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    What are your favorite debut albums?

    If the first album from a group or singer has five songs or more that I want to listen to over and over, then that is in my list of favorite debut albums. Even though I'm a red blooded rocker, there are some 70s to 90s pop albums I like.

    My list:

    - Boston - Boston ... 1976
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    Tubular Bells.
    CSN
    Please, Please Me.
    Are you Experienced?
    Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
    Kick out the Jams
    Desperate Character
    Joe Cocker
    Laura Nyro
    Paul Simon Songbook
    Sharks
    Rockpile
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by atomdreams Click here to enlarge
    What are your favorite debut albums?

    WOW! I will have to give that some thought! I mean there's so many, and I would try to keep it low.

    Well, I gave it some "thought", and then spent forever writing the list! Click here to enlarge

    I ended up breaking it down into decades, as there were more bands than I thought there would be.





    60'S


    The Doors - The Doors - 1967.

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced - 1967.

    Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - 1967.

    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I - 1969.



    70'S


    Queen - Queen - 1973.

    Bad Company - Bad Company - 1974.

    AC/DC - High Voltage - 1976.

    Boston - Boston - 1976.

    Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - 1977.



    80'S


    Ozzy Osbourne (Solo) - Blizzard of Ozz - 1980.

    Pretenders - Pretenders - 1980.

    Hanoi Rocks - Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks - 1981.

    Mötley Crüe - Too Fast for Love - 1982.

    Robert Plant (Solo) - Pictures at Eleven - 1982.

    Fastway - Fastway - 1983.

    The Firm - The Firm - 1985.

    Cinderella - Night Songs - 1986.

    Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In - 1986.

    Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction - 1987.

    L.A. Guns - L.A. Guns - 1988.

    Living Colour - Vivid - 1988.

    Badlands - Badlands - 1989.

    Skid Row - Skid Row - 1989.



    90'S


    Alice in Chains - Facelift - 1990.

    Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees - 1990.

    Stone Temple Pilots - Core - 1992.

    Collective Soul - Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid - 1993.

    Tool - Undertow - 1993.

    Days of the New - Days of the New - 1997.




    Obviously a lot of 'Metal' debuts in the 80's...those were my teenage years, and the 80's was the
    era of Metal. I couldn't leave out that genre. I still listen to those albums often.

    There were quite few other albums I wanted to list, but surprisingly after reviewing the tracks on
    those albums I found them to be nowhere near as good as their sophomore efforts...for example,
    Def Leppard's debut - 'On Through the Night' - in my opinion being nowhere close to their second
    album 'High 'n' Dry' (which I consider a masterpiece). There were quite a few debut's I left out.

    I'll probably come back, and edit / add to the list!


    For now, it's late, and I'm going to veg on the couch...




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    @ 4thDoctor

    Great list. I'd completely forgot about Led Zeppelin 1 and Ozzy's first solo album. Your 80s list is awesome and I have many albums from those bands.

    @Kidhug

    Please forgive my ignorance, but I have never heard of some of those albums. Since I am always looking for new/old music to listen to, I will give some of those a try. Thanks.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by atomdreams Click here to enlarge

    @Kidhug

    Please forgive my ignorance, but I have never heard of some of those albums. Since I am always looking for new/old music to listen to, I will give some of those a try. Thanks.
    it's not ignorance.. it's lack of exposure... it ain't YOUR fault... and, truth be told, I haven't heard of several of your choices either...
    You may find some of those albums that I named a little less "rocky" than what you're used to, but I promise that time spent discovering them will not be wasted.
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    Great choices there guys,but where are....

    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

    Dio - Holy Diver

    Marillion - Script for a Jesters Tear

    Ozric Tentacles - Pungent Effulgent,and Erpsongs,which was there first cassette only release.

    Eat Static - Abduction

    Metallica - Kill 'Em All

    To name just a few.
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    they're on your list.. if we had already listed 'em all, you wouldn't have anything to list...Click here to enlarge
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    This is something that I'll need to put a bit of thought into. Just off the top of my head these would be amongst them

    Roxy Music - Roxy Music
    Queen - Queen
    Bad Company - Bad Company
    Descendents - Milo Goes To College
    The Distillers - The Distillers
    Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
    Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher

    I'm sure there's lots more, especially from the 70's so I'll have to scratch the grey cells
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    Don't mean to be a drag, but there is already a thread to this effect (I know I have pontificated on this before here). LOL. But hey, I dig the topic, so I'll play. Click here to enlarge

    First off, some responses to others' lists.

