Offered for sale is an original still sealed mono pressing of the 1959 LP Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, on the original “6 eye” Columbia label, with the record still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.
Original mono pressings are particularly desirable among collectors, as the mono master tapes were lost a number of years ago.
About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is an original mono pressing on the “6 eye” Columbia label that was in use through 1962.
While the cover has no shrink wrap, the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve and is presumably new and unplayed.
The cover is VG+, with general wear, but no writing, splits, holes, or cut corners. It’s a correct original issue, with Cannonball Adderley’s name misspelled as “Adderly” on the cover.
It’s the cleanest cover we’ve seen on any copy of Kind of Blue in a long time, as this cover is particularly prone to wear.
This pressing is likely from 1959 or 1960, but certainly no later than that.
The disc has a deep groove and no “CBS” below the word “Columbia,” indicating a very early pressing, as the deep groove pressings were discontinued in 1961 and the “CBS” added shortly after.
Matrix numbers are:
Side 1: XLP47324-1D
Side 2: XLP47325-1AD
A beautiful copy of a classic jazz LP and the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen on the original label. This will likely be your final upgrade.
Background: Recorded in 1959 by a “supergroup” that included Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, the album is one of the best-selling jazz albums ever and has often been cited as the best jazz album ever recorded.
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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