Friday, March 3, 2023

VA - Up In Lights, Great DEBUT Singles Vol. 01 (A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CD's) REPOST



VA - Up In Lights, Great DEBUT Singles Vol. 01 (A Butterboy Compilation) (4 x CD's)  


First impressions are so important, back in the old days, bands used to release things called "albums", which were often introduced by items known as "singles". As a buyer, the idea was you listened to the radio and heard a song you liked, then physically went to the record store and bought the single. If you really enjoyed the single – and could afford it – you then went and bought the whole album. I guess people do still buy albums, but that single? You hear it on a Spotify playlist and, if you could be bothered, you look up the artist. Old man warning: Things were better in the old days. (

The medium may change from analog to digital, but there’s always something magical about a great single, a record that can change your life in four minutes or less, and there’s a special knack to coming up with a classic your first time out of the gate. Even the most brilliant artists haven’t always managed that and there are a few world-class bands who had an underwhelming single or two before their big breakthrough. Still, there are quite a few artists who claimed their territory with the first notes of their first single, and below are the greatest debut 45 records. A few were great one-offs, but most were the start of a long career. (

A great debut single is the opening line in a conversation you never want to end, and hearing a band or artist get it right on their first try is one of the greatest thrills in music. (Rolling stone)


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Track lists


01 Fats Domino The Fat Man 2:47

02 Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats Rocket 88 2:50

03 5 Royals You Know I Know 2:38

04 Lavern Baker Soul on Fire 3:05

05 Elvis Presley That's All Right 1:58

06 Hank Ballard & the Midnighters Work With Me Annie 2:47

07 Chuck Berry and His Combo Maybellene 2:22

08 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley 2:47

09 Rainbows Mary Lee 2:32

10 Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two Cry, Cry, Cry 2:33

11 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Be-Bop-A-Lula 2:36

12 James Brown Please Please Please 2:46

13 Slim Harpo I'm a King Bee 3:01

14 Buddy Holly & the Crickets That'll Be the Day 2:17

15 Jerry Butler & the Impressions For Your Precious Love 2:46

16 Cliff Richard Move It 2:24

17 Irma Thomas Don't Mess With My Man 2:24

18 Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby 2:54

19 Marcels Blue Moon 2:22

20 Gary U S Bonds New Orleans 2:51

21 Beach Boys Surfin' Usa 2:28

22 Booker T. & the M.G.'s Green Onions 2:56


23 Otis Redding These Arms of Mine 2:35

24 Beatles Love Me Do 2:21

25 Rolling Stones Come On 1:49

26 Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters Cry Baby 3:26

27 Dusty Springfield I Only Want to Be With You 2:37

28 Del Shannon Runaway 2:21

29 Randy & the Rainbows Denise 1:58

30 Beau Brummels Laugh 3:22

31 Nashville Teens Tobacco Road 2:27

32 Peter and Gordon World Without Love 2:40

33 Zombies She's Not There 2:25

34 Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man 2:34

35 Who I Can't Explain 2:06

36 Young Rascals I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore 2:46

37 McCoys Hang on Sloopy 3:53

38 Sam & Dave Hold on I'm Comin' 2:34

39 Velvet Underground All Tomorrows Parties 2:49

40 ? & the Mysterians 96 Tears 2:58

41 Los Bravos Black is Black 2:58

42 Count Five Psychotic Reaction 3:08

43 Monkees Last Train to Clarksville 2:45

44 Janis Ian Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking) 3:13


45 Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman 2:56

46 Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl 3:06

47 Vanilla Fudge You Keep Me Hangin' On 2:56

48 Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale 4:03

49 Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense and Peppermints 2:49

50 Box Tops The Letter 1:56

51 Pink Floyd Arnold Layne 2:52

52 Doors Break on Through (To the Other Side) 2:28

53 Leonard Cohen Suzanne 3:48

54 Grateful Dead The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) 2:11

55 Jimi Hendrix Hey Joe 3:28

56 Creedence Clearwater Revival Suzie Q. (Pt. 1) 4:38

57 Band The Weight 4:37

58 Deep Purple Hush 4:24

59 Plastic Ono Band Give Peace a Chance 5:00

60 Led Zeppelin Good Times Bad Times 2:47

61 Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog 3:10

62 Janis Joplin Kozmic Blue 4:24

63 Jackson 5 I Want You Back 3:00

64 Grand Funk Railroad Time Machine 3:43

65 James Taylor Carolina in My Mind 3:38

66 Thunderclap Newman Something in the Air 3:54


67 George Harrison My Sweet Lord 4:37

68 Mungo Jerry In the Summertime 3:31

69 Uriah Heep Gypsy 6:37

70 America A Horse With No Name 4:09

71 Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine 2:05

72 Big Star In the Street 2:54

73 Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes 3:13

74 Eagles Take it Easy 3:32

75 Electric Light Orchestra 10538 Overture 5:23

76 Bruce Springsteen Blinded By the Light 5:03

77 Roxy Music Virginia Plain 2:56

78 New York Dolls Personality Crisis 3:45

79 Aerosmith Dream On 4:27

80 Bad Company Can't Get Enough 4:16

81 Skyhooks Living in the 70's 3:42

82 Patti Smith Hey Joe (Single Version) 5:08

9 Television Little Johnny Jewel Parts 1&2 7:09

84 Pere Ubu 30 Seconds Over Tokyo 6:21

85 Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K. 3:32

86 Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop [Single Version] 2:12

87 Angels Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again 3:22

88 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells 3:16




  1. thank you B.B for all the time u put up in here

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Herve.
      This was posted in 2021 and was popular then.
      Glad you like it.

  3. All great selections and thanks of course, BB, but two points I wanted to make - I'm surprised Jerry Lee Lewis wasn't included as Crazy Arms was a reasonably strong debut and as far as The Beach Boys I expected to see Surfin', which was released on the small Candix label pre-Capitol. Just two things that came to mind. Aside from that, thanks again and again and again.

    1. Hi ronzoni,
      Surfin" should be there as it is the Beach Boys first single, (Not Surfin USA). I will replace the track accordingly. How that slipped by me I don't know.
      Re Jerry Lee Lewis - Crazy arms, I didn't feel it was a great song by him being a cover of a 1945 Ray Price hit. That aside there are many more debut singles that could be included in Volume 3 (not sure when).

  4. Needs new Links

    Hi BB. I am trying to do some catching-up again and noticing
    some expired links so will be doing some requests for those.
    I'm not purposely looking for and/or seeking out broken links.
    I'm surprised, finding more than usual.. hope not to be a pest.
    Just needed to say that. I am surely thankful for your assists.

    1. Hi mrRadio.
      Not a problem. I understand.
      If you can keep the flow to one or two per day, it will help.
      I am actually pleased that these will get a new life.
      for this set I will probably combine the two in one post as well.