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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1908) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A stunning copy with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1906) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER copy of this Davis classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish.
  • Our Hot Stamper Six Eye Stereo pressing here is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - Miles is in the room with you
  • Another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • Musically this is one of our very favorite Miles Davis albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the copies that sound the way this one does
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1904_1907_) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • An incredible pressing of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • This vintage mono pressing will show you just how well-recorded these 1949-50 sessions were
  • It's the records they made from these tapes (more often from the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful sounding recordings
  • 5 stars: "So dubbed because these three sessions are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate."


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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A wonderful Miles Davis Columbia Six Eye stereo pressing with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • With the amazing All Tube Analog chain Columbia was using back in 1960, the sound is sublimely Tubey Magical, yet big and clear, with almost no trace of smear
  • Balanced, tonally correct and undistorted, this 30th Street recording is a showcase for Columbia's engineering prowess
  • 5 stars: "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..."


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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Decoy

  (Item #: davisdecoy_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • STUNNING sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Fans of Bitches Brew will find much to like here, and at least in most ways, this is actually a better sounding album
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Mr. Davis has made tasteful creative use of synthesizers, drum machines and other modern gizmos, voicing them with saxophone, guitar and other traditional instruments without letting them dominate the music." - NY Times
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding stereo pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia 360 Label LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that was difficult to find on the later pressings we played
  • "... this middle ground between the adventurous bop of the mid-'60s and the fusion of the late '60s is rewarding in its own right, since it's possible to hear great musicians find the foundation of a new form. For that alone, Filles de Kilimanjaro is necessary listening." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb Miles Davis Columbia Six Eye stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • AND, you'll be happy to know that at Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus this is clearly one of the QUIETEST original pressing we have ever played
  • This copy gives Davis's horn breath and bite, revealing the sound of the real instrument as only the best pressings can
  • Balanced, clear and undistorted, this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 5 stars: "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..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1904_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding vintage Columbia pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - absolutely guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: davisporgy_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding a better Porgy and Bess than this one
  • This 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's legendary engineers were back then
  • If you're looking for a stunningly natural, lifelike large group jazz recording, you can't do much better than this album
  • 5 stars: "The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound... It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence... No collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording..."
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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Milestones

  (Item #: davismilestones_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This original Columbia Mono Six-Eye pressing has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This one has some condition issues (see below), so we're discounting it accordingly
  • The All Tube recording chain at their 30th Street studios allowed Columbia's engineers to do some amazing work back then - here's the proof
  • 5 stars: "What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own."
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Miles Davis

  (Item #: davismiles_1907) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two Miles Davis classics, representing another remarkably good sounding find from the relentless Record Hunting Audiophiles here at Better Records - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side four preceded by three outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, there were few copies in our shootout that could begin to do what this pressing was doing
  • Must Own Music with top sound - the better tracks here can hold their own with virtually any Miles record we know of
  • "[These two discs present] the Miles Davis Quintet from a pair of legendary recording dates which would generate enough music to produce four separate long-players ... Each is considered not only to be among the pinnacle of Davis' work, but of the entire bop subgenre as well."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_1803_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • These vintage 360 pressings earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is spacious and real, a clear step up from any Red Label copy we played (and many of the 360s to be sure)
  • Miles is joined by a litany of greats including Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, et al., all of whom would go on to pursue this style of jazz for decades to come
  • 5 Stars: "Thought by many to be the most revolutionary album in jazz history, having virtually created the genre known as jazz-rock fusion..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound throughout, with both sides of this 1958 release rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • The best copies of this album set a standard that practically no other jazz record we're aware of can meet
  • 5 stars: "Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines."
  • "...signs of Milesian influence are the calm, conversational delivery of the title track and the newfound lyricism in Adderley’s playing that followed from his nightly experience at the trumpeter’s side."
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • This vintage mono pressing will show you just how well-recorded these 1949-50 sessions were
  • It's the records they made from these tapes (more often from the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful sounding recordings
  • 5 stars: "So dubbed because these three sessions are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate."
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Decoy

