September 21, 2008

My Newest Obsession?

Think of them as a transcript of the behind-the-scenes featurette that should come with every classic album; 33 1/3 features interviews with original group members, facts, history and even some personal insight by each respective author. These books are what you wish would come as the cd insert. Spanning the discography of more than twenty classic albums and artists, there's plenty of selection, and every book in the series is worth reading, just as every album covered is worth owning, or at the very least having heard once or twice.

I just ordered my first 33 1/3, covering Throbbing Gristle's psychotic avant garde classic, 20 Jazz Funk Greats. If you've never had the pleasure of listening to the album, head over to Rhapsody and give it a listen.

Other noteworthy books in this intriguing series include Neil Young's Harvest, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, Radiohead's OK Computer, Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, and The Pixies' Doolittle, among many others. The books range from 110 to 175 pages, and can be purchased new and used for as little as four dollars on Amazon. Here's a link for anyone interested.

>>33 1/3 on amazon.com

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