10 Perfect Debut Albums In Rock Music History

Hitting the Ground Running.

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Most artists have to wait decades before they finally find a sound that works for them. Even if you look at some of the greatest bands of all time, it normally takes a while before they hit on something that’s working, often being in the game for years before having an honest to God classic under their belt. It takes a certain breed to make a classic, but you’re in a different conversation when you pull it off on your first try.

Coming in like a bolt of lightning, every single one of these bands had their sound down to a science from the first time they walked into the studio, making a debut record that captures everything they’re about. Then again, knocking it out of the park right out of the gate can be a little bit tricky. Since this is the first time most people are hearing you, you’re going to want to have something that’s at least a little bit radio friendly, but you also have to worry about giving your fanbase something that they’ve never heard before as well.

It’s never an easy tightrope to walk, but these records made the whole thing look easy, taking the fundamentals of what rock and roll was supposed to be and turning them on their head. They may not have necessarily tried to reinvent the wheel, but you can hear the whole music world change once these new acts hit the charts.

10. The Doors - The Doors

As the ‘60s revolution started to get underway, rock was just starting to get a little bit nasty. Flower Power may have been all well and good at the time, but there was also a dark edge that rock and roll was taking on as well, from the British blues boom happening in England to the garage rock movement coming from the US. The Doors may have fit pretty snugly in with the hippies, but Jim Morrison had something more on his mind than just peace and love.

While you could call a lot of what turns up on the Doors’ first album psychedelic, this is the equivalent of a dark acid trip than sunshine and rainbows, as Jim takes you on a ride with songs like Light My Fire and Break on Through. Seeing his lyrics more as poetry than traditional rock and roll, Jim’s words are meant to be dissected, from the sleazy stories of LA on 20th Century Fox to the weird macabre sounds of a song like End of the Night.

The rest of the band aren’t far behind him either, blending the sounds of traditional rock and roll with everything from blues, showtunes, and jazz into the mix, alongside Ray Manzarak’s fantastic musical instincts behind the keyboard. Then again, everything pales in comparison to what happens on the End, taking the listener on an 11 minute journey, as Jim talks about what the dream of the ‘60s has brought to the world. Hippies may have tried to change the world, but this is the kind of reality you get when all the children are insane.

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