A copy of the Classic Records 180 gram, 4 LP, 45 RPM set of Miles Davis' 1960 LP, Sketches of Spain
Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the 4 LP, 180 gram, 45 RPM, Classic Records reissue of Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain, originally issued in 1960 by Columbia Records as CS 8271.
Classic Records earned a solid reputation by reissuing long-out-of-print and highly sought out jazz, pop, and classical titles originally released in the late 1950s and early 1960s. These pressings offered great dynamics and wide, impressive soundstages. Unfortunately, they also sold in limited numbers when new and finding mint used copies has become quite difficult. Classic Records began reissuing many of these titles in the mid 1990s, first as 180 gram 33 1/3 LPs, and later as limited edition pressings cut at 45 RPM on multiple, single-sided discs for optimum sound quality. Some of these titles were pressed multiple times at different weights and types of vinyl. Later pressings note Quiex SV, Quiex SV-P, Clarity Vinyl or 200 Gram vinyl on the jackets. Earlier, 180 gram pressings omit this.
AllMusic.com gave Sketches of Spain 5 stars:
Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis’ most enduring and innovative achievements. Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 — after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band — Davis teamed with Canadian arranger Gil Evans for the third time. Davis brought Evans the album’s signature piece, “Concierto de Aranjuez,” after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon’s house. Evans was as taken with it as Davis was, and set about to create an entire album of material around it. The result is a masterpiece of modern art. On the “Concierto,” Evans’ arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band — Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones — the opportunity to record a classical work as it was. The piece, with its stunning colors and intricate yet transcendent adagio, played by Davis on a flügelhorn with a Harmon mute, is one of the most memorable works to come from popular culture in the 20th century. Davis’ control over his instrument is singular, and Evans’ conducting is flawless. Also notable are “Saeta,” with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis’ career, and the album’s closer, “Solea,” which is conceptually a narrative piece, based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary. She sings the narrative of his passion and the procession — or parade — with full brass accompaniment moving along. Cobb and Jones, with flamenco-flavored percussion, are particularly wonderful here, as they allow the orchestra to indulge in the lushly passionate arrangement Evans provided to accompany Davis, who was clearly at his most challenged here, though he delivers with grace and verve. Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience, as one encounters a multitude of timbres, tonalities, and harmonic structures seldom found in the music called jazz.
The copy offered for sale is a 4 LP, 45 RPM set, pressed on four single-sided 180 gram discs for optimum sound quality. This is an early pressing, with no mention of “Quiex”, “200 gram” or “Clarity” on the cover. The cover art closely duplicates that of the original Columbia pressing and the label art and catalog number duplicate the original Columbia “six eye” label design used at the time of the original release. The first two discs come in a printed cover; the other two discs are in plain white jackets. The discs and covers are in M- condition.
This particular Classic Records pressing of Sketches of Spain sounds truly amazing. This is a great sounding copy of an iconic album.
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- Record Label:
- Catalog Number::
- CS 8271
- Year of Release::
- 1960 (original LP)
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