Among the first wave of British rock stars of the late '50s and early '60s, no one sounded stronger or more convincing than Billy Fury. His voice had a strength and unforced cool his peers lacked, and he could not only write his own songs, most of them were actually good. 1960's The Sound of Fury, his first album, is a classic in U.K. rock, simple, passionate, and satisfying.
Amid the occasional waves of 80s nostalgia, it's easy to overlook the sheer ubiquity of the Pointer Sisters' 1983 classic, Break Out. Already a veteran group with nine albums behind them, the sisters' tenth LP made good on its title and delivered them with gusto to the MTV age with a bevy of joyful and exuberant dance hits like "I'm So Excited," "Automatic," and "Neutron Dance."