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Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue | Mobile Fidelity 45rpm 2LP Box Set

$95.00

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue | Mobile Fidelity 45rpm 2LP Box Set

$95.00

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A TAV Essential Listening Album – Often referred to as the definitive jazz album. While Miles possibly sought to break ground for modal jazz in the jazz genre, he ended up breaking ground for jazz in the entire musical canon with this album. Another hallmark of this album was that accompanying Miles were other jazz legends - Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly on piano, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on saxophone, along with Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. 

Note: A 33 1/3 rpm Mono version of this album is also available here.

"Long held as the jazz album that even non-jazz fans will own, Kind Of Blue not only changed the way people regarded Miles, it changed the very face of music itself. Consistently rated not just as one of the greatest jazz albums but as one of THE greatest musical statements of the 20th century, its 46 minutes of improvisation and sophistication remain peerless." - BBC

"Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album. To be reductive, it's the Citizen Kane of jazz -- an accepted work of greatness that's innovative and entertaining. That may not mean it's the greatest jazz album ever made, but it certainly is a universally acknowledged standard of excellence." – AllMusic

"How does one properly introduce an epochal record? Perhaps by unequivocally stating that it is the best-selling jazz album in history. Or by affirming that, every year, it sells tens of thousands of copies more than five decades after its original release. There's also the matter of its status as the most-referenced, and arguably, most important, jazz recording of all-time. And the Dream Team lineup of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Yes, Kind of Blue is utterly inimitable.

Part of Mobile Fidelity's Miles Davis catalog restoration series, the landmark has been given the ultimate white-gloves treatment. Mastered from the original master tapes, and pressed on 45RPM LPs at RTI, this sumptuous box set of the often-reissued album is a must for even fans that already possess multiple versions. Such is the illuminating transparency, reference dynamics, organic warmth, and instrumental detail exposed by the thoroughly scrupulous mastering process. If there's a stairway to heaven, this is the soundtrack.

In its three-decade-plus history, Mobile Fidelity has never been prouder to have the honor of handling efforts as important as Davis' key recordings. It's why the label's engineers took every available measure to transport listeners to the March and April 1959 sessions that parlayed modal jazz into mainstream language. The blueprint for melodic improvisation and vamping, Kind of Blue simplifies tonal organization and chordal progression into an eminently beautiful, introspective tapestry stitched with swinging poetry, mellifluous soloing, compositional lyricism, transcendental harmonies, and group interplay of the highest caliber.

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. Davis intentionally handpicked these musicians to comprise this particular cast, with everyone from former foil Evans to blues maestro Kelly to percussive genius Cobb interacting and reacting with peerless skill.

An audiophile favorite from the day it was issued, Kind of Blue takes on nirvanic sonic proportions via Mobile Fidelity's reissue. 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. Close your eyes and, no matter how many times you may have heard it before, your experience will parallel that of the players that recorded these gems. Everyone shares in the excitement of not knowing what will happen and, as the music begins to lie out in front of you, you'll feel as if you've been whisked away to a jazz holy land. Quintessential." - Mobile Fidelity

Musicians:

  • Miles Davis, trumpet, band leader
  • John Coltrane, tenor sax
  • Bill Evans, piano (except "Freddie Freeloader")
  • Wynton Kelly, piano ("Freddie Freeloader")
  • Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, alto sax (except on "Blue in Green")
  • Paul Chambers, double bass
  • Jimmy Cobb, drums

    Features of this audiophile press:

    • Numbered, Limited Edition
    • 45rpm Speed Edition
    • Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
    • Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
    • Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
    • Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
    • Mastered from the Original Master Tapes

    Item description:        

    Artist:

    Miles Davis

    Title:

    Kind of Blue (Mobile Fidelity 45rpm 2LP Box Set)

    Label:

    Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab / Columbia

    Format:

    2 × Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered

    Box Set

    Pressing:

    US

    Release Date:

    This reissue: 2015 | Original issue: 1959

    Genre:

    Jazz

    Style:

    Modal, Cool Jazz

    Catalog No:

    MFSL 2-45011

    Condition:

    New