Saturday, January 31, 2009

KQED Music: New Year, Old Records

January is rarely an exciting musical month new-release-wise, which is a shame; the New Year should be all about fresh, new things, after all. But this year I've found musical refreshment from a less obvious source: the latest edition of Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. The title is fairly self-explanatory, and there are plenty other best-ever-record-list books out there, but this really is a superior example of the genre.

First of all, it is impressively eclectic, taking in genres such as classical, folk, and blues next to the standard rock/pop mix. And it's organized alphabetically by artist, which means lots of fun collisions such as Public Enemy being held back by millions from Puccini's La Bohème, and the Sex Pistols neglecting to mind their bollocks next to Shakira ...

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