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  UDSACD 2083
  Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight
  "‘Round About Midnight"

Miles Davis
Track listing:
  1. ‘Round Midnight
2. Ah-Leu-Cha
3. All of You
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Tadd’s Delight
6. Dear Old Stockholm
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Review by analogue December 11, 2012 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This is Mofi's new release of this classic jazz album from the 50's. I have the original Sony sacd which has decent sonics. It also has bonus tracks which the Mofi doesn't have.

This new Mofi is better but not by the huge margin I was hoping for. I think the reason is the recording itself. I expected a bigger sounds stage and a better presence of the instruemnts but in reality its a rather intimate recording. Even when things get moving very fast and busy.

The huge difference however (with the Mofi) was in the way of textures. In this regard Mobile Fidelity's new transfer from the original analog tapes is astounding. One can clearly hear the brassy quality of Davis 's trumpet sound, the Sax or any other instrument for that matter. Its obvious to me that Mofi's tape player does a great job of extracting a lot of information from the tapes. This new sacd sounds like the tape heads literally scraped the hell out of the tapes to get the detail I'm hearing. Extremely impressive.
In addition there is slightly better instrument separation. However its also a little dry for my tastes as well. One has to take all aspects with a grain of salt unfortunately.

I guess the let down for me was the original Sony sacd was in stereo whilst this new incarnation is Mono. I thought the focus of the new Mono disc would be more powerful and lush but such is not the case I'm afraid. The music is held back slightly by reason I can explain. I hoped that Davis' trumpet would be in the room with me but it reduced somehow.

This is not Mofi's fault rather its the way this album was recorded. One cant get things from a tape source that aren't there. Still having said that....its still a close call. And the sound is most excellent.

I hope I'm not discouraging any one interested in getting this disc. Given the choice between both sacd's get this Mofi one. Its easily the best version of this classic album. And for textures and detail it is phenomenal.


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Review by pvcmusiclover January 16, 2013 (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
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This is certainly the best issue of the mono version you're going to find anywhere - great tighness in the bass and sheen of treble. The recording has a very close-mic'd and intimate feel that leaves something to be desired. That dry sound was alright for a 50s record player, but not the greatest for 21st century hi-fi reproduction. I digress. No real objections to the tonal balance or anything on MFSL's part, it's just not exactly an audiophile demo disc.

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