Bands that peaked with their first album

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  1. NorCal_Val

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    Uhhhhh...
    no.
    Totally disagree with you on this one.
     
  2. sondich

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    I've always felt that early in their careers, bands are hungry for success and it comes across in their recordings. There's an aggression & excitement in their early recordings that tends to dissipate at some point after they hit, usually sooner rather than later.

    I feel that way about GnR - after AFD, Van Halen - after 1984, Kid Rock - after DWAC.

    It's more than just maturing as an artist. David Bowie, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent have all had long careers without losing that fire, IMO.
     
  3. bahklava

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    Didn't Mother Love Bone only do one album? (Unless it's an oblique dig at Pearl Jam!)
     
  4. Lolaviola

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    Pink Floyd
    ...but thats not really fair is it?
     
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    Jet - Get Born
    The Bravery - The Bravery
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
     
  6. tsar nicholas

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    ^ I agree with this. Much hipper LP
     
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    Pretenders.

    The first album is an absolute classic. Nothing afterward matched it, although the next couple were very good.
     
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    Smashing Pumpkins

    My favorite is Gish. I love the raw guitar sounds over the ultra layered later stuff. Altho I like some of the later stuff too.
     
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    Agree- PF was the first band i thought of.
     
  10. Stratoben127

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    Synyrd's first album was the best. Not saying they peaked then, but no studio album they did compared to it although their live album (One for The Road?) is great. They did get better live with time though.
     
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    Counting Crows, Captain Beyond and The Jeff Beck group (the line up with Wood and Stewart). Truth was killer, while Beck-Ola, so so.
     
  12. Sparky6string

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    Wow I was not aware- thanks. I think the reason first albums can be so good then a fall off can occur is because people and bands have their whole lives to prepare for their first album but considerably less time to prepare the next.
     
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    There is no way Iron Maiden peaked on the first one when you have records like Killers, Number Of The Beast, Piece of Mind, and Powerslave as followups.
     
  14. Impulse 101

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    This.
     
  15. Tuberattler

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    Head East

    Black Sabbath

    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    RUSH
     
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    I'd go even farther and say they peaked on their first song on that first album.:D
     
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    I just knew someone was going to mention Rush and Pink Floyd.

    Among the majority of Rush fans, that first album is one of their least favorites. You'll often read "I like all their albums, except the first one". I like the album but it was my least favorite for a long time. But these days, I like it better than their last 4 studio albums.

    As for Pink Floyd, most casual fans that were raised on Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall wouldn't even recognize that first album as a Pink Floyd album.
     
  18. Impulse 101

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    If you think that Rush was better than Moving Pictures, then go listen to some Led Zepplin and admit that you really don't like Rush.
     
  19. guitarz1972

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    I'm going to require a detailed explanation of this one, citing specific examples. Single-spaced, please.
     
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    I agree personally on Pink Floyd, but I agree that it's not really fair. Post-Syd is a totally different band and I just love Syd!

    Agree with Pretenders and the Cars. Sex Pistols --kinda goes without saying. One could say that The Ramones first album set the blueprint and was never equaled, certainly never surpassed.
     

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