The Greatest Debut Albums In Rock Music History?

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  1. Brian Bunn

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    I know there are some obvious choices here...The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, etc. But here are a few that I think rank right up there among the best debut albums in rock music history:

    The Cars (1978)...Man, what a way to come out of the gate! With a sound all there own, catchy pop tunes, quirky melodies...a post-punk, new wave, power pop treasure chest of sounds. One of my all time favorite albums. The first three songs here are among the best pop tunes ever written.

    Dire Straits (1978)...Same year, different sound altogether, Dire Straits debuted with probably the best album they ever made. With the classic rock anthem "Sultans of Swing" leading the way, this album has been among my Top 10 albums for the last 24 years. Filled with guitar-driven, blues-based tunes, with one of the better rhythm sections of all time (John Illsley on bass and Pick Withers on drums), and Mark Knopfler's virtuoso guitar work, this album has stood the test of time with flying colors. In my mind maybe THE best debut album in rock history.

    Boston (1976)...As a kid in Junior High at the time this album came out I was blown away by the sonic landscape this album produced. With soaring guitars and vocals...Tom Scholz and band engineered one of the best sounding albums in rock history. A lot of effort was put into this album to get the sound just right, and the end result was a sonic marvel the likes of which had not been heard before. The heavy melodic sounds would be reproduced by other bands in the years following, but Boston, the album, was in a place all its own.

    What are some of your greatest ever debut albums in rock history?

    NP: Dire Straits - Communique
     
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    Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?

    KISS - KISS

    Pearl Jam - Ten

    Pantera - Cowboys From Hell

    Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True

    Danzig - Danzig

    NP: Shakira - Whenever, Wherever
     
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    Appetite for Destruction was a great debut... too bad it was all down hill after that.
     
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    The Doors

    Jimi Hendrix

    Led Zeppelin
     
  7. Philip Hamm

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    Neato Thread. Some contenders:
    Led Zeppelin
    DEVO: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO
    Marshall Crenshaw
    Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!
    The Clash
    Barenaked Ladies: Gordon
    Rage Against The Machine
    Beastie Boys: License To Ill
    Talking Heads: 77
     
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    Few of my favorites had GREAT debut albums, but I'd nominate Big Country's The Crossing. Not their best album, but probably the best DEBUT I've heard - at least off the top of my head...
     
  10. Brian Bunn

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    Ah man, how could I have forgotten Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!? One of my all time favs as well. And I just purchased the remastered version last week! Definitely one of the better debuts. As well as Marshall Crenshaw. Good call Philip!

    Others that come to mind:

    The Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978)

    REM - Murmur (1983)

    And more recently, his debut AND final album proper:

    Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)
     
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    I'm pretty biased (see my sig) but Counting Crows: August and Everything After is one hell of a debut disc...
    JQ
     
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    James,

    Actually, I don't think you can consider Cowboys From Hell to be Pantera's debut album. Before that, they were kind of glam-ish and released a couple of albums before they re-stylized themselves as a hardcore metal act.

    Off the top of my head, the most powerful debut album is King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King. Not only is it musically stunning, but it would remain the most commercially successful album in their career, and they weren't able to surpass it artistically until Fripp took control of the band and re-formed around a new lineup and sound.

    Some legendary debuts by metal bands:

    Metallica- Kill 'Em All

    Megadeth- Killing Is My Business... And the Business Is Good

    Black Sabbath, self titled

    Iron Maiden, self titled

    The Flower Kings' first album under that band name, Back In the World of Adventures, is still my favorite of theirs. Highly recommended for fans of melodic and positive pop/rock music.

    Other great debuts:

    King's X- Out of the Silent Planet

    Warren Zevon, self titled

    Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention- Freak Out!

    Joni Mitchell- Songs to a Seagull

    Peter Gabriel, self titled

    AC/DC- High Voltage

    Led Zeppelin, self titled

    Stevie Ray Vaughan- Texas Flood

    Marillion- Script For A Jester's Tear

    Pearljam- Ten

    Alice In Chains- Facelift

    Anekdoten- Vemod

    Santana, self titled

    Jimi Hendrix Experience- Are You Experienced?

    Guns 'N' Roses- Appetite For Destruction

    Black Crowes- Shake Your Money Maker

    Paul Simon, self-titled
     
  13. Brian Bunn

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    Thought of another one:

    The Knack - Get The Knack (1979)

    NP: Baseball Tonight!
     
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    Mike,
    I hear you on the Pantera debut, but I would consider "Cowboys From Hell" a debut in the same vein as Fleetwood Mac's self-titled album to be FL's debut.
    Of course, to be sure, "Power Metal" would be their debut, in that strict sense. But then Pantera wouldn't make it to my list. [​IMG]
    "Cowboys From Hell" is their debut. All those that came before were demo-ish, non-professional recordings, anyway.
    Good point though. [​IMG]
    But, if we are being technical - SRV's "Texas Flood" while a kick-ass album, and deserving of mention as a kick-ass debut, is not rock. [​IMG]
     
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    Several have listed these:
    • *The Doors
      *Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
      *Led Zeppelin
    Let me add:
    *The Allman Brothers Band
    Oh yeah! [​IMG]
     
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    Another vote for Jeff Buckley - "Grace" . I think it was Ben Harper who said that Jeff managed to create what should have been his fourth album or so right off the bat.
     
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    Many that I would pick have already been mentioned
    Zep
    Boston
    Dire Straits
    Rage Against...
    Beasties
    Pearl Jam
    AiC
    Hendrix
    Cars
    GnR
    A more modern one...Weezer (blue)
    And Tool - Undertow
    and not quite as popular but in my list of favs
    Toadies - Rubberneck if only they had lived up to that potential start
    So many of these end up being the band's best album, and the rest remain almost as good as their best.
     
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    Many of the above, plus:
    Tonio K.-Life in the Foodchain
     
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    Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!

    Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill

    Devo - Q: Are We Not Men?

    Peter Gabriel

    The Police - Outlandos D'Amour

    The Who - My Generation

    Fiona Apple - Tidal

    Asia

    Phil Collins - Face Value

    I would also like to add that while I find In the Court of the Crimson King to be a dull, dull album, it had a huge effect on their contemporaries in Yes and especially Genesis, who often refer to it as a major influence on their musical formation.

    NP: Super Transatlantic - Shuttlecock
     
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