Author(s): Robert Dimery
Freshly revised and updated - and now in its seventh year - 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is your essential guide to the best recorded music. You'll find a mouth-watering choice of listening here: from Miles Davis's jazz landmark Kind of Blue (1959) to The White Stripes' triumphant Elephant (2003), alongside groundbreaking releases by contemporary artists. Explore musical history, from the symphonic pop of The Beach Boy's Pet Sounds to the gargantuan grunge of Nirvana's Nevermind. As well as the acknowledged milestones without which no such list would be complete, you'll discover many unexpected treats, such as Einsturzende Neubauten's power tool-enhanced soundscapes, and Aphex Twin's sonic troublemaking. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die pays homage to the many forces who have shaped the world of contemporary music and dips into a multitude of genres - incorporating a vast quota of rock and pop, but also slices of jazz, funk, punk, disco, soul, hip-hop, experimental directions, world music, and a wide cross section of dance music. Detailed descriptions of each album are accompanied by fascinating insights and trivia. What album did Time magazine consider the greatest of the 20th century? Which anthemic Prince song was his attempt to write Bob Seger-style country rock? And what links Count Basie and Batman? Relive Bob Dylan's darkly visionary Highway 61 Revisited, recorded in 1965 in an America at war with itself as well as Vietnam. Skip forward to Johnny Cash's remarkable renaissance in the 1990s and Ali Farka Toure's final masterpiece. From lesser-known cult gems to acknowledged classics, this new edition of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die opens up a world of inspirational music for you to discover.