  (Item #: davisdecoy_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The overall sound here is rich, present and Tubey Magical with plenty of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Mr. Davis has made tasteful creative use of synthesizers, drum machines and other modern gizmos, voicing them with saxophone, guitar and other traditional instruments without letting them dominate the music." - NY Times
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia 360 Label LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that was difficult to find on the later pressings we played
  • "... this middle ground between the adventurous bop of the mid-'60s and the fusion of the late '60s is rewarding in its own right, since it's possible to hear great musicians find the foundation of a new form. For that alone, Filles de Kilimanjaro is necessary listening." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
In Person - Friday Night

  (Item #: davisinper_1905) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Columbia reissue pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Love the sound of vintage tube jazz recordings? This copy delivers like very few records can
  • Rich, smooth, and above all Tubey Magical, here is the ideal sound for this very special live date
  • 4 1/2 stars: Davis himself has never played with more intensity and muscularity on record than he does here. He is absolutely fierce ... an underappreciated group because of its relatively short life, but as evidenced here, the bandmembers swung fast and hard and never looked back. Miles fans will need both [Friday and Saturday Night] to fully appreciate how special this engagement with this particular band was."
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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

  (Item #: davismiles_new_miles_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are big, clean, clear and present with a nice bottom end
  • "[Miles] made simple, but emotionally powerful statements, knowing just when to step away, having said exactly enough. This material, recorded in big batches, is all of a piece, and it's all killer." - Stereogum
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1809_1902) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Miles Davis classic with Double Plus grades (A++) for sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - an outstanding pressing of a superb recording
  • Another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • Musically this is one of our very favorite Classic Jazz albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the better copies
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Sorcerer

  (Item #: davissorce_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this was one of the best copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Sorcerer demonstrates the big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings."
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White Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1808_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second, making this a truly killer copy!
  • Tons of ambience and Tubey Magic - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • This copy gives Davis's horn breath and bite, revealing the sound of the real instrument as only the best pressings can
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made"
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Seven Steps to Heaven

  (Item #: davisseven_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The brilliance of this 30th street recording is clear for all to hear - it's full-bodied, Tubey Magical, and spacious, the embodiment of an All Tube recording from 1963
  • The clarity, transparency, and freedom from smear and distortion really set these better pressings apart from the pack
  • "Miles was always in transition. Each Davis band was going through a musical or personnel metamorphosis, so we might as well simply take the music on its own terms and forget about the historical context. On that standard alone, Seven Steps to Heaven is an absolute gem."
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Demo Disc Jazz sound for this wonderful collection, with side two earning a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grade, mated with a side one that's not far behind - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The 9+ minute On Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Miles Davis
Green Haze

  (Item #: davisgreen_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful collection on 2 Prestige LPs, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Green Haze combines two complete Miles Davis albums recorded by RVG in 1955 - 'The Musings of Miles' and 'Miles'
  • Talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny
  • 4 stars: "This set could have been retitled 'The Birth of a Quintet.' The great trumpeter is featured in top form with pianist Garland, bassist Pettiford and drummer Jones for the first session, and with Garland, Jones, bassist Chambers and a tentative-sounding tenor-saxophonist named Coltrane a few months later... it is for the excellent rhythm sections and the playing of Miles Davis that this two-fer is highly recommended."
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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this oh-so-spacious Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing the sound is rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • In the Saturday Review, Quiet Nights received praise for Davis' "wonderfully songful trumpet in a Latin-American vein", set against "piercingly lustrous curtains of tone and discreet Caribbean rhythms."
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Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1901) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This Miles Davis pressing offers very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 5 stars: "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."
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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Classic Records Reviewed

  (Item #: addersomet_classic) 



Sonic Grade: B?

Another Classic Records LP reviewed.

