1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die : All Songs Considered So much to hear. So little time. We talk with NPR reviewer Tom about his new book, 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List and listen to some of the music he selected.

1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

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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Canção Postal

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Lô Borges

  • Song: Canção Postal
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We Speak

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Booker Little

  • Song: We Speak
  • from Out Front
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What Is and What Should Never Be

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Led Zeppelin

  • Song: What Is and What Should Never Be
  • from How the West Was Won

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We Love You

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The Rolling Stones

  • Song: We Love You
  • from Singles Collection: The London Years
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Gnossiennes No. 2

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Reinbert de Leeuw

  • Song: Gnossiennes No. 2
  • from Erik Satie: Gnossiennes; Gymnopédies; Ogives; Etc.
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More Than This

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Roxy Music

  • Song: More Than This
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Virginia Plain

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Roxy Music

  • Song: Virginia Plain
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Michelangelo '70

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Astor Piazzolla

  • Song: Michelangelo '70
  • from Tango: Zero Hour
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Down by the Riverside

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

  • Song: Down by the Riverside
  • from Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1942-1944)