Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else – Our Shootout Winner from 2013

More Miles Davis / More Cannonball Adderley

More Somethin’ Else

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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.  

You will not believe the energy, presence and amazing transparency you get on this monster pressing without sacrificing the relaxed quality this music requires. This is a record we could play every week and never tire of. I just don’t think jazz music gets much better than this!

The Big Sound

Superb clarity and dynamics, excellent presence, full extension on bottom and top — if it’s a quality we prize, it’s here on these White Hot sides. The soundstage is huge and transparent, with the kind of separation between parts that really puts the players right there in your listening room. WOW!

Somethin’ Else Indeed

There’s not much I can say about this music that hasn’t been said. It’s obviously one of the most beloved Blue Notes of all time, and with good reason. The wonderful reading of Autumn Leaves is a major highlight to us, but you could really pick any track on here and make a case for it. You could really consider this a Miles Davis album as much as a Cannonball Adderley album, as Miles picked out most of the material and is a featured soloist throughout. The next album Miles recorded was a little number called Kind Of Blue that I imagine some of you might be familiar with…

We had a grand ol’ time shooting out various pressings of this top Blue Note title and are pleased to report amazing sound for this album is not out of reach. We’ve heard more than our fair share of tubby, groove-damaged originals and smeary, lifeless reissues over the years, but this White Hot Stamper blew them all away!

Good Luck Finding That Hot Original

There are certainly some incredible sounding original pressings of this album out there, but who has the resources required to find one? Most of the original Blue Notes we come across these days turn out to have mediocre sound, and many of them are full of groove damage. Even the mintiest looking copies are often too noisy for the average audiophile.

This is of course why the hacks at Classic Records did so well for themselves [until they went under] hawking remastered versions of classic albums pressed on new, quieter vinyl. The problem there is that most of their stuff just doesn’t sound all that hot.

For those of you who want to hear this music sound amazing but don’t want to spend the time and energy collecting, cleaning, and playing mostly mediocre copies until you find a good one, this Hot Stamper ’70s pressing is clearly your best bet.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Autumn Leaves 
Love for Sale

Side Two

Somethin’ Else 
One for Daddy-O
Dancing in the Dark

AMG 5 Star Review

… aside from Cannonball Adderley, you have a lineup that includes Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey. This is a group that could take on a Barry Manilow number and turn it into a jazz masterpiece… Altogether, an excellent addition to any jazz collection.