Also Brett, The Strokes would be difficult to get in this list for the same reason you disqualify Arcade Fire: there was an EP, The Modern Age, released before Is This It which was the source of their initial hype.
The Modern Age is only three songs and runs about 12 minutes. That's a single under our definitions.
Brett Alan wrote:
Thoughts? Am I forgetting something important?
hmm... Hybrid Theory
by Linkin Park? That record sold fantastically, continues to sell well, has some influence and some moderate critical acclaim. There were two EPs before it (one a piece under two different band names), but they sold poorly, were released on fly-by-night labels and are currently rare.
Well, this is going to be an ongoing issue going forward--what constitutes a release of an album in this day and age where anyone can burn CDs on their computer? Still, the first Linkin Park EP seems to be a real if small-time release, and at almost 30 minutes it's as long as some of the albums on the list, so I think that has to be considered their first album. Not a bad thought, though.