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    • 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

    • 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 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 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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

    • 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

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

    • By: Matthew Stearns
    • Narrated by: David LeDoux
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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 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 30
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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
    • if you really dig music and want to know more...

    • By Jason on 11-24-08

    Regular price: $14.95

    • 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 36
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • 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 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    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

    • Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (33 1/3 Series)

    • By: Geoffrey Himes
    • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    When Bruce Springsteen went back on the road in 1984, he opened every show by shouting out, "one, two, one, two, three, four," followed by the droning synth chords of "Born in the U.S.A." Max Weinberg hit his drums with a two-fisted physicality that cut through the swelling chords. With a rolled-up red kerchief around his head and heavy black boots under his faded jeans, Springsteen looked like the character of the song, and from the very first line.

    Regular price: $9.95

    • 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 74
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    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

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

    • By: Kevin Courrier
    • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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

    • 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 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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

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

    • By: Carl Wilson
    • Narrated by: Kevin Draine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Let's Talk about Taste

    • By karltonwrites on 02-16-13

    Regular price: $19.95

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