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    Best Debut Album

    What is your favorite first or debut album by a band (any genre).

    I think my favorite is The Cars by the Cars which was recorded in just 2 weeks in London. Last track "All Mixed Up" in particular is an excellent track written by the late Benjamin Orr (Bassist)
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    Rickie Lee Jones

    Just one ? , there are many great debuts if one search, but this was the first I thougth off.
    James McMurtry Too Long in the Wasteland was also on my mind.
    Joe Jackson Look sharp...
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      #3
      A couple of debut albums that I think are fantastic:

      Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
      Tanita Tikaram - Ancient Heart

      Each album is filled with single-worthy tracks. In both cases they have not quite managed to live up to their first release since then.

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        #4
        Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
        Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
        John Prine - John Prine
        Jeff Buckley - Grace
        Dire Straits - Dire Straits


        How about a list of albums where the 'difficult' second album is better than the first....
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          #5
          Stevie Ray Vaughn - Texas Flood
          Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
          Guy Clark - Old No 1
          George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (OK, probably not fair as a "first" album")
          The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Guilded Palace of Sin
          Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield
          The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
          Steve Earle - Guitar Town
          The Band - Music from Big Pink
          Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin


          2nd Album unbelievably good:

          Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle
          The Band - The Band
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            #6
            Right on to Ricky Lee Jones!

            Although it's not fashionable (in some circles) to even like Norah Jones, I listened to her debut Come Away With Me incessantly -- before it became a hit, and then became elevator and shopping music. It's a great recording.

            And what about Feist's Let It Die? Technically, perhaps not a debut -- there was an earlier one five years before, but really it needs to be considered a debut. Again, just great.

            And the Beatles Please Please Me -- Love Me Do, I Saw Her Standing There, etc.

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              #7
              Originally posted by RonM View Post
              Right on to Ricky Lee sJones!
              Good one!
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                #8
                Many first albums are often the best, full of latent rawness and urban aggression, that seem to fade when the money comes rolling in.

                For me:

                Ramones - Ramones

                'nuf said.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Henry66 View Post
                  A couple of debut albums that I think are fantastic:

                  Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
                  Tanita Tikaram - Ancient Heart

                  Each album is filled with single-worthy tracks. In both cases they have not quite managed to live up to their first release since then.
                  Oops forgot that it was Tracy Chapmans debut a truly fantastic album, one of the best ever and possibly the best debut ever.
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                    #10
                    Marshall Crenshaw
                    Los Angeles - X
                    Chicago Transit Authority
                    Boston
                    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
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Apesbrain View Post
                      Marshall Crenshaw
                      Los Angeles - X
                      Chicago Transit Authority
                      Boston
                      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
                      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"
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                        #12
                        Agree with all of the above. I'd throw in Counting Crows - August and Everything After and Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill.
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                          #13
                          Ah. Good choices.
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                            #14
                            What NME thought -> here.

                            Hint: None of us have mentioned their top choice but it is a good one.
                            Another Hint: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine."

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                              #15
                              Ah yes. Patti smith. Just kids is a great read by the way.
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