Miles Davis Kind of Blue, Columbia 6-eye promo CL 1355, actual 1st press, 1959
Up for sale is Columbia CL 1355, Miles Davis' “Kind of Blue,” featuring Davis on trumpet, Julian Adderly (NB, this name misspelling wasn't corrected on the label for a decade) on alto saxophone, John Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Wyn Kelly on piano, Bill Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and James Cobb on drums. Released on August 17th of 1959, Kind of Blue is widely regarded as jazz’s greatest album as much for its groundbreaking modal experiments as for its all-star personnel. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA and the entire album is in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
This is a first pressing and has the white and red six-eye “Demonstration” label with the side 2 track listing error and the matrix codes 1D/1G etched into the dead wax. It is an actual, Pre-November ‘59 1st pressing, with the side 2 track listing error on jacket AND label.
As with other records in my collection, this is from a radio DJ active in the 50s and 60s in NY. This is a promo sent to him by Columbia, and bears an acquisition date of August 22, 1959 written on the label, along with a note correcting the track order of side two (see pics).
SLEEVE: EX-, with a discolored corner near the top (see pics), and a piece of clear tape along the spine that was put over the beginnings of a seam split. Otherwise jacket is clean, color is great, no seam splits, no dog-ears, no water damage, no warps.
RECORD: EX-, with very light scuffing from coming in and out of the sleeve on both sides and two faint needle trails on side 1. No major scuffs, no scratches, in overall great condition.
I am a university professor of music here in the US who inherited this and other records (Blue Note, Norgran, Impulse!, Columbia, Prestige, Fantasy, Riverside, etc.) from a collector and former radio DJ a few years back. I am looking to sell off some of these records to collectors/audiophiles who can get more enjoyment out of them than I can.
Thanks for looking.