There are certainly some incredible sounding pressings of this album out there, but who has the resources it takes to find one? Most of the Blue Notes we come across these days turn out to have mediocre sound, and many of them have severely damaged inner grooves. Even the mintiest looking copies often turn out to be too noisy for most audiophiles, Blue Note vinyl being what it is.

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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: addersomet_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

A+++ SOUND, giving you a KILLER copy of one of the most beloved Blue Note albums ever! The music here is stunning -- as I'm sure most of you know, this is as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball himself -- but the good news for audiophiles is that it's also one of the BEST SOUNDING BLUE NOTE ALBUMS we know of! When you hear it on a copy like this, it's just about As Good As It Gets.

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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Rudy Van Gelder Outdoes Himself

  (Item #: addersomet_setting_the_record) 



After doing this shootout, the current consensus here at Better Records is that this album deserves to hold three -- count 'em, three -- somewhat related titles:

One, The Best Sounding Blue Note record we have ever played.

Two, The Best Sounding Jazz Record we have ever played.

Three, Rudy Van Gelder's Best Engineering (based on the copies we played).

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Michel Legrand - Legrand Jazz

Our Stereo Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: legralegra_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This album is more common in mono than stereo, but we found the sound of the mono pressing we played seriously wanting. It's dramatically smaller and more squawky and crude than even the worst of the stereo pressings we played.

We had a copy we liked years ago but that was years ago. We don't have that copy anymore and we don't have a stereo that sounds the way our old one did either. Here are some other records that we don't think sound very good in MONO.

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Miles Davis - "Four" & More

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: davisfoura_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Off the charts "Triple Triple" sound for this classic Miles Davis Live album - both sides earned our top grade of A+++. This copy was clearer, bigger and just more REAL sounding than any other we played - you are there! The brilliant engineering of Fred Plaut (Kind of Blue) is surely the reason this album sounds so amazingly vivid and lifelike.

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Miles Davis - A Tribute To Jack Johnson

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: davisjackj_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Two White Hot Stamper sides on quiet vinyl for this 5-Star Jazz/Rock Fusion classic! If you love the crazy music that Miles was making with John McLaughlin in the early '70s, I'm sure you're already a fan of this album, but I bet you've never heard it sound like this.

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Miles Davis - At Fillmore

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: davisatfil_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This is an Original Columbia 2 LP set on QUIET vinyl with tonally CORRECT sound. The music found here was recorded in the wake of Davis’ highly influential fusion opus Bitches Brew. Keith Jarrett is featured on organ along with a band that includes Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. It culls tracks from a four night stay at the Fillmore East in 1970.

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Miles Davis - Basic Miles

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: davisbasic_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

We award this copy's side two our very special Four Plus A++++ grade, which is strictly limited to pressings (really, individual sides of pressings) that take a recording to a level never experienced by us before, a level we had no idea even existed.

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Miles Davis - Big Fun

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: davisbigfu_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Columbia pressing has THREE HOT SIDES clocking in at A+ or better! This is one of the more enjoyable and better sounding of Davis's fusion era records we've played. On every copy we heard, sides two and three weren't in the same league as sides one and four, so getting good grades on the first and last side is the key to getting the best sound possible from this album.

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Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: davisbirth_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Birth Of The Cool in White Hot Stamper form! We've been trying to find copies of this classic music from 1949-1950 that really delivered in an audiophile sense, but as you might imagine it was one tough task. We checked out Mono and Stereo copies, Originals and Reissues... basically anything we could get our hands on. It wasn't easy and it wasn't cheap, but we managed to find a pressing here that delivers excellent sound throughout.

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Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: davisbitch_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

STUNNING MASTER TAPE A+++ SOUND ON SIDES ONE AND FOUR. We had no idea this music could sound anywhere near this good; every Hot Stamper shootout we had tried before this week was a complete bust. It’s not an easy album to find in clean condition, let alone a copy that sounds like this and plays quietly throughout! If jazz-fusion is your bag, sides one and four of this copy will take you on a trip like few other records could. You can hear right in to the soundfield, and you can be sure that there’s a whole lot going on in there.

