What was the first music album you bought?

Mallus

Legend
Paradise Theater, Styx.

In my defense, I was in 6th grade, maybe? Evidence for the prosecution, to my dying day I'll swear "Renegade" is a great song. Though I never owned Pieces of Eight... go figure.
 

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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Poseur. Where is HIGH 'n DRY?

🎶 You're bringing on the heartache, taking all the best of me, oh can't you see? 🎶

:)
That's such a good album, too. And "Pyromania." And....uh oh. Guess I know what I'm listening to all afternoon now.

I didn't stop here, though. I would go on to collect their whole discography. "High and Dry" was (surprisingly) one of the harder albums to find in my part of the world back in the late 1980s. But I think "Hysteria" is their best work, and it's one of my favorite albums of all time.

No regret to be had.

My first 4-track tape was April Wine (The Nature for the Beast). I listened to Sign of the Gypsy Queen over and over until the tape got caught in the wheels during a rewind !
Auuugh!! I felt that in my soul. I've lost so many good cassettes that way.

@CleverNickName

In all seriousness, what I remember about Hysteria is two things now:
1. I don't know if it's my memory tricking me, but I feel like every ... single ... song ... on that album charted. Every one. And IIRC, the one that they released first was Women, which was ... not the strongest single.

2. Pour some sugar on me has had a certain reputation since then for being played in disreputable establishments.

But I really remember their second album (technically, their third I think, but the second I knew) which was Pyromania. Because when that was released, we had Pyromania and Seven and the Ragged Tiger (Duran Duran) playing constantly while playing D&D. SO I forever associate the year 1983, and first playing all those "golden age" modules, with Photograph and New Moon on Monday.
I think you might be right. There were so many good songs on that album: Animal, Rocket, Love Bites, Hysteria, Run Riot, Gods of War, Excitable...

Okay, I checked. According to Billboard.com, it's their best-selling album to date (+20M copies sold to date, making it a twelve-time platinum hit in the U.S.) with 7 hit singles. But only 6 tracks made it to the Top 100: "Women" at #7, "Rocket" at #5, "Animal" at #5, "Love Bites!" at #1, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" at #2, and "Armageddon It" at #3. The album itself debuted at #36 and took 49 weeks to climb to #1.

And hey now, no shame or judgment for "Pour Some Sugar on Me" being the anthem for certain entertainment venues. It looks like a fun song to dance to. Just remember to tip, and keep your hands to yourself. ;-)

"Photograph" was such a good song, too. Dang, where are my CDs?!
 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I think you might be right. There were so many good songs on that album: Animal, Rocket, Love Bites, Hysteria, Run Riot, Gods of War, Excitable...

Okay, I checked. According to Billboard.com, it's their best-selling album to date (+20M copies sold to date, making it a twelve-time platinum hit in the U.S.) with 7 hit singles. But only 6 tracks made it to the Top 100: "Women" at #7, "Rocket" at #5, "Animal" at #5, "Love Bites!" at #1, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" at #2, and "Armageddon It" at #3. The album itself debuted at #36 and took 49 weeks to climb to #1.

And hey now, no shame or judgment for "Pour Some Sugar on Me" being the anthem for certain entertainment venues. It looks like a fun song to dance to. Just remember to tip, and keep your hands to yourself. ;-)

"Photograph" was such a good song, too. Dang, where are my CDs?!

I mean, there was a time and a place when Love Bites truly was a poetic and moving song of heartache and loss. Truly, once you know that love bites, you understand in your soul that love bleeds.

That time was the 80s, and that place was America. Cocaine is a helluva drug.

Still, they couldn't hold a candle up to the true song of love lost and defiance screaming into the void, from the great lyricists, Cinderella.

I count the falling tears, they fall before my eyes. Seems like a thousand years, since we broke the ties.
I call you on the phone, but never get a rise. So sit there all alone, it's time you realize ....
I'm not your fool.
 





billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
But I was late to albums.
My album buying accelerated once I learned about Discount Records and the B-side stores in downtown Madison. The mall record stores were expensive and limited my purchase power, but Discount Records had most vinyl LPs for about $5 - 50-66% off the price of the mall stores. And the B-side had similar prices with TONS of bootlegs.
 



Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
My album buying accelerated once I learned about Discount Records and the B-side stores in downtown Madison. The mall record stores were expensive and limited my purchase power, but Discount Records had most vinyl LPs for about $5 - 50-66% off the price of the mall stores. And the B-side had similar prices with TONS of bootlegs.
Here we had Sam the Record Man, with super specials on Tuesdays.
 

Retreater

Legend
Its pretty sad how streaming, youtube and the ability to download any song on an album singly has basically destroyed the concept of listening to a record start to finish. I dont listen to music much anymore unless Im hanging out with people drinking but when we do everyone wants to cherry pick this song or that and heaven forbid you try to play a full album.
I'm more likely to listen to a full album on vinyl. Otherwise, I put on a playlist and drive, write, etc.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I don't even remember the first cassette I bought; it was probably Jon Gailmor's Dirt/Gonna Die With A Smile If It Kills Me, but it might have been Air Supply's Greatest Hits.

The first CD I bought was the first Garbage album, followed closely by Wish by the Cure.
 

Desdichado

Adventurer
If you want to expand a little bit beyond strictly music, the first vinyl lp I had was "The Story of Star Wars". It was a combination of dialogue and sound from the movies, music from the movies, a little bit of narration added overtop of that, and an illustrated booklet that you followed along with as you listened.

Original Cast With Naration By Roscoe Lee Browne – The Story Of Star Wars (1977, Pitman Press, Gatefold, Vinyl)

As an aside, it's not hard to find a vinyl rip of this online, although without the booklet to follow along with, the experience wasn't the same at all as what I had back in 1978-9 or so as a kid.

And although I probably can't count this since I didn't buy it myself, I think the earliest record that I actually had that I called my own was the Don't Bring Me Down single by Electric Light Orchestra. Brrruce!
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Along with "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith. So I've heard. I admit nothing.
Huh, weird. In my days as a bouncer in the 90s, the songs that dancers played the most were "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, or "Mea Culpa" by Enigma. But I guess the 80s are making a comeback; I noticed that people are starting to cuff their jeans and wear neon again.
 

Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
If you want to expand a little bit beyond strictly music, the first vinyl lp I had was "The Story of Star Wars". It was a combination of dialogue and sound from the movies, music from the movies, a little bit of narration added overtop of that, and an illustrated booklet that you followed along with as you listened.

Original Cast With Naration By Roscoe Lee Browne – The Story Of Star Wars (1977, Pitman Press, Gatefold, Vinyl)

As an aside, it's not hard to find a vinyl rip of this online, although without the booklet to follow along with, the experience wasn't the same at all as what I had back in 1978-9 or so as a kid.

And although I probably can't count this since I didn't buy it myself, I think the earliest record that I actually had that I called my own was the Don't Bring Me Down single by Electric Light Orchestra.
Very interesting!

I had the music to the Star Trek, the Motion Picture. The Klingon warbird theme remains a favourite.
 

Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
Huh, weird. In my days as a bouncer in the 90s, the songs that dancers played the most were "Teardrop" by Massive Attack, or "Mea Culpa" by Enigma. But I guess the 80s are making a comeback; I noticed that people are starting to cuff their jeans and wear neon again.
Tina Turner's Private Dancer...
 


Daft Punk's Around the World.

Kiss Alive II
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I spent hours listening to that double album and staring at the awesome gatefold!
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