview.

Alcatrazz - 1986 Dangerous Games
So, what's the verdict with 'Dangerous Games'? Well, it's more AOR that veers on the side of safety rather than anything daring.

Allies - 1986 Virtues
Christian band Allies were one of the better acquisitions for the Light Music label back in the mid 80's. With Allies, the label released just the two albums: 'Allies' (1985) and this one 'Virtues' the following year.

American Girls - 1986 American Girls
American Girls were a Californian outfit playing in the style of The Gogos and other mid 80's female fronted pop/rock acts from the same era.

Ange - 1986 Egna
Ange's 'Egna' only has eight tracks but so much class, unending hooks and AOR choruses that get into your bloodstream. It's not easy to find on hard copy, but worth the search for the more adventurous AOR fan. Hell, make that any AOR fan.

Ansell, Martin - 1986 The Englishman Abroad
Martin Ansell spent time in both the Tom Robinson Band and The Damned related post-punk group Captain Sensible, none of which promoted AOR attitudes but his talent, or should I say melodic alter ego would not come to fruition until this album 'The Englishman Abroad'.

Aviator - 1986 Aviator
An album held in high esteem by the melodic rock community for years, and cherished in the rock press during those heydays of the 1980's.

Avion - 1986 White Noise
One of the truly great Australian melodic rock bands, and one that was truly underrated at the time too!

Bad Company - 1986 Fame And Fortune
Quite strange this hasn't received any accolades or recognition from AOR pundits in the last 22 years. There's not a bad track included and it must have been the culture shock of Bad Co evolving into an AOR act that saw this gain such a lukewarm reaction.

Barth, Bobby - 1986 Two Hearts One Beat
The sound here is similar to mid 80's Starship mainly. As a result, 'Two Hearts One Beat' is very commercial lightweight AOR, quite a bit different from Barth's years with Axe.
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