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  • Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (33 1/3 Series) | Kim Cooper

    Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kim Cooper
    • Narrated By Donna Coney Island
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    One of the most beloved cult albums of the 1990s, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of those records that sells almost purely through word-of-mouth. In this book, Kim Cooper provides a lovingly researched oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel and the Elephant 6 Collective - from their childhood roots in Ruston, Louisiana through to the moment when Jeff Mangum, NMH's mercurial leader, decided to retreat back into anonymity.

    John says: "Great book, terrible narration."
  • My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' (33 1/3 Series) | Mike McGonical

    My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mike McGonical
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
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    Loveless remains an enigma, 15 years after its release - an album so influential and groundbreaking that its chief creator, Kevin Shields, has been unable or unwilling to release an official follow-up. In his book, Mike McGonigal talks to all the members of My Bloody Valentine in an almost certainly futile attempt to get at the essence of this extraordinary record.

    Stephen says: "Told equally pre, mid, and post-Loveless"
  • Nirvana's In Utero (33 1/3 Series) | Gillian G. Gaar

    Nirvana's In Utero (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gillian G. Gaar
    • Narrated By Ben Remeaka
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    Instead of sticking to the "grunge pop" formula that made Nevermind so palatable to the mainstream, with In Utero Nirvana chose instead to challenge their audience, producing an album that truly matched Kurt Cobain's vision of what he had always wanted the band to sound like. There's no sensationalism in this book - just the in-depth story of a great band, in the eye of a storm, striving to recapture their punk-rock ethic.

    Eileen says: "Listen between the tracks"
  • Prince's Sign o' the Times (33 1/3 Series) | Michaelangelo Matos

    Prince's Sign o' the Times (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michaelangelo Matos
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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    One of the greatest double albums of the vinyl era, Sign o' the Times shows Prince at his peak. Here, Michaelangelo Matos tells the story of how it emerged from an extraordinary period of creativity to become one of the landmark recordings of the 1980s. He also illustrates beautifully how - if a record is great enough and lucky enough to hit you at the right time - it can change your way of looking at the world.

    Joey says: "Outstanding Audio Book"
  • Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3 Series) | Mark Polizzotti

    Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Polizzotti
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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    Between the fitfully brilliant Bringing It All Back Home and the sprawling masterwork that is Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited stands as the defining moment in both Dylan's career and the musical evolution of the mid 1960's. But beyond its place in history, Highway 61 works because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal.

    Robert says: "Quote and close quote"
  • Brian Eno's 'Another Green World' (33 1/3 Series) | Geeta Dayal

    Brian Eno's 'Another Green World' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Geeta Dayal
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
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    The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practically meditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled by adrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album to be composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio, over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proof of concept for Eno's budding ideas of "the studio as musical instrument", and a signpost for a bold new way of thinking about music. In this book, Geeta Dayal unravels Another Green World's abundant mysteries, venturing into its dense thickets of sound.

    William Taylor Burns says: "the narration seems a bit robotic"
  • Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures: 33 1/3 Series | Chris Ott

    Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures: 33 1/3 Series

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chris Ott
    • Narrated By Danny Gerard
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    Joy Division's career has often been shrouded by myths. But the truth is surprisingly simple: over a period of several months, Joy Division transformed themselves from run-of-the-mill punk wannabes into the creators of one of the most atmospheric, disturbing, and influential debut albums ever recorded. Chris Ott carefully picks apart fact from fiction to show how Unknown Pleasures came into being, and how it still resonates so strongly today.

  • David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series)  | Hugo Wilcken

    David Bowie's Low (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Hugo Wilcken
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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    Low is a kaleidoscope in which Bowie's obsessions and traits explode into fragments and reform in a new pattern. Sonically, it is hugely adventurous: combining a driving R&B rhythm section with the experimental soundscapes of Brian Eno, it evolves a whole new musical language. Thematically, it's the sound of a man struggling to get well. Bowie has often talked about his fear of insanity.

    Jason says: "even if ur just a little curious about Bowie"
  • Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3 Series) | Carl Wilson

    Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Wilson
    • Narrated By Kevin Draine
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    Non-fans regard Celine Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There is nothing cool about Celine Dion, and nothing clever. That is part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred - with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson's brave and unprecedented year-long quest to find his inner Celine Dion fan, and explores how we define ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad.

    karltonwrites says: "Let's Talk about Taste"
  • Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung' (33 1/3 Series) | Allan Moore

    Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Allan Moore
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
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    Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull are one of rock’s most enduring bands. Their 1971 album Aqualung, with its provocative lyrical content and continuous music shifts, is Tull’s most successful and most misunderstood record. Here, music professor and fan Allan Moore tackles the album on a track-by-track basis, looking at Ian Anderson’s lyrics and studying the complex structures and arrangements of these classic songs.