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Miles Davis - E.S.P.

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: davisesp_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This relatively quiet Columbia 360 Label Stereo pressing is one of the few good copies of this album we've ever heard, and we've played a ton of 'em! Like many of you seem to be, we're big Miles Davis fans around here. We've been trying our darnedest to find Hot copies of this album, but most of them are too dull, lifeless, and congested to get excited about. This copy is a different story -- richer, fuller and more open than nearly all of the copies to hit our table.

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Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: davisfille_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND on this '70s Red Label pressing! This one even knocked out a handful of 360 Label Originals in a recent shootout. It's richer and fuller with superior clarity compared to most of the copies we've heard. The overall sound on both sides is airy, open and spacious with excellent clarity. Most of the Red Label pressings we played were too dry and sterile to enjoy, but this one has some serious analog magic.

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Miles Davis - Green Haze

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: davisgreen_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

A superb sounding Mono pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or better on all four sides. The sound is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience - talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny. This Prestige Two-Fer simply combines two complete Miles Davis titles recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1955 - 'The Musings of Miles' and 'Miles.'

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Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: davisinasi_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Sit down with this record, draw the blinds, and you’ll hear why AMG gave it 5 Stars. Perhaps it’s the extended solos from John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock Wayne Shorter, and Davis himself. Perhaps it’s the slippery, spiraling nature of these signature jazz fusion epic pieces. Perhaps it’s the grooves that Tony Williams and Dave Holland spin, slowly at first, building later in each of the LP’s mesmerizing tracks.

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Miles Davis - In Person - Friday Night

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: davisinper_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Normally our notes for the sound of the records we are shooting out against each other fall into two categories: what the record is doing right and what the record is doing wrong. You'll note that in this case there was nothing wrong about the sound to write about.

The secret is TUBES - they work their magic on this music like nothing else can.

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Miles Davis - In Person - Friday Night

Why Pick Nits?

  (Item #: davisinper_nits) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Normally our notes for the sound of the records we are shooting out against each other fall into two categories: what the record is doing right and what the record is doing wrong. You'll note that in this case there was nothing wrong about the sound to write about.

The secret is TUBES - they work their magic on this music like nothing else can.

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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Our A++++ Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: daviskindo_2013) 



This Shootout Champion and Hall Of Fame pressing has TWO AMAZING SIDES. Side one was so mindblowingly good that we awarded it our extra-special Four Plus (A++++) rating, and side two was almost as good, earning our standard top grade of A+++! This is one of the very best copies we've ever heard, and we have literally played more than a HUNDRED copies of this album over just the last five years.
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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Our First KOB Hot Stamper - June 2005

  (Item #: daviskindo_2005) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Columbia Red Label LP has DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND!

Call me crazy, but I DON’T THINK YOU CAN CUT A BETTER SOUNDING KIND OF BLUE THAN THIS ONE!

I’m fully aware of how outrageous a statement that is, considering the fact that this is a '70s Red Label reissue. But I've long known of amazing sounding Kind Of Blue reissues.

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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

White Hot on the '70s Red Label? Can You Really Be Serious?

  (Item #: daviskindo_wtlf) 



When it comes to Miles Davis' jazz classic Kind of Blue, the 6-eye originals are of course the best sounding, right?

Nope. It’s just another Record Myth. Based on scores of pressings it has been our experience that the best sound for this album is found on standard domestic Red Label pressings from the '70s. I'm fully aware of how outrageous a statement that may seem to those who believe that original pressings are always superior, but we've long known of top of the heap, can't be beat Kind Of Blue reissues, going on more than twenty years now.

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Miles Davis - Miles Davis

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: davismiles_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

To the Jazz Fans of the World, we here present one of the best sounding jazz recordings we have ever had the privilege to place on a turntable. I cannot ever recall hearing a better sounding Rudy Van Gelder recording, and I have a theory as to why this tape is as good as it is: it's MONO.

