I’ve been thinking about this idea of trying to listen to records which are old, while being new to you, by placing them in context – Graham was suggesting I should try to picture myself 30+ years ago listening to Tom Petty.
It makes lots of sense, but then I wondered, are there some records/albums that don’t need any historical context because they transcend all that and work for ever – sparkling like Diamonds?
I’m not suggesting they are necessarily the same for everyone. Lots of people might say Beethoven which isn’t for me, but is there anything that is?
There might be a few, but I think way out in front for me is a ‘go-to’ album that I’ll never tire of, and can listen to anywhere, anytime (and I’ve a few different versions). Since it’s from 1959 I certainly didn’t hear it in its original context and probably not for at least another decade – maybe more.
It’s Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Coltrane, Bill Evans etc. I think it’s perfect.
You got one like that?