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    • Captain Beefheart's 'Trout Mask Replica' (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Kevin Courrier
    • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In the spring of 1969, the inauspicious release of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's Trout Mask Replica, a double-album featuring 28 stream-of-consciousness songs filled with abstract rhythms and guttural bellows, dramatically altered the pop landscape. Yet even if the album did cast its radical vision over the future of music, much of the record's artistic strength is actually drawn from the past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Fitting Tribute to an Often Overlooked Album

    • By Arthur on 11-10-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Tribe Called Quest's 'People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm' (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Shawn Taylor
    • Narrated by: Mirror Willis
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    One of the finest hip-hop albums ever made, A Tribe Called Quest's debut record (featuring stone-cold classics like "Can I Kick It?" and "Bonita Applebum") took the idea of the boasting hip-hop male and turned it on its head. For many listeners, when this non-traditional, surprisingly feminine album was released, it was like hearing an entirely new form of music. In this book, Shawn Taylor explores the creation of the album as well as the impact it had on him at the time.

    Regular price: $14.95

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

    • By: Dan LeRoy
    • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story/album but narrator butchers names

    • By jamesh-lantern-media on 06-10-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Beatles' Let It Be (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Steve Matteo
    • Narrated by: Kevin Draine
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 56

    The recording sessions for Let It Be actually began as rehearsals for a proposed return to live stage work for the Beatles, to be inaugurated in a concert at a Roman amphitheatre in Tunisia. In this thoroughly researched book, Steve Matteo delves deep into the complex history of these sessions. He talks to a number of people who were in the studio with the Beatles, recording the sights and sounds of the band at work - bringing to life a period in the Beatles' career that was creative and chaotic in equal measure.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book

    • By Wayne on 09-12-11

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Hugo Wilcken
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 118

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • even if ur just a little curious about Bowie

    • By Jason on 12-05-08

    Regular price: $9.95

    • R.E.M.'s Murmur (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: J. Niimi
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    R.E.M.'s debut album, released in 1983, was so far removed from the prevailing trends of American popular music that it still sounds miraculous and out of time today. J. Niimi tells the story of the album's genesis - with fascinating input from Don Dixon and Mitch Easter. He also investigates Michael Stipe's hypnotic, mysterious lyrics, and makes the case for Murmur as a work of Southern Gothic art.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Pretentious horse sh-t

    • By Ben on 02-04-11

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Gillian G. Gaar
    • Narrated by: Ben Remeaka
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Listen between the tracks

    • By Eileen on 11-21-08

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Kim Cooper
    • Narrated by: Donna Coney Island
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, terrible narration.

    • By John on 12-22-08

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

    • 33 1/3 Series
    • By: Chris Ott
    • Narrated by: Danny Gerard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Slayer's 'Reign in Blood' (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: D. X. Ferris
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Issued on America's premier rap label at the peak of the thrash-metal movement, Slayer's controversial Reign in Blood remains the gold standard for extreme heavy metal, a seamless 29-minute procession of 10 blindingly fast, apocalyptic songs. The book explores the creation of the most universally respected metal album and its long road to the stores, through original interviews with the entire band, plus producer Rick Rubin, engineer Andy Wallace, cover artist Larry Carroll, and Def Jam insiders from Russell Simmons to M.C. Serch.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EPIC!!!!!!!!

    • By Lance Johnson on 08-20-12

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: John Eric Cavanagh
    • Narrated by: John Eric Cavanagh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Through a series of interviews with a wide range of people connected to Pink Floyd in their earliest days (including Nick Mason, Peter Jenner, Jenny Fabian, Storm Thorgerson, Duggie Fields and Peter Whitehead), John Cavanagh paints a vivid picture of how this remarkable debut album was created. He brings to life the stories behind each track, as well as Pink Floyd's groundbreaking live performances of the time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pink Floyd Fan's Delight.

    • By Michael J. Hudson on 07-02-12

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Wilson Neate
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This guy nails it - best 33 1/3 book I've read

    • By Billy on 02-13-13

    Regular price: $14.95

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

    • By: Geeta Dayal
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the narration seems a bit robotic

    • By William Taylor Burns on 10-12-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Radiohead's OK Computer (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Dai Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 14

    Seemingly granted "classic album" status within days of its release in 1997, OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World - a label the band has been burdened by (and has fooled around with) ever since. Through close musical analysis of each song, Dai Griffiths explores the themes and ideas that have made this album resonate so deeply with its audience.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Caleb on 06-03-09

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Love's Forever Changes (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Andrew Hultkrans
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Beck
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Forever Changes speaks to the present in ways that, say, a Jefferson Airplane record never could, whatever the parallels between the late '60s and our contemporary morass. For unlike most rock musicians of his time, Arthur Lee was one member of the 60's counterculture who didn't buy flower-power wholesale, who intuitively understood that letting the sunshine in wouldn't instantly vaporize the world's (or his own) dark stuff.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Tangential

    • By Robert Keith on 07-18-17

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation' (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Matthew Stearns
    • Narrated by: David LeDoux
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 7

    Daydream Nation is the kind of gorgeous monstrosity (born of extremes, rife with difficulties, and mythic in proportion) that can crush the will of the most resilient, well-intentioned listener if the necessary preparations haven't been made. Matthew Stearns explores the album from a range of angles, including a track-by-track analysis and a look at the historical and cultural context within which the album was made. Featuring a foreword by Lee Ranaldo and exclusive interviews with the band, this truly is the definitive guide to Daydream Nation.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great detail!

    • By Tony Barbur on 11-02-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Abba's Abba Gold (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Elisabeth Vincentelli
    • Narrated by: Christina Moore
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Here, Elisabeth Vincentelli charts the circumstances surrounding the birth of Abba Gold, looks at the impact it had on the music world, and tells the stories behind some of the greatest pop songs ever recorded.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Overview

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-12

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Andy Miller
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Painful, but interesting.

    • By Douglas Scott Knight on 05-22-15

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Steely Dan's Aja (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Don Breithaupt
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning best seller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that its creators saw it as an "ambitious, extended" work, the apotheosis of their anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated by 35 mostly jazz session players, Aja served up prewar song forms, mixed meters and extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • You Better Know Music Theory

    • By Guy on 10-14-12

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Pixies' Doolittle (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Ben Sisario
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The Pixies have had a career unlike any other in alternative rock, disappearing as a not-quite-next-big-thing only to become gods in absentia. Doolittle is the embodiment of their abrasive, exuberant, enigmatic pop. While traveling around Oregon with Charles Thompson, chatting about surrealism and llamas, and interviewing other members of the Pixies, Ben Sisario reveals the inner workings of this knotty masterpiece.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, well done all around

    • By Nathan Duin on 02-11-17

    Regular price: $9.95

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