The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear
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The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear : Unreleased Records by the World's Greatest Musicians

Edited by Bruno MacDonald

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The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear untangles the twists of fate, the fights and the sheer bad luck that prevented these sonic gems from being pressed. A Pink Floyd album with no instruments. A Sex Pistols record more incendiary than Never Mind The Bollocks. A sci-fi rock opera by Weezer. Rock 'n' roll history is littered with intriguing albums that never saw the light of day, let alone the charts. Self-destructive ambition, intra-band turmoil, record-company politics and even death have all played their part in creating a fascinating sub-genre of mythic masterpieces. Spanning more than half a century of music from all genres, these tales take in legends such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, cult heroes like Brian Eno and Frank Zappa, and contemporary artists, including Green Day and Dr Dre. Each ill-fated record is accompanied by an imagining of the cover that might have been. These original artworks have been brought to life by a team of acclaimed designers and illustrators, including Vaughan Oliver (Pixies, Bush, Cocteau Twins), John Pasche (The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix) and Bill Smith (Genesis, The Jam, Led Zeppelin).

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 182 x 242 x 28mm | 1,028g
  • 04 Sep 2014
  • Aurum Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Approx. 400 illustrations
  • 1781312192
  • 9781781312193
  • 256,644

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BRUNO MACDONALD was a contributing editor on the acclaimed 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. His other books include Pink Floyd: Through the Eyes of ..., Rock & Roll Heaven, Air Guitar: A User's Guide and Rock Connections. He has also contributed to Rock: The Rough Guide, Rock Chronicles, Guinness Hit Singles and Rockopedia, and has written for Time Out and Radio Times.

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'Start digging and it's hard to stop...the story of this imaginary record collection makes for a strangely compelling read' Q Magazine 'For the covers alone it's a marvel of rock history that might have been, never was or might yet be' Saga magazine 'It is a procrastinator's delight, source of hours of nerdy music fun' Los Angeles Times

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