Handmade limited run reissue. Pressed 33 1/3 RPM LP, limited to 25,000 numbered copies. Housed in a full-colour, tip-on, stoughton, gatefold jacket jacket inside a textured slip-case w/ leatherette dowell featuring gold-foil stamp numbering. Mastered directly from the original 3-Track master tapes by Bernie Grundman. Pressed using Clarity Vinyl? on a manual Finebilt press.
* A minor audio complication with Kind of Blue has been addressed with this UHQR edition. The motor on the studio's 3-track master recorder was running slowly the day of the album's first session. This speed issue affected the album's first three tracks, "So What," "Freddie Freeloader" and "Blue in Green," making them a barely perceptible quarter-tone sharp.This issue was finally addressed with the Classic Records reissue in 1995. This UHQR was pressed from the same parts that Bernie Grundman cut directly from the original 3-track masters for Classic in '95.
Julian Adderly, courtesy of Riverside Records. Wyn Kelly, courtesy of Riverside Records.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text, sticker): 7 53088 40001 8
Barcode (Scanned, sticker): 753088400018
Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 19075978621A
Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 19075978621B
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): CS 8163-C BG UHQR-0004 A
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): CS 8163-B BG 08 T UHQR-0004 B
My copy had pops and crackle out of the box, and not only did it need a thorough wet clean I had to do the "zerostat triangle" before the first several plays. After the cleaning and antistat treatment, it sounds nearly silent outside some slight crackle at the start of A1 which is unfortunate but not worth returning over.
This is by far the best version of Kind of Blue I've ever heard, although I haven't heard many other vinyl versions of this album I have listened to it digitally many many times and this release is like rediscovering the album again.
Make sure to give your copy a thorough clean and anti static treatment. This is by far one of the most static-prone records in my collection and I still find myself needing to zerostat it more than other LPs.
Jumping on the bandwagon here. ... I 've listened to this several times since receiving it about a month ago. Prior to this I only had a late '70s reissue. I was expecting to be substantially blown away. ......I am not.......... Packaging is NICE. But if I could have bought a $50 version w/o the box I would have. Vinyl looks and feels superb . I washed it as I do any record new or used. No surface noise to speak of. There is a strange kazoo sounding noise in the first 10 seconds of Freddie Freeloader that shouldn't be there, but other than that , no audible pressing defects. I know for some, this would be enough to request another copy, especially at the $100 price point, but I can live with it and I don't have the wherewithal to destroy it AND I don't really trust the replacement would be better. The sound on this is really mediocre to my ears. I just don't get any of the hype from all the videos I've watched about this from the Vinyl Community- " The reissue to end all reissues ". It's just OK. Seriously, I think that ECM records from the '70s (and US pressings at that) sound waaaaayyy better ...more detailed and lively and holographic. I was so un impressed that after buying this $100 LP, I sought out a mono reissue that Ryan K Smith cut a few years back for $25 USD and was blown away by that!!!! I'm gonna keep trying to here something about it worth keeping, but won't be surprised if I let it go in a year or so. I plan to pick up the Kevin Gray mastered and cut version first. That's my $0.02.
Mine is #1141. It’s been replace now 4 times. Horrible noise through out. Ranging from distortion on a few tracks to clicks and loud pops. I would say Blue In Green is the worst but the rest of the pressing isn’t to far behind. I had the same issues with Hendrix’s and Tull. I bought Aqualung clarity vinyl box when Classic Records did it and it was the same. I think it’s the vinyl formulation. It’s worse than normal vinyl and FAR FAR from SuperVinyl.
On my 3rd copy from AP. The first had nasty pops throughout, A3 was the worst. My number was 2710. It was replaced, and the replacement copy was great, maybe one or 2 light pops, but it had a pressing error. A loud distortion on A1 or A2. I just received the 3rd copy, and it not near as bad as the first copy, but a number of light pops throughout, especially A3. Get the Mofi pressing. The mastering is a little better on the AP, but the sound quality of the Mofi is flawless.
