4 thoughts on “OK Computer.

  1. This may not be as far as you can get from Kind of Blue, but while you may not have gone all the way to Oz, you’re certainly not in Kansas anymore… Was it as great listening to this on vinyl as Miles Davis & Co.? I’m sure the one was analogue mastered and the other digitally; did you notice a difference?

    1. Ha ha Greg! Regarding your opening statement, you may be right, but you may also be surprised to learn that although OK Computer sounds quite different from Kind of Blue, it definitely takes inspiration from Miles Davis, via another album:

      ‘Yorke said that the starting point for the record was the “incredibly dense and terrifying sound” of Bitches Brew, the 1970 avant-garde jazz fusion album by Miles Davis. He described the sound of Bitches Brew to Q: “It was building something up and watching it fall apart, that’s the beauty of it. It was at the core of what we were trying to do with OK Computer.’ ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_Computer ).

      I didn’t know that when I first fell in love with this album in 1997 — I just knew that I had been blown away by this sonic masterpiece.

      I know that music is a very subjective thing, but this is my “dessert island” album if I could only choose one. By the way, in 2014 OK Computer was included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” (same reference as above).

      And to answer your question, it sounds simply wonderful on vinyl.

  2. Very interesting. Funny what reach Miles’ music has had, and moreover jazz in general for a form whose popularity today seems so diminished.

    “Desert Island” album… hmmm, boy would I have a hard time with that. Kind of Blue would be in the running, as would the middle two Rachmaninov piano concertos (Bronfman & Salomen my current fave) and maybe it would be surprising that the album I’ve played over and over in the last year or so (circumstances) has been Emmylou Harris “Bluebird”. And then there’s Dylan, Dire Straits, Keith Jarrett solo piano (“The Melody at Night with You” is just absolutely out of this world). Like I said, very tough time… Glad you’re enjoying the vinyl. Be well.

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