Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rants & Chants

At the time of its release (1965), Om was considered to be the worst album that John Coltrane had ever recorded. Manic instrument-playing interspersed with chants of the sacred Hindu syllable and text readings of The Tibetan Book of the Dead litter the eardrum.

Due to the initial impression that people had of the original release, it's no big shock that the album is currently out of print. The recording below is from the LP. If you're unfamiliar with this album, you should check it out and make up your own mind about it. The album has never been re-issued to CD but rumors abound that it has been seen on recently, so if vinyl doesn't do it for you, it would be advised to seek it out there.

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