Albums which blew you away on first play.

  The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced.

  I've just mentioned this album over on the "University" topic, and I can still remember bringing it home from the record shop and  

  being absolutely gobsmacked, hearing it for the first time.

  I'd never heard anything remotely like it before, and to say that the first listening was jaw dropping would be an understatement

  indeed.

  So, what album had a similar effect on you, the memory of which has stayed with you till this day?

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 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 'Musst Musst' (RealWorld 1990)

So utterly different, bought on a whim after reading about him and the RealWorld label. It opened my ears (and wallet) to the great explosion of 'World Music' as it was known rather patronisingly then and to the genius of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in particular. I still think this (and the more abstract/ambient 'Night Song) are incredible works and pretty unique.

I don't listen to it often now, but I don't just recall the first time I listened to it but also the first time I played it to my wife and watching her reaction going from 'what on earth is this' to amazement and fascination.

Nice idea for a thread, and interesting if people can explain the how and why.

Bruce

 

Marillion, Script For a Jesters Tear.

Growing up on 70/80's pop like the Human League, Soft Cells etc, this came as quite a shock! My Sister had Misplaced Childhood and after playing it a few times started wondering at what else Marillion had done. I went to my local record shop in Stevenage (FL Moores) and found this. On first play I remember being blow away by the way each song told a story, the lyrics had a message, an anger that just connected with me straight away. I still love this album as much today as I did then and play it regularly. Marillion with Fish are still one of my top 2 bands, swings between them and Floyd depending on the day/mood.

This has prompted me to play;

First seen on VHS video and was my introduction to the Epic song Grendel but that's another story.

Slim68 posted:

Marillion, Script For a Jesters Tear.

Growing up on 70/80's pop like the Human League, Soft Cells etc, this came as quite a shock! My Sister had Misplaced Childhood and after playing it a few times started wondering at what else Marillion had done. I went to my local record shop in Stevenage (FL Moores) and found this. On first play I remember being blow away by the way each song told a story, the lyrics had a message, an anger that just connected with me straight away. I still love this album as much today as I did then and play it regularly. Marillion with Fish are still one of my top 2 bands, swings between them and Floyd depending on the day/mood.

This has prompted me to play;

First seen on VHS video and was my introduction to the Epic song Grendel but that's another story.

Still an enduring favorite of mine too. Really enjoying their latest (F.E.A.R.) as well.

Mike Sullivan posted:
Slim68 posted:

 

Marillion, Script For a Jesters Tear.

Growing up on 70/80's pop like the Human League, Soft Cells etc, this came as quite a shock! My Sister had Misplaced Childhood and after playing it a few times started wondering at what else Marillion had done. I went to my local record shop in Stevenage (FL Moores) and found this. On first play I remember being blow away by the way each song told a story, the lyrics had a message, an anger that just connected with me straight away. I still love this album as much today as I did then and play it regularly. Marillion with Fish are still one of my top 2 bands, swings between them and Floyd depending on the day/mood.

This has prompted me to play;

 

First seen on VHS video and was my introduction to the Epic song Grendel but that's another story.

Still an enduring favorite of mine too. Really enjoying their latest (F.E.A.R.) as well.

I enjoy F.E.A.R too, the All One Tonight - Live At The Royal Albert Hall CD is a cracking album, well worth checking out.

Slim68 posted:

Marillion, Script For a Jesters Tear.

Growing up on 70/80's pop like the Human League, Soft Cells etc, this came as quite a shock! My Sister had Misplaced Childhood and after playing it a few times started wondering at what else Marillion had done. I went to my local record shop in Stevenage (FL Moores) and found this. On first play I remember being blow away by the way each song told a story, the lyrics had a message, an anger that just connected with me straight away. I still love this album as much today as I did then and play it regularly. Marillion with Fish are still one of my top 2 bands, swings between them and Floyd depending on the day/mood.

This has prompted me to play;

First seen on VHS video and was my introduction to the Epic song Grendel but that's another story.

