Oct 23, 2008

Kind of Blue in the Age of the Ring Tone

I recently received the 50th Anniversary box set for one of the greatest albums ever recorded, under any genre of music. The masterpiece of which I am speaking is none other than Miles Davis' uber-classic Kind of Blue.

Kind of Blue is, in my mind, one of the signature achievements in musical history. The fact that people are still buying this record some 50 years after its original release is a testament in and of itself. Sounding as fresh and as hip today as it must have sounded back in the late 50s, Kind of Blue is both vintage and contemporary at the same time. "So What," "Freddy Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches," that's right, only 5 songs, no excess, no filler. If anything, Kind of Blue is one of those albums that is--like the rapper from Oakland--simply too short. I feel the same about Marvin Gaye's What's Going On also. There's something to be said about a record that leaves you wanting more.

I have never wanted to be one of those cats who dismisses everything new just because it isn't old. But when I hear something as brilliant as Kind of Blue in an era when some fools are getting over on 10 second ring tones, I have to go there. The game is so jacked up right now and ring tones epitomize this sad state of affairs. Can you imagine a 50th anniversary box set for a ring tone?

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