    @atomdreams, Now they're not my favorite groups, but I respect some of your choices, in particular The Cars, Bad Company, AND EVEN Foreigner, Boston and Van Halen. Those albums all made big splashes and had a lot of good tunes (and hits) on them. It's interesting, too, that they're all eponymous.


    @kidhugs, like @atomdreams, I'm not acquainted with all those albums and the affiliated groups; in particular, who did Desperate Character and Sharks? And I am sorry, but but a debut album from an artist who as the primary songwriter for a duo does not count, so ixnay on The Paul Simon Songbook. Click here to enlarge Kick Out the Jams -- as highly overrated as Nevermind the Bullocks.

    @Doc,

    You're 60's list is impeccable; they're all on my list as well. As for your later decades, let's just say our tastes differ down through the decades... Click here to enlarge BUT, I'll grant you Queen, AC/DC and your overlap with @atomdreams. As for The Pretenders, it is arguably the greatest debut album of all time IMHO. I've never understood all the hype over Never Mind the Bullocks. Highly overrated in my opinion, although I acknowledge it's seminality (yeah, I just made that word up).

    And shame on all you cats for not including any 50's artists.


    Ok, here's my list and feel free to shovel some rhetorical brown stuff back at me for my above comments, good people.

    50's:
    Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the Moonlight
    The Chirping Crickets
    Elvis Presley


    60's:

    @Doc's items, and @Kidhug's CSN and Please, Please Me as well as:

    The Velvet Undergroung and Nico
    It's a Beautiful Day
    The Grateful Dead
    Buffalo Springfield
    The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators
    Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (yeah, even without Grace Slick)
    The Great Society - Conspicuous Only in Its Absence (yeah, Grace Slick's first group)
    The Who - The Who Sings My Generation
    Simon and Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning, 3 am
    The Stooges
    Five Live Yardbirds
    Vanilla Fudge
    Moby Grape
    The Band - Music from Big Pink
    Them - Angry Young Them
    Love
    The Young Rascals
    The Animals


    70's:

    The Modern Lovers
    Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park
    Jefferson Starship - Blows Against the Universe
    Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
    Big Star - #1 Record
    Wire - 'Pink Flag'
    Television - Marquee Moon
    The Police - Outlandos d'Amour
    The Ramones
    Heart - Dreamboat Annie
    Devo - Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!


    80's:
    The Pretenders -- a contender for best debut album ever
    Roky Erikson & the Aliens
    The Neats
    The Fleshtones - Roman Gods
    REM - Murmur
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
    The Stone Roses
    X - Los Angeles
    The Gun Club - The Fire of Love
    Run DMC
    Violent Femmes
    N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
    My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
    The Dream Syndicate - Days of Wine and Roses
    The Sugar Cubes - Life's Too Good


    The 90's:
    DJ Shadow - Entroducing -- evidently the first album completely made up of samples
    PJ Harvey - Dry
    Portishead - Dummy
    Elastica
    Tricky - Maxinquaye
    Ruby - Salt Peter

    and then it seems things just peter out after that... Click here to enlarge
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    Queen - Queen

    AC/DC - High Voltage

    Van Halen - Van Halen

    Asia - Asia

    Bad Manners - Ska 'N' B

    Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In

    The Housemartins - London 0 Hull 4

    Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

    The Wonderstuff - Hup

    Skid Row - Row

    Living Colour - Vivid

    Kingdom Come - Kingdom Come

    Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees

    Annihilator - Alice in Hell

    Danger Danger - Danger, Danger

    Trixter - Trixter

    Alias - Alias

    Thunder - Backstreet Symphony

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    "Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction"

    Their first will always be their best. Had to retire the videos from MTV's countdown because they kept hitting the hotspot everyday.

    Still hum the tunes in my head.
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    These are the albums I consider to be great debut albums, that I own.
    There's certainly a lot more. These are the ones I can recall at the moment.

