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Kind of Blue [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Miles Davis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • ASIN: B0030Y10RA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At the start of the Fifties Miles Davis' career had hit a barrier which, for a period of time, seemed insurmountable, but by mid-decade, with his substance-abuse troubles behind him, he had established himself as one of the major artists on the modern jazz scene. Featured here is his biggest and most famous album, 'Kind Of Blue' - a real jazz masterpiece - as well as two bonus albums, 'Ascenseur pour l'échafaud' and 'Somethin' Else' with Cannonball Adderley. This is five-star stuff that should be in all modernists' collections. The listener should be in no doubt that this is some of the most essential music of the Twentieth Century.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This package is a real bargain: three complete classic jazz albums for the price of one.

This is what you get:

Disk 1:

KoB stripped down to its five original-release basic tracks

Disk 2:

1. Miles' classic December 1957 Paris recording session of the soundtrack for Louis Malle's 1958 film noir `Ascenseur pour l'echafaud' again stripped down to the original 10 pieces with their French titles (if you buy the stand-alone CD from Fontana you get 26 tracks, but 16 of them are just alternative takes on the basic 10)

2. Cannonball Adderley's classic album `Somethin' Else', contemporary with KoB and very much in the same groove, with Miles unusually playing sideman to Cannonball's outstanding sax up-front

So, THREE ultra-cool and essential jazz CDs for a bargain price, with every track a gem. The sound quality is excellent throughout: rich and deep with good tonal separation across the range reminiscent of the original vinyl release.

The only issue is that the title `Kind of Blue' is slightly misleading: not only is no reference made to the other two works, but the cover-art features the classic close-up pic of Miles playing his horn from the KoB album cover. There's more here than meets the eye, but you'd never guess unless you look closely.

All in all, this is a great starter package to anyone discovering the jazz classics of this important period for the first time, and a genuine bargain.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitve albums from Jazz giant... 14 Feb 2010
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This set comprises 3 albums recorded during 1957 to 1959. The compositions on CD1 are all by Miles Davis (Miles Dewey Davis III,May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991) as are those for the album Ascenseur pour I'Échafaud (Fontana) with the final 5 tracks from Somethin' Else providing a mix of standards and new compositions. CD2 features the musical cues for the 1958 Louis Malle film Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud. The original soundtrack to the film, as mixed and edited in 1958, and used for the screen, can be heard in tracks 1 to 10 of CD2. "Kind of Blue" (Columbia) has been cited by many music writers not only as Davis's best-selling album, but as the best-selling jazz record of all time. In 2002, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. "Somethin' Else" is a 1958 album by jazz musician Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, regarded as a landmark album in the hard bop and cool styles. This LP was notable for the presence and prominent contributions of Miles Davis, in one of his few recording dates for Blue Note Records. The running times are approx 48 minutes and 65 minutes. The sound quality is very good indeed, the set is well illustrated and packaged with the liner notes by Peter Gamble. Glenn Gretlund produced the compilation. Look out for more classic jazz albums from Not Now Music
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Magnifique! 22 Feb 2011
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an incredible bargain: three Miles Davis classics, including the iconic 'Kind of Blue', 'Ascenseur pour l'echefaud' from a Louis Malle soundtrack, and 'Somethin' Else', a 'Cannonball' Adderley album on which Davis makes a substantial contribution. All three albums are remastered onto two cds, with a real warmth to the sound. 'Kind of Blue' is a beautiful, elegantly played, restrained and melodic album which is likely to appeal to those wary of jazz. It features Miles' trumpet hanging sublimely over the rhythms of drums, bass and piano, and counterpointed by Adderley's sax. It's a true classic of its kind.
Also on the album is a set of moodily atmospheric, ghostly jazz of short pieces which are the soundtrack to a French film 'Lift to the Gallows', so the music is highly appropriate! Finally, there is Adderley's album which features 'Cannonball' on sax, meshing fluidly with Davis trumpet, especially evocatively on 'Autumn Leaves', 'One for Daddy-o' and 'Dancing in the Dark'. All three are classic albums of their time, and all are rated 'outstanding' by Penguin Jazz Guide, and given top **** ratings. This is a simply unmissable bargain, even at treble the price, so snap this up now while you can. Mouthwateringly good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but bad CD case 14 Jun 2012
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Not a jazz fan, but this is a great album. Elegant and sophisticated and a joy to listen to. A must for all music lovers.

However, I don't feel I personally know enough about jazz or Miles Davis to write a useful review here. At the risk of getting unhelpful votes I instead want to make people aware that the 2 disc version comes in a badly designed case which could lead to issues later on. Most 2 disc albums have a double sided tray which flips up to reveal the second disc, great stuff so far. However, these trays usually have a proper hinge meaning you can easily gain access to the discs, but this one instead seems to just have had a crimp/crease put into the tray so you can prise it up to get at disc two... but this also means it is prone to being snapped with use! It also prevents the case itself from closing properly leading to me having some issues storing the CD case in a rack.

Buy the album, but be warned the case design leaves a lot to be desired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kind Of Blue 13 Feb 2013
By Garry
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I have recently came across a documentary about Jazz; I really took little interest in Jazz previously, however after listing to 'Kind of Blues' I am truly a convert to Jazz... this is just an amazing album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable, remarcable, jus perfect.
It is easy to understand why this album made history.

Audio quality is great, clean and well mastered.

Enough said.
Published 16 months ago by Twid
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Blue
Price, service and value on this were great. I'm still not hooked on the album, its familiar but not quite what I expected.
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Was looking for a good version of this in MP3 form, and I must say it is exactly that!, would recommend getting this Amazon edition, especially if you don't have it at all, you... Read more
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A really enjoyable and classic jazz album
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Published 17 months ago by Scouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Not a great Jazz lover, me, I prefer rock and jazz-rock (Weather Report, Mahavishnu etc) at a push. But this... this is what jazz is all about. Just buy it. Just listen. Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by The Marfalouth
1.0 out of 5 stars Great great album. But this is a really really crappy "out of...
Make no mistake: If you own just a handful of jazz albums, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue should be among them. Read more
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