Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz 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.

Superb sound for this Columbia pressing. The bottom end is strong and full-bodied, there’s plenty of space and presence, and the tonality of the horns is right on.

The lineup on this record is fantastic, featuring George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.

We compared this to a big stack of 360s and other Red Label pressings, this was the best of the Red Labels and was a nice step up from many of the 360s. The sound is very clean and clear, something we’ve come to really like about the best of these later Columbia Miles pressings. It’s also spacious and transparent with nice amounts of bite and breath in the brass. The bass has good weight and the top has the extension to allow the harmonics of the various instruments to resolve clearly and cleanly.

Fred Plaut, Engineer Extraordinaire

Frederick “Fred” Plaut was a recording engineer and amateur photographer. He was employed by Columbia Records during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, eventually becoming the label’s chief engineer.

Plaut engineered sessions for what would result in many of Columbia’s famous albums, including the original cast recordings of South Pacific, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story, jazz LPs Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis, Time Out by Dave Brubeck, Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty by Charles Mingus.

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TRACK LISTING

Side One

Someday My Prince Will Come 
Old Folks 
Pfrancing

Side Two

Drad-Dog 
Teo 
I Thought About You 
Blues No. 2 
Someday My Prince Will Come

AMG Review

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.