    Pink Floyd - Piper At the Gates of Dawn 1967
    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico 1967
    Family - Music in a Doll's House 1968
    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 1969
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 1969
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath 1970
    Neu! - Neu! 1972
    Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells 1973
    Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks 1977
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures 1979
    Asia - Asia 1982
    R.E.M. – Murmur 1983
    Kate Bush – The Kick Inside 1985
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses 1989
    Pearl Jam - Ten 1991
    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists 1991
    Smashing Pumpkins – Gish 1991
    Tool - Undertow 1993
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe 1994
    Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album) 1994
    Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters 1995
    Arcade Fire - Funeral 2004

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    I love Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, ACDC etc, but since they are already mentioned I'll skip over them in my list.
    Buddy Holly "The Chirping Crickets",
    Elvis Presley "Elvis Presley"
    Cliff Richard "Cliff Sings"
    Rick Nelson "Ricky"
    Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony"
    The Seeds "The Seeds"
    The Small Faces "Small Faces"
    Janis Joplin "Big Brother and the Holding Company"
    Eric Burden and the Animals "House of the Rising Sun"
    Steppenwolf "Steppenwolf 1"
    Iron Butterfly "In A Gadda Da Vida" [Not sure this is their debut, but I never seen a previous album from them in the record store prior to 1969. For me this is their introduction.]
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by UseMe Click here to enlarge

    And I am sorry, but but a debut album from an artist who as the primary songwriter for a duo does not count, so ixnay on The Paul Simon Songbook. Click here to enlarge Kick Out the Jams -- as highly overrated as Nevermind the Bullocks.
    Paul Simon's "Songbook" was recorded and released before Simon was part of a duo. It was a UK release in 1965... and was his debut as Paul Simon.
    As for KOTJ.. it may well be overrated in YOUR opinion.. but check the thread title...
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    There are a couple some mentioned here that I overlooked and would definitely add to my list.

    - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
    - Dio - Holy Diver
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    Ignoring the ones already listed then here is my selection. Genre is kinda obvious to be fair once you see the list. ...

    Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
    Megadeth - Killing is My Business… and Business Is Good!
    Motorhead - Motorhead
    Slipknot - Slipknot
    Testament - The Legacy
    Slayer - Show No Mercy
    Opeth - Orchid



    I used to adore Black Metal but my tastes has gotten to the point of not caring for it at all but I have to list this album as being highly influential at the time of my life...

    Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by atomdreams Click here to enlarge
    - Dio - The Last in Line
    Not a debut album /cough

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    Eagle..... One of These Nights
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    ELO... Eldorado
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    Supertramp... Breakfast in America
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    and finally......
    Elton John.... Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
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    Elton John... Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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    What are your favorite 'Debut' abums?

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    None of those are debut releases.

    And Breakfast in America is by 'Supertamp' not Peter Frampton.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by -El- Click here to enlarge

    Not a debut album /cough
    oops...meant to write Holy Diver.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Supertaff Click here to enlarge
    What are your favorite 'Debut' abums?

    kbsfx
    None of those are debut releases.

    And Breakfast in America is by 'Supertamp' not Peter Frampton.

    ST


    LOL Yeah, I was logged-in in the early hours of this morning, when kbsfx posted that,
    and he'd lost me on that completely, but I wasn't goin to say anything. I thought maybe
    I was so tired I was hallucinating!


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    heres my top 10 off the top of my head.........

    hipsway-hipsway (Glasgow band)
    ian dury-new boots and panties
    dire straits-dire straits
    sex pistols-never mind
    eagles-eagles
    the stranglers-rattus norvegicus
    the jam-in the city
    blondie-blondie
    tom robinson band-power in the darkness
    queen-queen

    floating outside the top 10
    oasis-definitely maybe
    deacon blue-raintown
    phil Collins-face value
    the police-outlandos d'amour
    simple minds-life in a day
    mike oldfield-tubular bells

    I still play each and every one of these albums on a regular basis
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by UseMe Click here to enlarge
    @Doc,

    You're 60's list is impeccable; they're all on my list as well. As for your later decades, let's just say our tastes differ down through the decades... Click here to enlarge BUT, I'll grant you Queen, AC/DC and your overlap with @atomdreams. As for The Pretenders, it is arguably the greatest debut album of all time IMHO.

    And shame on all you cats for not including any 50's artists.



