Do you folks remember your firsts in music?
Vinyl album: I can't remember the first LP I bought on my own. I do remember that the first LPs that were bought specifically for me (as opposed to general listening for all the kids in the house) were a set of LPs for my 10th or 11th birthday (or perhaps for Christmas). I remember that Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Starship's "Knee Deep in the Hoopla" were among the albums I was given. The Starship album was probably chosen because the song "Sara" was popular at the time... I also know that someone bought me a single of Hall & Oates' song "Sarah Smile," around that time, too.**
First cassette album: U2's "Unforgettable Fire" was the first cassette album I bought with my own money and is still in my collection. Also, perhaps because it's the only music I ever bought in another country, I clearly remember purchasing the Howard Jones EP "Action Replay" in Toronto while on vacation with my parents.
First CD: When this new-fangled technology came out, I was skeptical, but I had been given an inexpensive CD player and needed something to play in it. I went down to a convenience store near Western Michigan University's Campus that also happened to buy and cell used CDs and picked up a used copy of Fishbone's "Truth and Soul." I just relistened to that album last weekend, and various songs have been stuck in my head since ("Wow, I was shakin'!"). It was definitely worth the $3 or $4 I paid for it...
**Incidentally, while I can find a youtube video of the Hall & Oates version, I can't find that song anwyhere online to dowload, though we found a version by Boys II Men.