WAY off the charts. Demo Disc Quality Sound of the Highest Order on the best tracks. The extension high and low sets these sides apart. The presence of the instruments and the space around them just cannot be beaten.

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Miles Davis - Miles In The Sky

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: davismiles_in_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

WONDERFUL SOUND on both sides of this Columbia 360 Label pressing! We just finished a big shootout for this wonderful Miles Davis album and this copy was dramatically better sounding than most. Both sides have excellent bass, correct sounding brass, wonderful transparency and loads of tubey magic. The music is wonderful, Miles with his classic '60s quintet (Hancock, Shorter, Carter, Williams) with the addition of George Benson on one song.

Miles is backed by his classic '60s crew -- Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter & Tony Williams.

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Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: davismyfun_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

1965 Live Analog at its best. Present and lively with solid, full-bodied tonality, thanks to the engineering of the legendary Fred Plaut. A wonderful live performance, showcasing the more lyrical side of Miles.

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Miles Davis - Nefertiti

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: davisnefer_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Columbia 360 Label pressing has excellent sound on both sides and unusually quiet vinyl throughout. The music is wonderful too -- Miles and his late '60s quintet featuring Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams are all in top form here, slowly working their way towards the electric fusion sounds that would be coming shortly. Many copies lack the kind of transparency and clarity you need to make sense of what each player is doing, but this Super Hot pressing gives you those qualities on both sides.

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Miles Davis - Porgy and Bess

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: davisporgy_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

WOW! This Original Six Eye Stereo pressing does EVERYTHING we ever hoped for from this great album! We've been searching for a killer copy of this one forever but without much luck. Here's the first one to ever hit the site, and it is a MONSTER. Both sides have KILLER A+++ sound -- super tubey magical and tonally balanced with real depth to the soundfield.

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Miles Davis - Quiet Nights

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: davisquiet_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

A Miles Davis - Gil Evans classic, and only the second to hit the site in five years. Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, which here sound rich, warm, and smooth, with excellent presence. Gil Evans conducts the orchestra, adding a lovely feel reminiscent of Sketches Of Spain.

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Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven

Our Shootout Winner from 2006

  (Item #: davisseven_2006) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Original Miles Davis record has DEMO DISC QUALITY SOUND! I have never heard Miles Davis’ trumpet sound more real. The sound is as good as it gets. Columbia jazz records from this period are some of the best sounding jazz records ever made, and this is a perfect example of what is right with their recordings. The sound is rich, full, sweet, tonally right on the money, and lively as can be.

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Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain

Our Shootout Winner in 2016

  (Item #: davissketc_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

The first White Hot copy to hit the site in nearly EIGHT years! Both sides were stunning, knocking us out and earning our top Triple Plus (A+++) grade.

When you get a Hot Stamper like this one the sound is truly MAGICAL. (AMG has that dead right in their review.) Tons of ambience, tubey magic all over the place; let's face it, this is one of those famous Columbia recordings that shows just how good the Columbia engineers were back then. The sound is lively but never strained. Davis's horn has breath and bite just like the real thing. What more can you ask for?

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Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain

Mono Shootout Winner in 2008

  (Item #: davissketc_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Mono Six Eye Columbia original pressing is the WINNER and [not-at-all] CURRENT CHAMPION of our Sketches of Spain shootouts. This record always sounded so thin and aggressive, with Miles’ horn always somewhat pinched and sour, but now it sounds wonderful. Who knew this record could sound so good?

Harry Pearson put this record on his TAS List of Super Discs.

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Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come

Our Outstanding Reissue from 2014

  (Item #: davissomed_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

The first Hot copy of this classic to hit the site in over five years! Side one rates A++ to A+++ -- super open and transparent with amazing immediacy.

This Red Label reissue DESTROYED the similar copies we played it against, and was also surprisingly competitive with our Super Hot (and Super Noisy) Six Eye ref copy. Most of these later pressings have superior clarity (compared to the earlier ones) but lack nearly all of the tubey magic. This one’s amazingly clean and clear, but still delivers on the tubey qualities -- it’s richer, warmer, and sweeter than any other Red Label pressing we played.

