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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

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Miles Davis Kind of Blue meets Analogue Productions' UHQR, the pinnacle of high-quality vinyl!

Definitive handmade limited run reissue Ultra High Quality Record!

33 1/3 RPM LP release limited to 25,000 copies

Best-selling album in jazz history; mastered directly from the original 3-Track master tapes by Bernie Grundman

Pressed at Quality Record Pressings using Clarity Vinyl® on a manual Finebilt press

Purest possible pressing and most visually stunning presentation and packaging!

Dream team of Davis, Adderley, Coltrane, Evans, Kelly, Chambers, Cobb make history

"Quite clearly and obviously this new UHQR Kind of Blue sourced from Bernie Grundman's (1997) 'live' mix from the 3-track master, directly to lacquer sounds best compared to two early '6-Eyes,' Classic's own double 180g set and that label's single-sided 45rpm set, and Mobile Fidelity's double 45 boxed edition, to which I compared the UHQR.

"Even the quietest original pressing creates a pleasing romantic blur over a soft bed of noise but compared to this issue the overall picture is distant and hazy (though the romanticized version still pulls). The UHQR offers the blackest, quietest backgrounds and unparalleled transparency, but more critically, the modified Finebuilt hand press produces unprecedented transient precision and instrumental focus and resolves low level details that will deliver surprises to even the most blasé KOB veteran, one of whom visited and exclaimed 'I've never heard that before.' This pressing allows you to see further into the mix and transports you back in time and into the 30th Street studios. I don't care what version you now have you've never heard Kind of Blue quite like this." — Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com, May 17, 2021. Read the whole review here.

"Until now The Classic Records Clarity Vinyl Flat Profile version of Kind of Blue was the closest to the sound on the three track session master from which it was cut. The Analogue Productions UHQR pressing from the same metal parts has taken it up a notch and gotten us even closer to the sound on those 1/2" analog session master tapes! Buy two so you have one for a backup or to give someone the gift of music!" — Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records

Legends have a way of sticking around. If there was ever an album awaiting a high-fidelity, custom-pressed vinyl treatment of the level you now hold in your hands, it is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. 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.

It continues to be one of the most listened-to and studied recordings of all time, a required primer for many young musicians, and one of the most transcendent pieces of music ever recorded. Davis played trumpet sublime with his ensemble sextet featuring pianist Bill Evans, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley with Wynton Kelly playing piano on "Freddy the Freeloader."

Now Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds, Inc., together with Quality Record Pressings, is putting Kind of Blue where it belongs: the Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR) pressed on Clarity Vinyl on a manual Finebilt press with attention paid to every single detail of every single record.

The 200-gram records will feature the same flat profile that helped to make the original UHQR so desirable. From the lead-in groove to the run-out groove, there is no pitch to the profile, allowing the customer's stylus to play truly perpendicular to the grooves from edge to center. Clarity Vinyl allows for the purest possible pressing and the most visually stunning presentation. Every UHQR will be hand inspected upon pressing completion, and only the truly flawless will be allowed to go to market. Each UHQR will be packaged in a deluxe box and will include a booklet detailing the entire process of making a UHQR along with a hand-signed certificate of inspection. This will be a truly deluxe, collectible product.

Kind of Blue is more than Miles Davis's most enduring recording, it's a testament to Miles' experimental approach, drastically simplifying modern jazz by returning to melody unlike the chord complexity more often heard at the time. "The music has gotten thick," Davis complained in a 1958 interview for The Jazz Review. "... There will be fewer chords but infinite possibilities as to what to do with them." Kind of Blue is, in a sense, all melody — and atmosphere.

None of the musicians had played any of the tunes before heading into the first of two recording sessions in early spring of 1959. In fact Miles had written out the settings for most of them only a few hours before the session. Miles also stuck to his old recording procedure of having virtually no rehearsal and only one take for each tune.

Miles remained proud of the album, performing at least two of its tracks — "So What" and "All Blues" — for years after, until his musical path took him in a different direction.

History was on the side of Kind of Blue; it was born in 1959, at the peak of the golden age of high-fidelity, featuring innovations in studio equipment (magnetic tape, high-quality condenser microphones), matched by advancements in home audio reproduction (long-player records — LPs; high-end turntables, and other stereo components). Kind of Blue also benefited from Miles' being signed to the leading major record company of the day — Columbia Records, a part of the CBS media conglomerate. Columbia had the means and wisdom to invest in cutting edge recording technology, and their own professional recording studio.

A minor audio complication with Kind of Blue has been addressed with this UHQR edition. The motor on the studio's 3-track master recorder was running slowly the day of the album's first session. This speed issue affected the album's first three tracks, "So What," "Freddie Freeloader" and "Blue in Green," making them a barely perceptible quarter-tone sharp.This issue was finally addressed with the Classic Records reissue in 1995. This UHQR was pressed from the same parts that Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original 3-track masters for Classic in '95.

