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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition (1001 Before You Die)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  869 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The ultimate compendium of a half century of the best music, now revised and updated. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a highly readable list of the best, the most important, and the most influential pop albums from 1955 through today. Carefully selected by a team of international critics and some of the best-known music reviewers and commentators, each album is ...more
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Universe (first published 2005)
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Working my way through this

Sinatra, Frank – In the Wee Small Hours
Presley, Elvis – Elvis Presley (1956)
Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life
Prima, Louis – Wildest
Domino, Fats – This is Fats
Ellington, Duke – At Newport (1956)
Sinatra, Frank – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
Crickets – Chirping…
Basie, Count – Atomic Mr Basie
Monk, Thelonious – Brilliant Corners
Sabú [Martínez] – Palo Congo
Davis, Miles – Birth of the Cool
Machito – Kenya
Just a short note: I thought this was a solid book of important album, with only two flaws - including a Limp Bizkit album (should have chosen Deftones' "White Pony" or something, even Linkin Park would do), and I don't think Britney Spears fits in (but this one is just my opinion)... anyway at least the former should've been taken off. Otherwise great book with reasonably good taste.
Bill I sit, listening to Einstürzende Neubauten's great album, "Kollaps" which is semi-rhythmic collection of German yelling, banging on garbage cans and recorded sounds from every day objects such as water burbling, feet shuffling and what almost sounds like a broken AM radio.

Such is the story of my life.

My good friends Mike and Karen generously bought me this book several months ago, which was very much appreciated (of course). As close we are, they did not know that they were doomin
This book does indeed cover 1001 albums. Whether or not you need to hear most of them before you die is a question that struck me immediately as I thumbed through it for the first time a few weeks ago when I picked it up at a Library book sale for a cool $1.00.

Starting with the 1950's era and moving forward through the 2000's, 1001 albums are reviewd by a large ensemble of nearly 100 "leading international critics," according to the cover. There is a brief blurb about each contributor to the boo

There is much for music lovers to be happy about once they get a hold of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Arranged by decade (1950s to present day), the hefty book is full of compulsively readable reviews written by various music critics, all more than willing to back up exactly why they consider these selections essential to your musical life.

Kicking off with Frank Sinatra’s heartbreaking In The Wee Small Hours, 1001 Albums tells us that Sinatra was almost a has-been when he recorded i
Tim Niland
There is nothing a music geek likes more than a good list, and this book may be the mother of all music lists. Just like it says on the tin, the editors and several authors list 1001 of their favorite albums from 1955 - 2005. Instead of ranking them from 1 - 1001, they present the albums by year of release, moving from crooners, jazz and the first stirrings of rock and roll in the mid 1950's then focusing almost exclusively on rock and pop music through to the mid-2000's. It is a fascinating boo ...more
For those who have spent the large part of their teen/adult years searching out the most obscure and underground music to whet their musical palates, this volume offers great suggestions to get acquainted with the "classics." 1001 Albums gave me some great listening recommendations in the areas of jazz and rock, making me step outside my comfort zone and acknowledge that some mainstream releases are certainly worth a listen. Who would've imagined that I'd ever buy (and like) a Byrds cd?!!
I love compendia such as this, which condense a vast and varied field into bite-sized bits, like a well-seasoned stew or packaged breakfast cereal. The authors show a somewhat British bias, and an artist bias, resulting in numerous Where are they and Why is this in here and Who the hell are they talking about among the recognisable wheat.
Whether or not I will ever hear most of these albums is not the issue (how long would it take anyway--a million years?--who has that kinda time, except maybe S
Nick H
This book is a gluttonous attempt at something that is proven again and again to do nothing but piss people off because of the exclusion of albums that should rightfully be included, but just didn't make the cut due to the contributors' taste in music. That being said, there are a lot of albums included that I was pleasantly surprised to see (Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue being a great example.) Also, the format becomes glaringly insufficient when I'm reading in 2011, and hit 2005 as an end ...more
Part of a growing stable of “1001 blanks you must blank before you die” titles published by Universe, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die lists a variety of records from a variety of popular music genres from 1955 to 2008 (though heavily weighted towards the later periods of this range), organized by large group of music critics and editors to be particularly representative of the development and evolution of modern music. Borrowed to me by a friend after I expressed my desire to learn more ...more
Thiago Silva
Fraquinho demais quando chega em meados dos anos 80/90/2000, deixa muita coisa de fora, sendo uma lista (excelente) de discos pop, mas que não necessariamente seriam essenciais, tem lacunas enormes em termos de punk e metal, apesar de algumas surpresas (cita Throbbing Gristle, por exemplo).
Aug 04, 2008 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: music lovers
Shelves: music
I am currently reading this massive volume, and for the most part, I enjoy it when I read it. I've tried to read it from cover to cover, and so far am up to 1987.

While I was reading it, I noticed some very interesting albums I might be interested in listening to, so I bought some sticky tabs to mark those pages. I've probably marked hundreds of albums at this point. It definitely opens you up to some eclectic albums, ones you probably wouldn't consider just seeing it on the CD shelf.

I enjoy tha
J Rock
Less a giant tome of musical treasures than an exercise in tedium, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die was something I wanted to love but couldn't. I wanted to discover a lot of music that I may have missed, but it focuses mostly on what's widely discussed as classics anyway so I already knew about most of what was included here. Of what I hadn't heard, hardly any piqued my interest enough to get me to check them out, in fact the only group this book turned me on to was Wire.

