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Miles Davis: Milestones

Miles Davis: Milestones

Mobile Fidelity  UDSACD 2254

Stereo Hybrid

Jazz


Miles Davis


SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES: HYBRID SACD PRESENTS THE 1958 STANDARD IN DEFINITIVE STEREO SOUND

Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet: Milestones. And he made every moment count. Pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones, Davis not only laid the groundwork for the modalism that immediately followed but tailored a genuine modern-jazz masterwork laden with performances among the most explosive of his distinguished career. Sandwiched between the more famous 'Round About Midnight and the epochal Kind of Blue, Milestones remains a seminal work of art.

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Comment by Downunderman - January 12, 2024 (1 of 1)

This is the stereo version released late 2023. Mastered by Neal Harris (a new face at MoFi), assisted by Shawn R. Britton.


I'm presuming the original master tape being used here is the remixed and remastered in stereo version done by Mark Wilder for The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis with John Coltrane set, which was released in 2000, rather than the electronically re-channeled stereo (also called pseudo-stereo) version done back around the time of the original mono vinyl release.

For their vinyl version the MoFi site advises the source used was the "1/4" / 15 IPS Dolby SR analog master". I'm presuming the same source would have been used for the SACD.

Of potential interest are the different run times for the MoFi mono sacd and the MoFi stereo SACD. 48:25 for the Mono and 47:45 for the stereo. I am not sure what the reason for this will be.

I have not heard the Japanese stereo SACD version which was first issued in 2001 with bonus tracks, and which was favorably reviewed on the old site (www.sa-cd.net).

On its own terms, this MoFi stereo version sounds very good. The sound is very well balanced and detailed, but not too bright. It is clear and clean sounding without being too dry. The mono MoFi of course sounds like analogue tape and more 'original' if you will, but I did very much enjoy this stereo version.