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Best debut album ever?

Discussion in 'music' started by Woodface, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Yes, was aware of this
  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I stand by' Can't buy a thrill', why would I say otherwise?
  3. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Keep Music Vile

    Sadly, the answer is obvious, it’s ‘Are you Experienced’. That must have sounded like a transmission from another dimension in 1967.
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  4. stefane

    stefane pfm Member

    For me, it looks something like that:

    01) Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
    02) The Band – Music from Big Pink
    03) Mike Hurley – First Songs
    04) Uncle Tupelo – No Depression
    05) Curtis Mayfield – Curtis
    06) Jackson C. Frank – Jackson C. Frank
    07) Guy Clark – Old No. 1
    08) Dr. John – Gris-Gris
    09) Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
    10) Gillian Welch – Revival
    11) Jeff Buckley – Grace
    12) David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name
    13) Gram Parsons – GP
    14) The Dream Syndicate – The Days of Wine and Roses
    15) Cowboy Junkies – Whites Off Earth Now!!
    16) James Luther Dickinson – Dixie Fried
    17) Country Joe & The Fish – Electric Music for the Mind and Body
    18) The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
    19) Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones
    20) Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
    21) The Gun Club – Fire of Love
    22) Townes Van Zandt – For the Sake of the Song
    23) John Prine – John Prine
    24) Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield
    25) Son Volt – Trace
    26) Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy
    27) Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Safe as Milk
    28) The Allman Brothers Band – The Allman Brothers Band
    29) Palace Brothers – There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You
    30) Liz Green – O, Devotion!
    31) New Riders of the Purple Sage – New Riders of the Purple Sage
    32) Terry Callier – The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier
    33) Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney
    34) The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
    35) Tav Falco's Panther Burns – Behind the Magnolia Curtain
    36) Thin White Rope – Exploring the Axis
    37) Kris Kristofferson – Kristofferson
    38) Big Star – #1 Record
    39) Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
    40) Television – Marquee Moon
    41) Jackie Leven – The Mystery of Love Is Greater Than the Mystery of Death
    42) Congregation – Congregation
    43) Hazeldine – How Bees Fly
    44) Tindersticks – Tindersticks [First Album]
    45) Bert Jansch – Bert Jansch
    46) Tim Hardin – Tim Hardin 1
    47) Laura Marling – Alas I Cannot Swim
    48) Lloyd Cole and The Commotions – Rattlesnakes
    49) Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
    50) Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
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  5. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    I’d have to add Bellybutton by Jellyfish to the list.
  6. nobeone

    nobeone pfm Member

    Fantastic live too, though I couldn't get on with the follow up queen inspired album ...
  7. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    There's a further interesting point to raise in terms of debut v first solo record. Van Morrison was a successful singer in in Them before his solo records so is the first Them record his debut?

    If not, then Lennon's Plastic Ono Band record would become a contender ( I'm not a Lennon fan but this record crops up in quite a few top 10 of all time lists) or David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees - one of the best first solo records I know.

    So, is a debut a first recording by an artist either solo or as a member of an identifiable band? I tend to see it as the former - someone's first appearance on a recording as anything other than a bit part player whoever they are with.

    Looking through Stefane's list above there a real mix of the two - Sandy Denny, Curtis Mayfield and Gram Parsons, for example 9 3 long term favourites), were all established artists by the time they went solo.

    Last edited: Apr 8, 2019
  8. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Other than Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures you'd be right :D
  9. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    I remember quite a bit of the sixties ( can't remember last week sadly :( ) and it strikes me that a great deal of what was released sounded like a transmission from another dimension. We were lucky to be hearing so much for the very first time; even those cheeky popsters the Beatles sounded mind blowing with tracks like Tomorrow Never Knows. So did Floyd, The Moody Blues, The Velvets, a lot of the West Coast sound, The Silver Apples, Terry Riley...... the list is very very long.
    The stuff that we heard for the very first time back then has now been recycled so much by every band that followed that we forget, maybe , quite how radical so much did sound when hearing it for the very first time.
    But I do grant that Hendrix was way up the list in WTF factor.
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  10. neildalton

    neildalton pfm Member

    Some things I’ve never tried, so thanks.

    The definitive of ‘debut’ has acquired an elastic meaning across the thread. In that spirit, I’d add:

    Frank Sinatra, In the Wee Small Hours;
    Roland Kirk, Introducing; and
    Brian Eno, Here Come the Warm Jets.
  11. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Just saw this thread and immediately my mind went 'Kate Bush - The Kick Inside'. But I see I am hardely alone in that thought.

    A second thought was Emerson Lake & Palmer first album. I know they kind of had history from King Crimson and the Nice but still the ELP schtick was something new. Still one of my favorites of all time.

    Led Zep 1 was ground breaking too.
  12. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I don’t think we’ve had the first Stooges album yet, which is surprising. It should certainly have been on my list. I missed the first Black Sabbath album and ITCOTCK off too.
  13. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Yes we did, way back in post 7, though admittedly that was part of a list rather than a single nomination. I don't remember noticing The New York Dolls debut anywhere though.
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  14. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I am of the opinion that a 'debut' should be the first time the artist has been heard. This disqualifies a lot of what's been put forward but I think it is a justifiable position.
  15. Devonian

    Devonian Pursuing my ultimate musical orgasm

    Perhaps Pablo Honey should get a mention? If ever a rock album was ever going to prove to be "ground-breaking", this surely has to be at or near the top.
  16. Sich

    Sich pfm Member

    Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex
    Here come the warm Jets - Eno
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’m not convinced. Radiohead are one of those bands that took a few albums to find their feet and I’d argue that it wasn’t until Kid A that they really arrived! Pablo Honey is a bit too generic grunge to my mind, I’ve never really connected with it. The Flaming Lips are similar, lots of albums before they really knocked the ball out if the park with The Soft Bulletin and then Yoshimi.

    PS I’d argue Eno peaked a lot later too with Music For Airports, Apollo etc. That is when he really found his ‘thing’.
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  18. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    The ones that immediately spring to mind have all been mentioned already

    Joy Division
    Massive Attack
    Arctic Monkeys
  19. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    I mentioned it back at post #7

    along with the Stooges first album...
  20. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    I thought it was obvious the OP was asking for opinion. You may just be taking life too seriously.
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