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Best Debut Album

post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 
I was thinking the other day about really killer debut albums. By that I don't mean any tiny tiny tiny locally released independent album. I'm talking about at least a semi-major label album that really blew you away.

For me, the best one is Van Halen's self-titled album. IMHO, it's also their best album.

Any other thoughts??
post #2 of 50
I know I'll get flamed by the high and mighty radiohead crowd, but I think "pablo honey" was a great debut album, and not because of "creep" there are alot of worthy tracks on that album that are often forgotten. "anyone can play guitar" comes to mind right off the top of my head.

not their best album though, still a great debut.
post #3 of 50
Debut albums by major groups which can be legitimately claimed as best or close to best work:

LED ZEPPLIN - Led Zepplin st
STONE ROSES - Stone Roses st
WASP - WASP st
GUNS n ROSES - Appetite for Destruction
RATT - Out of the Cellar
OASIS - Definitely Maybe
RIDE - Nowhere
U2 - Boy (I will get flamed but this is their best)
BOSTON - Boston st
PAT BENATAR - Heat of the Night
CARS - Cars st
KING CRIMSON - Court of the Crimson King

Many more but must run now...............
post #4 of 50
Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut album definitely.
post #5 of 50
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by DarkAngel
Debut albums by major groups which can be legitimately claimed as best or close to best work:

LED ZEPPLIN - Led Zepplin st
STONE ROSES - Stone Roses st
WASP - WASP st
GUNS n ROSES - Appetite for Destruction
RATT - Out of the Cellar
OASIS - Definitely Maybe
RIDE - Nowhere
U2 - Boy (I will get flamed but this is their best)
BOSTON - Boston st
PAT BENATAR - Heat of the Night
CARS - Cars st
KING CRIMSON - Court of the Crimson King

Many more but must run now...............
Stone Roses - another VERY good debut album. I probably would have put it on my list had I thought of it. Also their best album, but not by much. BTW - rumor has it that they will be reuniting in the very near future.

Ditto GNR - Another very good debut

Ditto Oasis - again, it might be their best (but it's close...)

BTW - I'm with you re) U2...I think it was their best work as well. Again, not by much.....

Cars is another good one...from the Van Halen era.

Wow...nice list!!!
post #6 of 50
Ok, I was in high school. This one came out in 1983.
Zebra's debut album titled Zebra. Three great players in the Rush/Zep mode.


I always liked the first Molly Hatchet disc as well.

My favorite is the Allman Brothers Band debut. This one contains Whipping Post, Dreams, It's Not My Cross to Bear and other great tunes. This one has always blown me away.
post #7 of 50
Add a couple more for lunchtime:

SEX PISTOLS - Nevermind the Bollocks
JOY DIVISION - Unknown Pleasures
CRANBERRIES - Everyone else is Doing it
DIO - Holy Diver
GARBAGE - Garbage st
LOVE & ROCKETS - 7th Dream of Teenage Heaven
MAZZY STAR - She Hangs Brightly
PRETENDERS - Pretenders st
REM - Murmur
post #8 of 50
Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
Beatles - Please Please Me
Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Led Zeppeilin 1
Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
Ramones - S/T
Run DMC - S/T
Sex Pistols - Never Mind
Tracey Chapman - S/T
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Velvet Underground & Nico
post #9 of 50
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by blessingx
Beatles - Please Please Me
Actually, I prefer the AMERICAN version, Meet the Beatles. I left it off of the list because I knew that there would be confusion re) which version. Shame on me....
post #10 of 50
Here are a few:

Mahavishnu Orchestra- Inner Mounting Flame
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Medeski Martin and Wood - Notes From the Underground
(Definately their best acoustic workIMHO)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Dream Theater - Images and Words

Also of the previously mentioned:
U2- Boy
Stone Roses- Stone Roses
REM - Murmur
Van Halen - Van Halen
GNR- Appetite for destruction
Ratt - Out of the cellar

And MAny MOOORE!!!!
post #11 of 50
Quote:
Originally posted by blessingx
Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
Beatles - Please Please Me
Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Led Zeppeilin 1
Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
Ramones - S/T
Run DMC - S/T
Sex Pistols - Never Mind
Tracey Chapman - S/T
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Velvet Underground & Nico
Yeah Blessingsx Nice List!

Beat me to the punch on a few. Musta posted as soon as I started typing ....
post #12 of 50
Here are a few:

Mahavishnu Orchestra- Inner Mounting Flame
Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Medeski Martin and Wood - Notes From the Underground
(Definately their best acoustic workIMHO)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Dream Theater - Images and Words

Also of the previously mentioned:
U2- Boy
Stone Roses- Stone Roses
REM - Murmur
Van Halen - Van Halen
GNR- Appetite for destruction
Ratt - Out of the cellar

And MAny MOOORE!!!!

Sorry about the copy post.. don't know what happened there...
post #13 of 50
  • Mike Oldfield -- Tubular Bells
  • Jean Michel Jarre -- Oxygene
  • Spiritualized -- Lazer Guided Melodies
  • Loreena McKennitt -- Elemental
  • Suzanne Vega -- Suzanne Vega (not that her latter stuff are not good, but this one is brillant: from the Laurie Anderson-like Cracking to the catchy Marlene on the Wall. The pseudo-archaic ballad The Queen and the Soldier remains a personal favorite.)
  • Tracy Chapman -- Tracy Chapman (I'm not very keen on her latter stuff)
  • Marc Cohn -- Marc Cohn (I think his second album is as good as, if not better, than his debut; but this one has Walking in Memphis and has won more critical acclaim.)


Second DarkAngel's opinion about the Cranberries -- their first one has a natual, spontaneous feel that is sorely lacking afterwards.
post #14 of 50
sublime - 40 oz. to freedom (their best, arguably)

misfits - static age ep (i believe this is their first recorded works, but i could be wrong. either way, it's my favorite stuff by them from the box set i have.)

nirvana - bleach (/me shrugs.. i know at least i like this album heh)

tori amos - little earthquakes (not my favorite, but is a classic for any fan and in my opinion, is some of the best songwriting to come out of the 1990's.)

tenacious d - self-titled (the first and only album so far, and i don't see how they could ever come close to making another this good.)

tom waits - closing time (carlo knows what's up.)
post #15 of 50
Steely Dan: Can't Buy a Thrill (1972)
Boston: Boston (1976)
Aerosmith: Aerosmith (1973)
Seawind: Seawind (1976)
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I (1969)
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