The Columbia 2-eye pressing I have of this is not great sounding, so, hopefully, there's a lot of room to improve, but I will be interested to hear the reviews once this release is ready. The command to be quiet is not just part of the title of one of the two sprawling compositions on this pioneering album. Anyway, this kid put out a big green Styrofoam thumb and I stopped. This was a train I was happy to latch on to as an excuse to get the hell away from law school. All in all, this will be my go-to version, but I wouldn't say it's head and shoulders over any other one I have heard.
Also didn't know MoFi did a version. There was a commemorative plaque. But now let's talk about the sound! Kudos to the folks at Mobile Fidelity for another fine Miles Davis reissue. Packaging is awesome, love the cover and the blurb by Ralph Gleason. Controversial for the period, the heavily edited production of In a Silent Way blew open the once-locked doors on what producer's could attempt — and how artists could assist them. The sequencing seems to preclude making the most of a 45rpm cut -- it would be nice to see it re-sequenced, but that might be sacriledge, I'm not sure.
Davis replaces the rhythms and harmonies of bebop with a hypnotic, subliminal dance pulse and an airy, celestial drone of electric keyboards. I got through my first year of law school and almost made law review. I couldn't imagine it sounding any better than this, thank you MoFi! For me In a Silent Way was the insistent temptress that led me from middle class conventionality to life experiences unimagined just a few short years earlier. The sonics are something else though. Also, I find the Sony mono issues to be very good. Barcode and Other Identifiers Barcode: 8 21797 13771 3 Welcome to Love Vinyl Records web store, since 2001! Sky Garden set opens with It's About That Time.
It's an absolutely stunning pressing that draws you in immediately and doesn't let go. Do you have any plans of reviewing that? Sound is superb, clear and dynamic and really involving, think I may be finally getting Bitches Brew as it was previously not an easy listen but something about this copy makes it seem more groovy! This Mobile Fidelity reissue does not disappoint. Diverting from expectation, tubular grooves twist, turn, and spin, sometimes piling atop of each other, always shying away from structure and melody. Special Orders are welcome and encouraged. Some nice cognac helps open the senses up too.
If you like this Miles Davis album and want an audiophile type of pressing this is it. It is a bit bass shy, and the stand up bass seems a bit recessed, but those are super minor quibbles. Vinyl is really the way to listen to these, it looks and sounds great. I recently picked up Miles' Milestones on MoFi. The drums and cymbals sound especially present and detailed, as does Miles' effects-treated horn - all of the textures come across very nicely even with so much going on simultaneously.
Update to 2013 Mobile Fidelity went back to the analog master tape for this reissue and while the company doesn't have a 100% reissue success rate, this one is 100% successful. So these are all first pressings. I didn't plan to review it mostly because I'm saving that time for Kind Of Blue and maybe Bitches Brew both very challenging reviews , but I'll try to say something about it when I listen to it, if not a complete review at least a comment right here. Miles Davis' In A Silent Way on numbered limited edition 180-gram vinyl Mastered from the original master tapes Miles Davis' famous mid-1960s quintet, featuring saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Herbie Hancock, was intact until just a few weeks before his new, electric ensemble recorded In a Silent Way. Not only this made them sound more artificial but it also becomes tiring to the ears making it much more difficult for the listener to become involved with the music. By Fall I was taking a semester leave of absence from law school.
Since it is over 50 years old and sounds dope on my modern setup, I would say that they were correct. I moved into a basement apartment in a private home in Brookline on the street where John F. Vietnam and the draft were in full-swing. Legendary as a line-in-the-sand release that challenged jazz fans during the ascendance of electrified psychedelic rock, In a Silent Way hints at the repetitive polyrhythms Davis would employ throughout the early 1970s. I fed my vinyl habit working at Minuteman Records in Harvard Square and attended as many concerts as I could at The Boston Tea Party on Lansdowne Street. A summer with this cat introduced me to a whole lot more than this Miles album.
Mo-Fi's mastering restores it and overall sounds as true to the spirit of an original as a reissue can possibly be, given the tape's age. Then, it all made much more sense, like someone had wiped a layer of dirt from a window. But In a Silent Way remains a clearly electric jazz record, part ambient color exploration, part rock-inflected energy and vibe, and part outright maverick creativity. If they are also listed there, they should be in stock for immediate purchase and shipping - though this is not always the case as some items are listed here on the website only. Dynamics are much more flat, and even if this effect can make everything sound louder with apparently more thump and energy, it does so at cost of a natural realistic sound presentation. This is not to say this is a bad sounding recording! Mastered from the original master tapes, this unsurpassed digital edition lifts the veil on the cutting-edge assembly process that created the pair of lengthy suites.
The only instrument that really comes out sounding right is McLaughlin's electric guitar, perhaps because by definition it sounds thin and wiry. I seem to have acquired several versions of In A Silent Way over the years. No surface noise at all I cleaned the record, as I do all of mine, before playing it for the first time. Anyways that tips the scales to the Sony mono reissue for me. I wondered which was worse: these ugly slabs or the abandoned neighborhood behind the Christian Science Center? Most pre-order items should have a date listed in the description stating when it will be released.
This is clearly a reference record allowing the listener to enjoy the full scope of this recording and brilliant performance. Give this album some time to soak in and you'll be as obsessed with it as I am in due time. My question is, with all these delicate passages throughout this masterpiece could someone please recommend to me a which release to look for. All at once, it owes almost as much to the techniques developed by rock improvisors in the last four years as to Davis' jazz background. In A Silent Way is all about atmospherics. This posting and some of your other writings which recollect this period are spot-on in my opinion. The side men on this album are all great musicians in their own right, beautiful contributions by all involved.