Bands that had a great second album. We all know the obvious ones Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Beatles. What are your votes for great second albums. Some of mine are: Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere Elvis Costello - This Years Model Allman Brothers Band - 'Idlewild South' Badfinger - No Dice
Some great nominations, particularly The Band (big surprise ;-), Neil Young, and Procol Harum. I’ll add Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’, Buffalo Springfield’s Again, The Byrds’ Turn! Turn! Turn!, Juliana Raye’s Something Peculiar (great album produced by Jeff Lynne), The Traveling Wilbury’s Vol.3, Dave Edmunds’ Subtle As A Flying Mallet, Nick Lowe’s Labour Of Lust, Jellyfish’s Spilt Milk, The Dwight Twilley Band’s Twilley Don’t Mind (not as good as their incredible debut Sincerely, but that was awfully hard to match), Iris Dement’s wonderful My Life, Los Lobos’ How Will The Wolf Survive? (second English-language album), Jackson Browne’s For Everyman, David Lindley’s Win This Record!, The Sons Of Champlin’s (about the only real good Hippie band) The Sons, The Yardbirds’ Having A Rave Up With (ignoring the semi-released live album---as a debut?!), Buddy Miller’s Poison Love, plenty of others.
Tough to put out a better second album than Radiohead's "The Bends". Perhaps Nirvana's "Nevermind" is the right there with it. In the jazz world I often prefer a bandleader's second album such as Ornette Coleman's "Change of the Century". You can see these guys' confidence building after a successful debut is under their belt and they real start pushing it, in a good way.
I may be wrong, but isn't Steely Dan's second LP COUNTDOWN....? Many great choices here. Strange Days (already said) was the first that came to my mind. How about counting the Buckingham/Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac as a new one, and submitting Rumors, which came after their S/T LP.. (-:
Al, I went on to Amazon to check out the Projections disc. I liked it and ordered it. If you aren't already familiar with it, may I suggest Seatrain. I prefer the self-titled disc to Marblehead Messenger. Andy Kulberg was a member of that band as well. Really great songs.
i agree with Dylan-The Freewheelin; Springsteen-The Wild,The Innocent; Steely Dan-Countdown to Ecstasy; Elvis Costello-This Year's Girl; Led Zeppelin-II; Neil Young-Everyone Knows; Jackson Browne-For Everyman; and the Band's S/T album. I'd add Joni Mitchell- Clouds; Graham Parker-Heat Treatment; Steve Forbert-Jackrabbit Slim; James Taylor-Sweet Baby James, Warren Zevon-Excitable Boy; Simon & Garfunkel-Sounds Of Silence; and U2-October.
Led Zep Aerosmith Grand Funk Lynyrd Eagles Elton Wayne Shorter Sade Dwight Yoakam George Straight Lyle Lovett Don Henley Alice In Chains Allman Bros Bruce Springsteen Nirvana Dave Matthews Steely Dan Radiohead Emmylou Harris ZZ Top Clapton Guess Who Joe Cocker Live Nick Drake Rod Stewart Santana SRV Sting Van Halen
Sorry for the long list but to me these artist second albums were as good (or close) as their first (if not better)
Yes- Indeed, Fragile is great... But their second album Time and a Word is a strong album. I really like their their first four, with Close to the Edge next. I am always engaged by their first two, and Time and a Word early press LP sounds darned good. Agree on Joni: Clouds, but I feel it is sandwiched between two better albums.