At the start of the decase I purchased a copy of 1001 Albums To Listen To Before You Die with the intention of doing just that. Fate has been on my side, and I finally reached the end of the book last week.
Of course, I didn’t quite manage to listen to all 1001 albums – some were unavailable on Spotify (i.e King Crimson, KLF et al) and some I couldn’t stomach after the first few songs (e.g. Slipknot). Additonally, I didn’t bother with the albums I already owned – deciding to skip those and move onto more unfamiliar terriority instead. I started a blog and tried to review everything I heard but eventually gave that up as it descended into nonsense.
Additionally, I’ve tried to purchase every album I gave 8 or more out of 10 to.
There were a number of albums and artists I was already familiar with, beyond name recognition, but some of my favourite listens from the book were Steely Dan, Brian Eno and Sonic Youth.
Some thoughts on some random albums in the comments…