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Debut Album Openers

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Recently I have gotten back into listening to Cream, and hearing their debut album opener I Feel Free got me thinking.  What bands (besides Zeppelin) have such great, defining debut album openers?

I Feel Free is so amazing - it starts as a three part a cappella in a jazzy mood, then the drums and fuzz guitar kick in.  Such a great beginning for the band.

Other defining debut album openers from bands I like:

The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There - everything great about the early Beatles in one track

Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady

Doors - Break on Through - one of the most iconic debut songs ever

Blue Oyster Cult - Transmanicon MC

Pink Floyd - Astonomy Dominae

Rush - Finding My Way

Aerosmith - Make It

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lovestruck Baby

ELO - 10583 Overture

Pearl Jam - Once

Kansas - Can I Tell You 

Debut album openers that don't quite make the cut

ELP - The Barbarian

Santana - Waiting - other tracks on the album would have had more impact like Jingo or Soul Sacrifice

Black Crowes - Twice as Hard.  Jealous Again would have been a better opener.  Too bad the outtake Don't Wake Me was not the first album opener !

Yes - Beyond and Before - nothing really great on that first album

Jethro Tull - My Sunday Feeling - ok, but not great.  Best track on the album is Cat's Squirrel.

So what debut album openers strike you?

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Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - you could argue that this is literally the birth of metal

Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop - ditto but for punk

Cheap Trick - Elo Kiddies - this one might be a grey area due to some dispute about the track listing for their debut. Still a great song regardless!

Iron Maiden - Prowler

The Velvet Underground & Nico - Sunday Morning

Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

NWA - Straight Outta Compton - not really a big hip hop fan, but I really enjoy this track

Patti Smith - Gloria - that opening line is iconic

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3 hours ago, ZepHead315 said:

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - you could argue that this is literally the birth of metal

Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop - ditto but for punk

Cheap Trick - Elo Kiddies - this one might be a grey area due to some dispute about the track listing for their debut. Still a great song regardless!

Iron Maiden - Prowler

The Velvet Underground & Nico - Sunday Morning

Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

NWA - Straight Outta Compton - not really a big hip hop fan, but I really enjoy this track

Patti Smith - Gloria - that opening line is iconic

All of the above are great. Here are more that I like...

Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue

Janis Joplin/Big Brother & the Holding Co. - Bye Bye Baby

Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes

Chuck Berry - School Days

James Brown - Please, Please, Please

Buddy Holly - Oh, Boy!

Jerry Lee Lewis - Don't Be Cruel

Little Richard - Tutti Frutti

Marvin Gaye - The Masquerade is Over

Roberta Flack - Compared to What

Funkadelic - Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?

Stooges - 1969

Sex Pistols - Holidays in the Sun

Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer

Buzzcocks - Fast Cars

Clash - Janie Jones

Television - See No Evil

Motörhead - Motorhead

Dead Kennedys - Kill the Poor

X - Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not

Devo - Uncontrollable Urge

Police - Next to You

Joy Division - Disorder

The Cure - 10:15 Saturday Night

Dream Syndicate - Tell Me When It's Over

Tom Petty - Rockin' Around With You

Steely Dan - Do It Again

Nick Drake - Time Has Told Me

Joni Mitchell - I Had A King

King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

Jane's Addiction - Trip Away or Up the Beach (depending on whether you count their 1987 live album as their debut or their first studio album "Nothing's Shocking")

Thelonious Monster - Psychofuckindelic

Cocteau Twins - Blood Bitch

Jesus & Mary Chain - Psycho Candy

Beastie Boys - Rhymin' & Stealin'

Public Enemy - You're Gonna Get Yours

A Tribe Called Quest - Push It Along

Wu-Tang Clan - Bring Da Ruckus

Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole

Beck - Loser

PJ Harvey - Oh My Lover

Low - Words

Stereolab - Super-Electric

Broadcast - Accidentals

Goldfrapp - Lovely Head

REM - Radio Free Europe

Roxy Music - Re-Make/Re-Model

Lynyrd Skynyrd - I Ain't the One

Oasis - Rock 'n' Roll Star

Black Angels - Young Men Dead

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2 hours ago, ZepHead315 said:

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - you could argue that this is literally the birth of metal

Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop - ditto but for punk

Cheap Trick - Elo Kiddies - this one might be a grey area due to some dispute about the track listing for their debut. Still a great song regardless!

