33 1/3 Series

1. Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis (1969)
by Warren Zanes
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
2. Love’s Forever Changes (1967)
by Andrew Hultkrans
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  3. Neil Young’s Harvest (1972)
by Sam Inglis
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  4. The Kinks’ The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
by Andy Miller
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  5. The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder (1985)
by Joe Pernice
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  6. Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
by John Cavanagh
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  7. ABBA’s ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits (1992)
by Elisabeth Vincentelli
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland (1968)
by John Perry
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  9. Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures (1979)
by Chris Ott
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  10. Prince’s Sign “☮” the Times (1987)
by Michaelangelo Matos
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  11. The Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
by Joe Harvard
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  12. The Beatles’ Let It Be (1970)
by Steve Matteo
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
13. James Brown’s Live at the Apollo (1963)
by Douglas Wolk
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  14. Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (1971)
by Allan Moore
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  15. Radiohead’s OK Computer (1997)
by Dai Griffiths
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  16. The Replacements’ Let It Be (1984)
by Colin Meloy
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  17. Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
by Erik Davis
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  18. The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. (1972)
by Bill Janovitz
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  19. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds (1966)
by Jim Fusilli
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  20. Ramones’ Ramones (1976)
by Nicholas Rombes
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  21. Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces (1979)
by Franklin Bruno
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  22. R.E.M.’s Murmur (1983)
by J. Niimi
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  23. Jeff Buckley’s Grace (1994)
by Daphne Brooks
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  24. DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing….. (1996)
by Eliot Wilder
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  25. MC5’s Kick Out the Jams (1969)
by Don McLeese
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  26. David Bowie’s Low (1977)
by Hugo Wilcken
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  27. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
by Geoffrey Himes
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  28. The Band’s Music from Big Pink (1968)
by John Niven
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  29. Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998)
by Kim Cooper
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  30. Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique (1989)
by Dan Le Roy
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  31. Pixies’ Doolittle (1989)
by Ben Sisario
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  32. Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
by Miles Marshall Lewis
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  33. The Stone Roses’ The Stone Roses (1989)
by Alex Green
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  34. Nirvana’s In Utero (1993)
by Gillian G. Gaar
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  35. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
by Mark Polizzotti
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  36. My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless (1991)
by Mike McGonigal
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  37. The Who’s The Who Sell Out (1967)
by John Dougan
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  38. Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand (1994)
by Marc Woodworth
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  39. Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation (1988)
by Matthew Stearns
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  40. Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark (1974)
by Sean Nelson
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  41. Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II (1991)
by Eric Weisbard
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  42. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
by Zeth Lundy
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  43. The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
by Ric Menck
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  44. Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica (1969)
by Kevin Courrier
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  45. Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
by Michael T. Fournier
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  46. Steely Dan’s Aja (1977)
by Don Breithaupt
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  47. A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
by Shawn Taylor
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  48. PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me (1993)
by Kate Schatz
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  49. U2’s Achtung Baby (1991)
by Stephen Catanzarite
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  50. Belle & Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
by Scott Plagenhoef
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  51. Nick Drake’s Pink Moon (1972)
by Amanda Petrusich
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  52. Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love (1997)
by Carl Wilson
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  53. Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones (1983)
by David Smay
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  54. Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats (1979)
by Drew Daniel
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  55. Patti Smith’s Horses (1975)
by Philip Shaw
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  56. Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality (1971)
by John Darnielle
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  57. Slayer’s Reign in Blood (1986)
by D.X. Ferris
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  58. Richard and Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights (1982)
by Hayden Childs
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  59. The Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen (1993)
by Bob Gendron
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  60. The Pogues’ Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (1985)
by Jeffery T. Roesgen
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  61. The Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
by Bob Proehl
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  62. Wire’s Pink Flag (1977)
by Wilson Neate
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  63. Elliott Smith’s XO (1998)
by Mathew Lemay
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  64. Nas’ Illmatic (1994)
by Matthew Gasteier
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  65. Big Star’s Radio City (1974)
by Bruce Eaton
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  66. Madness’ One Step Beyond… (1979)
by Terry Edwards
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  67. Brian Eno’s Another Green World (1975)
by Geeta Dayal
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  68. The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka (1997)
by Mark Richardson
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  69. The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs (1999)
by LD Beghtol
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  70. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Facing Future (1993)
by Dan Kois
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  71. Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
by Christopher R. Weingarten
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  72. Pavement’s Wowee Zowee (1995)
by Bryan Charles
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  73. AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (1979)
by Joe Bonomo
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  74. Van Dyke Parks’s Song Cycle (1968)
by Richard Henderson
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  75. Slint’s Spiderland (1991)
by Scott Tennent
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  76. Radiohead’s Kid A (2000)
by Marvin Lin
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  77. Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk (1979)
by Rob Trucks
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  78. Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
by Daphne Carr
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  79. Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese (1994)
by Hank Shteamer
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  80. Johnny Cash’s American Recordings (1994)
by Tony Tost
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  81. The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls (1978)
by Cyrus Patell
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  82. Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me (1987)
by Nick Attfield
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  83. Television’s Marquee Moon (1977)
by Bryan Waterman
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  84. Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace (1972)
by Aaron Cohen
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  85. Portishead’s Dummy (1994)
by RJ Wheaton
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  86. Talking Heads’ Fear of Music (1979)
by Jonathan Lethem
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  87. Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)
by Darran Anderson
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  88. They Might Be Giants’ Flood (1990)
by S. Alexander Reed and Philip Sandifer
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  89. Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet (2001)
by Phillip Crandall
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
Aphex Twin 90. Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994)
by Marc Weidenbaum
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  91. Gang of Four’s Entertainment (1979)
by Kevin J.H. Dettmar
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  92. Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation (1977)
by Pete Astor
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  93. J Dilla’s Donuts (2006)
by Jordan Ferguson
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  94. The Beach Boys’ Smile (1967)
by Luis Sanchez
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  95. Oasis’ Definitely Maybe (1994)
by Alex Niven
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
  96. Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville (1993)
by Gina Arnold
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
97. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
by Kirk Walker Graves
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
98. Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album (2004)
by Charles Fairchild
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
99. Sigur Rós’s () (2002)
by Ethan Hayden
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
100. Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (1991)
by Susan Fast
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
101. Can’s Tago Mago (1971)
by
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
102. Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe (1967)
by Tara Murtha
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
103. Hole’s Live Through This (1994)
by Anwen Crawford
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
104. Devo’s Freedom of Choice (1980)
by Evie Nagy
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
105. Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
by Michael Stewart Foley
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
106. Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. (1985)
by Andrew Schartmann
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
107. Beat Happening’s Beat Happening (1985)
by Byran C. Parker
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
108. Metallica’s Metallica (1991)
by David Masciotra
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
109. Phish’s A Live One (1995)
by Walter Holland
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon
110. Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew (1970)
by George Grella Jr.
Buy from Bloomsbury: US | UK/Europe
Amazon

