It had to be done some time or other folks !!
But you wouldn't have seen me starting the thread a few years back.
I've been gradually moving away from VGM and focusing more on '70s/'80s pop/rock and film music.
So aside my very prized FF6 OSV.... what else do I listen to lately ?
A Trick of the Tail
The album that got me hooked to Genesis. Also the first album to feature Phil Collins as vocalist of the band. He has a very dreamy/etheral voice is all I can say. Plus I love how every track features a synth solo somewhere For someone who eats up synth like popcorn, I can't think of anything negative here.
Cobra Motion Picture Soundtrack
This one can be a bit misleading. The almost contains mainly all of the vocal themes used in the film and a couple of score track. There's a whole slew of artists here, famous and not-so. Gary Wright, Gloria Estefan, Robert Tepper, John Cafferty and film composer Sylvester Levay to name a few. Basically, all the songs are motivational and enjoyable.
Conan The Barbarian Soundtrack
I have the 12 track Milan edition. So it doesn't contain some music... so what ? What's on here is nothing short of exquisite. Basil Poledouris did something really special here. Orchestral film music done right.
Dan Gibson's Solitudes - The Classics II
Take some of the best known classical pieces, perform them on synth and add a touch of nature with crashing waves and various bird calls. Surprisingly, it all works well together. It's a very relaxing album with works by Beethoven, Chopin, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, etc...
Dark Side of The Moon
Thus far, this is the only work I've heard of Pink Floyd. It has such a unique approach mixing various sound effects with guitars, synths and some trippy vocal work.
Le Romantisme Espagnol
This is a instrumental album by canadian guitarist Bruno Jacques Pelletier. It contains many Spanish themes played on a classical guitar. It's another relaxing album that changes the pace once in a while in my listening habits.
Another classical guitar album by Pelletier. This time he performs classical pieces by reknown composers such as Bach, Downland and Valet.
Now for something quite diffrent. We have guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen alongside Joe Lynn Turner providing the vocals. Can we say "fun" ? Yes, we can !! "Rising Force" and "Riot in The Dungeon" are big favorites
Here is Malmsteen's first album release. It's mostly instrumental with a couple of vocals by Jeff Scott Soto. "Evil Eye" and "Far Beyond The Sun" really get my blood pumping
Rocky Motion Picture Soundtrack
First of the esteemed series and a work of genius by film composer Bill Conti. I feel this particular entry had the best music overall. "Philadelphia Morning" and "Gonna Fly Now" are so emotionally charged, it's insane.
Rocky IV Motion Picture Soundtrack
This one follows in the style of the Cobra soundtrack. Contains mostly songs a just a couple of score tracks. Robert Tepper and John Cafferty make a welcome appearance here, and Survivor's classic anthems are so ingrained into pop-culture, that it's hard to imagine Rocky without "Eye of The Tiger". Film composer Vince DiCola also joins the fun by providing "War" and "Training Montage" which are nothing short of inspiring.
Selling England by The Pound
Having been introduced to Genesis via A Trick of The Tail, I was curious to see how Genesis fared when Peter Gabriel was the main vocalist. He was just as good as Phil Collins, as tracks such as "Firth of Fifth" and "Dance with the Moonlit Knight" also have some dreamy/etheral vocal work, not to mention some seriously awesome keyboard and guitar solos.
Surfing With The Alien
I knew that Joe Satriani was one of the better guitarist alongside Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. This album is completely instrumental and delivers in spades. I'd go as far as saying some of the tracks here remind me of VGM. *gasp*
The Speed of Sound
Thanks to VGM, I was introduced to Ronnie Montrose via Mr. Bones. Ever since I've been curious to hear him outside the VGM arena. I learned that this particular album showcases him at his very best. Crunchy guitars, spacey synths and some amazing drumwork. The best part.... it's all instrumental Most of these tracks could be placed in a shooting game and no one would bat an eye.
Whew. So there we have it, lots of variety from so many artists. What non-VGM have you folks been into lately ?