Got some real goodies today.
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew [Mobile Fidelity numbered limited edition 2LP]
The most exciting one first. If there were only a handful of albums that should be found in any record collection, this landmark album would definitely be one of them. I'm not even the biggest Miles Davis fan (I recently came to the realization that he is the sole reason why I don't like the trumpet as an instrument), but this double album is certainly one of my all-time favorites. For a long time I've wanted to own it on vinyl, but I'm glad I withheld from purchasing it up until now because MoFi finally issued it on vinyl recently. Also, how can you not love that artwork?
Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight [Mobile Fidelity numbered limited edition mono LP]
This was the second Davis album I ever heard and it remains one of my favorites of his. It is also his debut on Columbia as band leader. I wish the jacket was thicker for MoFi has some of the thickest jackets out there, but I guess they wanted to stay true to the original LP and opted for a non-gatefold.
Andrew Hill - Judgment! [Music Matters limited edition 45rpm 2LP]
Look up this album if you haven't heard it. I guarantee it'll be worth your time.
Joe Henderson - In 'n Out [Music Matters limited edition 45rpm 2LP]
Joe Henderson has always been one of my favorite saxophonists. 'Nuff said.
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil [Music Matters limited edition 45rpm 2LP]
One of those absolute essential jazz albums alongside two other Shorter records, JuJu and Adam's Apple. Fun fact: I just now noticed all three Music Matters LPs I got feature Elvin Jones on drums.
Priscilla Ahn - A Good Day [Mobile Fidelity numbered limited edition LP]
I think the notes on MoFi's site are the best way to describe this LP.
Mastered from the original master tapes by Mobile Fidelity, A Good Day sounds positively exquisite on 180g LP, the very first time this sure-to-be audiophile vocal favorite has been made available on vinyl. While Mobile Fidelity typically issues albums that are at least a decade old, the label's engineers and decision makers felt too strongly about Ahn's 2008 album to squander any opportunity to release it. Such is the capacious amount of low-level detail, acoustic information, timbral presence, natural dynamics, and wide-spectrum frequency response present on a vocal-dominant effort that sparkles sonically as well as musically. A Good Day is the kind of airy album meant for high-end turntables, analog-friendly amplifiers, a cozy seat, and glass of fine Bordeaux.
Fans of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Laura Nyro should immediately be drawn to Ahn's personal, intimate vibes. The upstart multi-instrumentalist not only plays guitar but also masters autoharp, piano, ukulele, Wurlitzer organ, bells, and glockenspiel on tracks rife with texture and color. Yet the main attraction remains Ahn's wispy, clear, dream-like voice. Soft and sensual, spirited and soothing, her coos, whispers, and wordless flights take off like a breeze on a clear summer day, gently blowing against fields of golden flowers and pillowy clouds.
The vinyl contains three LP-only tracks.
CircusP - FIVE
Lastly one Bandcamp purchase. CircusP had a 50% off sale on Bandcamp to celebrate his birthday, so I decided to pick up this EP for the modest price of $2.5.