Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert (1975)


GEOGRAPHY WEEK (JANUARY 8-14, 2012)
I realize New Age-ish piano music isn't for everybody, but I love this CD. However, I'm glad I didn't hear it for the first time until I was in my 30's because I don't think I could have appreciated it. Full-on improvisation at its best. I don't think my explanation would do it justice, so I'll leave it to The Wall Street Journal and Allmusic.com.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart (just missed at #201)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #187

Tracks: The recording is in three parts: lasting about 26 minutes, 34 minutes and 7 minutes respectively. As it was originally programmed for vinyl LP, the second part was split into sections labelled "IIa" and "IIb." The third part labelled "IIc" was actually the final piece, a separate encore. That's why it works so well as a CD instead of vinyl; the music flows so much better.

Just let it play, man.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: One of my favorite late night CDs. In fact, I don't think I've ever listened to this CD in the daytime. When I was in high school, anything on the ECM label seemed a little too "out there" for my limited tastes. I'm glad I got over that bias.

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