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Old 10-18-06, 01:30 PM
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Artists whose first or last albums were their best

Can you think of any bands/artists whose best album was either their first or last/latest?

This is what I came up with:

First:
Dead Kennedys
Rage Against The Machine
Terence Trent D'Arby
Bad Brains
G N' R
Charlatans
Bjork

Last:
The Pixies (I don't think most agree with me on this one)
The Police
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You think Trompe le Monde was the best Pixies album?
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Boston (first)
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Old 10-18-06, 02:23 PM
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You think Trompe le Monde was the best Pixies album?
Yep.
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Beatles Abbey Road.........well, I don't know...........!!!!!!!
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Old 10-18-06, 02:32 PM
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First:
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Counting Crows
Creed
Pearl Jam
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
Bjork
Homogenic for me...

The Pixies (I don't think most agree with me on this one)
You're right, I don't agree.
The Police
Zenyatta for me.

I agree with your other ones...

Mine:

First:
King Crimson (although I can't stand "Moonchild")
The La's (haha)
The Cars
The Sex Pistols (haha)
The Velvet Underground
Modern Lovers
Curve
Minor Threat
...etc, this is a very common category.

Last:
My Bloody Valentine
Husker Du (my personal opinion although New Day Rising and Flip You Wig are very close)
Zombies (in their original incarnation)
Big Star
Richard and Linda Thompson
Roxy Music (I love all of their albums, but Avalon is their best, IMO)
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Well you know how the saying goes - you have your whole life to write your first album, but only a few months to write the next. That's why in many cases, a band's first album is usually their best.
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Originally Posted by paulringodaman
Beatles Abbey Road.........well, I don't know...........!!!!!!!
yes, yes
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Old 10-18-06, 04:53 PM
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The Doors. Both their first and last albums are tied for being their best.
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Old 10-18-06, 07:40 PM
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The Stone Roses
Pavement
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Most Hip Hop (Biggie, Wu-Tang, Raekwon, Nas, Eric B. and Rakim, Mos Def, Snoop, etc.)
Coldplay
Badly Drawn Boy
Air
Wire (debatable)
The Verve

that's just off the top of my head


Bands whose last albums were their best:
My Bloody Valentine
Neutral Milk Hotel
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It's hard to find a rapper who's best album was their last, but I've got a few...

Masta Ace (The Long Hot Summer)
Edan (Beauty & The Beat)
Notorious B.I.G. (Life After Death)

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Old 10-18-06, 07:56 PM
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The Doves (Lost Souls)
At The Gates (Slaughter of the Soul)
I definately agree about Coldplay. I only like their first album (which I do really like--ditto with Bad Brains).
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I don't think that bands who only had 2-3 albums should count. Sure, the first Television album was their best, as was the first Stone Roses album, but come on...

First album:

The Clash (maybe)
R.E.M.
Oasis
Echo and the Bunnymen
Pixies
The Cure (maybe)
Dream Syndicate
The Damned
Patti Smith
Talking Heads
Joe Jackson
The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Bee Gees
Traffic (maybe)
Dire Straits

Last album:

Odd, I couldn't think of any...
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I definately agree about Coldplay. I only like their first album
Anyone who thinks PARACHUTES is better than A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD and X & Y should seriously reevaluate their policy of not wearing a helmet when they go out their motorcycle...
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I think the first Outkast cd is amazing.
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Old 10-18-06, 09:56 PM
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I came into this thread thinking it would be easy to pick some, but damn! I guess my favorite albums are all between the first and last/latest.

Wait, just thought of two:
First = MC5 "Kick Out the Jams"
Last = Sleater-Kinney "The Woods"
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Anyone who thinks PARACHUTES is better than A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD and X & Y should seriously reevaluate their policy of not wearing a helmet when they go out their motorcycle...
I think we just have different tastes.

Moving on, I agree with The Cars, but think London Calling is better than the S/T for The Clash.

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Elastica's first album.
Weezer's blue album.
Oasis' "Definitely Maybe".
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Old 10-18-06, 10:21 PM
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First:
Black Crowes
Really? I like The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion and Amorica far better than Shake Your Money Maker.
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The Doors. Both their first and last albums are tied for being their best.
When I first clicked on this thread, this was the very first thing that popped into my head.
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While I don't necessarily agree, I know for a fact that there are many Syd Barrett/60's psychedelic pop fans out there who would tell you Pink Floyd's Piper At The Gates Of Dawn is their best album.
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weezer's blue album.
definitely.
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Old 10-19-06, 10:36 AM
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Was Candy Apple Gray the last Husker Du album? That's my favorite of theirs.

First:

Big Country
The Alarm
Duran Duran
Big Audio Dynamite
The Slits
Stray Cats
The Police
The English Beat
Fine Young Cannibals

Last:

Bow Wow Wow

...can't think of any more...


edit: Forgot Violent Femmes for first. How'd I forget that--greatest first album in history!

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