Iron Maiden - Prowler

The Velvet Underground & Nico - Sunday Morning

Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

NWA - Straight Outta Compton - not really a big hip hop fan, but I really enjoy this track

Patti Smith - Gloria - that opening line is iconic

I can't believe I forgot about Sabbath and the Ramones.  Excellent choices.  And Patti Smith - killer.  

Here are a few more

The Clash - Janie Jones

Sex Pistols - Holidays in the Sun 

Big Country - In a Big Country

Television - See No Evil - a defining moment for new wave

 

As I was typing this I see that Strider included the Clash and Pistols. And that reminds me - The Damned - Neat Neat Neat

 

not so great -

Deep Purple - not really

Steppenwolf - first track was Sookie Sookie - great track but a cover

Allmans - a cover

Grateful Dead - Golden Road - good but not great  

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5 minutes ago, Strider said:

Buzzcocks - Fast Cars

Strider - agreed a great opener but I think of Spiral Scratch as the Buzzcocks debut when Howard Devoto was still with them.  The opener there is the killer "Breakdown".  And on that EP Fast Cars is known as "Boredom".

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4 hours ago, John M said:

And that reminds me - The Damned - Neat Neat Neat

That's one I forgot.

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Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting of the Spirits

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man

Edited by Mook

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Mountain - Mississippi Queen

Steely Dan - Do It Again

The Cars - Good Times Roll

The Police - Message in a Bottle

Ice Cube - The Nigga You Love to Hate

TPOTUSOA - Kitty

Rage Against the Machine - Bomb Track

A little off topic, but...anyone ever noticed how Smashing Pumpkins 'I Am One' steals the 'Welcome to the Jungle' riff? 

 

 

 

Edited by blindwillie127

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2 hours ago, blindwillie127 said:

The Police - Message in a Bottle

 

Not quite. Wrong song. Wrong album. As I listed above, it's "Next to You".

2 hours ago, blindwillie127 said:

A little off topic, but...anyone ever noticed how Smashing Pumpkins 'I Am One' steals the 'Welcome to the Jungle' riff? 

Half their debut album sounds like Jane's Addiction.

Oh, here's another one I forgot...

Van Halen - Running With the Devil

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great openers you all are picking - am trying not to duplicate anyone...

AC/DC – It’s a Long Way to the Top

Bad Company – Can’t Get Enough

Boston – More than a Feeling

CCR  - I Put a Spell on You

CSN&Y – Carry On

Eagles – Take It Easy

Foghat – I Just Want to Make Love to You

Heart – Magic Man

Kiss – Strutter

Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell (am not counting his obscure duo album 6/7 years earlier…)

Montrose – Rock the Nation

Queen – Keep Yourself Alive

Ted Nugent – Stranglehold

Cheers!

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STP - Dead and Bloated

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3 hours ago, jabe said:

STP - Dead and Bloated

Perfect!

Break On Through was about as perfect for The Doors

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Souixsie & the Banshees - Peek-a-Boo. This, IMO, was quite the groundbreaking tune. It was a toss up between this and Candyman off of Tinderbox but both excellent.

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 Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention - Hungry Freaks Daddy

Foreigner - Feels Like The First Time

Asia - Heat Of The Moment

UK - In The Dead Of Night

Ozzy Osbourne / Blizzard Of Oz - I Don’t Know

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow - Man On The Silver Mountain 

Edited by the chase

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5 hours ago, The Rover 75 said:

Break On Through - The Doors

Can't Get Enough - Bad Company

 

Both mentioned already.

18 hours ago, IpMan said:

Souixsie & the Banshees - Peek-a-Boo. This, IMO, was quite the groundbreaking tune. It was a toss up between this and Candyman off of Tinderbox but both excellent.

The key point you are missing is that this thread is about Debut albums. In Siouxsie & the Banshees case, that album is "The Scream". Opening song is "Pure"..which is an instrumental.

Edited by Strider

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2 hours ago, Strider said:

Both mentioned already.

The key point you are missing is that this thread is about Debut albums. In Siouxsie & the Banshees case, that album is "The Scream". Opening song is "Pure"..which is an instrumental.

Oh shit...man I really crapped all over that one.

One should not get high and then attempt to post. Well, lesson learned.

 

Anyway, my favorite would be one you listed...Mommy, what's a Funkadelic?

Edited by IpMan

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17 hours ago, Strider said:

Both mentioned already.

The key point you are missing is that this thread is about Debut albums. In Siouxsie & the Banshees case, that album is "The Scream". Opening song is "Pure"..which is an instrumental.

So what??? Excuse me for wanting to participate.

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