Miles Davis

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Blair G., May 8, 2002.

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  1. Blair G.

    Blair G. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Delta, BC, Canada
    Regarding: Miles' Relaxin', Workin', Cookin' etc etc.

    Which are the best versions sound wise, the original CD pressings (which I have), the recent re-issues with slipcases and "Super K2 Encoding" or Steve's DCC versions ?

    I fully expect that the majority will vote for the latter. If so, why? What sets them apart, in what way do they sound better ?

    Have a chance at three DCC's but ned to know if it's worth paying over double the price of the recent re-issues.

  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    Hi Blair, long time, no see.

    No body, and I do mean nobody, can capture the sound of a trumpet, or any horn for that matter, the way Steve does.

    I was giving Nat King Coles GH a spin last night and just about fell off my chair when I heard the exact sound of the horns, I know specifically having played trumpet in an eighty piece concert band for 6 years and then some. I seriously doubt that another engineer could achieve this one with the stunning accuracy Steve does.;)
  3. JPartyka

    JPartyka I Got a Home on High

    I guess I'm one of the predictable ones: I like Steve's DCC discs.

    I have the DCC Cookin' and Relaxin', the K2-remastered Cookin', and the standard OJC CDs of Workin' and Steamin'. I also have German-pressed OJC vinyl LPs of all four albums.

    Steve's sound very pleasantly warm with, as Dave alluded to, a lot of "presence" in the horns for more of a "you are there" experience. The K2 disc sounds a bit harsh and unnatural to my ears after being used to Steve's.

    The standard, inexpensive OJC CDs are actually not bad. I'd rather listen to those than the K2 Cookin', personally. The German OJC LPs are even better, and they're what I go to first when I want to hear Workin' and Steamin'.
  4. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Forum Resident

    As far a CD issues go the DCC version has the top honors. However if you have a turntable you owe it to yourself to get the Analogue Productions LP pressing box set. It is my absolute reference for vinyl playback.
  5. Angel

    Angel New Member

    Hollywood, Ca.
    Miles CD's?

    Do you want fake treble or "breath of life"?

    You know what I would choose: Get the DCC Gold discs. I've seen some cutouts around for cheap!!!
  6. petzi

    petzi New Member

    I have numerous releases of these recordings, the best are Steve´s DCC versions, second best are the JVC XRCDs. Steve´s versions sound warmer than the XRCD, but the XRCD is not bad either. Note that there has not been a DCC release of "Walkin´" and the earlier "Bags´Groove", but there have been XRCDs, so look out for the XRCDs if you want these recordings.
    All other releases suck more or less, I have heard CDs where the full track (mono) master tapes were apparently played on a stereo tape machine, so you get two different sounding channels. :mad:
  7. Bob Lovely

    Bob Lovely Super Gort Staff


    I have all the DCC Miles Davis CDs. They are wonderful! I just wish Steve could remaster Miles' Sony catalog releases. Outside of Kind Of Blue they have been somewhat of a disappointment, in my opinion. The XRCDs are very good as well.

    Bob :)
  8. petzi

    petzi New Member

    My first impression of the "In a Silent Way" remaster was pretty good.

    I have seen a listing of 25 Miles Davis SACDs on the Japanese HMV site. Has anyone checked any of these out ?

    Blair G.: Get those DCC CDs !
  9. MagicAlex

    MagicAlex Gort Emeritus

    Atlanta, GA
    I have not heard the DCC remasters but I can tell you for one-hundred percent certain that the K2 remasters kicks ass over the Prestige redbooks. I like them a whole lot and would recommend them in a heartbeat. As a matter of fact I'd recommend the K2 remaster for all the Prestige titles. I've heard almost all of them and they sound great!

    You can get many of these through Columbia House and/or BMG record clubs....

    Sure wish Steve could get the rights to do the 'Silent Way' stuff....awesome material!
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