Check out Nazareth, Black Sabbath and Great White.
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I was a metalhead back then.
Megadeath, Dokken, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Ratt, Cinderella, Metal Church, Riot, Quiet Riot, Triumph, Tesla, Judas Priest, Dio, Motley Crue, Whitesnake (I like their older bluesy stuff, like Black n' Blue), Motorhead, Anthrax, Pantera, King's X, Axe, Queensryche, Slayer, Exodus, Savatage, Twisted Sister, Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, GWAR.
That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure a Google search would turn up a ton I'm forgetting - or can't remember anymore :)
Swanny- I guess you must be speaking of Holy Diver. I don't believe he had a S/t album. I had the vinyl of The Last in Line, and thought it was pretty bad. I just played my Green label Sabbath: S/t, and it sounds very good. Just picked up a standard press of Sabotage, and it's a very good record. Ozzy's vocals are stronger than I have heard.
This may be a little offbeat, but back in the day, I listened to Bad Brains, they were Rasta metal dudes who were pretty legendary. Their 'big' album was entitled 'i against i' and one of the tracks, 'Sacred Love,' has a very muted, odd sounding lead vocal. Apparently, the singer was in jail on a ganga charge, and they recorded his vocal track over the phone, from jail.
They don't fit neatly into any category- maybe punkish, but they ain't reggae, that's for sure.
Blues Metal-Badlands-Cinderella-Tora Tora
Euro/Prog Metal-House of Lords-Steelheart-TNT
Glam Metal-Faster Pussycat-Vinnie Vincent Invasion-Y&T
Pop Metal-Lillian Axe-Mr.Big-Saraya
Power Metal-Armored Saint-Grim Reaper-Metal Church
Of the 15 bands I mentioned Badlands-Mr.Big and Saraya would probably be the best starting point for the "Classic Rock" only fans.
I bought my copy of the first brides of destruction cd used off of amazon for just a few dollars (the second album had very little input from Nikki Sixx apparently and I don't really care for it, but I really enjoyed the first one). Tracy Guns has some good solos on the album, about the duration you would expect for the genre.
i'm a bit late to the show here but I don't see Jaguar, Venom, Witchfinder General, Cirith Ungol, TT Quick, Fastway, Helloween, and The Rods mentioned to name a few. If you are into Motorhead you need to follow Lemmy back to Hawkwind. Twisted Sister's early material Ruff Cutts and Under the Blade are good also.
Some good suggestions . Triumph -"Allied Forces ", Nazareth - first three albums , Dio with Blackmore , Judas Preist ( absofunkinlutley ), Quiet Riot covering Slade songs . Having seen Priest open for Zepplin and Van Halen open for Sabbeth , I have to get snooty towards the Pussy Hair Spray bands . Although Tommy Aldrege played for White Snake ( they suck ) Black Oak Arkansas was fun to see ! Sorry for my Ass Hollyness , but that's my suggestions . Regards , Mike.