By Tom Moon

The musical experience of a life-time. the main fascinating publication on tune in years. A publication of treasure, a publication of discovery, a booklet to open your ears to new worlds of enjoyment. Doing for song what Patricia Schultz—author of the exceptional 1,000 locations to determine ahead of You Die—does for commute, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings certain to provide listeners the enjoyment, the secret, the revelation, the sheer enjoyable of serious music.

This is a booklet either extensive and deep, drawing from the various worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, state, people, musicals, hip-hop, global, opera, soundtracks, and extra. It's prepared alphabetically via artist to create the type of unforeseen juxtapositions that holiday down style bias and expand listeners’ horizons— it makes each listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for instance, are the little-known R&B singer child Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band undesirable Brains. Farther down the record: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, count number Basie, and Afropop megastar Waldemer Bastos.

Each access is passionately written, with specialist listening notes, interesting anecdotes, and the occasional ideal quote—"Your assortment will be choked with not anything yet song from Ray Charles," acknowledged Tom Waits, "and you'd have a very balanced diet." each access identifies key tracks, extra works by means of the artist, and the place to head subsequent. And within the again, indexes and playlists for various moods and events.

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C. Handy’s old stomping grounds: the Beale Street entertainment district in Memphis. Like Atlanta, Memphis attracted versatile musicians who could please all the different people walking down a city street. Older players like Frank Stokes and Jim Jackson performed a similar range of material to what Willie McTell was playing in Atlanta, and their blues work 37 The Blues included both rural-flavored styles and Handy’s hits. Jackson is not much appreciated today, since his guitar work was relatively rudimentary, but he had one of the biggest hits of the era with 1927’s “Kansas City Blues,” which was imitated by dozens of other singers.

Some bands were known for their sexy blues tempos and sultry blue moans, and some singers specialized in the style, including the Afro-American artists Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ethel Waters, and the Euro-American artists Marion Harris and Al Bernard. But all of those bands and artists also performed other material, and the only people who were devoting their careers exclusively to blues were a few songwriters. W. C. Handy was the most successful of these, and during the teens he moved from Memphis to New York and formed a publishing company called Pace and Handy, which encouraged other composers to produce blues material.

Blind Lemon Jefferson was exactly the kind of player Morton disparaged, but he drew big crowds on the streets of Dallas’s black neighborhoods, and a local store manager wrote to Paramount Records that customers would be eager to hear him on record. Jefferson’s discs sold spectacularly, not only across the rural South but in the industrial Midwest, and heralded a brief golden age of rural blues recording. Jefferson was about the same age as Bessie Smith, and some ten years younger than Ma Rainey, but he sounded like their country grandfather.

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