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100 Albums That Changed Music: And 500 Songs You Need to Hear
Which hundred albums have had the biggest impact on music in their time? Which of them have really changed things? And what, if you haven't heard them already are the 500 songs that you simply have to hear? Immediately, a hundred lists will form in a hundred minds, but here you'll find incisive, expert commentary from an array of expert music writers on the stand-out ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Booksales
(first published December 15th 2006)
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i have read a lot of books and lists on 'the 100 best...' albums/songs/artists, etc etc etc. this one differs tho because it isn't necessarily the 100 BEST albums, but the 100 MOST IMPORTANT albums, in that they changed trends and influenced others. so in that respect it was interesting to read the stories behind both many revered classic albums, and many that were overlooked at the time but in retrospect were very imortant in the shaping of music genres and trends.
Dec 23, 2007 Erin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: UK music fans
I LOVE these list books, but this one wasn't great, for a couple of reasons. First, it was WAY too UK focused for my tastes. There were several bands included that I had never heard of, much less their albums. Second, the book might as well have been called 100 Albums that Joe Strummer of The Clash liked a lot, because he's quoted in about every third review. Third, the typos - sheesh! Fourth, number 100 is "Spice" by the Spice Girls. Ugh.
"Great book that due to the subject matter reads somewhere cross between a collection of reviews and essays. Sticks to the subject very purposefully - it is not 100 great albums (and 500 songs...), or 100 albums you need to listen to. It is 100 albums 'that changed music'. And as such, the selection is quite good. Enjoyable writing as well."