"1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, by Tom Moon (Workman Publishing). The list to end all lists."
—Thom Duffy, Billboard Year in Music 2008
"Fun is an elusive notion, like the 'pure pleasure' Moon claims as his 'only meaningful metric.' Yet one thing makes his guide more fun than most — for him, only the best will do. . . There are many record guides, but few are written by critics as classy as Moon."
—Robert Christgau, columnist
"The only problem with Moon's book is that it's hard to spend just two minutes with it. Look something up — a Smokey Robinson collection, say — and soon you're reading about Congolese soukous on the same page, or you're hopscotching from cross-reference to cross-reference, eventually landing in Houstin with Lightnin' Hopkins or maybe Budapest with Bela Bartok."
"A sample of albums to buy before you croak. . . . Your ears, and iTunes, will thank you."
"The mothership has landed. . . . 1,000 Records To Hear Before You Die has arrived, and it couldn't come a second too soon. Finally we have an authoritative reference to keep us busy, maybe for the rest of our lives. . . . Once the pages have been trolled to spot long-loved gems or note missing masterpieces, the true educational accomplishment of the book sets in. Because no matter how many years you've devoted to chasing the holy sound, no one knows it all. To find out about song after song, composer after composer and artist after artist you haven't really heard is the finest offering there is."
—Bill Bentley, Sonic Boomers
"1,000 Recordings is indeed a labor of love as well as at the very least a minor triumph of taste and perspective. Spanning the musical globe from opera to punk, it's also an impressive accomplishment by sheer dint of its 900 or so pages. . . . All told, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die is a brilliant work that can yield rewards for the rest of one's days."
—Rob Patterson, Blurt Magazine
"Moon is informative without being didactic, descriptive without resorting to cliche."
—Fortune Magazine (Nov. 10, 2008)