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  posted on 9/8/2008 at 11:20 AM
I've been waiting for this book since he left the Philly Inquirer in '06:

A Listener's Life List

A world of music awaits discovery in Tom Moon's 1,000 RECORDINGS TO HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE: A Listener's Life List (September 12, 2008; paperback/hardcover; $19.95/$32.95). Set sail with the letter A, or B or W. Land first at the familiar, and reconnect with the pleasures of a favorite piece, like J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos or The Beatles' Abbey Road. Continue on, and soon we're veering off course into the exotic and the unknown: The Bad Brains' I Against I, Ray Barretto's Barretto Power, Billy Bean's The Trio: Rediscovered. The odyssey has just begun, and we can't wait to find out where we're going next.

Driven by the notion that the more you love music, the more music you love, Tom Moon delivers a smart, passionate guide to the 1,000 recordings every intrepid music-lover should hear at least once. And even if we never quite get around to picking up a copy of Propellerheads' DecksandDrumsandRockandRoll, we will be utterly absorbed in the description of its mind-bending Big Beat electronica.

1,000 RECORDINGS does for music what the bestselling phenomenon 1,000 Places to See Before You Die did for travel. It draws readers into learning more about their own musical favorites and provides a jumping-off point to explore new artists and sounds. This user-friendly guide covers every type of music—rock to classical, blues to country, hip-hop to world.

Moon — a long-time critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" — interviewed hundreds of musicians and spent three years creating his list of 1,000 peak listening experiences. He arranges the entries alphabetically, encouraging readers to step outside the comfort zone of their favorite genres. Dvo&#345;ák's Symphony No. 9 is side by side with Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. Blues giant B. B. King's Live at the Regal shares a page spread with The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. And heavy metal's Metallica follows the mystic composer, Olivier Messiaen.

1,000 RECORDINGS is certain to spark debate: Billy Joel fans will cry foul that he did not make the cut, and others will question why Britney Spears belongs in the pantheon. (Bring it on! A companion website, www.1000recordings.com, will provide an outlet for comments and feedback.) The important thing is that 1,000 RECORDINGS will awaken the seeker in all of us—inspiring listeners to pursue new sounds while reconfirming the greatness of the classics.

http://www.1000Recordings.com

 

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  posted on 9/8/2008 at 11:30 AM

About Tom Moon

For the last three and a half years, award-winning music journalist Tom Moon has been searching out peak musical experiences from all genres and every corner of the earth. 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die, published by Workman Publishing in August 2008, is the result of his journey. Covering both acknowledged world-culture masterworks (J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations) and recordings that have been unfairly overlooked (Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left), the book is designed to encourage listeners to become explorers.

Its essays are arranged alphabetically, not by genre. Each entry contains suggestions for further listening within an artist's catalog, as well as recommendations for similar or related recordings. In the back of the book are indexes that break out recordings by genre, and special "occasion" indexes containing playlist suggestions for various moods.

The goal, Moon writes in the introduction, is to spark curiosity about music —all forms of music. "There's great treasure waiting on the other side of wherever you draw your territorial lines."

1000 Recordings draws on Moon's experience as a music critic and musician. A saxophonist, he began playing professionally while studying at the University of Miami's School of Music (he graduated in 1983). He played in Latin bands, circuses, and in pit orchestras supporting Tony Bennett, the Fifth Dimension and many others. He worked as a musician on various South Florida-based cruise ships including the SS Norway, and spent most of a year touring the U.S. and Canada as part of Maynard Ferguson's big band.

Moon became interested in journalism after contributing occasional freelance pieces to the Miami Herald. He was hired as a music critic there in 1986, and moved to the Philadelphia Inquirer two years later. He worked at the Inquirer until 2005; during that time, he contributed reviews and feature stories to GQ, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vibe, Esquire, Harp, Musician, the World Cafe with David Dye and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Moon is a two-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Music Journalism award. In 1994, he was selected as one of 12 inaugural fellows in the National Arts Journalism Program, and spent a year studying at Columbia University. In 2001, the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy recognized Moon with its "Heroes" award.

