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MILES DAVIS with WAYNE SHORTER, ANTHONY
WILLIAMS, RON CARTER AND HERBIE HANCOCK - E. S. P.
- ORIGINAL 1965 COLUMBIA RECORDS STEREO LP
ORIGINAL, FIRST U.S. PRESSING
· *** PROMOTIONAL COPY; THE RECORD HAS STOCK LABELS;
HOWEVER, THE PROMOTIONAL STAMP ON THE COVER CLEARLY IDENTIFIES THE ITEM AS
ULTRA-RARE, VERY RARELY SPOTTED ORIGINAL, TRUE FIRST
PRESSING ON RED AND BLACK COLUMBIA LABEL “360 STEREO SOUND” IN BLACK LETTERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LABEL
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS
NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
THICK, HEAVY VINYL
CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH '-1A/-1A'. ON SOME LABELS, SUFFIX '–1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL
MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF
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ESP marks the beginning of a
revitalization for Miles Davis, as his second classic quintet -- saxophonist
Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony
Williams -- gels, establishing what would become their signature adventurous
hard bop. Miles had been moving toward this direction in the two years
preceding the release of ESP and he had recorded with everyone outside of
Shorter prior to this record, but his addition galvanizes the group, pushing
them toward music that was recognizably bop but as adventurous as jazz's
avant-garde. Outwardly, this music doesn't take as many risks as Coltrane or
Ornette Coleman's recordings of the mid-'60s, but by borrowing some of the same
theories -- a de-emphasis of composition in favor of sheer improvisation,
elastic definitions of tonality -- they created a unique sound that came to
define the very sound of modern jazz. Certainly, many musicians have returned
to this group for inspiration, but their recordings remain fresh, because they
exist at this fine dividing line between standard bop and avant. On ESP, they
tilt a bit toward conventional hard bop (something that's apparent toward the
end of the record), largely because this is their first effort, but the fact
is, this difference between this album and hard bop from the early '60s is
remarkable. This is exploratory music, whether it's rushing by in a flurry of
notes or elegantly reclining in Hancock's calm yet complex chords. The
compositions are brilliantly structured as well, encouraging such free-form
exploration with their elliptical yet memorable themes. This quintet may have cut more adventurous records, but ESP remains
one of their very best albums.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STEPHEN THOMAS ERLEWINE, ALL
MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
The PROMOTIONAL, RADIO
STATION-, AUDITION OR DEMONSTRATION COPIES AND RELEASES (such as the one we
have here) were often distributed among the radio stations before the record
was released to the public, sometimes as much as four months ahead. These
records are generally considered to be the "first among equals",
which is to say the VERY FIRST generation and the VERY FIRST pressings
of the particular title; a PROTOTYPE and the earliest known official pressing
of the record.
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WE GRADE THE VINYL AS NEAR MINT.
Some VERY LIGHT AND SUPERFICIAL abrasions – mostly sleeve scuffs - are (barely) visible, but are probably
inaudible, and do not affect visual
integrity or beauty of the vinyl. The original luster is very much intact, and
the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which
was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on
such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not
expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior,
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT
EXCELLENT OR VERY GOOD++ (VG++).
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover:
Cover has JUST A HINT of ring wear (nothing significant); On
the scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and
10 being the most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 2.
Back cover has circular tarnish (grayish, dust-covered
sections, which closely follow the contour of the record), probably caused by friction or by rubbing
against other covers during the storage. The tarnish is similar in appearance
to a common ring wear, but, UNLIKE ring wear, these grayish areas may be
possible to clean up with a minor effort and with a right cleansing solution.
Cover shows some light yellowing on both sides, apparently
from aging (nothing significant).
Minor shelf wear noted on the seams (nothing significant)
Cover has two bottom corners slightly worn / dinged (nothing
NO OTHER IMPERFECTIONS
ON THE COVER:
No split seams
No cut-out (drill) holes.
No cut-out corners
No saw-marks or indents
No wrinkles or creases
No stamps (except for the promo
No peel-off marks
No mold or mildew spots
No stickers or labels
No water damage
No razor marks, scratches, pressure marks, lines, streaks, or cuts.
No wax, glue, paint or liquid drops on the cover
No glue traces or wax residue.
No bar codes
No RIAA stamps or stickers.
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