What was the first music album you ever bought or owned? Do you still listen to it or have you moved on?
I inherited or acquired various records (33's) growing up w/o actually buying them or having them given to me. I had various favorites, including the soundtrack albums for The Muppet Movie and Walt Disney's Cinderella. I also loved my parents old 1950s stereo novelty albums.
I had some pop albums as well, which I got from siblings or at garage sales. I had Thriller and We Are the World. When I got to middle school I started collecting albums in earnest and had most of the Beatles, a totally wacked out Rolling Stones B-sides anthology, Simon and Garfunkel, and more. I also had a ton of cassettes.
I think I got my first CD player in 1988 and with it my parents gave me Schubert's "Trout" quintet. The first CD I bought for myself was TMBG's Flood -- after hearing a review on NPR. (Geekery!) I got that at a record store in Ithaca, NY, and at the time I was so torn in the between that and Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (which I eventually got as well). I was so frustrated afterward because my sister, who I was staying with, didn't have a CD player so I had to wait two weeks to hear it! I *love* both those CDs still. Never got any other TMBG albums but I have like 7-8 Sinead albums.
And that fall for Christmas I remember Dee gave me Pump by Aerosmith. Which ROOLZ! For fun, here's "Love in an Elevator":