Title: “Best of ’81 to ‘85”
Label: A&M Records
Release Date: 8/21/1990
Genre: Hard Rock
If you’re looking for a worthy representation of the catalog of the band Y&T then there is no better place to start than with the bands very first collection of “hits” that goes under the moniker “Best Of ’81 to ‘85”. Please understand that my use of quotes with the word hits is because despite the bands level of underground popularity and overall importance to the Hard Rock scene on the whole, you would be endlessly waiting for no reason if you were expecting any number of these incredible tunes to be played on the conventional Rock radio of the time. Granted there were a few select stations and DJ’s who realized the bands relevance but outside of songs like “Summertime Girls” or “Lipstick and Leather” it would be a rare occurrence. I know that I never remembered hearing more than these on the airwaves. This album is special to my own Y&T beginnings as I was one of those fans who was schooled on their vintage catalog even though I had never caught them live back in their original heyday. Oddly enough it would not be until around 2005 that this would happen. Despite this being the case, I always had more than a handful of songs that I found to be amazing. The collection takes material from “Earthshaker”, “Black Tiger”, “Meanstreak”, “In Rock We Trust”, “Open Fire” and “Down For The Count” which is a great amount of musical territory to pull resource from. The ardent fans might feel that there is not enough taken into account but I still think that if you are looking for a door to walk into to educate yourself on the band that this is a fine path to take.
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