Some more beuaties...
Blondie - Plastic Letters
Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent & The E St. Shuffle
Martin Sexton - Black Sheep
no other comes close--led zep 2nd
Johnny Winter - Second Winter
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn't Stand The Weather
Melvin Taylor - I'll Play The Blues For You
Led Zepplin II
Lynard Skynard- Second Helping
Aerosmith- Get Your Wings
The Allman Brothers- Live at the Fillmore East
Black Sabbath- Paranoid
Cream- Disraeli Gears
-One of the largest disparities between one and two is My Bloody Valentine's This is Your My Bloody Valentine and Isn't Anything.
-Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream. I have a soft theory that if Siamese Dream came first, the Pumpkins wouldn't be in their historical backseat to Nirvana.
-Curve. I like their fist and second equally, but probably a better case for quality can be made for Cuckoo, which even the band likes better.
Elvis Costello-This Year's Model
Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy
Mahavishnu Orchestra (John McLaughlin) - Birds of Fire
Jeff Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow
Big Brother, Cheap Thrills
I second "Led Zeppelin II" and add Radiohead's "The Bends" and Lou Reed's "Transformer."
a bit obvious, but the Clash, London Calling
also, Wilco, Being There
I would nominate Bob Dylan's first two:
"Bob Dylan" followed by "Freewheelin'"... the first being adequate, while the second is a classic.
Queen, Queen II, quantum jump in sophistication from the first album, all the elements were there in the first one, but didn't really come together until II. Also Be-Bop Deluxe, Futurama, the first one (Axe Victim) while good, was pretty straightforward rock.
Shersta, London Calling is The Clash's third album!
Give 'Em Enough Rope was the second and was largely dismissed at the time.
I would also agree with The Bends and Queen 2 and Dylan as Christopher points out.
It's also good to see that The Beatles are so good any of their records could be considered to be their second... now that is magic.
blues travelor- travelors and thieves
melissa etheridge- brave and crazy
jetrho tull - stand up
slam dunk if you're over 50--cream: disraeli gears..seeing clapton live at this time was about the best live show i've seen..
You're right! I had completely forgotten a completely forgettable album. Though now as I think about it some more, I guess you could argue that London Calling was the Clash's 4th album (the UK version of their first, followed by Give 'em Enough Rope, followed by the US version of their first [which had some different songs]).
Deju Vu - CSN&Y - not saying the first was a dud, it sure wasn't but again, Neil Young wasn't on the first, so the second was a bit more creative IMO.
Another "ditto" for Led II
Jimi Hendrix ,Axis Bold as Love
PearlJam's "Vs." was a sweet follow-up.
Rush Fly By Night
The Police Reggatta de Blanc
Emerson, Lake and Palmer "Tarkus"
A few that came to mind: Bruce Springsteen's The Wild, The Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle; Chicago second release; Allman Bros. Idlewild South; Neil Young's Everybody Knows This is Nowhere; Jackson Browne's For Everyman
Sufjan Stevens "...Michigan"
Although "Enjoy Your Rabbit" is chronologically his 2nd, it's more an experimental piece than anything and Greetings from the Great State of Michigan seems more his sophomore record. A masterpiece in every way and one of the most played here.
The Yes Album is superb, but it is their third LP. Time and a Word is their 2nd, and unfortunately that one doesn't belong on this list.
A couple more...
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
REM - Reckoning
First few that came to mind -
Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love
Pearl Jam - Vs
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Santana - Abraxas
Led Zepplin - Led Zeppelin 2
Tool - Undertow or Aenima, depending on what you'd call Opiate. Opiate was their first release, but it was a 6 song EP, which 2 songs were live songs.
1-Steely Dan-Countdown to Ecstasy
2-Rickie Lee Jones-Pirates
4-Dream Theater-Images and Words
Radiohead "The Bends"
Half a stretch,
Buckingham/Nicks with Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Gasoline Alley by Rod Stewart was a great sophmore realese. It was a snapshot of what was to follow with Every Picture Tells a Story
well Layla and other Assorted Lovesongs is probably a no brainer. I did not care for his debut but Derek and the Dominoes came to play on this recording and it doesn't hurt that Duanne Allman was on it neither.
I beg to differ, "Give 'Em Enough Rope" is a tremendous album and equal to anything else they did.
My One And Only Thrill, by Melody Gardot. A stunning follow up to her debut album, _Worriesome Heart_.
January, by Marcin Wasilewski Trio. Even better than _Trio_, their debut album.
The Freewheelin'-Bob Dylan
The Stooges-Funhouse. In my opinion the best rock n roll album ever made.
The Doors, "Strange Days"
Allman Brothers, "Idlewild South"
Paul Simon, "There Goes Rhymin' Simon"
Dawgfish, great choice on The Doors-Strange Days. Easily the equal of the (st) and LA Woman. Omit Light My Fire and Riders on the Storm from those recordings and Strange Days is the definitive recording.
Norah Jones "Feels Like Home" is not only better than her Grammy-winning debut album, but one of the best female albums ever.
i have to second a few that were already mention.
Cream Disraeli Gears
Airplane Surealistic Pillow
Glad to see this thread pop back up from 2004. Was not aware of it. Very much agree with those nominating "The Wild, The Innocent...". I'm listening to "The Bends" right now. Didn't realize it was a sophomore release. Just getting into Radiohead over the last few months. I'd like to add The Band's self-titled "brown" album to the list.
Easy...Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.
You really blew my mind. Before I even finished reading your thread, I was thinking of Roxy Music's second, "For Your Pleasure". The first was a never to be forgotten masterpiece that I treasure and still listen to, but the follow up was all that and more.
Along the same lines I would have to mention the Cars. Loved the first album, but Candy O was even better.
lots of good picks above, but the ones that really register as showing the most evolutionary growth from the debut are nirvana/nevermind, meat puppets II and van morrison/astral weeks.
Neutral Milk Hotel, Oasis, Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Ray Charles, Al Green, The Doors, The Pretenders, Jackson Browne, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, REM, Daft Punk, AIR, The Faces