1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

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So much to hear. So little time. You can spend your entire life devouring music, both new and old, and barely scratch the surface of all there is to discover. NPR reviewer and author Tom Moon is trying to make it a little easier for music fans with his new book: 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List. After four years or exhaustive research, Tom put together an impressive tome — nearly 900 pages of artists, LPs and songs, as well as a detailed explanation of how each of them wound up on the list.

The book showcases a lot of the albums you'd expect to see: Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde or Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, for example. But unless you're a music scholar, you probably haven't listened to — or even heard of — the vast majority of them.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we talk with Tom about his new book and listen to some of the incredible music he selected, as well as some of the ones we think he missed.

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1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

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Lô Borges

  • Artist: Lô Borges
  • Album: Lô Borges
  • Song: Canção Postal

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Canção Postal
Album
Lô Borges
Artist
Lô Borges
Label
EMI
Released
1972

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Booker Little

  • Artist: Booker Little
  • Album: Out Front
  • Song: We Speak

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We Speak
Album
Out Front
Artist
Booker Little
Released
1961

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Led Zeppelin

  • Artist: Led Zeppelin
  • Album: How the West Was Won
  • Song: What Is and What Should Never Be

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Song
What Is and What Should Never Be
Album
How the West Was Won
Artist
Led Zeppelin
Label
Atlantic
Released
2003

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The Rolling Stones

  • Artist: The Rolling Stones
  • Album: Singles Collection: The London Years
  • Song: We Love You

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We Love You
Album
Singles Collection: The London Years
Artist
The Rolling Stones
Label
IMS
Released
1989

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Reinbert de Leeuw

  • Artist: Reinbert de Leeuw
  • Album: Erik Satie: Gnossiennes; Gymnopédies; Ogives; Etc.
  • Song: Gnossiennes No. 2

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Gnossiennes No. 2
Album
Erik Satie: Gnossiennes; Gymnopédies; Ogives; Etc.
Artist
Reinbert de Leeuw
Label
Philips
Released
1996

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Roxy Music

  • Artist: Roxy Music
  • Album: Avalon
  • Song: More Than This

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More Than This
Album
Avalon
Artist
Roxy Music
Label
Caroline
Released
1982

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Roxy Music

  • Artist: Roxy Music
  • Album: Roxy Music
  • Song: Virginia Plain

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Virginia Plain
Album
Roxy Music
Artist
Roxy Music
Label
Virgin
Released
1972

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Astor Piazzolla

  • Artist: Astor Piazzolla
  • Album: Tango: Zero Hour
  • Song: Michelangelo '70

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Michelangelo '70
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Tango: Zero Hour
Artist
Astor Piazzolla
Label
Pangaea
Released
2008

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

  • Artist: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Album: Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1942-1944)
  • Song: Down by the Riverside

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Down by the Riverside
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Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1942-1944)
Artist
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Label
Document
Released
1996

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