Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain - 180g LP


Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain - 180g LP

Product no.: MFSL1-375

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Mobile Fidelity - MFSL 1-375 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 821797137515

Mastered by Kreig Wunderlich from the Original Master Tape at MFSL

AAA 100% Analogue - Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI 

Half Speed Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity The Gain 2 Ultra Analog System

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Sublime Sound: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Corrects the Dry Sound That Plagues Previous Editions! Davis’ Third and Final Pairing With Arranger Gil Evans Yields Watershed Innovations. Flamenco-Themed 1960 Set Develops Synergy Between Orchestrations and Melancholic Jazz Phrasings. Urge by Davis to Develop Techniques Possessed by Forbearers Finds Him Expanding Palette, Spinning Webs of Lyrical Sound and Emotion.

Miles Davis and Gil Evans bridged styles and collaborated on high-concept projects a total of three times during their celebrated career. For their final act, they created Sketches of Spain, a peak moment in each luminary’s career and a transformative album that weds Spanish themes, lush orchestrations, romantic timbres, and Davis’ increasingly lyrical methods in a tender ceremony that continues to resonate more than five decades after its original release. Part of Mobile Fidelity’s Miles Davis catalog restoration series, the genre-defying 1960 classic has been given the ultimate white-gloves treatment. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this exquisite 180g LP significantly expands the soundstage that frames the orchestra and digs deep to eradicate a dryness that many critics have found as an anathema to its overall enjoyment. Here, at last, is the full-figured perspective long deserved by the woodwinds, strings, and percussion, all of which come alive with previously unheard definition and detail. Indeed, in its three-decade-plus history,

Mobile Fidelity has never been prouder to have the honor of handling efforts as important as Davis’ key recordings. It’s why the label’s engineers have taken every available measure to insert listeners into the space occupied by Davis, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb, percussionist Elvin Jones, and the 18-piece orchestra. With both Evans and Davis attracted to the blues undercurrents permanently entrenched in the Spanish flamenco strains, listeners can finally wholly detect the myriad microdynamic tonalities, brooding ostinato devices, and minor pedal points that stamp the compositions with divine sensibility and goffered effect. Multi-note motifs, brief improvisational solos, fanfare sweeps, and contrapuntal exchanges inform the flamenco-spiced pieces, but so do unconventionally voiced instruments that come into full relief on this reissue. Davis’ Harmon-muted trumpet is abetted by an assortment of bassoons and French horns that create pleasing contrasts and sounds (pp, mf, ppp) that get to the heart of Sketches of Spain: splashes of color. Seldom, if ever, did Davis ever so expressively and liberally paint with color. And in Evans, he has a likewise-minded partner to help draw out variegated shades, adamantine layers, and striated distinctions. Whether it’s the somber mood piece of the standout “Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio),” renowned forDavis’ flugelhorn performance, or the folktale-based “Solea,” Mobile Fidelity’s enhanced Sketches of Spain transfixes with playing, ideas, and innovations that remain exclusive to this incomparable record.

• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes

Musicians: 
Miles Davis, trumpet, flugelhorn
Johnny Coles, trumpet
Paul Chambers, bass
Jimmy Cobb, drums
Elvin Jones, percussion
Gil Evans, arranger, conductor
Danny Bank, bass clarinet
Bill Barber, tuba
John Barrows, French horn
Albert Block, flute
James Buffington, French horn
Eddie Caine, flute, flugelhorn
Earl Chapin, French horn
Harold Feldman, clarinet, flute, oboe
Bernie Glow, trumpet
Dick Hixon, trombone
Taft Jordan, trumpet
Jack Knitzer, bassoon
Jose Mangual, percussion
Jimmy McAllister, tuba
Tony Miranda, French horn
Louis Mucci, trumpet
Romeo Penque, oboe
Janet Putnam, harp
Frank Rehak, trombone
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Joe Singer, French horn 

Selections: 
1. Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
2. Will O’ the Wisp
3. The Pan Piper
4. Saeta
5. Solea

 

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GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ is a proprietary cutting system built and designed by legendary design genius Tim De Paravicini, with consultation from one of MFSL’s founding fathers – Stan Ricker, an audio engineer responsible for many of MFSL’s most heralded past releases.

The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system is comprised of a Studer™ tape machine with customized reproduction electronics* and handcrafted cutting amps that drive an Ortofon cutting head on a restored Neumann VMS-70 lathe. (*It is worth noting that independent studies have confirmed that the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system can unveil sonic information all the way up to 122kHz!)

First and foremost, we only utilize first generation original master recordings as source material for our releases. We then play back master tapes at half speed enabling the GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ system to fully extract the master’s sonic information. Our lacquers are then plated in a specialized process that protects transients in the musical signal. (Due to this process, there may be occasional pops or ticks inherent in initial play back, but as the disc is played more, a high quality stylus will actually polish the grooves and improve the sound). We further ensure optimum sound quality by strictly limiting the number of pressings printed for each release. These limited editions, in addition to being collectors’ items, ensure that the quality of the last pressing matches the quality of the first.

As you can imagine, all these efforts involve a tremendous amount of time, technology, cost and effort. The introduction of GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ maintains Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s position as the world’s leading audiophile record label, where a passion for music with extraordinary sound quality matters most.

 

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