Shifts the focus away from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that have shaped and ultimately defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own– a way of listening that determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love. What remains unchanged is the fundamental miracle of recorded music for the listener: the music we listen to becomes a pivotal part of who we are. Please visit pbs.org for more information.

Featured Stories/Artists:

  • Frank Sinatra invents the concept album with “In the Wee Small Hours”
  • Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye use the long-playing record for new kinds of expression
  • The story of Bob Dylan’s recording of “Like a Rolling Stone”
  • The Grateful Dead and the rise of the bootleg cassette tape

 

Song List

  • 1. Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  • 2. Alive and Kicking Simple Minds –
  • 3. Tales From The Vienna Woods – Strauss/Stokowski
  • 4. Your Love – Graham Central Station
  • 5. Sugar Foot Stomp – Fletcher Henderson
  • 6. Shanghai Shuffle – Fletcher Henderson
  • 7. Pick Me Up and Lay Me Down (In Dear Old Dixie Land) – (Traditional)
  • 8. Come On a My House – Rosemary Clooney
  • 9. Twenty Flight Rock – Eddie Cochran
  • 10. Daddy Daddy – Ruth Brown
  • 11. Ball and Chain Big Mama Thornton
  • 12. Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton
  • 13. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  • 14. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning – Frank Sinatra
  • 15. Mood Indigo – Frank Sinatra
  • 16. Hot House – Charlie Parker
  • 17. So What – Miles Davis
  • 18. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
  • 19. Ballad of a Thin Man – Bob Dylan
  • 20. Crimson and Clover – Tommy James and the Shondells
  • 21. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • 22. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  • 23. Lovesong – The Cure
  • 24. Love Rap – Spoonie Gee
  • 25. Banned in D.C. – Bad Brains
  • 26. Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
  • 27. (Walk Me Out In The) Morning Dew – Grateful Dead
  • 28. Eyes of the World – Grateful Dead
  • 29. Estimated Prophet – Grateful Dead
  • 30. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Culture Club
  • 31. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  • 32. Tom’s Diner – Suzanne Vega
  • 33. Tom’s Diner Remix – Suzanne Vega, Mark Padigos
  • 34. As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber
  • 35. Dancing in the Sheets – Shalimar
  • 36. Make it With You – Bread
  • 37. The End – The Beatles