The first track is essential in setting the "stage", mood, and tone of an album. The track that comes first is often one of the best tracks, and in the days when "radio-friendly" was key, the opening track was frequently the song that got the "overplayed" treatment.
However, the first track is not always a mind-blower on a great album.
Re-thinking the hallowed position -- on albums that you know well -- old, new, or anywhere in between, what essentially *excellent* albums had merely "so-so" first tracks?
In other words, the album took off *after* the first track, not with it. Not a bad song, necessarily, just not what you'd expect for an otherwise fantastic album.
Any thoughts? Truly welcome some examples of the "so-so" variety, that opened some of your favorite albums.