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1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

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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.
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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Publish date: Aug 28, 2008
Added to Scribd: Mar 05, 2012
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780761153856
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chriswildman reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I challenge anyone to find a more intelligent and diverse guide to good "musics" (as opposed to "music" = western classical tradition + popular appendages). Any takers?
varielle_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a well-written synopsis of great recordings by someone who loves music. The arrangement is useful in that it points you to related recordings within a genre. It is arranged alphabetically by performance artist, which as the author points out, can lead to some very interesting and diverse individuals turning up beside each other. It's a great reference tool to develop or broaden a music collection or your listening history.
linus_linus_2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I thought the choices werent equitable- some genres being neglected, and a slight overemphasis on jazz and blues, may be of author's own taste. So if you are well acquainted with Jazz you would want to skip this but if you are looking for a decent list of great Jazz recordings, along with a few other greats this would do it.
a2jc4life_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
As individuals with highly eclectic musical taste, my husband and I rarely encounter anyone who enjoys as much musical variety. In Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, we may have met our match. Encompassing everything from Baroque to reggae to classic rock - and just about any other genre you can think of - this book will definitely introduce you to a wide variety of styles, composers/artists, and recordings. It's even organized in alphabetical order, so these highly-varied genres are juxtaposed against one another, side-by-side!Some of the "recordings" listed are entire albums; others are individual songs. Where entire albums are recommended, the author specifies "key tracks" to listen to. In many instances, related recommendations are made. Brief descriptions let you know what to expect and why the recording is memorable. (Genres are specified, so if you're unfamiliar with an album/piece, you will know what you're getting yourself into!)My only complaint is that where songs have lyrics, the content is not really discussed. Given that the book's focus is on the music, it's understandable, but it would be nice to know whether the recordings are appropriate to play for my children. All in all, we have been impressed with the overall collection, and look forward to getting to know some new music.
she_climber reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I think a book like this just isn't going to get much reaction. When it comes to music - people like what they like. I think he did a great job of being diverse in his selections, however.
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