I’m not sure about your experience, but when I look back on the music of 1988, there are not very many things that have stood the test of time. However, that is not to say that 1988 did not offer some good music. This episode is another in our time machine series. Here we return to 1988 in hopes of finding the best or most meaningful music in that year.

Time Machine: 1988


  • Steve Hackett- Troubled Spirits
  • Jethro Tull- The Chateau D’isaster Tapes

What’s New

  • Karfagen- Dragon Island
  • Steve Hackett- Under the Eye of the Sun
  • Soen- Lunacy
  • Todd Rundgren, John Wesley, & Tony Kaye- Roundabout

Back to 1988

  • Talking Heads- (Nothing But) Flowers
  • King’s X- Far, Far Away
  • Talk Talk- Desire
  • Robert Plant- Ship of Fools
  • Church- Under the Milky Way
  • Metallica- One
  • Voivod- Brain Scan
  • Iron Maiden- Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  • Crimson Glory- In Dark Places
  • Cinderella- Long Cold Winter

A Live Set

  • Yes- Hold On
  • 3- Talkin Bout
  • Pink Floyd- Sorrow
  • Marillion- White Russian

Returning Home

  • Mike + The Mechanics- Out of the Blue
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers- Pink as Floyd
  • Cheeto’s Magazine- Outflow
  • Motorpsycho- Psychotzar
  • Lonely Robot- Ancient Ascendant
  • Tim Bowness- Ghostlike
  • The Mute Gods- Atheists & Believers
  • Queensryche- Bent
  • Dream Theater- Fall into Light
  • Blue Oyster Cult- Magna of Illusion>Blue Oyster Cult
  • Alan Parsons- Miracle
  • Chris Squire- Comfortably Numb