I always recommend Original because riding an original just feels better than riding any other board. They have different trucks, that are spring loaded. This allows them to turn harder than regular trucks, but the tension of the spring makes the board want to return to center. For example, if you fall off a regular board mid-turn, the board will keep going in the same direction by itself because the bushing stays in the same spot. If you fall off an Original board mid turn the board will immediately start going straight because it needs the weight of you leaning on it to make it turn. This means for you that you can lean your body out really far into your turns like you would on a snowboard or surfboard, as opposed to having to keep your weight centered like on a regular skateboard. You turn with your whole body instead of just your legs/ankles. But don't get Original if you plan on doing hills later because you won't be able to bomb hills on it. They also are not ideal for beginners because they are kind of squirelly.
Kracked Skulls is IMO the ultimate beginner board overall for price/performance/flexability. You can do everything on it, it'll carve great, hold like a tank on steep hills (to an extent, its not for serious DH but I've been over 30mph carving hard turns on mine), its big and wide enough for dancing, and it'll slide ok too once you break in your wheels a little. Original, by comparison, will really only carve and slide, good luck dancing on one lol. Not stable enough.
If you have lots of money to blow buy a Loaded Dervish but if you are on a budget and want to spend under $200 then KS is the way to go. You won't regret it. I suggest the Schimitar (sp?) with Randals and BigZigs and standard bearings.