Monday, December 8, 2008

1,000 recordings to hear before you die: a listener's life list by Tom

If you are looking for a good gift for the music lover in your life, let me recommend this book. There is something for everyone to discover here.

If you are the kind of music lover ala Nick Hornby’s list-making Rob Fleming from High Fidelity, you will not be able to resist this title. Sure there is plenty to argue with, but there is also plenty to love and learn. I was pleased to find personal faves ranging from Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique to Led Zeppelin’s How the West Was Won.

This book offers reviews and insights into a huge variety of musical genres beyond classical and rock, including: jazz, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, R&B, opera, soundtracks, and more. The alphabetical by author arrangement makes for strange unions, but helps to broaden listening horizons and will perhaps alert you to some delightful new aural treat. There are a number of indexes, including one to help you find works by genre.

Still more fun are the playlists for different occasions or moods. Another plus is the suggestion of where to go next that comes at the end of every entry. Following these tips to make your way through the book leads to further fascinating discoveries. Highly recommended.

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