I received my copy a couple of days ago. I wet cleaned it using high quality enzyme cleaners and pure distilled water rinses. Played it. Heard the crackles and pops and thought oh boy, another stinker from Acoustic Sounds. I ended up cleaning it four more times before the crackles mostly disappeared and I decided I could enjoy it. Yeah, I know. It’s a flawed media so deal with it, right? After a few more spins on the turntable, the noise subsided a bit more. But why did I have to spend a couple of hours prepping a brand new disk I paid a hundred dollars for? This gets tiresome and very irritating. I’ve been buying records since the early sixties and between the overall lack of quality control in today’s new pressings and the over grading by sellers of used records on line, I’m becoming more cynical about the fawning over this release and that release and the integrity of sellers online, no matter which forum I’m using. I have records I bought 50 years ago that are flawless to this day and I’ve played them hundreds of times. So, what’s the problem here? Quality control at all levels. It’s as if I hear Clint Eastwood every time I buy a record: “Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?” If I’m going to have to pay $30 dollars and up for new vinyl, I dam well better get a pressing that uses the highest quality substrate and metal. Pretty dismal.
Huge disappointment. My two copies came from two different batches and both were full of crackles and a lot of distortion in the last tracks (especially in Blues Green). It's been a long time since I've heard such a noisy pressing, which leads me to question all the hype surrounding this version. I must say the two LP's were very well cleaned (twice) and went through a third ultrasound wash.
In terms of quality I consider the 45rpm Mobily Fidelity's pressing quite superior, with more refined and dynamic. It also has less distortion on the later tracks, especially in Blues in Green. And just as important: it has never cracked over the years.
What you see in this pressing - the complaints are recurrent - is a genre of defect typical of low quality material: crackles, pops and crackles.
Complaints have been constant since the beginning , so it doesn't seem like an isolated problem to a few units.
Ordered my copy October 8, received #12528 October 26/21. No issues at all with the pressing, simply glorious! While my pressing shows that they are now in the second half of the production run, AS still has it available for pre-order. Based on my turnaround time, don't pay a premium to anyone but get on it sooner than later!
I received my copy, is in the 11,000 range, and I have some really bad distortion and a few clicks at the end of A3. Acoustic sounds is sending a replacement, but I first must destroy my current disc and send pictures as evidence. Never had to do this before, but makes total sense. With that said and issue aside, if I receive a perfect copy, this will blow my mofi edition out of the water. My 2014 mofi discs sound bloated and almost digital to me compared to this copy. I never even noticed the boomy bass until I played this one. Not sure I'll ever play my mofi again, especially since I dont have to change discs and flip twice as much.
Update: My replacement was sent within a week, but it has the same issues as my first copy. I highly warn everyone in this numbered range to check their A3 at the end of the song, really bad distortion and pops for the last 20 seconds or so.
Update: Third copy has the same issue. Cleaned this one 4 times like some of the above and a little better I guess. I can live with it, but at $100, it should be perfect. I have records that cost $18 new that have fewer crackles on first listen. Also, just to be clear, this is only an issue on the last 30 seconds of 'Blue In Green'. Rest of the disc sounds phenomenal.
A fitting treatment for the "best-selling-jazz-album-ever." The outer sleeve (not the leatherette case) is great, and comes with excellent polybag and static free inner sleeve. This sets nicely among my other 20+ Miles releases and the outer case on display with other boxed-sets (like Sinatra, Oscar P., Tom Petty, etc.) so best of both words. Vinyl itself is stunning cloudy-white clear, and looks super cool spinning on my RP3. I think the sound stage, and subtle bass bottom throughout this pressing are what was intended, delivering both an intimate and epic experience simultaneously. This limited release, with its premium packaging and engineering care will sure to become a collectors item as Father Time marches on...