MILES DAVIS "Sketches Of Spain" UK FONTANA 1st PRESSING
MILES DAVIS "Sketches Of Spain" UK FONTANA 1st PRESSING 1960 'full stereo', G&L FLIPBACK SLEEVE, SUPERB AUDIO
Sketches Of Spain
HERE WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT, UK FONTANA (STFL 531, 885 122 TY) VERY FIRST 'full stereo' PRESSING OF MILES DAVIS' BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC "Sketches Of Spain" LP FROM 1960
PRESSED ON QUALITY HEAVYWEIGHT VINYL WHICH DELIVERS TREMENDOUS AUDIO REPRODUCTION
THE FIRST ISSUE FONTANA LABELS ARE MATTE AND HEAVILY TEXTURED AND CARRY THE "RECORD FIRST PUBLISHED 1960" TEXT AND EMBOSSED ? NEXT TO THE SIDE TWO SPINDLE HOLE
MARTIX: AA 885122 ? 1Y? 1 // 420 VVW / AA 885122 ? 2Y = 6 * 420 VVW
THE LP IS HOUSED IN THE ORIGINAL FRONT LAMINATED THICK CARD SINGLE SLEEVE WITH THREE FOLD OVER FLAPS ON THE REVERSE "Printed and made by Garrod & Lofthouse Ltd. Patents pending"
AND COMES COMPLETE WITH THE ORIGINAL WHITE POLY-LINED INNER SLEEVE WITH BLUE TEXT "MADE IN GREAT BRITAIN", "BRITISH PATENT No. 800513 (printing indistinct), FOREIGN PATENT PENDING"
LOVELY UK FIRST 'full stereo" COPY OF THE MILES CLASSIC WHICH SOUNDS SENSATIONAL
Along with Kind of Blue, In a Silent Way, and Round About Midnight, Sketches of Spain is one of Miles Davis' most enduring and innovative achievements.
Recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 — after Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley had left the band — Davis teamed with Canadian arranger Gil Evans for the third time.
Davis brought Evans the album's signature piece, "Concierto de Aranjuez," after hearing a classical version of it at bassist Joe Mondragon's house. Evans was as taken with it as Davis was, and set about to create an entire album of material around it.
The result is a masterpiece of modern art.
On the "Concierto," Evans' arrangement provided an orchestra and jazz band — Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, and Elvin Jones — the opportunity to record a classical work as it was. The piece, with its stunning colors and intricate yet transcendent adagio, played by Davis on a flügelhorn with a Harmon mute, is one of the most memorable works to come from popular culture in the 20th century.
Davis' control over his instrument is singular, and Evans' conducting is flawless.
Also notable are "Saeta," with one of the most amazing technical solos of Davis' career, and the album's closer, "Solea," which is conceptually a narrative piece, based on an Andalusian folk song, about a woman who encounters the procession taking Christ to Calvary. She sings the narrative of his passion and the procession — or parade — with full brass accompaniment moving along. Cobb and Jones, with flamenco-flavored percussion, are particularly wonderful here, as they allow the orchestra to indulge in the lushly passionate arrangement Evans provided to accompany Davis, who was clearly at his most challenged here, though he delivers with grace and verve.
Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience, as one encounters a multitude of timbres, tonalities, and harmonic structures seldom found in the music called jazz.
Side 1: Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (16:14) / Will O' The Wisp (3:48)
Side 2: The Pan Piper (3:57) / Saeta (4:57) / Solea (12:08)
LABELS: The labels are CLEAN and BRIGHT with NO unwanted marks/writing and barely any spindle traces
VINYL Visual: The surfaces have their original DEEP, almost LIKE-NEW, GLOSSY SHEEN and are practically UNMARKED
VINYL Audio: CRYSTAL CLEAR, DEEP, RICH and WARM SOUND. There are NO scratches, NO sticks/jumps and just a coupe of very, very brief patches of interference to the sound (higher trumpet registers) but these in no way detracted from my listening pleasure when play-grading this MASTERPIECE and I would rank them as overall, very, very minor. The sound quality is OUTSTANDING throughout and the record plays to a very high standard. Must be very critically graded an EXCELLENT for audio - SUPERB COPY
SLEEVE: The original FRONT LAMINATED TRI-FLIPBACK cover is in EXCELLENT+ condition. Beautiful DEEP GLOSS to the front laminated surface with very little rubbing and only a couple of tiny marks (above the E in Miles - please see photos). The back is FRESH and remarkably CLEAN and the spine is straight and true with all text CLEAR and BOLD.
The original poly-lined inner bag is NEAR MINT - still beautifully white with NO splits to any of the edges, just a few handling/storage creases (please see photos)
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REALLY EXCELLENT COPY OF THIS CLASSIC WHICH SOUNDS SENSATIONAL IN THIS FIRST 'FULL STEREO' VERSION - SUPERBLY RECORDED WITH A FRESH, TREMENDOUSLY IMMEDIATE SOUND
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