1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

by Robert Dimery

Carefully selected by a team of international critics, each album is a groundbreaking work seminal to the understanding and appreciation of music from the 1950s to the present.

Among the critics involved in selecting the list are some of the best known music reviewers and commentators, including Theunis Bates (music writer for Time and urban editor at worldpop.com), Jon Harrington (staff writer at MTV), Seth Jacobson (writer for Dazed & Confused), as well as many others.

  • Series: 1001 Before You Die
  • Language: English
  • Category: Music
  • Rating: 3.96
  • Pages: 960
  • Publish Date: February 7th 2006 by Universe Publishing(NY)
  • Isbn10: 0789313715
  • Isbn13: 9780789313713

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Wonder, Stevie Talking Book Still, Stephen Manassas T.Rex Slider Ackles, David American Gothic Eagles Eagles (1st Album) Buckley, Tim Greetings from LA Drake, Nick Pink Moon Simon, Paul Paul Simon (1972) Roxy Music Roxy Music (1st Album) Alice Cooper Schools Out Temptations All Directions Bowie, David Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars War World is a Ghetto Green, Al Lets Stay Together Rolling Stones Exile on Main St Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd Incredible Bongo Band Bongo Rock Bowie, David Aladdin Sane King Crimson Larks Tongues in Aspic Marley, Bob & the Wailers Catch a Fire Hawkwind Space Ritual Cale, John Paris 1919 Can Future Days Reed, Lou Berlin Genesis Selling England by the Pound Gaye, Marvin Lets Get it On Martyn, John Solid Air Roxy Music For Your Pleasure Faust IV Hancock, Herbie Head Hunters Mott the Hoople Mott Oldfield, Mike Tubular Bells Rundgren, Todd A Wizard, a True Star John, Elton Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Steely Dan Countdown to Ecstasy Jennings, Waylon Honky Tonk Heroes Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Wonder, Stevie Innervisions ZZ Top Tres Hombres McCartney, Paul & Wings Band on the Run Sensational Alex Harvey Band Next Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power Isley Brothers 3 + 3 New York Dolls New York Dolls (1st Album) Eno, Brian Here Come the Warm Jets Bad Company Bad Company (1st Album) Genesis Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Otis, Shuggie Inspiration Information Wonder, Stevie Fullfillingness First Finale Clapton, Eric 461 Ocean Boulevard Kraftwerk Autobahn Morrison, Van Its Too Late to Stop Now Mitchell, Joni Court & Spark Queen II Roxy Music Country Life Tangerine Dream Phaedra Sparks Kimono My House Supertramp Crime of the Century Thompson, Richard & Linda I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight Scott-Heron, Gil & Brian Jackson Winter in America Queen Sheer Heart Attack 10cc Sheet Music Young, Neil On the Beach Jones, George Grand Tour Clark, Gene No Other Steely Dan Pretzel Logic Newman, Randy Good Old Boys Marley, Bob & the Wailers Natty Dread Wyatt, Robert Rock Bottom Parsons, Gram Grievous Angel Eno, Brian Another Green World Dictators Go Girl Crazy! 75 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Jarrett, Keith Köln Concert Aerosmith Toys in the Attic Bowie, David Young Americans Burning Spear Marcus Garvey Springsteen, Bruce Born to Run Harris, Emmylou Pieces of the Sky Dion Born to Be With You Mitchell, Joni Hissing of Summer Lawns Waits, Tom Nighthawks at the Diner Burman, Rahul Dev Shalimar (Soundtrack) Young, Neil Tonights the Night Dylan, Bob Blood on the Tracks Smith, Patti Horses Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Queen A Night at the Opera Nelson, Willie Red Headed Stranger Earth, Wind & Fire Thats the Way of the World Mayfield, Curtis Theres No Place Like America Today Petty, Tom & the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1st Album) Modern Lovers Modern Lovers Rec 1972, not released until 1976 Bowie, David Station to Station Mitchell, Joni Hejira Boston Boston (1st Album) Eagles Hotel California ABBA Arrival Kiss Destroyer Rush 2112 Ben, Jorge África Brasil Armatrading, Joan Joan Armatrading (1st Album) Aerosmith Rocks Parliament Mothership Connection Penguin Café Orchestra Music from the Penguin Café Jarre, Jean Michel Oxygene Ramones Ramones (1st Album) Kuti, Fela Zombie Tosh, Peter Legalize It Wonder, Stevie Songs in the Key of Life Frampton, Peter Frampton Comes Alive Eno, Brian Before & After Science Kraftwerk Trans-Europe Express Joel, Billy