Nice choice Slim

I was really into Marillion before Script for a Jesters Tear was released.And saw them both nights at the Hammersmith Odean on the Script tour also at Guildford,St Albans and Folkestone....It was like we where going to see them twice a week,Me and my mates.Seeing The Recital of the Script Hammersmith video on your post brought it all back.Yeah great debut album and superb recording.

Cheers Ian

Sadly for me it's U2 

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Under a blood red sky.

As a young teen wishing I was older coincided with never getting the chance to experience the big twos when they were really worth experiencing.   Although this album helped enormously in honing time travel astral planing.

dave marshall posted:

  The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced.

  I've just mentioned this album over on the "University" topic, and I can still remember bringing it home from the record shop and  

  being absolutely gobsmacked, hearing it for the first time.

  I'd never heard anything remotely like it before, and to say that the first listening was jaw dropping would be an understatement

  indeed.

  So, what album had a similar effect on you, the memory of which has stayed with you till this day?

Mine too! The greatest debut album of all time. IIRC I bought this shortly after seeing them live at The Marquee in Wardor Street - A truly life-changing event in itself.

Paul Weller - Wild Wood 

After a superb return with his self titled debut LP I was really looking forward to this record I had heard a couple of tunes when I had seen him live but the first time I heard in its entirety it absolutely blew me away and still does. 

His third solo record Stanley Rd usually gets the plaudits but for me Wild Wood is his finest work. 

I have heard people say it sounds like a Traffic tribute band but I was 21 when Wild Wood came out and Traffic were unknown to me then and still are now so I heard it with fresh ears so to speak. 

The Live version of the LP Live Wood is equally as good. 

Tabby cat posted:

Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggy Style

This really hit the spot back in 1993.It still sounds really fresh now.So many Snoop classics like Gin and juice and G's and Hustlers.A big album in Rap history - No doubt

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A good record but not even close to Dr Dre’s The Chronic that record did blow me away I wasn’t a rap fan and still am not but The Chronic transcends all that and is just a great record and really, really well recorded and mastered fantastic Sonics. 

TOBYJUG posted:

Sadly for me it's U2 

https://cdn.ontourmedia.io/u2/non_secure/images/20140418/discography/bloodredsky_cover/600.jpg

Under a blood red sky.

As a young teen wishing I was older coincided with never getting the chance to experience the big twos when they were really worth experiencing.   Although this album helped enormously in honing time travel astral planing.

Great LP. 

Hunky Dory. My DB 'in' was Lets Dance as that was the album charting during school the years. Interest piqued and started buying the back catalogue. First copy on the RCA International green label, then later as a stude, tracked down a very early orange label pressing from Wax Factor (I think it was) in Brighton. Upon first listen, a case of WTF is this - its brilliant! Never got tired of this LP and still probably my fave DAVE album, although I often switch preference between this, Station to Station and Low depending on mood.

Sgt Peppers also a big wow moment. Same with Kate Bush Hounds of Love. And Led Zep III too.

Script for a Jester’s Tear has already been mentioned (as have gigs by them - and I saw many between ‘82 and Fish’s departure, so some of us likely at same gigs!). It did make an impression when I first played it, but maybe not quite blowing me away at first listen as much as these (though it rapidly grew on me and is still a firm favourite):

Led Zeppelin II - opening with Whole Lotta Love my intro to the band, and to heavy rock, 1969 IIRC. Brilliant.

Deep Purple in Rock. I was familiar with and liked the band through their first incarnation, bought this and was completely blown away: From the intro/Hard Lovin’ Man to the stunning Child in Time, this was a stunning album.

Paranoid - Black Sabbath. Another 1970 album, with heavy rock taking the world by storm that year! I already knew and loved the title track, but this widened the experience, from Fairies Wear Boots to War Pigs - wonderful!

Dark Side of the Moon. (Pink Floyd) - a bit of a change from the previous Floyd albums, more mesmerising... no, their earlier albums did mesmerising, maybe this was just more upfront, while akso being more cohesive as an album, from Breathe right through to the closing Brain Damage and Eclipse

In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson - another wow album, launching with 21st Century Schizoid Man, Then through the contrasting quieter tracks like and to the powerful Court song itself.