89 comments

  1. “Here Are the Sonics” is conspicuously absent from this list! Also, “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators” and “Stoneage Romeos” by The Hoodoo Gurus…

  2. There’s no use in complaining that your favorite album or artist isn’t represented here. The books are submitted to the series, not commissioned, so if there’s no Kate Bush or Sonics or Melt-Banana or Shaggs book yet, it’s because no one has written one worth publishing. You are empowered to change this.

    • We are empowered to change ANYTHING, really, but some of us obviously fail to realize that and are generally not worth our time pointing it out. Thanks for trying to light a fire. And thanks for the series – decent stuff.

    • I don’t think this book actually exists. It’s very unusual to have a book like this with zero copies held in any library (according to WorldCat), with no copies for sale used or new at Amazon (your link), Barnes and Noble, or even Abebooks.

      • Hi! The Kate Bush book isn’t going to happen, we’ve tried to do what we can to let libraries and retailers know but the data is out there. Someone PLEASE propose a Kate Bush book!

  3. Normand Cormier

    Hi, would love the following to be given the treatment: Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything or “A Wizard A True Star” or “Todd”…Also The Smithereens: Especially For You…Also Translator: “No Time Like Now”…Also Ian Matthews: “Valley Hi”…Eels “Shootenanny!” phew!……

  4. Pingback: Two New 33 1/3s out September – Beat Happening And The Black Album | That Eric Alper

  5. i’ve just mentioned this somewhere else here but…i’d love it if someone had a go at The Scars’ ‘Author! Author!’ LP…a fantastic LP and not an obvious choice…

  6. Ryan

    Either “Sound of Silver” or “This is Happening” by LCD Soundsystem would make fantastic books, especially if you could get interviews with James and the other members. The records James made with LCD are some of the best of this generation, and there’s certainly more than enough to write about.

  7. Pingback: Great books about music (no musical training required) | always bring a book

  8. davidpkriz

    “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane, “Souvlaki” by Slowdive, “The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert” by Benny Goodman, “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac and “Boxer” by The National.

  9. davidpkriz

    “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis, “The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert” by Benny Goodman, “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane, “Souvlaki” by Slowdive, “Boxer” by The National, “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac, “In Rainbows” by Radiohead, “Getz/Gilberto” by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto and “Turn on the Bright Lights” by Interpol.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s