A rare blue vinyl pressing of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, issued by Classic Records
Offered for sale is a rare, limited edition (100 copies only) blue vinyl 180 gram pressing of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, issued by Classic Records in 2001.
It’s hard to find words to say about Kind of Blue that haven’t already been written; the album is routinely regarded as the best jazz album of all time. It’s also one of the best sounding jazz records ever, as it’s a terrific recording.
Recorded in 1959 by a “supergroup” that included Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, the album is also one of the best-selling jazz albums ever.
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. Why does Kind of Blue posses such a mystique? Perhaps it’s that this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of “So What.” From that moment on, the record never really changes pace — each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. The end results were wondrous, filled with performances that still crackle with vitality. Few albums of any genre manage to work on so many different levels, but Kind of Blue does. It can be played as background music, yet it amply rewards close listening. It is advanced music that is extraordinarily enjoyable. It may be a stretch to say that if you don’t like Kind of Blue, you don’t like jazz — but it’s hard to imagine it as anything other than a cornerstone of any jazz collection.
About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is a limited edition (100 copies only) pressed on blue vinyl by Classic Records in 2001 on 180 gram vinyl. The album was mastered by Bernie Grundman using the original 2 track master tape, and sounds terrific.
Classic Records issued Kind of Blue many times in many different configurations, but the blue vinyl issue is undoubtedly the rarest variation of all. Classic Records only pressed 100 copies on blue vinyl at the 180 gram weight. They later pressed 100 additional copies on 200 gram vinyl.
The cover is M- with a small bend in the lower right hand corner. The blue vinyl disc is M- with one very faint sleeve scuff and appears to have had little, if any, play.
A beautiful copy of an album that should be in every collection.
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- Record Label:
- Columbia/Classic Records
- Catalog Number:
- CS 8163
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