Debut Albums From Singers Of Great Bands797188

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Each morning the birthday section of the local newspaper prints names of the famous people who were born on that particular day, and there is almost always a prominent musician listed included in this. In some cases the editor finds it required to mention this rock band name, since the musician probably is not known to many people who might be aware of group.

Yesterday the paper listed Steve Vai, an esteemed although not widely recognized guitarist. For some reason none of the bands Vai worked with accompanied his name, even though that information may have helped music fans more clearly identify him.

His most popular collaboration cane through rock legend Frank Zappa, but Vai worked with many noteworthy artists throughout the decades that followed. My first review of Vai came through David Lee Roth, once i purchased the former Van Halen singer's first solo album Eat 'em and Smile.

Steve Vai had a huge role in that album, but it still ended up with a lukewarm reception. Most fans of Van Halen, like myself, were disappointed by Roth's first solo effort.

He had not been the first singer of the great band to release a eponymous debut that did not live up to expectations, and listed here are ten others.


Mr. Bad by Freddie Mercury

Queen's front man took a disco method of his first release without his three mates, so fans of vintage discs just like a Night At The Opera and Sheer Cardiac event were sure to be a little disappointed. The album has some tracks which have aged well, for example "Man Made Paradise" and "Living On My Own."

Self-Titled by Ian Hunter

After the final two delightful Mott the Hoople records, Hunter did find a way to score a hit by himself with "Once Bitten Twice Shy." Few of the other songs here, however, fulfill the standards his band had established.

The night time Fly by Donald Fagen

"New Frontier" would be a huge hit and most of the songs have endured, yet overall this collection pales towards the discography of Steely Dan.

Beatitude by Ric Ocasek

It appears like something his band The Cars might have done, only it clings too closely to an alternative wave sound that was already fading.

I Can't Stand Still by Don Henley

Those who liked both rock as well as the country phases of the Eagles probably felt some regret once the singing drummer filled his first disc with mostly unremarkable pop tunes like "Dirty Laundry."

Self-Titled by Eric Carmen

Carmen played power pop like "Go Every one of the Way" with the Raspberries, simply to do a complete one eighty simply by himself on songs for example "Never Gonna Just fall in love Again."

Schemer Dreamer by Steve Walsh

The energetic stage leader of Kansas broke out on his own to produce an album with only seven songs, one of which was a cover of Elvis Presly's "That's Okay."

Daltrey by Roger Daltrey

Busy with starring inside the rock opera Tommy and singing a lot of the songs for that Who, Daltrey probably had limited time to spend on this solo release.

Pictures At Eleven by Robert Plant

He would enjoy much success as a solo artist down the road, but this initial release kind of went over like a lead zeppelin.

Face Value by Phil Collins

"In the Air" was a huge hit, but the record veered a lot of from the work Collins did with Genesis in early years.