Best first album ever

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  1. Dave Wakely

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    Glad to see The Pretenders and Steely Dan here, but especially Portishead - a musical gamechanger. I'd add Suede to the list, and probably Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson.
     
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    Lots of great debut albums. I think it was Elvis Costello who said, "You have your whole life to write that first album. You have 6 months to write the follow-up."
     
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    For me, at the time, great album and kind of retro breath of fresh air...

    Marshall Crenshaw
     
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    This thread is hilarious!
    "Best First Album Ever"

    NOT.
    :rotflmao

    Some here are posting their favorite FIRST album they ever heard, not that band's debut album.
    WTF?
     
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    The Beatles.
     
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    Panorama has my favorite song they ever did, "Touch And Go." Elliot Easton's solo is one of the most creative and beautifully-phrased solos by any lead guitarist, ever.

    Everyone should learn that one n4n.
    :dude
     
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    Taj Mahal- 1968

    Leaving Trunk, Diving Duck Blues,
     
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    Tongue>cheek

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    Led Zeppelin
    Pretenders
    English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It
     
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    You all have the classics covered... I enjoy listening to Maroon 5's first album.
     
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    Lots of great ones mentioned already.

    Radiohead - The Bends
    their best album IMOP.
     
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    I have a couple responses depending on the criteria.

    If the criteria "best" means most influential/groundbreaking:

    The Beatles - Please Please Me/Meet the Beatles (depending on UK/US versions and even that is a bit murky). Changed the game permanently.
    The Clash - The Clash. Yeah I know some will say Sex Pistols but I really think the blueprint was The Clash due to better musicianship, better songwriting, all the fury and none of the hype.
    Nirvana - Nevermind. Like the other two it changed the landscape. I'm actually not that crazy about the album, I preferred Pearl Jam in that genre, but the record tilted the musical universe so I have to include it.

    If the criteria "best" means my favorites (which at least changed the game for me):

    R.E.M. - Murmur. In a world of synth pop and the second British invasion R.E.M. came out of the gate with a murky, quirky, melodic, amazing produced set of songs that I believe hold up today as well as anything I can recall. Hugely influential to me personally, and as a guitar player (I still gravitate toward picked/appegiated chords as my base style). Thanks to Mitch Easter and Don Dixon the production and arrangements were beyond what you'd expect from a young band, but they never produced away the vitality and energy of the band. It was a perfect combination.

    Los Lobos - Will the Wolf Survive? Still the most underappreciated band in America with a deep catalog and legacy of innovation and blending influences in a way that allows you to hear them without beating you over the head with them. As compared to R.E.M. Los Lobos were seasoned musicians when they finally released a mainstream album (I'm discounting Just Another Band as it was not original material). Their blend of different styles into a truly unique but accessible soup of latin, country, cajun, blues and rock was special then and still is today.
     
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    Meet the Beatles, of course!
     
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    For "Plush" alone.
     
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    A lot of great choices, but I contend that Weezer's 1st 2 albums did not contain a single bad song.

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find a good song on any of their albums after (though I admittedly gave up after about album 5 or 6... whichever was the one with Beverly Hills).
     
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    Meet The Beatles. The version we heard 1st in America.
    CSN. It don't get much better than that, and didn't.
     
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    Yes, lots of great ones. I'll add -

    Mother Love Bone - Shine was an EP and Apple was the full length. You pick..both great.
    Blind Melon
    Chris Whitley - Living With The Law
    Son Volt - Trace
    Gram Parsons - GP
    Keef - Talk Is Cheap
     
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