In the course of his journalism career, Moon has interviewed hundreds of recording artists, among them Miles Davis, Keith Richards, Beck, John Adams, Sonny Rollins, Madonna, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer and Caetano Veloso. During those conversations, he would ask the artists for recommendations of music they considered "essential." Those recommendations are an important part of 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die.

Moon lives with his wife, daughter, two dogs and an attic full of music outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 07:43 AM
bumping this up in case any one is looking for something
last minute for the music lover.

interesting guide to say the least

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:32 PM
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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:37 PM
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At Fillmore East
The Allman Brothers Band


An Essential Live Rock Document
The Allman Brothers Band was just beginning to generate national attention when it pulled into Manhattan's Fillmore East auditorium for its first headlining stand in March 1971. All four shows from the run, including a final one that was delayed for hours because of a bomb scare (and didn't end until around 6 A.M.), were recorded. Producer Tom Dowd took the tapes, trimmed down some solos and completely edited others, and delivered At Fillmore East, the album that transformed this fast-rising curiosity from Macon, Georgia, into one of the truly great American rock bands of all time.

There were lots of wonderful live acts in rock circa 1971. But the thrashing first choruses of "Statesboro Blues" and "Trouble No More" suggest that this one is different. It's a rock band built on a jazz notion: that the journey can be more interesting than the simple attention-grabbing refrain. Loose and free-floating solos involve the entire band, including the drum tandem of Butch Trucks and Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson). Everything develops organically and everyone's united in search of the kind of collective musical ecstasy that's usually found on John Coltrane records.

The long-haul truckers of rock, the Allmans establish a groove and keep it cranking. They're happy as long as the boogie is scooting along and nobody's stopping them from doing eighty-five miles an hour down the freeway. Dowd once described the Allmans' twin-lead-guitar attack—Duane Allman playing slide and Dicky Betts on six-string—as "frightening," and this album shows you why. When one finishes his climb to the mountaintop, the other begins, taking "Whipping Post" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" to new frenzied plateaus. Just when that settles down, along comes organist (and vocalist) Gregg Allman, working out on a hot-sounding Hammond B3 to extend the marathon a bit further. (Check out his romp through the eight-minute "Stormy Monday.")

Fillmore East, now expanded with additional performances, established the Allmans among the rock elite, but, almost immediately, the band hit hard times: In October 1971, fourteen days after the album went gold, Duane was killed on his motorcycle. The band picked up again, and its next release , Eat a Peach (so named because it was a peach truck that killed Duane), included an entire album of live music from the Fillmore date as well as sedate, beautifully contemplative studio material.

Since then, the group, led by Gregg Allman, has shown remarkable resilience: No matter who's on stage, the band seems to recapture at will the greasy-boogie locomotion of the Fillmore recordings. That's no small feat, given that At Fillmore East remains one of the best live albums in rock history. Ornery and loud, it's perfect driving music for the road that goes on forever.



people are still looking for tha Peach truck..

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:39 PM
Man, I got way more than 1000 to hear before I die!

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:49 PM
i am positive astral weeks by van morrison is on that list, is it?
 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:51 PM
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i am positive astral weeks by van morrison is on that list, is it?


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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 03:52 PM
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i am positive astral weeks by van morrison is on that list, is it?
Of course.

 

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you betcha



did they put moondance, saint dominic's preview or his band and the street choir on that list? i'm too lazy to click on the link

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 04:34 PM
I was 100% interested until I got to the end and read this:

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1,000 RECORDINGS is certain to spark debate: Billy Joel fans will cry foul that he did not make the cut, and others will question why Britney Spears belongs in the pantheon.


Not making an argument as to whether or not Billy Joel belongs, but when I read Britney was included the book lost all credibilty with me. Unless Britney is #1000 and when you listen to it it kills you and you die satisfied knowing that you got to listen to 999 recordings you needed to hear before you die.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 04:53 PM
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did they put moondance, saint dominic's preview or his band and the street choir on that list? i'm too lazy to click on the link
Nope. Astral Weeks was the only Van listed.

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 05:23 PM
lonomon, thanks for reminding me that Tom Moon wrote a Rolling Stone review of the ABB at the Beacon in 2003. I posted it here and was able to find it.

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When the Allman Brothers Band filed onstage, it appeared that the road it had so exhaustively mythologized - you know, the one that goes on forever - had finally got the better of it. The band looked like laborers ambling reluctantly back to work.

Then the seven-piece began to play, sparking up a belligerent "Wasted Words." By the time Warren Haynes and his six-string foil, Derek Trucks, finished their first guitar duel, all traces of lethargy had vanished. The Allmans were busy roaring through, and often reinventing, the backroads boogaloo blues and **** kicking Southern shuffles they made famous.

That's right, reinventing: The same band heard several years ago giving its hits the summer-shed once-over is playing hard again. Much of the energy came from the guitarists - Haynes wrestled ambitious cross-cutting lines into a compelling narrative arc, and Trucks ducked in and out of different keys like a bebop player on a binge. Their scrappy sword fights provided the show's highlight: a whiplash-inducing romp through "One Way Out."

The evening had its quieter moments: Gregg Allman infused "Midnight Rider" with a beseeching sting that made you forget how many times he's had to sing it. And the three acoustic selections that opened the second set - "Come on in my kitchen", "Melissa", and "Old Friend" - suggested that for all its guitar fireworks, the Allman Brothers Band remains connected to the undiluted emotional essence of its music.

by Tom Moon
Appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, issue 920.



http://www.allmanbrothers.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file =article&thold=-1&mode=flat&order=0&sid=186#1061

Some of the comments below the review in the link had issues with it, so I replied:

In fairness to this reviewer, I'll add my 2 cents. Tom Moon is the long time music editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he's a tough critic. He gave HTN a very good review, 3.5 stars out of 4. I sent him an e-mail thanking him for that review and I told him I'd just come back from the Beacon 3/21 show. I mentioned that the band played Layla, Into the Mystic and A Change is Gonna Come. He wrote back that stating he wished he could have heard the ABB do these songs, so I offered him a copy of 3/21 as soon as I got it. It went out in yesterday's mail. I look forward to his comments on it. At least he didn't call the ABB a "Classic Rock" band and slam them as such, as has happened in other RS reviews. Read this again...it's a positive review. "The Allman Brothers Band remains connected to the undiluted emotional essence of its music." How true!


 
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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 05:27 PM
Thanks for printing this great review, Terri! Did you ever hear from Tom Moon re: the show you shared with him?

 

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 05:35 PM
You know, I can't remember. I think I may have gotten a "thank you." Who knows if he ever listened to it?!?!
 
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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 06:45 PM
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i am positive astral weeks by van morrison is on that list, is it?


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did they put moondance, saint dominic's preview or his band and the street choir on that list? i'm too lazy to click on the link
Nope. Astral Weeks was the only Van listed.


thats pretty bad. i think van has at least 4 albums in the rolling stone magazine top 500 greatest albums of all time but he only gets 1 in the 1,000 recordings to hear before you die. i know its a different company doing this list but still

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  posted on 12/17/2008 at 07:39 PM
Basing it on the first 6-7 pages it seems rather than trying to exhaust an artist like Van, most rock acts get collections or records like LAFE and Astral Weeks that are noteworthy turning points. RE: Van Morrison, There are 3 or 4 records I like far better than Astral Weeks (Moondance, Into the Music, Band and Street Choir) but in terms of importance, influence and pushing boundries Astral Weeks has no competition.

Anyway, that's how I'm interpreting the list. It's also heavy on classical, of which I'm incapable of having an informed opinion, so it would probably be useful for pointing me to someplace I can grow. I think I like the list.

RE: Britney-We all need a place to identify how completely pop music has gone to hell

 

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