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1.0 out of 5 stars Great great album. But this is a really really crappy "out of copyright" release, 8 May 2012
This review is from: Kind of Blue (Audio CD)
Make no mistake: If you own just a handful of jazz albums, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue should be among them.

That said, there are MUCH better ways to get this album than purchasing this gray market "legal bootleg" (made possible due to the 50 year copyright expiration law). This is material copied from other legitimate releases, with mediocre packaging and liner notes, and not a cent to anyone associated with the recording: not the heirs of Davis, not the label. In other words, the difference between buying this and obtaining it via other means: Not much, except you line the pockets of the people selling this gray market item.

Find yourself a copy of this album on Sony/Columbia and you'll not only get a higher quality product, but also be ensuring that maybe there will be financial incentive for further jazz excavations in the future...
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2012 18:33:34 BDT
Mr. D. Bain says:
I have just been reading reviews for the 50th anniversary edition of Kind Of Blue. I've had the single cd version of the album for many years and play it regularly. I love it so much that I am considering whether it is worth shelling out for the anniversary box set. Among the reviews for this edition is your own Mr Pearlman. Unfortunately you are reviewing a cheap and nasty version of the album. I have no doubt that the blame for this error lies with Amazon and not with yourself. They have a really annoying habit of attaching product reviews for one specific item to any other related items, thus making a nonsense of the review in question.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 03:26:08 BDT

You're right: My review was posted for this edition: B0030Y10RA. (Search on that and you'll find the "cheap and nasty" edition I'm reviewing). The 50th Anniversary Edition you refer to is excellent, and comes from Sony. I have nothing negative to say about that one.

As you note: Amazon has a bad habit of commingling reviews from different editions.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 18:53:06 BDT
Kirk Douglas says:
Many thanks David for your review. I was very close to buying the cheap and nasty version myself earlier this week but after reading your comments decided to order the Columbia release (for only 2p extra! Bargain!)

Posted on 18 Sep 2012 02:12:36 BDT
Numinous Ugo says:
Why do Amazon not sort out this frustrating version non-differentation issue. Clearly there are different versions of Kind of Blue and some reviews apply to one and not the others (good and bad) the reviews in this context are useless unless we know which version they apply to. Amazon should only apply the review to the version to which it is attached by the reviewer, easy!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2012 01:08:05 BDT
For what it's worth I'm currently listening to this edition of Kind of Blue and I don't think it sounds all that great. I get the impression Sony have tried to clean up the sound even more than it's been cleaned up before and the result is that everything sounds TOO clean and too separated. Plus there is now really annoying hiss almost all the way through both versions of Flamenco Sketches.

Stick with the Sony "Gold" release from a few years ago (the one that first included the alternative Flamenco Sketches) - rich, warm, full sound but very little hiss etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2012 22:06:00 BDT
John Smith says:
Agree with everyone who commented about reviews of all issues being intermingled on Amazon. If you search any album at all (e.g. Kind of Blue) you will see that every single issue from mp3 through vinyl to SACD, and the rest, all contain the same number of reviews - because they're all exactly the same reviews. Amazon isn't meant to be a music review site - we're here to review the particular *product* (e.g. 50th anniversary remaster, or whatever) not the music contained therein. Amazon needs to sort this out.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2012 22:08:43 BDT
John Smith says:
@ Mr P Fitton: That hiss is a natural part of the original tape recording (which I admit, compared to other great jazz recordings of the same period isn't the best quality). If you have an issue with no hiss then you may be assured that the hiss was artificially removed.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2012 00:45:50 BDT
Well, I've no problem with the hiss being artificially removed as long as they can do it in a way that doesn't remove any musical info along with the hiss. The Sony Gold CD issue isn't completely free of hiss, by any means, but it's a lot less than on this issue.
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