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Hours of entertainment- hey wait- see new note
on August 2, 2013
New note: it appears that this entire book is on the 1000recordings.com website. The layout on the website actually makes it easier to read than the Kindle edition. Check out the website before buying the book.
If you have diverse interests in music, this is the book for you. The book may not be as useful if you only listen to one type of music and are already very familiar with those recordings (for instance if you only listen to classic rock).
Of course, if you do not have any way to listen to the listed recordings, then this book might be somewhat pointless. However, it is fun to read about a recording, (e.g., an early 40's blues guitar recording; or a modern classical piece; or a 60's zydeco recording; or an early punk rock record etc.) and then listen to the recording at the same time using a service like Rhapsody.
The Kindle edition of this book is a good buy at $2.99; however, I think a hard copy of the book might be better because you'll do a lot of flipping back and forth between the chapters and appendices and a real book is better for this.
I have noted that for the included classical and opera pieces, the author often chose really old recordings. Sure, these might be highly regarded classic recordings of these pieces, but they also sound like crap compared to modern recordings. I am quite sure that there are great recordings of these classical masterpieces that are not 60 or 70 years old.