Offered for sale is a still sealed test pressing of the 200 gram Classic Records issue of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis.
About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is a 2010 test pressing, manufactured by Classic Records shortly before they went out of business.
While record companies do not routinely seal their test pressing LPs, this one was shrink-wrapped by the company as they sold off their assets and was obtained from someone who was formerly associated with Classic Records.
As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
While there is no information written on the labels, the plain white cover has a sticker with the correct catalog number (CS 8163-200G), the record company and date (“Classic Records 1/2010”) and “A/B”, which indicates that this disc contains both sides of the full album.
The disc appears to be black vinyl, which suggests that it was pressed on Quiex SV-P vinyl, which is the vinyl compound used for the commercial release of the album.
A nice copy of a rare Miles Davis LP. The Classic Records pressings of Kind of Blue are exceptionally good, and were the last pressings mastered from Columbia’s original master tape, as they have since decided that the original tape is too worn for future use.
Background: 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 is also a very well recorded album that has long been a favorite of audiophiles.
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.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Classic Records|
|Year of Release:||2010|