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

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Celebrate the joy, the revelation, the mystery, the fun, the sheer shivers-up-the-spine pleasure of great music. Essential operas. Milestone rock albums. An education in the blues. The world of world. Classical from Bach to Bart?k to Beethoven to Brahms. And dozens of unexpected gems, surprising discoveries, and long-lost masterpieces. The entries are arranged alphabetically, to break down genre bias and broaden every listener?s horizons?think Miles Davis to Claude Debussy to the melodic story-songs of The ...

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Overview

Celebrate the joy, the revelation, the mystery, the fun, the sheer shivers-up-the-spine pleasure of great music. Essential operas. Milestone rock albums. An education in the blues. The world of world. Classical from Bach to Bartók to Beethoven to Brahms. And dozens of unexpected gems, surprising discoveries, and long-lost masterpieces. The entries are arranged alphabetically, to break down genre bias and broaden every listener’s horizons—think Miles Davis to Claude Debussy to the melodic story-songs of The Decemberists. And the writing is passionate, informed, opinionated. Includes indexes for every mood and occasion.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761139638
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 400,488
  • 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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Table of Contents

A        ABBA to Albert Ayler
B        Baby Huey and the Babysitters to David Byrne and Brian Eno
C        Café Tacuba to Cypress Hill
D        I.K. Dairo and His Blue Spots to Bob Dylan
E        The Eagles to Cesaria Evora
F         John Fahey to Funkadelic
G        Peter Gabriel to Buddy Guy
H        Charlie Haden to Huun-Huur-Tu
I, J      Abdullah Ibrahim Trio to Joy Division
K        Henry Kaiser and David Lindley with Musicians from 
          Madagascar to Fela Kuti and the Afrika 70   
L         Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron to Lynyrd Skynyrd
M        Baaba Maal with Mansour Seck to My Morning Jacket
N, O    Nas to Buck Owens
P         Augustus Pablo to Tito Puente and His Orchestra
Q, R    Queen to Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
S         Kaija Saariaho to System of a Down
T         Taj Mahal to McCoy Tyner
U, V     Francisco Ulloa to Kevin Volans
W        Richard Wagner to Tammy Wynette
X, Y, Z   X to ZZ Top

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Sounds like a labor of love

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Pretty cool

    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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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Great Valentine's Day Gift

    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.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Loving this book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    what the....?

    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.

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