Tommy - The Who. Into a musical journey that engulfed for an hour and a half 

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis. I liked their earlier albums, but this was something different. More engrossing, and very good sound quality to boot.

 

Ooooh, I could go on! And all of these still get played today,...

 

 

 

 

Bert Schurink posted:

Especially child in time and space trucking, lazy settled my love for the guys...

 

Funny isn’t it - when it first came out I didn’t like this as much overall as the studio albums, probably because they were whay I was used to, and despite the fact I had seen them live several times (including several performances of Lazy by then). So It didn’t get played as often as the other albums...  Decades later when I started streaming, and ripped all my vinyl, and boughtbsome CDs to rip or downloaded new copies of the most worn out records (of which DP in Rock was one, I saw this as a hi res rersion being sold by Linn Records, so I decided to get it. All changed - the sound quality of MiJ is better than the others, and maybe because of changes to my system as well over the decades, I now prefer it and play it more often than the studio albums (though they get played too, for the music not on this and for the different presentations of those that are.

Innocent Bystander posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

Especially child in time and space trucking, lazy settled my love for the guys...

 

Funny isn’t it - when it first came out I didn’t like this as much overall as the studio albums, probably because they were whay I was used to, and despite the fact I had seen them live several times (including several performances of Lazy by then). So It didn’t get played as often as the other albums...  Decades later when I started streaming, and ripped all my vinyl, and boughtbsome CDs to rip or downloaded new copies of the most worn out records (of which DP in Rock was one, I saw this as a hi res rersion being sold by Linn Records, so I decided to get it. All changed - the sound quality of MiJ is better than the others, and maybe because of changes to my system as well over the decades, I now prefer it and play it more often than the studio albums (though they get played too, for the music not on this and for the different presentations of those that are.

I still remember. Lying on the bed. Only having a cassette radio. Banging my head from left to right. For me there was some rawness of emotion which pulled me over.

Bert Schurink posted:

Especially child in time and space trucking, lazy settled my love for the guys...

 

I still think the cover photo is one of the all time great live in concert shots that I have ever seen,just makes you want to play the album. 

Steely Dan- aja,,,, after all the crap they played on the radio, they played aja...so perfect, so good, was it jazz? pop? Never heard of Steely Dan before, bought all their records, still fan.

another „wow“ for me was the tape I got from another soldier, the name on it was „The Smiths“...still a fan today of course:-)

The one for me is Who's Next. I even found a picture:

I discovered this quite recently - 2011. I decided to expand my horizons and went through one of those "best 500 albums ever" lists and bought anything that appealed. Most were quite old and wernt expensive, and I think I bought about 50-75. I think I got this one and Quadrophenia in this bunch. This one grabbed me from the start with the electronic modulating sounds and then the power, aggression and intelligence. The three stand out songs are Baba O Reilly, Behind Blue Eyes (which I think of as a tyrant's lament) and Won't Get Fooled Again.

I have many other Who records now and Live at Leeds is probably my favourite but Who's Next started it all.

sjt posted:

The one for me is Who's Next. I even found a picture:

I discovered this quite recently - 2011. I decided to expand my horizons and went through one of those "best 500 albums ever" lists and bought anything that appealed. Most were quite old and wernt expensive, and I think I bought about 50-75. I think I got this one and Quadrophenia in this bunch. This one grabbed me from the start with the electronic modulating sounds and then the power, aggression and intelligence. The three stand out songs are Baba O Reilly, Behind Blue Eyes (which I think of as a tyrant's lament) and Won't Get Fooled Again.

I have many other Who records now and Live at Leeds is probably my favourite but Who's Next started it all.

Well discovered, i nearly put tgat one instead of Tommy, as this too was a wow record - though I got mine when first released in 1971! (And saw them live at about the same time... one of the best live performances I had seen.)

