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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die Paperback – 15 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; 01 edition (15 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844036243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844036240
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Written by top UK and US music journalists, 1001 Albums is the ultimate insiders guide to albums you must hear before you die. Over 650 images of key album covers, and live concert and studio shots. For the MP3 crowd every entry has an i-Pod style list with recommended downloads from each album

About the Author

Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House, and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, plus countless other popular music publications. He has also contributed to books on classic albums and classic singles, and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.


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Arbitrary, uneven and unbalanced selection, and shallow comments that will teach you nothing. The Rolling Stone Magazine cohort and its disciples telling you what to listen to, and, by default, what music and artists to ignore. It would be nice if it was done with intellectual accuracy, but this is just a product, one destined to create opinion trends and to shape (or reaffirm) people's tastes without any artistic argument or any sense of historical significance. Buy it if you like the Rolling Stone magazine ways, trust the "best of" lists resulting from its nonsensical surveys, or think that the Grammy awards mean anything. Otherwise, read books by Ted Gioia, Charlie Gillett, Simon Frith, Peter Guralnick, Clinton Heylin and many other serious writers, read iconoclastic critics like Robert Christgau, use the All Music Guide site and Amazon's customers reviews as a loose reference when it comes to buy records, and listen, listen, listen ... Be curious, investigate, seek, and build your own musical background.

Editing on 16 November 2014:

I'm afraid of some people could think I'm just a hater, a troll ... or, who knows, a resentful musician ignored by the Rolling Stone Magazine. So, I just want to complement my review with some specific information.

I'm talking as someone who's been an engaged music listener since his early teens, back in the 1970's. I've got a pretty respectable collection of about 4000 records: roughly speaking I have 3200 albums between rock & pop, 400 blues' albums, and another 400 of jazz.
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I guarantee this book will appeal to all but the most jaded or informed music fan. It is a veritable treasure trove of material: most of it familiar, a lot of it less so (or occasionally never heard of). Listed in chronological order and arranged in decades, each album covered is given a neat and informative summary often leaving me with an urge to explore the artist further. The selections are eclectic and occasionally surprising but, in the main, the albums featured here are ones that are (rightly) already in the pantheon of what are considered to be 'classic albums'. Naturally the later inclusions are bound to be more contentious as only time will judge whether they are the modern day classics that the contributors claim them to be.

This book is satisfying on so many levels. As a general reference book of classic rock and pop, as a primer for more in-depth musical exploration, as a 'bluffer's guide' to rock: this book is all of these things and more. And, as the review title suggests, it is perfect for dipping in and out of as each inclusion can be read in a couple of minutes. And, yes, I really do keep it next to the toilet! (Is that too much information?)
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Robert Dimery chose this list mostly by himself. Now 1001 albums is a LOT of records. He could have given a decent history of popular recorded music. But no, he chose a much, much narrower option. You'll learn very little about Jazz, Gospel, Blues, Folk, Film Soundtracks, "World Music", and the musicians of 40s and 50's from the token entries here.
The Mojo Collection does it so much better.
As he includes the most commercially successful albums since 1960, the chances are you'll find a fondly remembered disc. One of 90 journalists gives a positive review of your chosen album, with some trivia and/or a quote. This is all quite pleasing for a short browse.. BUT I've seen lots of these albums languishing in charity shops for 50p, so the "Must Hear Before You Die ..." tag just doesn't seem right. Briefly loved, these are now Disposable Discs rather than Desert Island Discs..
It's a thick, heavy, well presented book, so I'm giving it 3 stars - as my used copy was good value. [ I read the reviews here and so bought a used edition for £2.81. If you buy it I'd advise you to do the same.]
All the other books of the 1001 series have much wider scope. This isn't that bad, but it's disappointing compared to the others.
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If you ever wanted to feel smug about your existing music collection while discovering great music you just never knew existed this is the very heavy book for you.

Team this up with a streaming/download app and you basically have access to the best of music forever. The reviews of the albums are honest and accurate. If you love music and you haven't got this book then, like me until now, you have been missing out.
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I got this book purely to find out what albums were in it

I think Its pretty darn good Lots of variety and styles Though I think they could have added a few metal bands from the 2000's like Opeth and Dream theater these two bands really have something special about them.

the books is really good and features allsorts of music in it to try, althoguh the 2000's section seems to trail off and only focus on radio type stuff which is fine cos its good stuff but the variety dies down at that point when there is plenty of awesome stuff in the 2000's. Obviously these books are subjective because music is subjective and are designed to get the reader thinking what they would put in a list like this.

my liste would include Opeth, drea mtheater, flower kings. BB king , Canned heat , Free, Scroobius pip and danle sac. barenaked ladies, and a few other but NOT inplace of anything they put in the book I would just increase the number hahaha

I think its very good though it won't appeal to any particular genre purists like Metal heads who only listen to metal for example they would say it sucks. This is for MUSIC lovers not a genre lover.

Plenty of stuff too find and try though so that is why I gave it a 5 stars because it is about as well written and thought out as it possibly could be really
with the 2000's taking a slight dip
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