Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

The end of the year is always a time for best-of lists, but here's a look at something with a slightly different twist. A few months ago music critic Tom Moon came out with a book called 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Though Moon is mostly a rock and pop critic, his book includes genres such as blues, classical, hip-hop, and even Latin dance music. The book is nearly 900 pages, and Moon includes explanations of why each selection made the list.

Moon discussed the book on NPR's All Songs Considered podcast (Moon is a music reviewer for the program, as well as a former music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer), along with some selections that didn't make the book. Moon also discusses the recordings at his site (above), where he has a blog on which he conducts an ongoing discussion about the 1,000 recordings as well as current music.

So while most radio stations and critics are examining the best and worst of 2008, it's interesting to consider the all-time best recordings, and what selections should or shouldn't be on that list.

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