Perfect Debute Albums

Which DEBUTE albums do you consider perfect?


This thread was MacDadTexas's idea and a good one at that!

Mine would be-

The Cars- The Cars
Norah Jones- Come Away With Me
Cheap Trick- Cheap Trick

I'll post more later....
(s/t) means "Self Titled" so Nazz-Nazz and Buffalo Springfield-Buffalo Springfeild is what Jaybo is referring to.

I'll add:

The Eagles-The Eagles
I agree with Norah Jones Come Away With Me.
A couple of others...
Mumford & Sons.. Sigh No More
Black Sabbath, Dire Straits, The Chicago Climax Blues Band, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, The Pretenders - all self-titled.

Relax, have a Goose Island Bourbon County and listen to some Roxy Music...
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin 1
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Here are mine, and I actually got my idea when Bill (Audiofeil) brought it up on another thread.

The Beatles - Please, Please Me

Stone Temple Pilots - Core

Led Zeppelin

Sade - Diamond Life

Nora Jones - Come Away with Me

Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill

Bad Co

Elvis Costello - My Aim is True'

Jet - Get Born (ahh so much promise, then nothing)

Let me add the Cars too, great idea SR!!
Thanks MoFi. I google'd it first w/no success.

Gkella- Mumford & Sons.. Sigh No More- What an excellent modern album.
Jimi Hendrix, "Are you experienced"
King Crimson, "In the court of the crimson king"
Led Zeppelin (eponymous)
Van Halen I
Mr.Bungle (eponymous)[not for the faint of heart,but brilliant debut]
Robert Plant Allison Krause "Raising Sand"
Not sure if debut as solo artist counts but;
Alice Cooper "Welcome to my nightmare"
Elvis Costello "Spike"
Jaybo's pics plus "Television", "The Remains" and Neil Young's ST'd first solo effort, which all pale in comparison to George Gobel's Las Vegas Sands LP.
Tracy Chapman / (self-titled)

Rickie Lee Jones / (self-titled)

Cowboy Junkies / The Trinity Session (OK, it was their sophmore effort)

Joni Mitchell / Songs to a Seagull

Bob Dylan / (self-titled)
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Kate bush-the kick inside
Oasis-Definately maybe
Goldfrapp-felt mountain
The sundays-reading writing arithmetic
Sex pistols-never mind the bollocks
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>>03-31-11: Guinness
Jethro Tull...... self-titled.

The first album is not self titled.

It's called "This Was".

Man, what a tasty list of music so far, I have a few to add :

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood

Springsteen - Greeting from Asbury Park NJ

U2 - Boy

Aerosmith - Aerosmith

All of these bands went on to put out some great music but I always go back to the early stuff to get their raw, honest sound. Aerosmith - what happened to them? Good lord ... I wouldn’t be surprised if the next release is elevator music. I believe Zep was probably the best example … Nothing ever sounded like Zeppelin I to me. Sure, there were glimmers but I can play some of the blues tracks like “I can’t quit you baby” or “Babe I’m gonna leave you” and hear real blues power with a hard rock edge. Man, it was brilliant work. I live for the day the Zeppelin box set comes out. I hope the people from Mobile Fidelity are reading this …

PS – Where is my “Candy O” LP?
And for the punk/alternative crowd...

Ramones - self-titled

The Clash - self-titled

New York Dolls - self-titled

Television - Marquee Moon
Many good choices above! How can we forget Pretenders, Pretenders?? That is one well recorded album--I recently picked up a mint first pressing and it sounds amazing.
Off the top of my head:

Kate and Anna McGarrigle-Self Titled
Warren Zevon-Self Titled
Dire Straits-Self Titled
Elvis Costello-My Aim is True
Bob Dylan-Self Titled
Jackson Browne-Self Titled
Steely Dan-Can't Buy a Thrill
Bad Company-Self Titled
Doors-Self Titled
I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of dozen but here's a few. Also, good call on Uncle Tupelo, Television and The Cars!

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Townes Van Zandt - For the Sake of the Song
Fugazi - Repeater
Smart Went Crazy - Now we're even
Leonard Cohen - Songs of
I've already forgot what was the first album of Talking Heads, but all of them are if not perfect, than near-perfect.
I agree with some of the responses above. The Doors was the first one that came to mind. How 'bout Santana?
I'm adding a few great suggestions to mine here as well:

The Cars

SRV - Texas Flood, sublime

Van Halen

G n R - Appetite for Destruction

also a couple of corrections to the above:

The following are not Debut albums:

Spike - Elvis Costello

Welcome to my Nightmare - Alice Cooper

Candy-O - The Cars
Dwight Yoakum "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc."

Karla Bonoff "Karla Bonoff"

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers"

Talking Heads " Talking Heads: 77"
All my faves mentioned. Will venture out a little and add:

Roxy Music - self-titled

Robbie Robertson - self-titled

Chris Whitley - Living with the Law

Jerry Harrison - The Red and the Black

Pat Metheny "Group" - self-titled
Two absolute killer debut albums:

New Radicals - Maybe you've been brainwashed too

Freak Power - Drive Tru Booty
Ryan Adams -- "Heartbreaker"
The Jam -- "In the City"
Suzanne Vega -- "Suzanne Vega"
The Velvet Underground -- "The Velvet Underground and Nico"
Heart- Dreamboat Annie- does it get better than this?
Pat Benatar- In The Heat Of The Night

MacDT- I don't think The Cars can have two debute albums as you listed ;-) ). Nice try though!
SR, you need to re-read, I said Candy-O is not a debut album, along with the others listed.
SR - great call on Pat Benatar, what a voice. I need to look for that on vinyl again.