Big Albums From Artists You Might Not Know


Alphabetical by Artist

Significant albums in the 'Soundtrack of my Life' from artists you might not have heard of, but if your taste intersects with what you see here - you probably won't be disappointed.

  1. B-Tribe

    Flamenco meets Electronica meets New Age meets Rock. They produce some 5 albums. Like some other selections on this list, hard to isolate just one.

  2. Blackfield

    This is the fourth Blackfield - but in all honesty, you can't go wrong with any of them. To think these songs come from the same person that gave you Porcupine Tree is 🤯

  3. Roy Harper

    Roy Harper - 'muse' to Zeppelin and Floyd, and a master song writer and performer in his own right.

  4. Richard Hawley

    If you know Pulp - you might well have come across Hawley's work but he has sessioned with many people. HIs solo work is just extraordinary - and his voice is just 'liquid'. (And I am someone who prefers instrumentals.)

  5. Horslips

    1973 … and yet another great band from Ireland living in the grey area of Celtic Rock, Progressive and ‘Fusion’. Still revisit it from time to time and it never fails to move me.

  6. Jon Lord

    Jon Lord is most famous for his keyboard work with Deep Purple - and if you are a Purple fan, then you almost certainly know 'Deep Purple In Concert'. Lord did quite a few albums where 'Rock musicians meet Classical orchestra' - I loved them all - but if I had to choose one - this would be it.

  7. Magna Carta

    You might have to have been there to appreciate this one - but I was. Even saw them live at York University.

  8. Mahavishnu Orchestra

    It was 1971 when I was first exposed to John (Mahavishnu) McLaughlin through this album. I keep it in the 'Jazz/Rock Fusion' box .

  9. Mark-Almond

    Curiously hard to find this album on Spotify or Apple Music

    Sublime. Jon Mark and Johnny Almond emerged from Mayall's Bluesbreakers, This was their first and epynomous album. GLORIOUS.

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  10. Renaissance

    December '69 was when this was released and when I first heard it. STUNNING.

    Curiously this is the only version of this - their first album I could find.

    The band emerged from the mind of Keith Relf (Yardbirds). There are many more Renaissance albums - none achieve this peak. There again - none had Keith Relf.

  11. Secret Machines

    I am listening to an interview on the radio with David Bowie who out of the blue started waxing poetically about Secret Machines - so of course I had to go find it. I did. Never regretted it. They have an extensive catalogue - right up to one coming out in 2023 - but this is my 'go to'.

  12. The The

    'The The' is pretty much 'Matt Johnson'. A friend who knew me well bought me this one Christmas in the late 80s. I have heard a lot of other 'The The' - but this one I just keep coming back to.,

  13. The Waterboys

    Hard to decide between this and Fisherman's Blues. This wins out because it was my first exposure to them.

This album list was curated by John Philpin.
Their bio reads:

The Soundtrack of my Life is A starting point to a collection of pages about my taste in music - and the lists you will find here.

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