Will Hermes, Details ('98) - 40 Records That Shook the World

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Will Hermes, Details ('98) - 40 Records That Shook the World

Postby Henrik » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:18 am

It was in the November 1998 issue of Details, entitled "The 40 Records That Shook the World," beginning on page 46 (running 8 pages in all). Author Will Hermes provides a long paragraph on each of the 40 selections (a mixture of singles and albums), ranging from Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel" (1928) and Don Azpiazu's "El Manisero" (The Peanut Vendor) in 1931 through Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, James Brown, and up to Public Enemy and Nirvana. His choices and commentaries were excellent, and about 25 of them are represented in my book.

Thanks to Steve Sullivan for finding this list!

Albums
Anthology of American Folk Music (Harry Smith's 1952 compilation of mostly 1920s recordings)
King of the Delta Blues Singers (1936-37 recordings, 1961 album) - Robert Johnson
Lotte Lenya Sings Berlin Theatre Songs by Kurt Weill (1955)
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
Getz/Gilberto (1964) - Stan Getz, Joao & Astrud Gilberto
Sgt. Pepper (1967) - The Beatles
The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
Electric Ladyland (1968) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Bitches Brew (1969) - Miles Davis
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Abraxas (1970) - Santana
Neu! (1972) - Neu!
Burnin' (1973) - (Bob Marley &) The Wailers
Discreet Music (1975) - Brian Eno
King Tubby Meets the Modern Uptown (1976) - Augustus Pablo
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)
Trans-Europe Express (1977) - Kraftwerk
London Calling (1979) - The Clash
Remain in Light (1980) - Talking Heads
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1989) - Public Enemy
3 Feet High and Rising (1989) - De la Soul
Nevermind (1991) - Nirvana

Songs
Blue Yodel (T for Texas) (1928) - Jimmie Rodgers
El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor) (1931) - Don Azpiazu & His Havana Casino Orchestra
Maybellene (1955) - Chuck Berry
Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog (1956) - Elvis Presley
Quiet Village (1959) - Martin Denny
Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (1960) - The Shirelles
Louie, Louie (1963) - The Kingsmen
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) - The Byrds
Good Vibrations (1966) - Beach Boys
Respect (1967) - Aretha Franklin
Cold Sweat (1967) - James Brown
Israelites (1969) - Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Je t'aime...moi non plus (1969) - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
Love to Love You, Baby (1975) - Donna Summer
Rapper's Delight (1979) - Sugarhill Gang
Like a Virgin (1984) - Madonna
Strings of Life (1987) - Derrick May
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