More Recordings To Hear Before You Die

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On this edition of All Songs Considered we continue our talk with NPR reviewer and author Tom Moon about his new book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List. Tom describes the exhaustive research required to compile the list, and reveals some of his dumb-luck discoveries, like the late blues guitarist Blind Blake and reggae artist Hugh Mundell. We also look at some of the obvious classics that didn't make it in the book, including music from the psychedelic rock group Moby Grape and jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Plus, some of the artists who surprised Tom, like Latin jazz artists Cal Tjader, the hip-hop group Ultramagnetic MCs, and the hardcore punk band Bad Brains. This is a follow-up to our previous episode on must-hear recordings.

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More Recordings To Hear Before You Die

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Blind Blake

  • Artist: Blind Blake
  • Album: Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker [Shanachie]
  • Song: Blind Arthur's Breakdown

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Song
Blind Arthur's Breakdown
Album
Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker [Shanachie]
Artist
Blind Blake
Label
Shanachie
Released
2005

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Leos Janácek

  • Artist: Leos Janácek
  • Album: Piano Works
  • Song: Our Evenings

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Song
Our Evenings
Album
Piano Works
Artist
Leos Janácek
Label
Deutsche Grammophon
Released
2008

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Hugh Mundell

  • Artist: Hugh Mundell
  • Album: Africa Must Be Free by 1983
  • Song: Africa Must Be Free by 1983

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Song
Africa Must Be Free by 1983
Album
Africa Must Be Free by 1983
Artist
Hugh Mundell
Label
Greensleeves
Released
1975

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Jimmie Spheeris

  • Artist: Jimmie Spheeris
  • Album: Isle of View
  • Song: Come Back

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Song
Come Back
Album
Isle of View
Artist
Jimmie Spheeris
Label
Beat Goes On
Released
1972

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Moby Grape

  • Artist: Moby Grape
  • Album: Moby Grape
  • Song: Omaha

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Song
Omaha
Album
Moby Grape
Artist
Moby Grape
Label
Sundazed
Released
1967

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Skip Spence

  • Artist: Skip Spence
  • Album: Oar
  • Song: War in Peace

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Song
War in Peace
Album
Oar
Artist
Skip Spence
Label
Sundazed
Released
1969

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Dave Brubeck Quartet

  • Artist: Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Album: Time Out
  • Song: Take Five

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Song
Take Five
Album
Time Out
Artist
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Label
Sony/BMG Jazz
Released
1959

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Paul Desmond

  • Artist: Paul Desmond
  • Album: Take Ten [US Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Take Ten

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Song
Take Ten
Album
Take Ten [US Bonus Tracks]
Artist
Paul Desmond
Label
RCA
Released
1963

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Cal Tjader

  • Artist: Cal Tjader
  • Album: Soul Sauce
  • Song: Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)

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Song
Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)
Album
Soul Sauce
Artist
Cal Tjader
Label
Saar
Released
1964

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Cal Tjader

  • Artist: Cal Tjader
  • Album: Primo
  • Song: Gringo City

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Song
Gringo City
Album
Primo
Artist
Cal Tjader
Label
Fantasy/OJC
Released
1970

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Bad Brains

  • Artist: Bad Brains
  • Album: I Against I
  • Song: I Against I

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Song
I Against I
Album
I Against I
Artist
Bad Brains
Label
SST
Released
2008

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Ultramagnetic MC's

  • Artist: Ultramagnetic MC's
  • Album: Critical Beatdown [Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Watch Me Now

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Song
Watch Me Now
Album
Critical Beatdown [Bonus Tracks]
Artist
Ultramagnetic MC's
Label
Next Plateau
Released
2004

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