Stranger, the Marley, Bob & the Wailers Exodus Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue Weather Report Heavy Weather Muddy Waters Hard Again Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus Clash Clash (1st Album) Bowie, David Low Steely Dan Aja Wire Pink Flag Martyn, John One World Talking Heads 77 Fleetwood Mac Rumours Bowie, David Heroes Wilson, Dennis Pacific Ocean Blue Suicide Suicide (1st Album) Iggy Pop Idiot, the Gabriel, Peter Peter Gabriel (I) Television Marquee Moon Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell Costello, Elvis My Aim is True Iggy Pop Lust for Life Dury, Ian New Boots & Panties!! Cheap Trick At Budokan Fleetwood Mac Tusk Pink Floyd Wall, the Public Image Ltd Metal Box Jackson, Michael Off the Wall Damned Machine Gun Etiquette Numan, Gary Pleasure Principle Specials Specials (1st Album) Adam & the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels AC/DC Back in Black Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Gabriel, Peter Peter Gabriel (III) Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight Cure Seventeen Seconds Echo & the Bunnymen Crocodiles Motörhead Ace of Spades Killing Joke Killing Joke (1st Album) Judas Priest British Steel Circle Jerks Group Sex Talking Heads Remain in Light Joy Division Closer Iron Maiden Iron Maiden (1st Album) Undertones Hypnotised Jam Sound Affects Waits, Tom Heartattack & Vine UB40 Signing Off Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro Specials More Specials Winwood, Steve Arc of a Diver Pretenders Pretenders (1st Album) Einstürzende Neubauten Kollaps Siouxsie & the Banshees Juju Heaven 17 Penthouse & Pavement Go-Gos Beauty & the Beat Motörhead No Sleep Til Hammersmith Soft Cell Non Stop Erotic Cabaret Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality Eno, Brian & David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Black Flag Damaged X Wild Gift Psychedelic Furs Talk, Talk, Talk Human League Dare Gun Club Fire of Love Bauhaus Mask Womack, Bobby Poet Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club (1st Album) Rush Moving Pictures ABBA Visitors ABC Lexicon of Love Prince 1999 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five Message, the Costello, Elvis Imperial Bedroom Cure Pornography Dexys Midnight Runners Too Rye Ay Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84) Madness Rise & Fall Fagen, Donald Nightfly Haircut One Hundred Pelican West Bush, Kate Dreaming, the Orange Juice Rip it Up Jackson, Michael Thriller Birthday Party Junkyard Venom Black Metal Springsteen, Bruce Nebraska Associates Sulk Iron Maiden Number of the Beast Duran Duran Rio Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (1st Album) McLaren, Malcolm Duck Rock Def Leppard Pyromania REM Murmur The The Soul Mining Waits, Tom Swordfishtrombones Blue Nile A Walk Across the Rooftops Hanoi Rocks Back to Mystery City Lauper, Cyndi Shes So Unusual Simon, Paul Hearts & Bones Echo & the Bunnymen Porcupine ZZ Top Eliminator Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) U2 War Police Synchronicity Meat Puppets II Culture Club Colour by Numbers Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome Run DMC Run DMC (1984) Sade Diamond Life Cocteau Twins Treasure Minor Threat Out of Step Van Halen 1984 Prince Purple Rain Replacements Let it Be Style Council Café Bleu Turner, Tina Private Dancer Echo & the Bunnymen Ocean Rain Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime Cole, Lloyd & the Commotions Rattlesnakes NDour, Youssou Immigrés Springsteen, Bruce Born in the USA Fall This Nations Saving Grace Ibrahim, Abdullah Water from an Ancient Well Aha Hunting High & Low Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good) Mekons Fear & Whiskey Big Black Atomizer Vega, Suzanne Suzanne Vega (1st Album) Pogues Rum, Sodomy & the Lash Bush, Kate Hounds of Love Smiths Meat is Murder Waits, Tom Rain Dogs Jesus & Mary Chain Psychocandy New Order Low Life Simply Red Picture Book Dexys Midnight Runners Dont Stand Me Down Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 Costello, Elvis Blood & Chocolate Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force Planet Rock: The Album Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill Metallica Master of Puppets The The Infected Griffith, Nanci Last of the True Believers Bragg, Billy Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Talk Talk Colour of Spring Megadeth Peace Sells But Whos Buying?

