Gateway Drugs

The key to this list is not so much the album as the artist highlighted in the notes. The album was my 'gateway' into that artist. Key point - not my first exposure to that artist ... who could not have been aware of Bowie before Low, or Eno in Roxy Music long before Bush of Ghosts, or for heaven's sake Nick Cave before 2016!

So no, these albums aren't a record of their first album but rather the album that made me sit up and revisit the back catalogue and make sure that I kept track of that specific artist going forward.

  1. King Crimson

    Release : 1969 | Robert Fripp

  2. Led Zeppelin

    Release : 1969 | Robert Plant

  3. Pentangle

    Release : 1969 | John Renbourn and Bert Jansch

  4. Fairport Convention

    Release : 1969 | Richard Thompson

  5. Neil Young

    Release : 1970 | Neil Young

  6. Genesis

    Release : 1970 | Peter Gabriel

  7. Pink Floyd

    Release : 1970 | Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour

  8. Traffic

    Release : 1970 | Stevie Winwood

  9. Strawbs

    Release : 1971 | Rick Wakeman

  10. Steely Dan

    Release : 1972 | Donald Fagen and Walter Becker

  11. Lou Reed

    Release : 1972 | Lou Reed

  12. Santana

    Release : 1972 | Carlos Santana

  13. Genesis

    Release : 1976 | Steve Hackett

  14. Talking Heads

    Release : 1977 | David Byrne

  15. David Bowie

    Release : 1977 | David Bowie

  16. XTC

    Release : 1980 | Andy Partridge

  17. Brian Eno, David Byrne

    Release : 1981 | Brian Eno

  18. Blur

    Release : 1994 | Damon Albarn

  19. Pulp

    Release : 1995 | Jarvis Cocker

  20. Porcupine Tree

    Release : 2002 | Steven Wilson

  21. Richard Hawley

    Release : 2005 | Richard Hawley

  22. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

    Release : 2016 | Nick Cave

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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