Miles Davis – Green Haze (‘The Musings of Miles’ and ‘Miles’)

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  • A superb sounding Mono pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or better on all four sides; mostly quiet vinyl too
  • 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’
  • “… it is for the excellent rhythm sections and the playing of Miles Davis that this two-fer is highly recommended.” – All Music

This is vintage analog at its best, so full-bodied and relaxed you’ll wonder how it ever came to be that anyone seriously contemplated trying to improve it.

This IS the sound of Tubey Magic. No recordings will ever be made like this again, and no CD will ever capture what is in the grooves of this record. Based on what I’m hearing my feeling is that most of the natural, full-bodied, smooth, sweet sound of the album is on the master tape. I suspect that all that’s needed to get the vintage sound correctly on to disc is simply to thread up that tape on a reasonably good machine and hit play.

The fact that nobody seems to be able to make an especially good sounding record these days — certainly not as good sounding as this one — tells me that in fact I’m wrong to think that such an approach would work. Somebody should have been able to figure out how to do it by now. In our experience there is almost no one working today who can make a record that sounds like this.

What do the better Hot Stamper pressings like this one give you?

  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • The Big Sound comes next — wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information — fast, clear, sharp attacks for the horns, drums and piano, not the smear and thickness so common to most LPs.
  • Tight, note-like bass with clear fingering — which ties in with good transient information, as well as the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency — the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the players.
  • Then: presence and immediacy. The musicians aren’t “back there” somewhere, way behind the speakers. They’re front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt — Rudy Van Gelder — would have put them.
  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing — an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.

The Players and Personnel

Bass – Oscar Pettiford (tracks: A1 to B3)
Bass – Paul Chambers (3) (tracks: C1 to D3) 
Drums – Philly Joe Jones
Piano – Red Garland 
Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane (tracks: C1 to D3)

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Will You Still Be Mine?
I See Your Face Before Me
I Didn’t

Side Two

A Gal In Calico
A Night In Tunisia
Green Haze

Side Three

Just Squeeze Me
There Is No Greater Love
How Am I To Know?

Side Four

S’posin’
The Theme
Stablemates

AMG 4 Star Review

This two-LP set combines together sets originally known as The Musings of Miles and simply Miles but could have been jointly retitled “The Birth of a Quintet.” The great trumpeter is featured in top form with pianist Red Garland, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Philly Joe Jones on two of his originals and four standards for the first session, and with Garland, Jones, bassist Paul Chambers and a tentative-sounding tenor-saxophonist named John Coltrane on five standards and the initial version of Benny Golson’s “Stablemates” a few months later. Since Coltrane is not heard from much here, it is for the excellent rhythm sections and the playing of Miles Davis that this two-fer is highly recommended.