Aaaahhh...here I sit, listening to Einstürzende Neubauten's great album, "Kollaps" which is semi-rhythmic collection of German yelling, banging on garbage cans and recorded sounds from every day objects such as water burbling, feet shuffling and what almost sounds like a broken AM radio. As close we are, they did not know that they were dooming to actually listening to all 1,001 albums before I died, else I'm sure they would have gotten me a whoopee cushion or something instead. How I've listened seriously to music without ever hearing an album by these folks is quite the mystery. I've already heard close to half of them, a quarter or so are of no interest for one reason or another, leaving with me with something like 250 to listen to.

On the other hand, any fucker with an opinion can put together a list, so let me modify that to say I like lists but I love lists that include justification for each entry, or have some over-arching criteria by which they are constructed. Then again, there is not a single album listed by The Church. Not having a single entry by The Church is enough to make me fucking annoyed at this list, putting aside the fact I could include 3 more albums besides Starfish.

I went to our shelves, checked out the album and discovered that The Pet Shop Boys sound as fresh as ever.

Inevitably, a compendium like '1001...' will mean different things to different folk, merely because of combinatorial maths, let alone age, parents', children's and friends' influences, when and if you had your own family, surrounded by boys or girls, which country you lived in, and so on; not to mention eclecticism, audiophilia or simple 'good taste'; or whether you read the NME or Melody Maker, both, none or others. It will have glaring omissions, harrumphed inclusions, substitutions begging, hundreds of unknowns, and, happily, many, many old loves. My 2016 version - with contentiously the best LP cover of all time (waiting in the wings), Bowie's Aladdin Sane on the cover, included amongst 9 of his 30 studio albums, the longest tribute in this list - starts with Frank Sinatra's Wee Small Hours and ends with Bowie's Blackstar. And already I'm arguing; BlackStar instead of Diamond Dogs?! The first thing I did when I unwrapped this delicious gift this Xmas was check out the inclusion of an armful of personal musts, those I consider quintessential coffee table albums. Indeed, what makes one album a 50/50 in my book (Rubber Soul is so uneven, even if Nowhere Man and Norwegian Wood outshine Drive My Car and Girl, or Michelle is so worn now I can't listen to it anymore), where another, Abbey Road, is phenomenal? And the one album I've played every year of my life since it was released (though I've played Rubycon at least as often). Some personal loves don't even make it: Sting (but, okay, Synchronicity), Barry White (instead of Jack). But how do you get a roomful of fans to agree which of even the best artist's albums should be included. How many more of Bowie's albums would you include, given the radical differences in styles and genres, yet so many brilliant masterpieces? I haven't been able to get into The Next Day or BlackStar at all, and I'd have Space Oddity (or David Bowie, if you like) and Diamond Dogs there instead. If I have a middle-of-the-road, it's Michael and Bowie, not the Carpenters nor Bee Gees, though I'm glad they made it in, and although AC/DC's Back In Black sits between Michael Jackson's Thriller and Pink Floyd's DSOTM, and Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell between Whitney Houston's Bodyguard soundtrack and the Eagles' Greatest Hits, in the all-time album sales list on Wiki, they ain't my bag at all. Sure, I tease out a handful of hitherto unknown albums to pick up, like Fleet Foxes, for example; investigate lots I missed, like Fairport Convention and Sandy Denny; or I'm reminded through little asides and references of echoes of long-lost explorations I'd like to revisit, like Nils Lofgren's Cry Tough, and those others around Springsteen's landmark (and misconstrued) Born In The USA. I have only one formatting issue (and it's not the vinyl over CD argument): for a book 960 pages heavy, I'd rather they had stretched it to 1001 pages and included the track listing for all of the albums. But, like all of the things about this book, it all really comes down to personal taste and opinion... I could possibly survive without books (I'd write my own); I could live without film, perhaps (I'd imagine my books); I'd not miss email much (I'd write to myself); but I couldn't exist without music - not playing it on a good hi-fi, singing it in the shower, nor dancing to it in the kitchen. (Far out!) (One final technical criticism on format: although the Artist index in the rear is accurate, the Album index at the front hasn't been updated correctly, probably because of the interleaved additional introduction for the revised 2016 edition not having been taken into account, but it renders it unusable).

3 years ago I listened to every album in this book I owned in order (maybe 70 albums) and it took me a month, and I had a lot of fun.

What I hoped this book would provide was information about some hidden musical gems.