Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, including the rare “cap” obi.
About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is a 1981 Japanese pressing of an LP that was originally issued in 1959.
The cover and obi are M-; the cover retains the original shrink wrap. The insert is M-.
The disc is M-, aside from a small scuff through the first track (“So What”) that is audible through the first minute or so.
The disc doesn’t look to have been played more than a handful of times.
A nice copy of a jazz LP that everyone should own.
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.
|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1981|