Innocent Bystander posted:
Bert Schurink posted:

Especially child in time and space trucking, lazy settled my love for the guys...

 

Funny isn’t it - when it first came out I didn’t like this as much overall as the studio albums, probably because they were whay I was used to, and despite the fact I had seen them live several times (including several performances of Lazy by then). So It didn’t get played as often as the other albums...  Decades later when I started streaming, and ripped all my vinyl, and boughtbsome CDs to rip or downloaded new copies of the most worn out records (of which DP in Rock was one, I saw this as a hi res rersion being sold by Linn Records, so I decided to get it. All changed - the sound quality of MiJ is better than the others, and maybe because of changes to my system as well over the decades, I now prefer it and play it more often than the studio albums (though they get played too, for the music not on this and for the different presentations of those that are.

Never off my turntable for weeks. My list of things that blew me away on first listen would have too many on it.

Innocent Bystander posted:
sjt posted:

The one for me is Who's Next. I even found a picture:

I discovered this quite recently - 2011. I decided to expand my horizons and went through one of those "best 500 albums ever" lists and bought anything that appealed. Most were quite old and wernt expensive, and I think I bought about 50-75. I think I got this one and Quadrophenia in this bunch. This one grabbed me from the start with the electronic modulating sounds and then the power, aggression and intelligence. The three stand out songs are Baba O Reilly, Behind Blue Eyes (which I think of as a tyrant's lament) and Won't Get Fooled Again.

I have many other Who records now and Live at Leeds is probably my favourite but Who's Next started it all.

Well discovered, i nearly put tgat one instead of Tommy, as this too was a wow record - though I got mine when first released in 1971! (And saw them live at about the same time... one of the best live performances I had seen.)

Thanks - although a bit late for me! I saw them in 2013 for a Quadrophenia show and although it was very good, it made me sad that it was not them at their peak - when you saw them. This is where I think recordings come in. There is a recent remaster of LAL with the correct song order, banter and mistakes in, which I think is the definitive version. I remember saying in another post that this version, reproduced on good gear is like a time machine - it takes you right back to the actual event (LAL was recorded 4 months before I was born). Anyway, slightly more back on topic, Quadrophenia also qualifies as a wow record for me. After hearing the opening chords to The Real Me, I bought a Fender Telecaster and an amp and have been playing it ever since!

Innocent Bystander posted:

Script for a Jester’s Tear has already been mentioned (as have gigs by them - and I saw many between ‘82 and Fish’s departure, so some of us likely at same gigs!). It did make an impression when I first played it, but maybe not quite blowing me away at first listen as much as these (though it rapidly grew on me and is still a firm favourite):

Led Zeppelin II - opening with Whole Lotta Love my intro to the band, and to heavy rock, 1969 IIRC. Brilliant.

Deep Purple in Rock. I was familiar with and liked the band through their first incarnation, bought this and was completely blown away: From the intro/Hard Lovin’ Man to the stunning Child in Time, this was a stunning album.

Paranoid - Black Sabbath. Another 1970 album, with heavy rock taking the world by storm that year! I already knew and loved the title track, but this widened the experience, from Fairies Wear Boots to War Pigs - wonderful!

Dark Side of the Moon. (Pink Floyd) - a bit of a change from the previous Floyd albums, more mesmerising... no, their earlier albums did mesmerising, maybe this was just more upfront, while akso being more cohesive as an album, from Breathe right through to the closing Brain Damage and Eclipse

In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson - another wow album, launching with 21st Century Schizoid Man, Then through the contrasting quieter tracks like and to the powerful Court song itself.

Tommy - The Who. Into a musical journey that engulfed for an hour and a half 

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis. I liked their earlier albums, but this was something different. More engrossing, and very good sound quality to boot.

 Ooooh, I could go on! And all of these still get played today,...

 

In 1973 this was the album the guys at Uxbridge Audio played on an LP12 to demonstrate its capabilities (the LP12, not the band).

I bought both.... the rest (as Dan Steel said earlier) is history*    

* and so is Uxbridge Audio, sadly.

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