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White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1906_10) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A KILLER copy of this Davis classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our Six Eye Stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - Miles will be in the room with you
  • Musically this is one of our favorite Miles albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the copies that sound the way this one does
  • "The set opens with the title, a lilting waltz that nonetheless gets an original treatment here... Davis waxes light and lyrical with his Harmon mute... [Hank] Mobley plays a strictly journeyman solo, and then Coltrane blows the pack away with a solo so deep inside the harmony it sounds like it's coming from somewhere else."
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White Hot Stamper

Ellington-Basie
First Time - The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stunning Six Eye Stereo pressing of First Time!
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, rich Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. The Duke and his band accentuate their swinging dance band side, while Basie and company have never sounded as suave and exotic as when playing Billy Strayhorn arrangements. Everyone has a good time, and that joy infuses this album from start to finish."
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Thelonious Monk
Straight, No Chaser

  (Item #: monk_strai_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This early 360 Stereo Columbia pressing boasts stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • If you want to hear just how good Monk's big, rich piano sounds, this copy can show you like nothing by Monk you've heard
  • Four Stars in Allmusic, with Teo Macero producing and top Columbia engineering to ensure audiophile standard sonics
  • "Thelonious Monk’s Straight, No Chaser is the pinnacle of his recordings for Columbia Records..." — TheAudioBeat.com
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White Hot Stamper

Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1811_7_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This early stereo pressing won our shootout - it has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Columbia's recordings produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from 1963 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here - natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Nearly White Hot Stamper

Thelonious Monk
It's Monk's Time

  (Item #: monk_itsmo_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish for this original 360 label pressing
  • Both sides here are super rich and Tubey Magical and the piano is clear with a huge bottom end -- we're crazy for that sound!
  • AMG raves it "contains some of the best -- if not arguably the best -- studio sides that the pianist cut during his final years as a recording musician..."
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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
My Funny Valentine

  (Item #: davismyfun_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish -- 1965 Live Analog at its best!
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied and spacious with plenty of Tubey Magic, thanks to the engineering of the legendary Fred Plaut
  • A wonderful live performance, showcasing the more lyrical side of Miles; an excellent lineup too -- George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams
  • "This is relaxed session; there are no burning tracks here, but there is much in the way of precision playing and a fine exposition of Miles' expansive lyricism."
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White Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • A KILLER 6-Eye original stereo pressing of this wonderful recording, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one, followed by an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • An incredibly Tubey Magical disc, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering in the Jazz Golden Age
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a more than 50 year old Six Eye Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_1803_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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 noticeable step up from most of what we played, and all four sides of this copy played as quietly as any we have ever heard
  • 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

Miles Davis
Sorcerer

  (Item #: davissorce_1904_9) 

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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Super Hot Stamper

Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Charlie Rouse's sax is just right - natural with lots of body and breath - we love that sound
  • So many copies just sound like an old jazz record, but this one lets you feel like you are right there as the music happens
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The instantly recognizable stride piano lines are delivered with the same urgency and precision that they possessed over two decades earlier..."
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White Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck
Tonight Only!

  (Item #: brubetonig_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb Brubeck recording, with Carmen McRae on vocals, finally returns to the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This Six-Eye Stereo pressing was richer and tubier and just plain more musical than every other copy we played (which is exactly why it won the shootout)
  • The first of three collaborations between Brubeck and McRae in the early '60s
  • Billboard notes that "Brubeck teams up with canary Carmen McRae on this package and the results are eminently tasteful and listenable".
  • Every reviewer on Amazon for this album (on CD of course) gave it Five Stars - how often does that happen?
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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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Super Hot Stamper

Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1809_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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

Thelonious Monk
Straight, No Chaser

  (Item #: monk_strai_1811_6_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This early 360 Stereo Columbia pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good Monk's big, rich piano sounds, this copy can show you like nothing by Monk you've heard
  • Four Stars in Allmusic, with Teo Macero producing and top Columbia engineering to ensure audiophile standard sonics
  • "Thelonious Monk’s Straight, No Chaser is the pinnacle of his recordings for Columbia Records..." — TheAudioBeat.com
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Super Hot Stamper

Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding Columbia Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You could easily spend a hundred bucks buying a copy off the web that would not sound as good or play as quietly as this vintage pressing
  • Studio ambience and Tubey Magic is already baked in - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album; in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle."
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Super Hot Stamper (With an Issue)

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • These vintage 360 pressings earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on all four sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too (with one issue)
  • The sound is spacious and real, a noticeable step up from most of what we played, and all four sides of this copy played as quietly as any we have ever heard
  • 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

Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Another wonderful Black Print 360 Columbia stereo pressing from Brubeck and company, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Golden Age Tubey Magical jazz sound, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a vintage Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dave Brubeck
Time Changes

  (Item #: brubetimec_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing earned oustanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on both sides
  • With a breathy sax, lively and present piano, and a smooth, full sounding orchestra on some of these tracks, this is just the right sound for this music
  • The legendary CBS 30th Street Studios in New York deliver another amazing Demo Disc for Dave Brubeck and his famous fellow jazzmen
  • Produced by the legendary Teo Macero, this is the fourth entry in Brubeck's time signature series of classic jazz
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Super Hot Stamper

Thelonious Monk
Misterioso (Recorded On Tour)

  (Item #: monk_miste_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early stereo pressing on the White Print 360 Label had excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The overall sound here is full-bodied and spacious - Monk's passionate playing really shines, as does that of longtime bandmate Charlie Rouse's on sax
  • This is an excellent collection of live material recorded on tour from 1963 - 1965, with Columbia's engineers and producers (Teo Macero in this case) providing strong support, giving Monk the freedom to be his usual enigmatic self
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Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: minguahum_2018) 



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

This freakishly good 360 beat our best 6 Eye Stereo original, not to mention every other pressing in our shootout as well - darn quiet too. Another amazing 30th Street Studio recording by the legendary Fred Plaut - if you like Kind of Blue, here's another album with that sound (same year, same studio, same engineer).

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Dave Brubeck - Countdown - Time In Outer Space

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: brubecount_2016) 



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

Clean and Clear, Yet Rich and Sweet. This copy managed to find the perfect balance of these attributes. You want that rare copy that keeps what is good about a Tubey Magical analog recording from The Golden Age of Jazz while managing to avoid the pitfalls so common to them: smear, lack of top end extension, opacity and blubber. To be sure, the fault is not with the recording (I guess; again, not having heard the master tape) but with the typically mediocre pressing.

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Dave Brubeck - Time Out

Classic Records Debunked

  (Item #: brubetimeo_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

When we did a shootout for this record way back in October of 2007 we took the opportunity to play the Classic Records 200 gram pressing. Maybe we got a bad one, who knows, but that record did not sound remotely as good as the real thing (6 eye or 360, both can be quite good). The piano sounded thin and hard, which was quite unexpected given the fact that we used to consider the Classic LP one of their few winners and actually recommended it.

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Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: brubetimeo_2011) 



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

STUNNING A+++ SOUND AND QUIET VINYL ON BOTH SIDES! Breathtakingly spacious and transparent, this copy has the big three-dimensional soundstage that makes this record such a joy to listen to. The piano has weight and heft, the drums are big and dynamic, and everything is relaxed and sweet -- in short, this copy does everything we want it to.

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Someday My Prince Will Come

Our Six-Eye Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: davissomed_2019) 



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

We've found Red Label copies in the past that sound pretty darn good but this Six-Eye was a HUGE step up in class over the reissues this time around. It was not even close. This one is doing it all, with in-the-room presence, massive amounts of energy, clear, note-like bass and a rich, breathy quality to Miles's horn that is simply not to be found on most pressings, be they originals, reissues, on Heavy Vinyl, at 45 RPM or what have you.

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Thelonious Monk - It's Monk's Time

Getting the Balance Right

  (Item #: monk_itsmo_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of It's Monk's Time

There are three main elements that comprise the sound of It's Monk's Time: piano, sax and drums. You need all three to be balanced and correct. The mix is perfection on the best copies, with the piano, sax and drums clearly audible and in musically correct proportion to each other.

As we played the sides we noted how each of them fared.

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Thelonious Monk - It's Monk's Time

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: monk_itsmo_2015) 



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

This may be the best sounding Thelonious Monk album to ever hit the site. We can thank the brilliant Columbia engineers for their service to one of the authentic geniuses of jazz.

For some perspective, I can't think of a single Dave Brubeck album that sounds as good as this one.

And if you own the Speakers Corner Heavy Vinyl reissue, please buy this copy and hear what you've been missing.

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Thelonious Monk - Straight, No Chaser

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: monk_strai_2015) 



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

Side two of this 360 pressing from 1967 is nearly White Hot -- what a recording! If you want to hear just how good Monk's great big rich piano sounds, look no further.

Rudy Van Gelder, eat your heart out. This is the piano sound Rudy never quite managed. Some say it's the crappy workhorse piano he had set up in his studio. Others say it was just poorly miked. Rather than speculating on something we know little about (good pianos and the their miking) let's just say that Columbia had the piano, the room and the mics to do it right as you can easily hear on this very record.

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