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1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List

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by Tom Moon
     
 

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The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners

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The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer fun of great music.

This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It's arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners’ horizons— it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos.

Each entry is passionately written, with expert listening notes, fascinating anecdotes, and the occasional perfect quote—"Your collection could be filled with nothing but music from Ray Charles," said Tom Waits, "and you'd have a completely balanced diet." Every entry identifies key tracks, additional works by the artist, and where to go next. And in the back, indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions.

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Music critic, performer, and devotee Moon's reference work contains his own personal list of favorite recordings-albeit a very well-informed one. His passion for music of all kinds is evident in enthusiastic (and sometimes glib) entries and a passionate introduction as well as in the care he has taken to make the list accessible. The book contains four different indexes (genres, classical and opera composers, classical and opera performers, and a general index), along with playlists for special occasions that have enticing titles such as "Cocktail Hour," "Roadtrip Soundtracks," and "Lazy Sunday Morning." With a few exceptions, the entries describe an album or a recording and consist of two or three paragraphs spanning a page or so, as well as a genre categorization and the release date. Most also identify additional worthwhile works by the same performer or composer, recordings directly related to the entry, and/or recordings that are of interest but less related. In scope, this work covers 21st-century recordings and those made during the last half of the 20th century in a very broad array of genres. Artists, composers, and performances one would expect make the cut, such as the Beatles, Richard Wagner, Miles Davis, and Andrew Lloyd Weber, plus more unexpected names like Goro Yamaguchi, Huun-Huur-Tu, 2Pac, and Tangerine Dream.
—Sarah Sutton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761139638
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Pages:
992
Sales rank:
672,325
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning music journalist Tom Moon is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered as well as Rolling Stone, Blender and other publications. During his twenty-year tenure as a music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer, his writings appeared in hundreds of daily newspapers and magazines. A saxophonist, Moon began his career as a professional musician, working in assorted rock bands, cruise ship orchestras, and Maynard Ferguson's big band. He lives with his wife, daughter, two dogs and thousands of CDs in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

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1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
BNMerch_Man More than 1 year ago
Let's begin with a proviso: a book like this *always* has inexplicable omissions. Nothing by rock band Dire Straits or the great Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz? Three albums by Marvin Gaye but only one by Gilbert & Sullivan or Dizzy Gillespie or Cole Porter? What th'?!? But you shouldn't consult a book like this to insist that its author, longtime music critic Tom Moon, confirm your musical preferences or prejudices. You should consult it so Moon can recommend a world of music -- rock, jazz, gospel, opera, R&B, country, pop, folk, blues, hip-hop, classical, and more -- you've inevitably overlooked in your busy life ... and perhaps to remind you of great music you've heard on the run but never taken the time to acquire, pop into a CD player, and give it the sit-down hearing it deserves. (You know, stop and smell the roses and all that.) For each album, Moon not only includes key tracks to focus on -- and usually discusses them in his album profile -- but "next stop" and "after that" albums to try if you like what you're listening to. Bottom line, this guide will open your ears to some of the best recordings ever committed to shellac, vinyl, or polycarbonate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of them seem like they're worth hearing, others not. But it's a diverse list, so something for everyone.
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Betsyanne53 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a Valentine's day gift for my husband. My husband likes classical music but admittedly knows very little about or is familiar with any other genre. He is having a great time; however, it has upped our I-Tunes bill as he discovers more and more music that he likes.
Bilbo68 More than 1 year ago
I'm still in the A's -- but have already heard a lot of great music that I'd otherwise never have known to look for. One big tip: I wouldn't buy hundreds of CDs that I might not like. But for rhapsody.com subscribers like myself, this book is a bonanza. I have access to all kinds of music, but I don't know what to look for. This guide is terrific. One of my favorite recent purchases.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
is this some kind of joke? lil jon? mc hammer? but no Gordon Lightfoot. Wow, we might as well start reading comic books(um, 'graphic novels') in our literature classes. Oh yeah, some places already are. Oh well, could be that I'm just sick of these 1000 things to do books.