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MILES DAVIS with CHARLES MINGUS AND ELVIN JONES - BLUE
MOODS - ORIGINAL 1955 DEBUT RECORDS MONO LP LP DEB-100
THIS IS BY FAR THE
MOST BEAUTIFUL COPY OF THIS MEGA-RARE MILES DAVIS ALBUM WE HAVE SEEN IN 42
YEARS OF COLLECTING! THE VINYL IS
PERILOUSLY CLOSE TO NEAR MINT!
ORIGINAL MATTE (NOT GLOSSY), MAROON DEBUT LABEL WITH GOLD PRINT
NO DEEP GROOVE (NONE OF THE ORIGINAL
DEBUT PRESSINGS OF THIS ALBUMS HAD A DEEP GROOVE!); ODDLY, THE REISSUE ON FANTASY LABEL DID)
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS
NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
ORIGINAL GLOSSY, LIGHTLY LAMINATED COVER
CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS (MOST
IMPORTANTLY, BOTH LABELS ARE PRESENT!!! – NAMELY, DEBUT
LABEL WAS NOTORIOUS FOR SHODDILY GLUED LABELS THAT EASILY UNGLUED OR FELL OFF)
THICK, HEAVY VINYL
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL
OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
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In the '50s, the party line
among New York jazz critics was that hard bop was the "true faith"
and that cool jazz was lightweight and unemotional. But Miles Davis knew
better. The trumpeter (whose Birth of the Cool sessions of 1949-1950 proved to
be incredibly influential) was smart enough to realize that cool jazz and hard
bop were equally valid parts of the house that Charlie Parker built, and he had
no problem working with cool jazzmen one minute and hard boppers the next.
Recorded for Charles Mingus' Debut label in 1955, Blue Moods is an excellent
example of cool jazz. However, not all of the musicians who join Davis on this
album were full-time members of jazz's cool school. Although vibist Teddy
Charles was cool-oriented, Mingus (upright bass) and Elvin Jones (drums) were
never considered cool players -- and the lyrical trombonist Britt Woodman was,
in the '50s, best known for his association with Duke Ellington. Nonetheless,
the things that characterized cool jazz -- subtlety, restraint, and understatement
-- characterize Blue Moods. Mingus and Jones were certainly capable of being
forceful and aggressive, but you won't hear them being intense on this disc; a
very laid-back, gently introspective approach prevails on interpretations of
"Easy Living," "Alone Together," "Nature Boy,"
and "There's No You." Clocking in at 27 minutes, Blue Moods is quite
skimpy by most standards. But even so, Blue Moods
offers considerable rewards to those who have a taste for '50s cool jazz.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY ALEX HENDERSON, ALL MUSIC
This is not only one of his
rarest, but widely and genuinely recognized as probably two or three of Miles’
(and Mingus’!) finest works. Truly a masterpiece. Miles' interaction with
Mingus is to die for. And, lest we
forget – the two hotheads nearly had a fistfight in the studio while recording
this album (Mingus being a typical alpha-male and Miles being more of a
sanguine, passive-aggressive character) but you would never be able to figure
it out by listening to this gorgeous, blue and moody, music.
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unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!;
we grade records under the strong,
diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
WE GRADE THE VINYL AS STRONG VG++,
just a notch below NEAR MINT. A few light abrasions (probably just
sleeve scuffs inflicted in storage over the years) ARE VISIBLE, but they appear
fairly insignificant relative to the
overall condition of the vinyl, and are only moderately visually distracting.
For most part, the vinyl looks impeccable, without any MAJOR visual flaws or
imperfections. Much of the original luster is intact, and the vinyl shines and
sparkles almost like new.
The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which
was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on
such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not
expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior,
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT VERY GOOD++ (VG++).
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover:
Cover has writing on its back side (notes on frequency range
output written in upper left-hand corner on the back panel in thin black
marker, about 2 x 4 inches in size;
name of the previous owner written in thick chartreuse marker on the
bottom side of the back panel, about 3/4 x 4 inches in size)
Cover has a partially split spine (between 4 and 6
inches / 10 to 15 centimeters)
Cover has some light ring wear (nothing significant); On the
scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and
10 being the most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 3 (front side) and 4 (back side)
The cover has circular tarnish (grayish, dust-covered
sections, which closely follow the contour of the record), probably caused by friction or by rubbing
against other covers during the storage. The tarnish is similar in appearance
to a common ring wear, but, UNLIKE ring wear, these grayish areas may be
possible to clean up with a minor effort and with a right cleansing solution.
Cover shows some light yellowing on back side, apparently
from aging (nothing significant).
Cover has some fraying/wear along the spine
Minor shelf wear noted on the top and bottom seams (nothing
Cover has three corners slightly worn (nothing significant)
Minor water stain noted on the back panel (less than 1/2
square inch in size)
Cover has a minor 'bump' (dent) on the opening side
NO OTHER IMPERFECTIONS
ON THE COVER:
No cut-out (drill) holes.
No cut-out corners
No saw-marks or indents
No wrinkles or creases
No peel-off marks
No mold or mildew spots
No stickers or labels
No water damage
No razor marks, scratches, pressure marks, lines, streaks, or cuts.
No wax, glue, paint or liquid drops on the cover
No glue traces or wax residue.
No bar codes
No RIAA stamps or stickers.
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