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The (somewhat modest given the timeframe) challenge: 1001 albums in 10 years.

Attempting to go through the original edition of the book by November 30, 2021.


  1. Very nice site. I read the 2011 edition of this, I thought about attempting the whole lot too but it just seemed too overwhelming. Quite a lot ended up on my future listening list though. I’ll look forward to reading your reviews. By the way, how do you pick which one to listen to next?

  2. My thanks – I have a feeling when I get to album 600 or so, that overwhelming feeling will sink in for me – too much invested, still far from the end!

    So far I’ve been gravitating towards records that I’ve been told are brilliant (such as Blonde on Blonde), albums I knew a single or two (such as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), or that fit a theme (such as Movember!).

    I’m saving what I (now) consider my all time top 10 or so until the end, to see if I still feel that way after listening to the rest.

  3. I would love to see a post on Johnny Cash!

  4. I wanted to tell you that I somehow stumbled upon your blog, and following for your reviews of Canadian artists from the 80s and 90s (cue Blue Rodeo). When are you reviewing Zappacosta? 🙂

    • I don’t believe Zappacosta is on the ‘1001 albums you must hear’ list – along with a lot of other underrepresented Canadian content. No Hip, Sloan, BNL, Blue Rodeo (though there is plenty of Neil Young/Joni Mitchell/Leonard Cohen and a hint of Rush). So there will be some 80s/90s from Canada (Cowboy Junkies for one) so even if it’s not reviewed here, I generally approve of most things Jim Cuddy has done!

      • WTF no Hip or Sloan. No BNL or Blue Rodeo. Seriously. WTF. Who wrote this book, that’s CRAZY!

      • Not nearly enough CanCon that’s for sure! The General editor is Robert Dimery – I’m going through the first edition, I know Arcade Fire makes appearances in more recent revisions but the emphasis tends to be on the US/UK.

        I have to keep reminding myself it’s the 1001 ‘you must hear’ as opposed to ‘best’ – otherwise the complete absence of hip/sloan/bnl/blue rodeo would instantly destroy the book’s credibility!

  5. Hi Stephen,
    I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. You are welcome to participate – no pressure. I just enjoy reading your stuff.


  6. jennypugh permalink

    Congratulations, I have nominated your blog for The Sunshine Award! Music makes me smile and so does your blog 🙂

  7. Great idea for a blog. I’ve had the original book for a couple of years and have recently bought the most up to date version, although I haven’t had much time to go through it yet

    • My thanks!

      I decided to stick with the original version of the book for this project – I definitely agree with some of the ones they’ve added since (Arctic Monkeys, In Rainbows) but for simplicity I thought keeping with the 2005 edition would be the way to go.

      It’s a classic ‘coffee table book,’ fun to pick up and flip through.

  8. These books are great aren’t they. I also have the movie one which is fantastic. Good blog man!

    • I’ve seen the movie one, I’ll probably end up investing at some point. A friend has the ‘1001 paintings’ book – that project would be difficult to complete though as a bunch of the paintings are in private collections, making seeing them in person a bit of a challenge!

  9. Enjoying reading some of these. Thanks for following me man…

  10. just have to let you know that your blog brings me joy. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, that’s very nice to hear.

      I enjoy writing and it’s been a pleasant surprise that people have been enjoying the album journey along with me.

      Of equal importance, thanks for inspiring me to post similar positive feedback on blogs like yours that I’ve been following 😀

  11. marshallgu permalink

    cool blog; followed.

  12. Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is great, and I’ve nominated you for a VIB Award. 🙂

  13. Hi. Just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is great, and I’ve nominated you for a VIB Award. 🙂

  14. Call Me Appetite permalink

    i will go through every album i havent heard so far and the ones i know, i will do the same. great blog!

  15. Do you pick the album order random, since you didn´t listen in chronological order?

    • I was going in monthly themes for a while – I’ll go with the alphabet series for the next few months. Then I’m considering going year by year (spending a week in 1988 etc.) but not in any particular order. I’ve found the themes keep me interested!

      • The order of the list I found in the net isn´t exactly chronological, but I follow it. Maybe I will one day just turn on a random number generator, generate me the number of an album to listen to.

  16. Sorry ’bout this, but I put you down on my list for that One Lovely Blog Award:

    • “this guy who loves music (maybe a little too much…)” – that sounds about accurate, thanks for the shout-out. As they say around acting awards time, it’s an honour to be nominated!

  17. i think you should get your followers to suggest some current local bands that they are digging from their pocket of the globe…i’d be curious as i dig your blog and your commenters. 🙂

    • I like that post idea – that could lead into a geography-weekly theme, this has potential, thanks!
      And thank you for the nice comments & for reading too 😀

  18. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox. I hope you are finding lots to entertain you and maybe making some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while check it out again. Please feel free to add comments. Good luck with your blog. Regards Thom.

  19. I’ve nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! Here’s the link:
    Congratulations! 🙂

  20. Hi Geoff,
    Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award!
    Here is the link:
    I hope you will enjoy it :).

  21. Hey! I tagged you for the In Thy Future Challenge on the KMA.

    To find out more, click here:

    Have fun!

  22. Wow arrived here through another post and that’s some challenge you have set yourself..can’t wait to see your top 10 🙂

  23. Hi Geoff,
    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! You can pick it up here:
    I hope that you’ll enjoy the award although there is no pressure to participate. 🙂

  24. Hi Geoff! I come bearing gifts! I’ve nominated you for The Blogger Recognition Award — The Music Edition.
    You can pick it up here:

  25. A while back on my blog I remembered how good Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette was during the mid 90’s. Still holds up. Will it make your list?

  26. That’s a very cool concept. Best of luck!
    So far, are you a fan of most of the ones you’ve listened to?

    • Much appreciated, Jim!
      A good question – there are a lot of albums that I’ll hear and think, “I see the appeal, I’m just not the target audience.”
      And then others that I hear (records like Zombies Odyssey and Oracle) where I wonder, how did I not have this before!
      I picture my overall experience looking a bit like a bell curve, there will be some awful/life-changingly-amazing ones at the extremes & most will fit somewhere between OK and Really good

  27. Great blog, lots of fun. Keep up the good work!

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