Offered for sale is a still sealed early 1960s stereo pressing of Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, on the then-current “2 eye” Columbia label.
While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve.
About this copy: This copy of Kind of Blue is an early stereo pressing on the “2 eye” Columbia label that was in use between May, 1962 and August, 1965 and was used immediately after the discontinuation of the earlier “6 eye” label.
This is the first “2 eye” label with the words “360° Sound Stereo” in black on the label. Later pressings had this in white.
The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with very slight ring wear at the top of the back cover and minor wear at the upper left-hand corner. There are two very tiny staple holes in the upper left hand corner where a price tag was originally attached.
This is the cleanest cover we have ever seen on a copy of this album that wasn’t still in the shrink wrap, as this cover is notoriously prone to cover wear.
The record is still sealed in the plastic inner sleeve and is presumably new and unplayed. The inner sleeve is virtually perfect, with no rips or tears.
Matrix numbers are:
Side 1: XSM47326-1BL
Side 2: XSM47327-1BK
A gorgeous copy of a classic jazz LP. Columbia’s pressings on the 360° Sound label are quite good, and this copy is literally unplayed!
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 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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