Gibson’s list of 10 Great Debut Rock Albums makes the point that most bands need two or three records under their belt before the masterpieces show up, then provides a list of exceptions, which are:
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
The Doors – The Doors
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
The Velvet Underground - … and Nico
The Clash – The Clash
The Beatles – Please Please Me
Led Zeppelin – I (as in the Roman numeral)
Oh, did the Sex Pistols actually make more than one album?
Gibson’s introductory argument stands up. Most of these bands went on to create more enduring, influential records (incontestable in the case of The Beatles, arguable in the case of Hendrix, irrelevant in the case of Sabbath), but these albums definitely made their mark.
I remember how people went nuts over Led Zeppelin and Hendrix. Based on the strength of those reactions, I would have included the debut albums from: The Band, Chicago, The Police, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, and The Cars. Everyone seemed to notice. Your own list will no doubt differ. You know, depending on your appetite, or experience. Definitely, maybe. Never mind; you don’t have to please me.