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    • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Zabie on 08-12-13

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Eliot Wilder
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What?

    • By Anthony Bosca on 06-11-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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 147
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 115

    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

    • Neil Young's Harvest (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Sam Inglis
    • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Neil Young's Harvest is one of those strange albums that has achieved lasting success without ever winning the full approval of rock critics or hardcore fans. Even Young himself has been equivocal, describing it in one breath and his "finest" album, dismissing in the next as an NOR aberration. Here, Sam Inglis explores the circumstances of the album's creation and asks who got it right: The critics, or the millions who have bought Harvest in the 30 years since its release?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Just a long record review.

    • By G. L. Jones on 01-05-09

    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 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    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

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

    • By: Dai Griffiths
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • Jeff Buckley's Grace (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Daphne A. Brooks
    • Narrated by: Susan Spain
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 9

    The power and influence of Grace increases with each passing year. Here, Daphne Brooks traces Jeff Buckley's fascinating musical development through the earliest stages of his career, up to the release of the album. With access to rare archival material, Brooks illustrates Buckley's passion for life and hunger for musical knowledge, and shows just why he was such a crucial figure in the American music scene of the 1990s.

    Regular price: $9.95

    • The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Joe Harvard
    • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
    • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The Velvet Underground and Nico has influenced the sound of more bands than almost any other album. And remarkably, it still sounds as fresh and challenging today as it did upon its release in 1967. In this book, Joe Harvard covers everything from Lou Reed's lyrical genius to John Cale's groundbreaking instrumentation, and from the creative input of Andy Warhol to the fine details of the recording process.

    Regular price: $9.95

    • The Smiths' Meat is Murder (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Joe Pernice
    • Narrated by: Neal Huff
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 11

    A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it life a lifeboat in a storm.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Accurate Fiction about Meat is Murder

    • By Kat on 12-05-08

    Regular price: $9.95

    • PJ Harvey's 'Rid of Me': A Story (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Kate Schatz
    • Narrated by: Emily Zeller
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Rid of Me joins Music From Big Pink by John Niven and Meat Is Murder by Joe Pernice as one of three fictional titles in the 33 1/3 Series, and tells the story of Kathleen and Mary, two women who find themselves alone in a house in the middle of the dark, forbidden forest that borders their depressed valley town. Amidst a dramatic natural setting, they negotiate their freedom, their pasts, their survival, and each other. Rid of Me is a story of escape and desire, violence and gender, landscape, family, and memory.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • 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 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • The Ramones' Ramones (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Nicholas Rombes
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    What could be more punk rock than a band that never changed, a band that for decades punched out three-minute powerhouses in the style that made them famous? The Ramones repetition and attitude inspired a genre, and Ramones set its tone. Nicholas Rombes examines punk history, with the recording of Ramones at its core, in this inspiring and thoroughly researched justification of his obsession with the album.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not good at all.

    • By Tony on 10-04-11

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Bill Janovitz
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Erik Davis
    • Narrated by: Fred Berman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An occult interpretation of Led Zeppelin IV

    • By Billy on 02-05-13

    Regular price: $9.95

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

    • By: Mark Polizzotti
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Quote and close quote

    • By Robert on 01-12-09

    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
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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

    • 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

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

    • By: Mike McGonical
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Told equally pre, mid, and post-Loveless

    • By Stephen on 06-12-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Guided by Voices' 'Bee Thousand' (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Marc Woodworth
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Marc Woodworth's audiobook covers the album's long and unorthodox period of writing, recording, sequencing, and editing. It includes interviews with members of the band, manager Pete Jamison, webmaster and GBV historian Rich Turiel, and Robert Griffin of Scat Records. At least 65 songs were recorded and considered for the album and five distinct concepts were rejected before the band hit upon the record's final form.

    Regular price: $14.95

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