I am less knowledgeable than the posters on this thread, and to my knowledge this album flopped, but my personal favorite debut album tied with PPM is Simon and Garfunkel's Wednesday Morning 3 AM. I love it for the same reasons as PPM: it's raw and fetal and it's so different from their later stuff, it's fun to imagine how this album launched such an incredible career!
I love Simon & Garfunkel I have all their albums , but I`m not a lover of the Debut , sadly
I`m going to throw one into the ring
P.P.M did`nt have all penned songs by the band So then The Kick Inside - Kate Bush All penned and also had the first penned debut no 1 by a female artist in pop history , Wuthuring Heights Not a bad start I say !
Friend: My favorite Beatles song is Band On The Run.
Me: It's not a Beatles song.
Friend: Wot! That guy, that guy, Paul McCartney sings it right?
Friend: Alright! That one is my favorite Beatle song.
if Kite hasn't beaten me to it, Kate Bush , The Kick Inside. I was into punk at the time, slouching while criticising Top Of The Pops as mediocrities appeared one after the other, waiting for the token punk cat to appear when i was forced to sit up and pay attention when this very unusual song and artists appeared on my screen. The Kick Inside is such an unusual album. No-one was writing songs like these, you just could not categorise it.
Much as I love Please Please Me, Ahab's The Call of the Wretched Sea and Morbid Angel's Altars of Madness are on my actual list of favorite albums ever, #6 and #9 respectively. There are better albums than PPM, even within The Beatles own discography. Still, no bad songs whatsoever on it and an enjoyable and historical record to listen to, and they certainly knocked it right out of the park on their first try.