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Old 08-15-07, 10:11 PM
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For Introducing Someone To a Band (or Performer), Which Album Would You Choose?

If you were going to introduce someone to a particular band (or performer) by giving that person just one album, which album of theirs would you choose? (And, conversely, you can also say which album(s) would you avoid as an introduction.)

(Remember that goal is to turn the person into a fan. And, yes, even compilation albums are allowed to achieve this goal. And please always give the name of the band and of the album - not all of us are "album cover experts".)
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Good topic. There are two theories I think about when deciding this. A) Display there best album, it is the one that they will most likely enjoy B) Display the album that sums them up best, there quintessential (sp?) album, even if its not there best its the one that is similair to there current style of represents them the most. Its there microcosm album.

Here are mine (just a few):

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Incubus - Morning View
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Depends on the artist. For a band like Black Sabbath, Paranoid will work just fine. It's got almost all of their well-known songs, and is their most representative album. Almost all of their stuff sounds the same, so if they like Paranoid, they'll at least be willing to listen to the rest.

For someone like David Bowie, who has gone through countless musical phases, I would get a greatest hits compilation like ChangesBowie that shows the breadth and scope of their achievements. Alternatively, you could start with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, which is the album that made him a star and is still the one for which he's best known, but then there's no guarantee the person would like Young American, Station To Station, Low, Let's Dance, etc.
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I'd make a mix CD.
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Re: For Introducing Someone To a Band (or Performer), Which Album Would You Choose?

Reviving this thread again to see if it catches this time...

summary of recommendations from the thread originally (sorry, mixtapes/mixdiscs don't count):

Black Sabbath - album: "Paranoid" (studio album)

Coldplay - album: "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (studio album)

David Bowie - album: "ChangesBowie" (compilation album) or " The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars" (studio album)

Incubus - album: "Morning View" (studio album)
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Re: For Introducing Someone To a Band (or Performer), Which Album Would You Choose?

Agree with the previous Coldplay mentions. Some others . . .

Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic
The Doors: S/T
The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin
Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2
Oasis: (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
The Posies: Dear 23
Radiohead: The Bends
Rush: Moving Pictures
Scorpions: Blackout
The Shins: Wincing The Night Away
Wilco: Summerteeth
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Roxy Music: "Country Life"
Can: "Tago Mago"
Isley Brothers: "3+3"
Aphex Twin: "Richard D James Album"
Replacements: "Let it Be"
Sonic Youth: "Daydream Nation"
Nick Drake: "Bryter Layter"
Hawkwind: "Hall of the Mountain Grill"
Ramones: "Leave Home"
Blur: "Parklife"
Mastodon: "Blood Mountain"
Earth, Wind and Fire: "All n' All"
Belle and Sebastian: "If You're Feeling Sinister"
The Smiths: "Louder than Bombs" (compilation)
Dr. John: "Gumbo"
Brain Eno: "Before and After Science"
The Buzzcocks: "Singles Going Steady" (compilation)
Joni Mitchell: "Court and Spark"
Sebadoh: "Bakesale"
Ultravox: "Vienna"
The Who: "Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy" (compilation)
Parliament: "Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome"
Pet Shop Boys: "Very"
The Pogues: "If I Should Fall From Grace with God"
The Police: "Zenyatta Mondatta"
Queens of the Stone Age: "Songs for the Deaf"
Elton John: "Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road"
Arcade Fire: "Funeral"
New Order: "Substance" (compilation)
Public Enemy: "It Takes a Nation of Millions..."
Massive Attack: "Mezzinine"
Bon Scott AC/DC: "Highway to Hell"
The Orbital: "2"
T. Rex: "The Slider"
The National: "High Violet"
Bruce Springsteen: "Born to Run"
Wilco: "Yankee, Hotel, Foxtrot"
Duran Duran: "Rio"
Thin Lizzy: "Bad Reputation"

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Smashing pumpkins: Siamese Dream
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Re: For Introducing Someone To a Band (or Performer), Which Album Would You Choose?

Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile (disc 1)
Tool: Lateralus
Dredg: Catch Without Arms (although Lietmotif is still pretty much their best)
Explosions in the Sky: The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Deftones: White Pony or Koi No Yokan
Autechre: Incunabula (followed by Tri Repetae)
Biffy Clyro: Only Revolutions
Joel Plaskett: Truthfully Truthfully
Matthew Good: White Light Rock & Roll Review (followed by The Audio of Being and Beautiful Midnight)
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Michael Jackson - "Thriller"
Rascal Flatts - "Feels Like Today"
Taylor Swift - "Fearless"
Backstreet Boys - "Black & Blue"
Garth Brooks - "Ropin' the Wind"
Amy Grant - "Unguarded"
Michael W. Smith - "Go West Young Man"
Skillet - "Comatose"
John Williams - "Star Wars: Episode IV" soundtrack
Huey Lewis and the News - "Sports"
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Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest - British Steel
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Slayer- Reign in Blood
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Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny And Mutation
Aerosmith - Rocks
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
Rory Gallagher - Tattoo
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Alice Cooper - Killer
Neil Young - Harvest
Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
Savoy Brown - Street Corner Talkin'
Foghat - First Album
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
T Rex - Electric Warrior
Jethro Tull - Aqualung

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Re: For Introducing Someone To a Band (or Performer), Which Album Would You Choose?

Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
The Smiths: "Louder than Bombs" (compilation)
Although "Louder Than Bombs" is great, I'd actually go with recommending The Smiths - "Singles" compilation album as the best album to introduce the band to someone for one simple reason: it has "How Soon Is Now?" on it, the most absolutely essential song by The Smiths and one that is inexplicably missing from "Louder Than Bombs"
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Re: For Introducing Someone To a Band (or Performer), Which Album Would You Choose?

My Morning Jacket - Okonokos (live)
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Orange
Built to Spill - Keep It Like a Secret
Crooked Fingers - Red Devil Dawn
Drive By Truckers - The Dirty South
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

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