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    I know the 60's had a lot more to offer than just those debuts, but it is also what I consider to be
    a favorite debut, and there were other debuts that in my opinion, though good - weren't good enough.

    Like Atomdreams said:

    ...five songs or more that I want to listen to over and over...
    Which to me is being fair. Anything less than that isn't quite so memorable, and so not worthy of a
    mention as an actual favorite of mine. Though I do understand how someone else's opinions, and
    tastes might elevate those same albums that didn't make my own personal list, to theirs. Which I
    don't have a problem with, variety being the spice of life.

    With the The Beatles, The Stones, and The Who for example - I certainly don't see their debuts as
    being among my favs. They're all great artists, and among my favorite artists ever, but in my opinion
    they would all make their better albums years after their debuts, but that's only my opinion, and while
    I don't see those particular albums as making my list, those albums still had some really good songs.

    As for the 50's...it's too early for me. To be a fan of complete albums from that era that is. I've always
    known the music, as I grew up in a house with parents who played their generations songs often.
    I do like some of the 50's music, and over the past several years as I have spent a lot of time putting together
    a good MP3 collection, I've created a folder for the 50's decade in that MP3 collection, and spent many,
    many hours going through all my parents 50's vinyl, and CD's listening, and making sure that every song
    I heard growing up, and liked - that I get those songs, but there are also many songs I don't like from
    that era. So "NO" to any albums from the 50's for me. I just like particular singles from that era. Which
    given my age shouldn't be a surprise anyway. Many from my generation didn't even like the 50's at all.
    I never knew anyone who did.

    Yes, The Pretenders is certainly one of the best ever debuts in my opinion as well. Click here to enlarge

    There isn't a single dud on the whole album - A masterpiece. I recall when 'Brass in Pocket' was released
    in the UK in 1979 - it was everywhere on the radio. Then in 1980, when my family moved to the U.S. it seemed
    the song followed us across the channel as it was breaking the band here in the U.S. in the summer of '80.

    Can you believe that as big as that song was for the band in their career - it was the third single off of their
    debut! Third! ('Stop Your Sobbing', and 'Kid' being the first, and second singles from their debut).

    Kid is right up there with Brass in Pocket as my fav Pretenders song.

    Though I must also confess my undying love to 'Space Invader'...ahhh yes, Space Invader's...my very
    first obsession. God, I must have begged, borrowed, and stolen hundreds of coins to feed my adolescent
    addiction...1979 / 1980 was really the dawn of the coming video game apocalypse, and the instrumental
    from The Pretenders hardly sounds dated, but as more of a warning of the revolution!


    heh - Can you believe that Musician / Producer Nick Lowe chose to produce The Pretenders first single,
    Stop Your Sobbing, but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band was "Not Going Anywhere"!

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    Just a few.

    Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley - 1956
    Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the Moonlight - 1959
    The Rolling Stones - England's Newest Hit Makers - 1964
    Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced? - 1967
    Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - 1976
    The Clash - The Clash - 1977
    U2 - Boy - 1980
    Pretenders - Pretenders - 1980
    Living Colour - Vivid - 1988
    Smashing Pumpkins – Gish - 1991
    PJ Harvey - Dry - 1992
    Bjork - Debut - 1993 (Yes she put a solo record as a kid in Iceland but that doesn't count because she really didn't have too much artistic control with that album)
    Thank you. As you all know, you just can't
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    Though I must also confess my undying love to 'Space Invader'...ahhh yes, Space Invader's...my very
    first obsession. God, I must have begged, borrowed, and stolen hundreds of coins to feed my adolescent
    addiction...1979 / 1980 was really the dawn of the coming video game apocalypse, and the instrumental
    from The Pretenders hardly sounds dated, but as more of a warning of the revolution!
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    First of all I have to agree 100% with kidhugs on the Paul Simon Songbook. Still my favourite Simon album by a long way.

    A lot of my choices have already featured, so here is a mixed bag of things that haven't

    Kris Kristofferson - Kristofferson (Later renamed Me And Bobby McGee)
    Tyketto - Don't Come Easy
    Whitesnake - Snakebite
    John Kilzer - Memory In The Making
    Vaya Con Dios - Vaya Con Dios
    The Quireboys - A Bit Of What You Fancy (known as The London Quireboys in US)
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