To kick it off…
My first purchase was An Electric Storm by White Noise. Island records 1969.
An Electric Storm is the debut album by electronic music group White Noise. The band recorded the first two tracks with the intention of producing a single only, but were then persuaded by Chris Blackwell of Island Records to create an entire album. At this point the group had established the Kaleidophon Studio in a flat in Camden Town, London, and spent a year creating the next four tracks. The last track was put together in one day when Island demanded the completion of the album. Although not very successful on its initial release, the album is now considered an important and influential album in the development of electronic music.
Recorded in the months immediately prior to the widespread availability of keyboard-based synthesizers, An Electric Storm might be one of the most painstakingly crafted electronic recordings of all time. Pieced together on improvised equipment via innumerable tape edits, this remarkable album is at once futuristic and unavoidably date-stamped, serving as a fascinating audio snapshot of a bygone era in sound generation and recording technology.
Bought in the mid 70’s from (the sadly no longer with us) Electrip Records in Rhyl which was stuffed with obscure vinyl and the smell of patchouli oil. No doubt attracted by the unusually stark record sleeve it was an instant purchase and played to death. Still have it today.