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Thread: Perfect First Album?

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    Perfect First Album?

    went to the local pub tonite, had a band I hadn't seen before. they were quite good.
    last songs of the third set ...

    She Loves You
    Some Kinda' Wonderful
    You Shook Me
    Encore ... Sweet Home Alabama ... know that a lot of guys here have endless criticism for it, but forty years later it still "Kicks ****in' A$$" ... kudos to Ronnie Van Zant and Ed King.

    They played some other stuff which made me start to think about first albums ... for me the perfect first albums in the rock idiom are as follows, in no particular order.

    Are You Experienced (UK version)
    Van Halen
    Texas Flood
    Please, Please Me (In the US), in Canada it was called something else that I can't remember and had 16 songs instead of 14. This album was released with different names and content in every country ... still the best ... it's the Beatles.

    don't know how you could make them any better.
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    Totally agree with what ya got so far.
    I'll go with some more modern.

    -GnR - Appetite For Destruction
    -Pearl Jam - Ten
    -NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
    -Rage Against The Machine - self titled
    -Metallica - Kill Em All ...not their best album, but I do love it, perfect intro for a new era of metal.

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    Boston _Boston_ comes to mind.
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    Boston was my first thought also.

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    I'm not saying this album is at the same status as those listed above, but I've always thought the Killers' "Hot Fuss" was a really great piece of work. Has a bit of indie/pop mixed in, but I love that disc from start to finish. As I do most of their stuff, but I rarely skip a track on that one.
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    Great idea for a thread. Congrats, WICP!

    Led Zeppelin I was a pretty good first album. The Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks". The first Montrose. Boston's already been mentioned, as has Stevie's "Texas Flood". And now that some time has passed, and we're not being beaten over the head with it everywhere we go, I've been listening to Adele's first album again. I think it stands up well.

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    I agree with all the above, I'll add some more on the metal side
    Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Oz
    Dio - Holy Diver
    Alice in Chains - Facelift

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    Quote Originally Posted by watelessness View Post
    Boston _Boston_ comes to mind.
    ^^^^^^ this ^^^^^
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    The Band - Music From Big Pink
    The Clash (UK Version)
    Television - Marquee Moon

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    Not a "rock" album, but Crowded House's first album is pure pop genius IMHO

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    Man, all great choices ...

    Appetite For Destruction ... Slash puts the Guitar back into Rock!!
    Music From Big Pink ... brings back a lot of very good memories for me.
    Never Mind The Bollocks ... what a great album, love the cover art, punk rock begins (arguably).

    Throw out one more ...

    My Aim Is True ... Elvis Costello is one of my all time favourites and "Alison" still one of my favourite songs. Dig the cover art of him trying to look like Buddy Holly. It's weird how a guy as skinny as him ends up to be quite a bit "fluffier" in later years.

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    I have some duplicates for reinforcement,

    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Led Zeppelin - 1
    The Doors - The Doors
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Appetite - G&R
    Jeff Buckley - Grace

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    Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978)

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    VH I. Queen's first album is awesome...Rush I is some great 70's rock.

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    Some great choices already mentioned. I'll add...

    Vintage Trouble - Bomb Shelter Sessions
    Jane Child - Jane Child
    Dethklok - Dethalbum
    Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
    Blues Brothers - Briefcase Full Of Blues
    Planet P Project - Planet P Project
    Queensryche - Queensryche (okay, it's really an EP, but it's awesome)

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    WishICuldPlay--I totally agree with you. And I agree about Big Pink and Dire Straits too, but I've got one more to add to the list, from my high school days and my home town (San Francisco)--Quicksilver Messenger Service's first album. And The Sons Of Champlin's first, the double album, and Santana's first one--and Chicago Transit Authority's not too shabby either...

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    Trying not to duplicate as well...

    Bob Mould's (Husker Du) first solo album Workbook was same near perfect to me.

    I also thought Smashing Pumpkins' Gish ranks up there, lost interest in them after that though.

    Nothing's Shocking might count because I think the first Jane's release was an EP...
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    A couple already mentioned:

    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    RATM - Self-titled
    GnR - AFD

    I'll also chuck in:

    Faith No More - The Real Thing (OK not their first album, but the first with Mike Patton, whom everyone identifies that band with)
    Stone Temple Pilots - Core
    Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want To Grooove
    Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    Not a "rock" album, but Crowded House's first album is pure pop genius IMHO
    I agree wholeheartedly.
    crowded house
    rolling stones
    the cars
    civil wars ( not rock, but fantastic)
    nils lofgren
    third eye blind
    pat benatar
    sex pistols
    dire straits

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    First album I ever bought was "Meet the Beatles." It was on 33rpm vinyl, and was monaural (not stereo). Not bad for a band's first, (and yes, there is dirt in my yard younger than me).
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