Debut albums. Get them right, and their impact can change the world. Some mark the starting point for even greater things to come, others make such a lasting impression their legacy becomes an almost unbearable burden on the shoulders of its creators.
Many bands have got it very right on their first attempt; defining eras, inspiring generations, or simply becoming cult classics for an instantly dedicated fanbase. Here, we’ve sorted through the long-list of enduringly classic debuts to present 25 of our own essentials, all of which have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape.
When you’ve been through our rundown, leave a comment below letting us know which debuts you keep going back to time after time, and which records not included on our list you feel deserve a mention.
Portishead‘s multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow has said the band will ‘definitely’ release a new album in the near future, and are planning on beginning work on the record very soon.
Well, it’s that time of year again when we here at the Live4ever Ezine begin to trail back through 12 months worth of musical delights in a vain attempt to group our favourites of 2011 into some sort of coherent list we like to call Live4ever’s Essential Listening.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be presenting our most cherished gigs, tracks and albums of the year, in the hope that our highlights from 52 weeks worth of sonic adventure will inspire you to investigate our essential picks of 2011, as well as sharing your own favourites with us.
Check back next week for Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2011 – The Tracks, and when you’ve been through our stand-out gigs of the year, don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell the world of your memorable gig-going experiences of 2011.
Indefinite hiatus is rarely a good thing for music. Whenever most bands find themselves tagged with the term, it more often than not means there is no turning back. Either the individual members slowly wither away into endless anonymity, leaving a trail of what-ifs and what-could-have-beens in their wake, or even worse – they reconnect too many years too late to cash in on the same collection of songs gone stale, only to release a new record that faintly resembles a watered-down version of their younger selves.
Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow has confirmed he will begin writing material for a new album at the beginning of next year, but also admitted he is unsure when bandmates Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley will follow suit.
Portishead have begun work on new material after signing with a major record label, according to producer and leader Geoff Barrow.
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