Saturday, December 26, 2009

1001 Albums You Must Hear....bouquets and brickbats

First, a big thank you to Robert Dimery (Editor) and the Before You Die people for publishing 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. An even bigger thank you for putting up the list on their web site.

But some brickbats. (What the hell is a brickbat anyway?) The list viewer on the web site only allows you to see a maximum of 100 entries at a time. But even worse - where is the download feature? There is no easy way to download the list. Why put the list on the site but not provide a downloadable version? This just means I have to spend some time fiddling around with Excel to get the list in a format that I can analyse.

BTW I did a quick poke around the Web to see if anyone else had done it. Nothing up to date and comprehensive.

An hour or so later and I have the 1001 Albums in an Excel spreadsheet ready for crunching. Mwah ha haah.

Oh - the list on the 1001 web site is not the latest edition. Grrr. But there is a list of additions and deletions in the forum section of the site. A bit more fiddling and I'm ready to roll.


  1. Any chance you could share your excel spreadsheet? I too got the book for christmas, and have been looking for an electronic version that I can sort/manipulate.

  2. Send me an email -