1001 Albums 0053-0054

Published May 15, 2014


My continued journey through the albums featured in the book
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


0053: John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1965)

This is one of those classic jazz albums that I’ve seen name-checked innumerable times over the years, yet never actually listened to.

I do understand why this album is held in such high regard. The progress made by rock and pop bands around the time this was recorded seems kind of modest in comparison to what these guys were doing. But musical progression doesn’t necessary equal emotional connection, and in this case there are only glimpses of a connection for me.

So, to sum up: like so many other jazz albums, I can hear that this is great music, and - except for a loooong drum solo and a looooong bass solo - it doesn’t annoy me, but emotionally it just doesn’t grab me.

Verdict: Objectively speaking: a great album. But not for me.

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0054: B.B. King: Live At The Regal (1965)

And here we have B.B. King doing what he does best, which is to play the blues. The only problem for me is that I'm not particularly fond of the blues. I'm aware that it's the foundation for rock'n'roll and all that, but more often than not I lose patience with it very quickly. The enthusiasm and shouted “comments” from the audience is the most interesting part of the recording for me. A glimpse into some kind of reality five decades ago.

Verdict: I'm unable to share the enthusiasm of the audience.

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