Bring The Family (1987) was recorded in just four days by Hiatt's dream line up: Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass and Jim Keltner on drums. The excitement of working together with his favourite musicians in the game surfaces in a sizzling spontaneity in the grooves these guys lay down.
The album spawned the single "Thank You Girl" that fared well on the Mainstream Rock charts. Further highlights on the album are "Memphis In The Meantime", "Thing Called Love" and "Have A Little Faith In Me" (the one and only Hiatt original, also later interpreted by stars like Joe Cocker and Bon Jovi).
When you count out the original Blues men from the United States, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band is arguably the finest example of raw Blues essence. With white harmonica player Butterfield at the center, the racially integrated group started as one of the first authentic and genuine Blues combos.
Their first and eponymous album from 1965 contains a mix of electric Chicago style Blues and Rock & Roll: raw, brazen and powerful, beautifully weaved together by Butterfields harmonica and scorching vocals.
Metal Church's 4th album is often cited as their best. Breaking through in the-mid eighties within a blossoming Thrash Metal scene, these guys from Seattle stuck to their guns while other bands were polishing their sound to meet popular demand.
The Human Factor (1991) excels in chugging riffs, melodic breaks, pulsing beats and furious vocals – a true Thrash classic. The lyrics stand out in their substance: singer Mike Howe tackles political and social subjects on "Date with Poverty", "Flee From Reality" and "The Final Word".
Ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes teamed up with axeslinger Pat Thrall in the early '80s, and their combined magic resulted in their one-off same titled album in 1982. Often called an 'overlooked gem' Hughes/Thrall was recorded in Los Angeles and coproduced by Andy Johns, famed for his production work for the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart.