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Before You Die, Listen to This Critic's Big Plan

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Monday, November 24, 2008

A new book lists the thousand best albums across all musical genres -- from Metallica to Wagner, Britney to Brubeck. On today's show, Tom Moon, author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, shares his starter list. Also: The classical music world has been inundated with first-class violinists in their 20s jostling for attention. Lately, the German violinist Julia Fischer has risen to the front of the pack, just signing a deal with Decca last week. She joins us with a live performance.


Julia Fischer and Tom Moon

Grand Canyon. Check. Grandchildren. Check. Grant Green? Uh-oh...

Die-hard music fans can appreciate everything from Beethoven to the Beach Boys. But they shouldn’t be caught be caught dead – without first hearing Bright Eyes. Music journalist Tom Moon spent more than three years compiling his 900-page tome 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List." ...

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Julia Fischer Live

A Bach recording by rising German violinist Julia Fischer is one of the recommendations in Tom Moon's 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. She has also been named "Artist of the Year" in the prestigious Classic FM Gramophone Awards and just last week she signed a recording contract with ...

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Criticsourcing: "Chinese Democracy"

Chinese Democracy cover

Here are some excerpts from Soundcheck's experiment in "criticsourcing" -- soliciting reviews from our listeners. Here's what you had to say about Guns 'n' Roses new album, Chinese Democracy (listen on MySpace).

Douglas wrote: [read full review]

It's brilliantly different. ...

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What's Essential: The Great Debate

David Bowie

Back on November 13, we had the guys from Pitchfork Media in to talk about their list of the 500 greatest songs “from punk to the present.” Now critic and sax player Tom Moon shows up with his list of ...