[Interview] Gabriel Keller: “10 albums that changed my life”

From The Beatles to Katzenjammer and Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd, the French composer and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Keller picks the 10 albums that changed his life:

01. The Beatles – Abbey Road
02. Pink Floyd – The Wall
03. Pink Floyd – Whish You Where Here
04. Ange – Souffleurs De Vers
05. Katzenjammer – Le Pop
06. The Wings – Live Over America
07. Queen – Queen 2
08. Slash – Slash
09. Deep Purple – Purpendicular
10. Porcupine Tree – In Absentia

01. The BeatlesAbbey Road

This album was a slap for the sound quality it offers and the quality of the composition. Each title is a musical monument. I discovered it almost 20 years ago and I still come back regularly

The Beatles – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

02. Pink Floyd – The Wall

I came to progressive rock thanks to Pink Floyd. First by the Meedle period, then that of The wall which inspired me on the mix of genres and instruments. And also being able to make an album with a concept from beginning to end.

Pink Floyd – Waiting For The Worms

03. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

As with Abbey Road, this album blew me away with its sound quality… When it came out in ’76, it was 30 years ahead of schedule. And then it is so poignant and rich.

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

04. Ange – Souffleurs De Vers

I discovered Ange at a concert in 2008 just after the release of this album. And it was directly a slap. The title “Coupée en deux” being, for me, a monument.

Ange – Coupée En Deux

05. Katzenjammer – Le Pop

Change of register, more folk, but without being less rich, I discovered this group after a date in 2015. I took an unsuspected pleasure in loving this kind of music which, ultimately, is not so far from prog in the harmonic richness and the work of the voices.

Katzenjammer – Demon Kitty Rag

06. The Wings – Live Over America

I’ve always been a fan of Paul McCartney, because I love his voice, his compositions, his basslines. But solo, I find it a bit soft. With a real band, it has such intense rock energy… And this album is really great. A best of live by Paul solo, Wings and even some beatles titles, but really rock version. Almost a compromise between Led Zeppelin and the Beatles.

The Wings – Letting Go (Live/Remastered)

07. Queen – Queen 2

For many, Bohemian Rapsody is a monument. THE monument of Queen. Of course there is. But The Marsh of The Black Queen and White Queen are so crazy… The first time I listened to this album, I didn’t understand what was happening to me. I must have listened to it at least 10 times in a row. it’s so rich, intense and composed with an almost unparalleled brilliance!

Queen – The March Of The Black Queen

08. Slash – Slash

In the Rock N Roll style, inevitably, Slash … What a guitarsite. And as much as I’m not a huge Guns fan, so much this album. Thanks to all these featuring, it is rich. And I owe him a lot. It is thanks to this album that I had the iodine to do mine with so many feats!

Slash – By The Sword (feat. Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother)

09. Deep Purple – Purpendicular

History not to be like everyone else, it is not by Smoke On The Water that I discovered Deep Purple, but via this album and this guitarist: Steve Morse. Everything seems so easy to him. And yet, he puts this technique at the service of such emotion…

Deep Purple – Sometimes I FeelLike Screaming

10. Porcupine Tree – In Absentia

My entry into modern prog was made via this album. A friend took me to see Steven Wilson and I loved it. So, the next day, I went to a CD seller to ask him for a Steven album. He then asked me if I knew his old band.
I answer him no and he advises me this album that I buy.

Once at home, in my cd deck .. Breathless. It’s complicated, it’s powerful; it’s beautiful, it’s simple, it’s rich, that’s all I like! Since then, Porcupine Tree has been one of my favorite bands!

Porcupine Tree – Blackest Eyes

Read ou review of the album “Clair Obscur” here: [Review] Gabriel Keller – Clair Obscur

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