Om is a album by John Coltrane recorded in October Om refers to the sacred syllable in Hinduismwhich symbolizes the infinite or the entire Universe. Coltrane described Om Home Again - Carole King - Tapestry the "first syllable, the primal word, the word of power".
Issued posthumously, the minute recording contains chants from the Bhagavad Gita  "Coltrane and one or two other musicians begin and end the piece by chanting in unison a verse from chapter nine "The Yoga of Mysticism" of the Bhagavad Gita : Rites that the Vedas ordain, and the rituals taught by the scriptures: all these I am, and the offering made to the ghosts of the fathers, herbs of healing and food, the mantramthe clarified butter.
I the oblationand I the flame into which it is offered. I am the sire of the world, and this world's mother and grandsire. I am he who awards to each the fruit of his action. I make all things clean.
I am Om! Om was recorded the day after Coltrane and his band played live in Seattle, as John Coltrane - Om by recording engineer and sometime drummer Jan Kurtis. The next day the whole band traveled Kurtis' studio, Camelot Sound Studios, in a rented house in Lynnwoodto record Om. It is believed that Coltrane was using LSD during the recording, though this is disputed.
When it was released, many people considered it John Coltrane - Om be the worst album Coltrane had ever produced.
However, critics have been much more accepting of this album over the years. The Allmusic review commented: "Condemned by many critics as John Coltrane's worst album, Om suffers only in comparison to the great works that preceded it. Note: while some CD configurations had "Om" as a single track, others kept the original LP record's original two-track configuration. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Coltrane.
Retrieved 10 April London: Continuum. Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest. Da Capo Press. Continuum International Publishing Group. Coltrane had begun using LSD during this John Coltrane - Omin order to investigate its ability to access Trouble (Remix) - P!NK - MP3 levels of consciousness.
It has long been rumored that Coltrane was under the influence of the drug while recording Omand while this has never fully been corroborated, it would almost make sense, as the recording sounds John Coltrane - Om and hallucinatory, almost as though Coltrane is not in full control of his normal faculties Whether or not Coltrane was on LSD when recording this piece, it is perhaps not the most suitable for listening while on LSD, as the music communicates an intense feeling of unrest.
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