Various Artists

Power Chords, Vol. 3

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With this third and final volume in the set, we now move into modern-day MTV territory, with a few stragglers thrown in to add ballast to the collection. Everything compiled here was recorded in the 1980s, and although several of the tracks were recorded early in the decade (Donnie Iris' "Ah! Leah!," Aldo Nova's "Fantasy," the Rossington-Collins Band's "Don't Misunderstand Me," Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero" and Blackfoot's "Fly Away" all emanate from 1980-81), the dominant tone of the collection spotlights the hair-band explosion that went hand in hand with the rise of the cable video network MTV. Artists and groups familiar to early Headbanger's Ball viewers (Whitesnake, Tesla, Sammy Hagar, and Dio) all weigh in with signature selections loaded with thundering drums, tons of signal processing on the guitars and vocals, and guitar riffing that literally screams of mid-'80s metal excess, spandex, hair mousse and all. There's a fair amount of hits aboard and this makes an admirable entry into the series.

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