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Kind Of Blue

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e. Miles fans) all know: the source used for the original vinyl release (and also the ultra-collectable 2-track and 4-track 7. Improvisation is an enigmatic and elusive thing, especially at the envelope-pushing level captured here, with Miles and sidemen forging ahead and abandoning the strictures of hard bop for the relative freedom of a modal approach. The top-selling jazz album of all time, it has been lauded, entered into “Best Of” lists and Halls of Fame, and universally acknowledged as a landmark recording — a five-track masterpiece of melancholy mood and melody. Columbia had the means and wisdom to invest in cutting edge recording technology, and their own professional recording studio.

Columbia/Legacy say they are currently selling around 20,000 a year on vinyl, as part of the “vinyl revival – the record everyone should own”. The whole is so cohesive, it works supremely, the piano has a stunning presence, the timing and colour of the performance is quite simply stunning, jaw-droppingly so. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. If there are indeed only a handful of albums that marked their own times in the way that Kind of Blue did, there are even less which, 60 years later, continue to bear the same importance. Kevin Gray: “Columbia used PAL and PBL prefixes for side 1 and 2, and A and B suffixes for the Santa Maria, Ca.While no one has ever completely identified the magic behind the record's allure – the otherworldly nature is part of its inherent charm – much of the success lies with the band members. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site, provide personalised content and advertising, analyse our traffic, and ensure you see more of what you love. The pattern of deployment of lacquers is starting to come through loud and clear, resulting in a fatal blow to Conventional Wisdom™.

We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.Side 2 has the uncorrected listing : 1) flamingo sketches 2) all blues, DG and black and white inner. It’s something that I don’t do either, nor do I need to do it as I can quickly hear if something sounds better. I found only about a hundred with good stamper information and photos of both labels, 50 mono, 50 stereo. Some sellers claim their copy has a “misprint” merely because the Side 2 label is the corrected one, at odds with the cover track list.

Similarly, Bill Evans’ piano on the left of stage and James Cobb’s drums to the right are equally weighted and have that fulsome, natural weight and body that you know they should have, but you’ve never fully heard before. The expressive warmth, imaging clarity, frequency extension, and window-on-the-world breadth afforded by this new edition places music lovers right in the studio with the sextet.

Equally notable, Seven Steps to Heaven marks the point at which the core of Davis' Second Great Quintet started to assemble. After establishing that only the very first pressings between September and November 1959 have the wrong tracklist on Side 2, how does that fit with 1AA/1AA being a later pressing and the inner jacket also indicating a later six eye?

Francis Davis (who wrote an entirely different 4,000-word liner notes essay for the box set), places the album in historic perspective: “Beyond jazz, Kind of Blue‘s long-term influence has been enormous. The user is informed that they have the possibility of configuring their browser so that they are informed of the receipt of cookies, and may, if they wish, prevent them from being installed on their hard drive.

Led by the trumpeter and accompanied by an exceptional line-up including John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone), Bill Evans (composition and piano), Paul Chambers (bass and double bass), Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb ( drums), its five tracks display a sumptuous variety of tones and nuances. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Early letter-denominated mothers and stampers were used to press further copies with the corrected label for Side 2.

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