Miles Davis Kind Of Blue (50th Anniversary Collector's Edition) (4-CD Box Set)
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- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: September 30, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sony Legacy
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.94Ranked #13 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "This painterly masterpiece is one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz..."
Q - 4/99, p.129Included in Q's list of "The Best Jazz Albums of All Time."
Q - 3/95, p.1165 Stars - Indispensable - "Widely considered the greatest album in jazz history, Miles Davis' 1959 masterpiece is a collection of exquisitely melodic and deceptively simple modern jazz..."
Down Beat - 1959"This is a remarkable album. Using very simple but effective devices, Miles has constructed an album of extreme beauty and sensitivity. This is not to say that this LP is a simple one--far from it. What is remarkable is that the men have done so much with the stark, skeltal material.
JazzTimes - 8/97, p.106"...The absolutely beautiful Coltrane solo on the 'Flamenco Sketches' alternate is alone worth the price....The restoration of the sound to the correct pitch makes enough of a difference to recommend repurchasing this classic even without the jazz track of the year aboard..."
Vibe - 12/99, p.158Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Blender (Magazine) - p.674.5 stars out of 5 -- "Its ageless cool now seems intertwined with its backstory: Just months after making the album, Davis and most of his sidemen would spin off in different directions, founding entire schools of jazz."
Paste (magazine) (p.61) - "[T]he music draws you in with seductively gentle restraint. It's a recording with a pristine elegance."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.So What
- 2.Freddie Freeloader
- 3.Blue In Green
- 4.All Blues
- 5.Flamenco Sketches
- 6.Flamenco Sketches [Alternate Take]
- 7.Freddie Freeloader [Studio Sequence 1]
- 8.Freddie Freeloader [False Start]
- 9.Freddie Freeloader [Studio Sequence 2 ] - (previously unreleased)
- 10.So What [Studio Sequence 1 ] - (previously unreleased)
- 11.So What [Studio Sequence 2] - (previously unreleased)
- 12.Blue In Green [Studio Sequence 1] - (previously unreleased)
- 13.Flemenco Sketches [Studio Sequence 1] - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Flamenco Sketches [Studio Sequence 2] - (previously unreleased)
- 15.All Blues [Studio Sequence] - (previously unreleased)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.On Green Dolphin Street
- 3.Stella By Starlight
- 4.Love For Sale
- 5.Fran-Dance [Alternate Take]
- 6.So What - (previously unreleased)
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 1.So What (Side A)
- 2.Freddie Freeloader (Side A)
- 3.Blue In Green (Side A)
- 4.All Blues (Side B)
- 5.Flamenco Sketches (Side B)
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.Celebrating A Masterpiece: Kind Of Blue
The most well known, beloved, and bestselling jazz album of all time celebrates its 50th anniversary with a lavishly packaged collector's edition. It's widely agreed that Miles Davis reached a paragon of expression with KIND OF BLUE, and that the recording, which includes historic performances by Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley, captures the essence of modern jazz. The 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR'S EDITION comes in a gatefold folder that holds an LP pressed on blue vinyl, a CD of the album that includes previously unreleased tracks, a bonus DVD, a hardback book, a memorabilia envelope, and a fold-out poster. The package is a must for Miles fanatics and marks the historical and musical importance of KIND OF BLUE in the manner it deserves.
Personnel: Miles Davis (trumpet); Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans (piano); Paul Chambers (upright bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Audio Remixer: Mark Wilder.
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. It's the pinnacle of modal jazz -- tonality and solos build from chords, not the overall key, giving the music a subtly shifting quality. All of this doesn't quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've memorized every nuance. They return because this is an exceptional band - Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderly, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Wynton Kelly -- one of the greatest in history, playing at the peak of its power. As Evans said in the original liner notes for the record, the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to recording. Davis laid out the themes and chords before the tape rolled, and then the band improvised. 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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