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Miles Davis - Sorcerer

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: davissorce_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

STUNNING, TOP QUALITY SOUND on this A+++ side two! We played a bunch of these recently and didn't hear any other side twos quite like this one! It's got more energy, more presence, and more body than we heard anywhere else. Drop the needle anywhere and listen to how open, transparent and spacious it is. The soundfield is HUGE -- bigger, wider, and deeper than on any other copy we played. Everything sounds natural, balanced and correct. The bass has texture, the piano has weight, the brass has the right amount of bite and so on.

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Miles Davis - Steamin’

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: davissteam_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

WOW -- this Prestige Yellow Label Mono pressing has some of the most realistic, natural Miles Davis sound we've ever heard! Both sides earned A+++ grades and play Mint Minus Minus or a little better, truly exceptional for a vintage pressing such as this one. You will have an incredibly difficult time finding a copy that can hold its own with this one.

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Miles Davis - Thelonious Monk - Miles & Monk at Newport

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: davismiles_and_monk_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Columbia 360 LP has EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD LIVE JAZZ SOUND, but only on the Monk side. It sounds, to my mind, probably as good as this record can sound. It's very rich and full-bodied with a very strong bottom end. The energy and presence are WONDERFUL! Monk's piano has real weight and the brass sounds just right. We played this against a few other copies and none of them came close. We give side two an A++ -- I don't think you can find one that sounds any better.

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Miles Davis - Workin’ And Steamin’

Our Shootout Winning Mono from 2010

  (Item #: davisworki_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

To the Jazz Fans of the World, we here present one of the BEST sounding jazz recordings we have ever had the PRIVILEGE to place on a turntable. I cannot ever recall hearing a better sounding Rudy Van Gelder recording, and I have a theory as to why this tape is as good as it is: it's MONO. It also sounds like it's recorded completely LIVE in the studio, direct to one track you might say. As good a recording as Kind of Blue is, I think the best parts of this album are more immediate and more real than anything on KOB.

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Miles Davis - Workin’ And Steamin’

Our Shootout Winning Mono from 2018

  (Item #: davisworki_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

A MONSTER Double Album that simply could not be beat - three of the four sides earned our highest sonic grade of Triple Plus (A+++). The best sounding tracks here can hold their own with ANY Miles Davis vinyl we've ever heard, and that's a whole lot of Mile Davis albums. You might be surprised that a reissue can beat the originals, but one play of this pressing should be enough to remove all doubt.

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Our Favorite Studios (First of a Series)

Columbia 30th Street Studios

  (Item #: allcolumbia30th) 



Columbia 30th Street Studios is one of our favorite recording venues. Click on the link above to find our in-stock Hot Stamper pressings of albums recorded at that location from 1949 to 1981. The list of recordings made there stretches from West Side Story to Kind of Blue, all the way up to Pink Floyd's The Wall in 1979. (Who knew?)
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Various Artists - This is Modern Jazz Vol. 2

Japanese 2 LP Box

  (Item #: variothisi_jpn) 



This IMMACULATE Sony CBS Japanese Import 2 LP Box Set with Virtually No Sign of Play (VNSOP) has SHOCKINGLY GOOD sound! It's the rare Japanese pressing that has any merit in our experience. Let's be honest: most of them are just plain awful, having been poorly mastered from sub-generation tapes. (In this respect they seem to have a lot in common with the Heavy Vinyl reissues being produced today, wouldn't you say?)

So you can imagine our surprise when every track we played sounded good -- some very good indeed -- with practically all of it classic jazz of the highest quality. With jazz greats such as Davis, Monk, Brubeck, Farmer, Blakey and Horace Silver, this set comes highly recommended to one and all.


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Miles Davis

  (Item #: _Davis) 


Miles Davis albums in stock

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