Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Considering this album was recorded in 1959, you may wonder why i'd chose to review it now. I'd say that it's because it's a major part of the Beat movement of which i have a slight interest (i'm intending on reading "On the Road" one of these days rolling around), it's also what the great minds of the fifties listened to, and they've influenced every day since. I'd also say that i review what i think people who are like me should listen to. Anyone who sees the fundamental problems with society and knows that people just don't care enough to fix them. This is your music. This is a huge influence on one of my heroes as well, Jimi Hendrix, not to mention the Doors. Lastly, i'd say that this is a review i'd been intending on doing ever since I first heard "So What", and just hadn't spent the money on the CD until now. This is the remastered version, re-recorded to fix some problems with the originals. It says in the album that "If you're going to heaven, might as well go first class all the way." Which I suppose is correct, because this album is heaven in sound. It's relaxation music for a generation which was too tired to begin with. The tracks are as follows.

01. So What
02. Freddie Freeloader
03. Blue in Green
04. All Blues
05. Flamenco Sketches
06. Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take)

So What is a memory of the Big City in sound. It is New York in the 50's in sound. It is walking down a sidewalk but having enough space to actually walk. Oddly enough, I've found that (and Tosh can attest to this) this track goes almost too well with a game of GTA 3. The next track, Freddie Freeloader is just pure jazz. Possibly my least favorite of the CD. Blue in Green is background music to bar in the 50's and you're drowning your sorrows in a bottle of gin. All Blues is a rather odd track, i can't picture exactly what it's describing. Flamenco Sketches is a quiet walk in Central Park in fall with your significant other. a beautifully well-crafted album which can be just breathtaking if you step back and look at what it's showing you. A classic that all of us should listen to at some point.


Buy It

1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue in Green
4. All Blues
5. Flamenco Sketches
6. Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take)

Written by: Jack

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