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    Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
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      It was mentioned earlier, but Dire Straits' debut absolutely blew me away. Steely Dan's "Can't Buy a Thrill" was a pretty strong debut as well. Carole King's "Tapestry" is still a classic.


        The Doors
        REM - Murmur
        The Smiths
        Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
        Talking Heads - '77


          Neil Young


            Originally posted by Apesbrain View Post
            Marshall Crenshaw
            Los Angeles - X
            Chicago Transit Authority
            The Marshall Tucker Band
            Jackson Browne
            Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek And The Dominoes
            Blind Faith
            Murmur - R.E.M.
            77 - Talking Heads
            Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
            Horses - Patti Smith
            Boston's self-titled debut album is certainly worthy of that mention, even though it's a tad pop-ish for my taste. I don't think there's ever been another debut album on which every single song was of such high quality in both songwriting and musicianship, making it, in effect, a greatest hits' album. Chicago Transit Authority was similarly well-endowed, but contained a little too much filler as a double album. And of course, Hendrix's Are You Experienced belongs on any such list.

            One I'll add is Santana (I), which not only had great music, but included what is still regarded as one of the best album cover artworks ever created.

            And another debut album that ranks right up there in both music and cover art is In The Court Of The Crimson King.


              Originally posted by garym View Post
              I thought about Layla and Blind Faith too, but wasn't sure it was "fair" to name a first album that was an ONLY album (other than live albums). ;-) But with this precedence, I'd add:

              Stephen Still's Manassas (treating this as a band, which it really was, not simply a solo album).

              and regarding really good second albums, I'd note Jackson Browne's 2nd album, "For Everyman"
              Actually, I think Layla isn't eligible for this thread because none of the musicians were "new". It's an Eric Clapton band with a different name; made especially fine by the addition of Duane Allman to many of the tracks, who was actively recording with the Allman Brothers.

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                True. And somewhat an extention of delany & Bonnie & friends.

                And same issue for blind faith.
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                  Not forgetting..

                  The Stone Roses
                  The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus
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                    Warren Zevon's self-titled disc from 1976 (technically not a debut, because he released an album in 1969, but for all intents and purposes the 1976 LP is a debut, so don't bug me man! :-). Chock-full of astonishing tracks.

                    Tonio K, "Life in the Foodchain" - in the words of rock critic Steve Simels, "twice as angry as Elvis Costello and about six times funnier."

                    The White Stripes self-titled debut CD - an emphatic statement that the garage was BACK!


                      Originally posted by kmr View Post
                      Warren Zevon's self-titled disc from 1976 (technically not a debut, because he released an album in 1969, but for all intents and purposes the 1976 LP is a debut, so don't bug me man! :-). Chock-full of astonishing tracks.
                      Agree about Zevon's debut album (and agree that the '69 album doesn't really count), with one stellar track after another. Warren's songs were great, but it also got a big boost from the guests who contributed. Having folks like Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Phil Everly, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne and David Lindley (among others) help out on your debut album is not a bad way to get a recording career started!


                        Give a spin to Bonnie Raitt's first two albums:

                        Bonnie Raitt - self titled first album

                        Her second - Give It Up

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                          Terence Trent D'Arby's 'Introducing the hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby''.
                          A real kicker of a debut album.
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                            Best Debut Album

                            >What is your favorite first or debut album by a band.

                            A few come to mind:

                            Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
                            Portishead - Dummy
                            Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
                            Blackfield - Blackfield


                              A couple more nominations:

                              Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club. Great songs, great backing band, great production. Who knew that "Texas" rhymes with "suspected"?

                              Traffic - Dear M. Fantasy. Because I was a kid and there were sitars and a Hammond B-3. What else could you ask for?
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                                James McMurtry to long in the wasteland . Is a solid debut album. Interesting artist that does not always live up to his potential mostly boring on the later albums.

                                Thats a subject for a tread of it's own artist where you have to filter out most of the stuff to find the good ones ?
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