Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2084 - SACD Hybrid Mono - Columbia CL 1193
Numbered Limited Edition - Plays On All CD Players
Half Speed Mastered by Shawn R Britton from the Original Master Tape at MFSL
Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD
MoFi has hit the ball out of the park with these reissues. They are essential listening -- and purchases. TheAudioBeat Review
“The Mobile Fidelity edition was mastered by Rob LoVerde from the original mono master tape played back on a Tim de Paravicini-modified Studer half-track deck with EAR tube electronics in MoFi’s Sebastopol, California facility. I have not heard the Japanese SACDs and cannot present a comparison. The MoFi SACD offers a dramatically different listening experience to Bob Belden’s recreated stereo mix on the box set. The Belden mix, created from high-resolution transfers of the original multi-track session tapes, presents a wide sound canvas and extended high end. By contrast, the MoFi mono SACD draws the listener more deeply into the studio space. Drums and cymbals sound true to their analogue source. Improved low-end extension is clearly audible in Paul Chamber’s bass solo on “Side’s Ahead”. Low-level details in the piano emerge with careful listening. Trumpet and saxophones are focused, clear but never blaring. Cannonball Adderley’s ebullient solo in “Milestones” and John Coltrane’s articulation in “Sid’s Ahead” are models of improvisational construction and saxophone technique. If the Belden set—which I wholeheartedly recommend—was a best effort at extracting the highest quality signal possible from aging tapes using modern technological tools, the MoFi SACD is a respectful and authentic representation of the artists’ original vision. A liner note from the MoFi production team reads: “Any sonic artifacts present are a product of the original master tape. Attempts to eliminate them would have negatively impacted the integrity of the presentation.” - Sound 5/5 HR Audio
Acrimony during the recording sessions led to Miles’ decision once again to fire members of the group. Philly Joe was replaced by Jimmy Cobb and Red Garland by the innovative young pianist Bill Evans. One year later, this sextet recorded “Kind of Blue”, a further milestone on the artistic journey of Miles Davis.
Vanguard Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Presents The 1958 Standard with Unparalleled Sound Quality!
This Masterwork is Oft-Overlooked Link Between 'Round About Midnight and Kind of Blue.
In MONO—You Will Not Hear a Better Analog Edition! Only Record to Feature Davis’ Original Sextet, Including Rhythm Section of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.
Title Track Stands as First-Ever Modal Composition Even as Blues and Hard-Bop Flavors Make LP One of Davis’ Most Explosive Affairs.
Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet. He made every moment count. Pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, the trumpeter not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but tailored a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances among the most explosive of his distinguished career.
Due to its sandwiched position between the more famous ‘Round About Midnight and epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains, for too many music lovers, an overlooked classic. Part of Mobile Fidelity’s Miles Davis catalog restoration series, Milestones has been restored to mono for the first time as to expose the record’s standing as one of the all-time great jazz efforts.Mastered from the original master tapesthis mono edition grants each musician their own space in a well-defined, broadened soundstage.
Colors, shapes, and dimensions appear in the manner they do when beheld from behind a studio-control room’s window. Davis’ burnished trumpet? Rendered in three-dimensional perspective, coaxing his mates out to play with unburdened zest and commotion. Coltrane’s trademark saxophone? Witness it in life-size proportion, his solos working in tandem with and against the driving rhythms. Garland’s swaggering piano lines? Visualize the 88 keys as he hits full stride, the chords and fills slithering around skeletal frameworks. If anything, Milestones is as famous for its title track as the players that produced it. The launching pad for many of Davis’ (and later, his contemporaries’) improvisational flights, the singular piece invites the tessellated explorations Coltrane would forever chase as well as the headliner’s argyle solo work, who broaches territories that far exceed what he had done with his bop-rooted past.
Every song is a highlight, whether it’s the bravado “No Jackle,” featuring a hot-foot pace and bebop strains, or “Sid’s Ahead,” which continues the album’s blues theme while tossing around edgy harmonics and inside-out structures. Then there’s “Straight, No Chaser,” the absolutely definitive rendition of Thelonious Monk’s signature piece. Coltrane’s marbled playing pulls at the tune’s lobed borders, Adderley takes liberty with solos, and Davis dances around his mates, at one point quoting “When the Saints Go Marching In” while demonstrating his knowledge of tradition and eye towards the future. A milestone if there ever was. And now, in resplendent mono.
Miles Davis, trumpet, Piano ("Sid's Ahead")
Cannonball Adderley, alto sax
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Red Garland, piano
Paul Chambers, double bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
1. Dr. Jackle
2. Sid’s Ahead
3. Two Bass Hit
5. Billy Boy
6. Straight, No Chaser
Mobile Fidelity believes that mastering systems should be neutral and transparent. The essential idea is to unveil all the detailed musical information on the original master recording without adding deterioration, coloration or other sonic artifacts.
It is worth noting that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab stands out as one of few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology. With proprietary innovations such as GAIN 2™, general music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike have reaped the benefit of a higher consumer audio standard without investing in costly new hardware. Mobile Fidelity is pleased to work with a variety of engineering legends and companies including Tim de Paravicini, Ed Meitner, Pass Labs, Theta Digital and Sony Electronics.
Our joint efforts to seek out the ultimate audio experience, has resulted in significant advances for the technology of music reproduction.
GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.