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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 180g 45RPM 2LP Box Set
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 180g 45RPM 2LP Box Set


 
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If There's a Stairway to Heaven, This is the Soundtrack: Epochal 1959 Record the Mt. Rushmore of Jazz Sessions

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.

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 our 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.

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Amazing January 11, 2017
Reviewer: Dane Ryan from Soquel, CA United States  
The sound coming of this LP is incredibly good for something recorded 57 years ago. It's incredibly good for something recorded yesterday as well. But for 59 years ago it shows how well Columbia recording studios in New York knew their mag tape recording science. The other thing is how well MOFI engineers did their work. On a good sound system it sounds like you are right there. The only occasional give away is the "background" music that was muted a bit during the original mix I suspect. There is some VERY small occasional noise from the trumpet in the right channel, but is nothing to worry about. I am not a traditional "jazz" listener, but this is a beautiful exception. Get it while you can, they don't make em like this very often.

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Best jazz in my collection May 26, 2016
Reviewer: David from Spokane, WA United States  
When I listen to music I often work on the computer or do other things. When Kind of Blue is  playing the music draws me in so deeply that all I can do is listen. All the Mofi 45 rpm's are worth the money but this one is priceless. If you only buy one 45 rpm or you don't think you are a jazz fan just sit and listen to this record. It is perfection. Great job Mofi!

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Best Jazz recording in my collection! January 11, 2016
Reviewer: Thomas Aronsohn from San Luis Obispo, CA United States  
If you buy one jazz recording in your life,this is the one to own! If you have a $30.00 phono cartridge,this recording will make it sound like a moving coil. If you have a $350.00 cartridge,you will be transported to the recording studio to hear Miles Davis cut 'Kind of Blue' in 1959.

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