Sixty years have passed; this LP bridges that time span in the best way possible, struck from the master reel of Kind of Blue, free of speed issues and replete with all the instrumental detail, sonic environment and minimal noise. As we set out to make our UHQR series the world's best-sounding vinyl records, we have also used Clarity Vinyl, which is free of any carbon black pigment which might introduce surface noise. All-in-all this edition of Kind of Blue meets the highest audiophile standards and offers the truest sound for the most enjoyment.

Music

Sound

Ratings from Michael Fremer @ AnalogPlanet.com



Side A
1. So What
2. Freddie Freeloader
3. Blue In Green

Side B
1. Flamenco Sketches
2. All Blues

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 11 person(s) rated this product.

Add me to the chorus

posted on 06/17/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bergs
I have a 60's stereo press, MOV's mono press, the 45th anniversary box, MoFi's 45 RPM. This absolutely destroys them all. DESTROYS THEM.

My only complaint is the big ol' box is kinda annoying. I just put the LP on my shelf in a sleeve without it.

But seriously, folks..this pressing is the absolute gold standard (that I've heard) KoB release. Buy it.


Amazing

posted on 06/08/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Terry Farmer
A must have! I have the MOFI 45rpm and I honestly think this one blows it away. Kudos to all involved in putting this masterpiece together!!


Sublime. The best jazz album just got the best pressing.

posted on 06/07/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: ShockTop
My first UHQR and of my favorite album of all time. The Clarity Vinyl lives up to the hype. Exquisite pressing. Beats the MoFi 45RPM in my opinion. Now, I want to hear what the 45PM UHQR will yield. Amazing job to everyone involved. Thanks for creating this masterpiece!


The best UHQR so far. Trumpet is to die for.

posted on 06/07/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Hemant Ishwaran
This totally (and I say totally) blew the doors off my MOFI 45. Miles trumpet sounds so sweet oh my god it really is something you have to hear. I also would say this is by far the best of the three UHQR's I own and perhaps this is the best album I own to date.


Best Sound in Our Universe

posted on 06/07/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Horacio Jervis
Hi Chad,

The sound of Coltrane’s sax, during Flamenco Sketches, on the new UHQR is absolutely the best sound in our universe.

To quote one of Mile’s favorite terms of endearment, this pressing is a “motherfucker”, or another very famous quote, “if I want to knock someone’s dick in the dirt, I’ll play them this” (Chad).

Respectfully,

Horacio Jervis


Beautiful

posted on 06/06/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: DCBRN
I have the final copy of KOB I will ever need. Fuzzy areas have been eliminated. The soundstage is considerable, background is undisturbed by surface noise, there is more intimacy with the music. This quality of record and music is why I enjoy the hobby of audio. Above all, it is romantic and involving . The are some limitations with the master from 1959, but I Kind of Like it.


Perfection

posted on 06/06/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Steven Wolochowicz
I have other versions of this wonderful recording and this version beats them all. The sound is crystal clear, the volume of each instrument perfectly matched with just the right amount of separation between the instruments so that you believe you are listening to a live performance in your home. The sound quality is more like that of a tape than a vinyl record. CK & company hit it out of the park with this one. I couldn't be more pleased.


Kind of Awesome

posted on 06/05/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony
How much better could the upcoming UHQR 45 version be? I'll probably get one when it comes out but in the meantime I'm more than happy with this one and just ordered a second copy.


The Best KOB Yet

posted on 06/05/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Brian VanPelt
I have multiple versions of this album - all stereo. This is the best one so far. The vinyl is mostly quiet, although there are light clicks here and there. Other than that, there is no surface noise to speak of. The music is very dynamic and the vinyl is cut loudly. Additionally, each instrument was easily identifiable, as well as their exact locations.

The drums stuck loudly near the end of So What in a way that I had not heard before. During Freddie Freeloader, I noticed a little echo in the sax on the left, and I never noticed that before. Every instrument sounded natural, and imaging was rock solid.

During So What and again in All Blues, I heard the breathy saxes sound nicer than I have before. Generally, the tone of those saxes is anathema to me, but here it seems that they have changed timbre just slightly, and now I don't mind them. Also in All Blues, you can hear the details on everything the drummer is doing, and the cymbals are detailed - not splashy. Grade 5


Acoustics Sounds is Amazing.

posted on 06/01/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: JAMES WARD
Wow !!! Chad and his team of professionals set the bar high with this release. The top notch packaging is a work of art all on its own. The sound of this recording is far ahead of any done previously. Its obvious that Quality is a continuous goal at Acoustics Sounds. This is a Must have for any collection. As Chad would say, "Buy now or cry later."


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