  • Flying Burrito Brothers' Gilded Palace of Sin (33 1/3 Series) | Bob Proehl

    Flying Burrito Brothers' Gilded Palace of Sin (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bob Proehl
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
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    In 1968, the Flying Burrito Brothers released The Gilded Palace of Sin on A&M Records, selling a disappointing 400,000 copies. Almost 40 years later, front man Gram Parsons, is still spoken of with almost messianic reverence. Patron saint of alt-country, emblazoned with a shining cross, dead at 26. Overshadowed by Parsons, this album remains an anomaly in the country rock genre, a map in miniature of a moment in music, and warrants discussion as more than part of the Gram Parsons legacy.

  • The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3 Series) | Dan LeRoy

    The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan LeRoy
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
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    Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album – an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group's career. But not only did Paul's Boutique eventually transform the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hip-hop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.

    Jason says: "if you really dig music and want to know more..."
  • Patti Smith's 'Horses' (33 1/3 Series) | Philip Shaw

    Patti Smith's 'Horses' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Shaw
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Described as the perfect fusion of poetry and garage-band rock and roll (the original concept was "rock and Rimbaud"), Horses belongs as much to the world of literary and cultural criticism as it does to the realm of musicology. While Horses pays homage to the record's origins in the nascent New York punk scene, the audiobook's core lies in a detailed analysis of Patti Smith's lyrics and includes discussions of lyrical preoccupations: love, sex, gender, death, dreams, god, metamorphosis, intoxication, apocalypse, and transcendence.

    jimt-moscow says: "disappointing"
  • Wire's 'Pink Flag' (33 1/3 Series) | Wilson Neate

    Wire's 'Pink Flag' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilson Neate
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
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    In contrast with many of their punk peers, Wire were enigmatic and cerebral, always keeping a distance from the crowd. Although Pink Flag appeared before the end of 1977, it was already a meta-commentary on the punk scene and was far more revolutionary musically than the rest of the competition. Few punk bands moved beyond pared-down rock 'n' roll and garage rock, football-terrace sing-alongs or shambolic pub rock and, if we're honest, only a handful of punk records hold up today as anything other than increasingly quaint period pieces.

    Billy says: "This guy nails it - best 33 1/3 book I've read"
  • James Brown's 'Live at the Apollo' (33 1/3 Series) | Douglas Wolk

    James Brown's 'Live at the Apollo' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Wolk
    • Narrated By Bill Quinn
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    In this remarkable book, Douglas Wolk brings to life an October evening in 1962, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem - an evening at the height of Cold War tensions. In great detail, Wolk pieces together what took place (and what was recorded) that night, and illustrates beautifully the enduring power of one of James Brown’s - and popular music’s - defining moments: Live at the Apollo.

  • The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (33 1/3 Series) | Andy Miller

    The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Andy Miller
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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    Ignored by virtually everyone upon its release in November 1968, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Here, Andy Miller traces the perilous circumstances surrounding its creation, and celebrates the timeless, perfectly crafted songs pieced together by a band who were on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion.

    Douglas Scott Knight says: "Painful, but interesting."
  • The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. (33 1/3 Series) | Bill Janovitz

    The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Janovitz
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
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    Tracing the creation of Exile on Main St. from the original songwriting done while touring America through the final editing in Los Angeles, Bill Janovitz explains how an album recorded by a British band in a villa on the French Riviera is pure American rock & roll. Looking at each song individually, Janovitz unveils the innovative recording techniques, personal struggles, and rock and roll mythmaking that culminated in this pivotal album.

  • Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3 Series) | Erik Davis

    Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Erik Davis
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
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    In this wickedly entertaining and thoroughly informed homage to one of rock music's towering pinnacles, Erik Davis investigates the magic - black or otherwise - that surrounds this album. Carefully peeling the layers from each song, Davis reveals their dark and often mystical roots - and leaves the listener to decide whether this release is some form of occult induction or just an inspired, brilliantly played rock album.

    Billy says: "An occult interpretation of Led Zeppelin IV"
  • Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix Experience (33 1/3 Series) | John Perry

    Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix Experience (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Perry
    • Narrated By Victor Villar Hauser
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    Electric Ladyland is one of the greatest guitar albums ever made. During the recording process, Jimi Hendrix at last had the time and creative freedom to pursue the sounds he was looking for. In this remarkable and entertaining book, John Perry gets to the heart of Hendrix's unique talent - guiding the listener through each song on the album, writing vividly about Hendrix's live performances, and talking to several of Hendrix's peers and contemporaries.

    RMorgan says: "A banquet - for specialized tastes"
  • DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing…' (33 1/3 Series) | Eliot Wilder

    DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing…' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eliot Wilder
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    What resonated about Endtroducing when it was released in 1996, and what makes it still resonate today, is the way in which it loosens itself from the mooring of the known and sails off into an uncharted territory that seems to exist both in and out of time. Josh Davis is not only a master sampler and turntablist supreme, he is also a serious archeologist with a world-thirsty passion (what Cut Chemist refers to as Josh’s “spidey sense”) for seeking out, uncovering, and then ripping apart the discarded graces of some other generation and weaving them back together into a tapestry of chronic bleakness and beauty.

    Anthony Bosca says: "What?"
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