Niche post here, one for the cataloguers and tic merchants. I’m midway (R-S at the moment) through an alphabetical listen through of the CDs. While most artists I listen to in release order, there are some who beg to be listened to in reverse order, as the quality steadily climbs until the sunlit uplands of the debut is released. Two cases:
Oasis. The exemplar. Start with the desperate Dig out…, then onto the Will This Do of Don’t Believe and Heathen Chemistry…the flashes of the old in the rubble of Standing On…the overlong badly produced but at the core there’s a half-decent album of Be Here Now, then What’s the Story and Definitely Maybe. From the swamps to the summit, ever upwards.
Sisters of Mercy: Vision Thing (has Tony James), Floodland (some great tracks) First And Last (awesome) and Some Girls Wander… ok I slightly cheatred as SGWBM is a compilation, but the arrow-like ascent holds true.
There. I’ve shared. Minimum 4 albums, arbitrarily. Or if you want to start at the top, artists whose catalogue showed a straightline descent from glory to gruesome.