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by Tom Moon

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.
Download 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (1,000 Before You Die) epub
ISBN: 076113963X
ISBN13: 978-0761139638
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Tom Moon
Language: English
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (August 4, 2008)
Pages: 992 pages
ePUB size: 1433 kb
FB2 size: 1294 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 346
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New note: it appears that this entire book is on the website. The layout on the website actually makes it easier to read than the Kindle edition. Check out the website before buying the book.

If you have diverse interests in music, this is the book for you. The book may not be as useful if you only listen to one type of music and are already very familiar with those recordings (for instance if you only listen to classic rock).

Of course, if you do not have any way to listen to the listed recordings, then this book might be somewhat pointless. However, it is fun to read about a recording, (e.g., an early 40's blues guitar recording; or a modern classical piece; or a 60's zydeco recording; or an early punk rock record etc.) and then listen to the recording at the same time using a service like Rhapsody.

The Kindle edition of this book is a good buy at $2.99; however, I think a hard copy of the book might be better because you'll do a lot of flipping back and forth between the chapters and appendices and a real book is better for this.

I have noted that for the included classical and opera pieces, the author often chose really old recordings. Sure, these might be highly regarded classic recordings of these pieces, but they also sound like crap compared to modern recordings. I am quite sure that there are great recordings of these classical masterpieces that are not 60 or 70 years old.
Well OK, the book didn't cost that much, but it's impact certainly did. On one level this book makes an informative read that should develop a curiosity about the music that surrounds us all. Some reviews criticize it for not being the definitive list of all that is best; well, OK, maybe that is the case, but I took from this book that it was just a list and that in digesting its contents there should grow inside you a curiosity to find your own '1001' that may or may not include elements of this 'list'. That you should go out and listen to this 'list' or indeed find your own is enough; you have found your music and felt what it does to you. Aha! But can/do/should you stop there? Maybe I took things a bit too far as I sought out not the CD from the local music store (we'll come to 'record store' in a minute) but as much of the original recordings as I could find. Yes, I sought out the vinyl where it was on vinyl, CD where it was on CD and 78 where it was on 78 and actually bought them (not all 1001 I assure you! Just the ones I wanted to hear...) hence the book being 'expensive'; most you can get for under ten dollars, but start looking for mono Rolling Stones or Hendrix first pressings from the UK with intact inner materials etc and it will start to cost...)

Yes, it is all still out there; eBay being the obvious choice among rival bidders - but you get the choice of 'good enough', '1st pressing' or 'cheap and playable' depending on your budget, preference etc. Then you have the local thrift stores and 'record stores' where people dump those piles of vinyl from the attic - recycling, perhaps? Wherever it comes from, you can find it and this is the core of my message. If you can find it to rent (local library) or buy (eBay, thrift etc) get the original and hear it as it was supposed to be heard. This book will literally jump out at you and you will thirst for more...

That music was crafted long ago by those who sought to bring an experience to their listener and did so according to how its reproduction should sound (or at least as best they could manage within the boundaries of the technology at the time...Jelly Roll Morton, Memphis Minnie and Bix Beiderbecke for example). There have been many treatises on the reproduction of music - especially classical, written not for the LP but for the salon or concert hall - but to experience it in the medium that brings the intent of the composer/writer/performer alive should not be missed. From within that medium comes the textures and dimensions modern compression for our disposable 'noise in the background' music media have destroyed or lost along the way.

...then you will have found your music. It won't be that of the reviewers, nor necessarily the same 'list', but you will have experienced what music can do as well as understand where it comes from and how it has developed. Buying this book will begin a journey you can enjoy and share with others too, learning of their tastes and perspectives and sharing yours - to say nothing of nostalgia etc.

Tell you what...go down to the local 'record store', find a good copy of an album (and I mean an LP you own on CD) you think you know (according to taste...) and play it in the store. See what you think. Enjoy.
If you don’t have much accumulated knowledge about classical music, this might prove useful to you. But if you have a couple of decades of listening to a decent classical music radio station (WFMT in Chicago) you won’t get much from this book that you don’t already know. I had hoped that I could use this book to patch the gaps in my knowledge but it didn’t.
This is a really good book for browsing, discovering music that is completely off your radar, and reading the author's interesting views on music that you know (and may love or hate). It's a reference book (although with no search) as well as a good book for random exploration.

So the book is very enjoyable in terms of content, but the Kindle edition has some problems (I am reading it on the Kindle app on an iPod Touch). Many of the illustrations are wrong (duplicates of correct graphics for some other entry), and the book has shown odd behavior that I have not seen with other Kindle books on the iPod (and I have bought and read many). E.g., losing the place if you close and re-open the book, getting stuck on one page that will not advance or go back (fixed by closing and re-opening the app). Other things I forget - but it seems like the book was not "compiled" correctly for the e-book format. It's just flaky. Very annoying.

This book really needs a search capability too. That's a generic limitation on the Kindle app that Amazon really needs to fix.
There is another book out there with 1001 albums in it. I found this book a much more rewarding experience. I had already heard most of the 1001 albums in Dimery's book. It was much more focused on post-1950s rock. This book is much broader in its tastes. Going through it has been a real learning experience and I've gotten to hear a lot of new music that I think I probably never would have encountered despite being a fairly obsessive music fan. This was a great way to break down my genre habits and find new things. I don't mean to knock Dimmery's book, which I enjoyed, but the two books are trying to serve different purposes.