I don't really
Shane Malcolm
This giant tome is an excellent guide to the greatest albums of the rock music era, 1950s to present. The reviews are well-written and incisive, and there are hundreds of diverse acts featured, from the usual suspects (The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell) to more often overlooked performers (Siouxsie And The Banshees, Matthew Sweet). I would have given the thing five stars, but for the fact that female artists are slightly under-represented (typical for these books, although this one is much b ...more
Nick Kilner
A great book to have lying around on coffee tables for times when you would drink coffee. The albums are chosen by some music industry bourgeois type, so if you're expecting underrated underground bands to be in the list you'll be disappointed. Most of the bands have had some commercial success, so stay away indie kids. For the some of the part i dig his artist choices but i just can't get some of his album choices by some of these artists. eg. choosing Björk's album Medúlla over Homogenic - wha ...more
This was an interesting book to read mostly to learn about some new music "of worth" by someone's estimation. Of course, many of the reviews are fawning over music that I may or may not care for, but I always like to learn about new music. It also got me to listen to some music that I have but have let sit idle for a while.
One downside to it is that the most recent albums are from 2004-ish, so they're missing some good albums that have come out in the past few years, a problem which will only g
Matthew Revert
I thought the "1001 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die" was a surprisingly varied and informative book. For every "Titanic" was a "Satantango". It was for this reason that I picked up "1001 Albums...".

I was disappointed to see how unadventurous it was. For the most part we're presented with a stale list of standards that do very little to expand musical horizons. When the most "out there" release included is by Einsturzende Neubauten, we have a problem. What I hoped this book would provide wa
Cedric Hendrix
For a die-hard music junkie like me, this book is a must-have. That's not to say that I want to hear all 1,001 albums covered here. Some are very mainstream, and I'm not a mainstream kind of music fan. But someone out there is looking for the perfect Brittney Spears album, and good luck to them. This book fits that need at times. But more often than not, it's a good guide to the "jumping-off point albums" of a lot of good artists. Some artists get more coverage than others, but you could still b ...more
A "must" for anyone who enjoys music as an art expression. It's a good guide for those who want to discover new albuns or music genres/styles.
But there are many great albuns that are not listed. And the reviews are too shallow. Also, there's a lack of non american or british are artists, it's clearly oriented to american and british musicians. And I think there's obviously a whole musical WORLD outside these only two countries, which american critics and the public just don't know. It just show
Jan 16, 2009 Adam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is NOT Max, and actually loves music.
i'm just gonna go ahead and say that i 'read' this book although i dont think i will ever finish reading the whole 4000-some-odd pages of this behemoth. although this book does included some fascinating notes and info about most of my favorite albums and a lot of music i have never been exposed to, reading it all would force me to learn way too much about albums by artist(and i used the term loosely) that i have absolutely no interest in, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin T ...more
Keith Seekwhence
Is not as essential or definitive as I had hoped, but given the nature of the book, it's mostly left up to opinion. Personally 80% of the works mentioned are irrefutable, but I find a vast myriad of albums that go without mention and I do not agree with a considerable amount that are. At any rate, it is a well done book, nice chunky size, but I cannot help but feel if it were of a more standard form a good portion of the album re-reviews would be in greater detail.
Surfing Moose
Could not disagree more with a lot of entries in this book. Only one entry for The Residents and not even one of their first two albums, really? I don't recall seeing any of the original No-Wave bands on the list. Two entries for The Arcade Fire... two entries too many.

Seems that the list has more filler than killer. But alas it is only a list and these things cause consternation in music snobs such as myself.
May 10, 2013 Chris marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Actually started paging thru this at a friend's place and really liked it. It's organized by decade, with short essays about the picks that include some history of the band and some context for where the music fit the scene at the time.

This is a fun thing to have now that lots of these albums are available to explore online for free at Youtube and elsewhere. I'm actually listening to one right now.
A really good book. I wanted to try out some older music and also some more alternative stuff and found this really helpful.

One you can kinda just pick up where you left off.No need to read all the way through, however this is what I did.

Got an older edition as I didn't feel the need to have something up to date. Also, it was really cheap in sale. so a nice little bargain.(1.99).
Arthur dos Santos
I had great expectations about this book. As a music enthusiast I thought I would indeed find 1001 great albuns listed on this book, but most of them are not a must hear. I was glad to find my favorite bands and artists listed on this book, but they didn't even picked their best albuns! There are also some non-sense reviews about some records, and there are too much Björk albuns for my taste.

As good or bad as a list like this will ever be. Forget the predictable ones. Research the more obscure ones.
Todd Woods
Feb 16, 2015 Todd Woods is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
As I listen to the albums, I read the entry for it. Hope to work through the entire book this way.
Michael Jones
Whether you'd need to listen to every single one of these albums is entriely up to you, but it's a good read if you're a big music fan. The only arguable disadvatange in my case is the fact I'd listened to quite a few of the albums from the late 80s onwards and I was hoping to find some new albums to listen to, but it's no big deal.
I loved this book, when my step-mum bought it I has more than happy. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop looking for bands I love like Metallica,Led Zeppelin The Killers and Kings of Leon. This book not only made cherish some bands and records more, it made me learn more about music history and that could never be wrong.
Deeva Satanica
Wow, hier wird wirklich jeder Musikstil bedient. Einfach nur atemberaubend. Es ist fantastisch. Mit dieser Sammlung reist mit durch die Zeit der Musik und ganz gleich, welchen Musikgeschmack man auch hat, diese Sammlung öffnet einem die Ohren für Stile, an die man sich vorher nicht gewagt hat. Für jeden Musikliebhaben ein Muss.
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