Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 4,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set Features Reference-Level Tonality, Depth, and Openness
If a more significant, influential, and lasting result of a creative musical partnership exists than that of Miles Davis and Gil Evans’ Porgy and Bess, society hasn’t seen it. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the pair’s collaboration on the landmark 1959 update of George Gershwin’s opera. Transcending genre, time, and place, the profound statement finds Evans and Davis implementing modal approaches in a mainstream context and advancing jazz idioms that would become the foundation of the form’s still-classic era. And that’s saying nothing of the soulful playing – legendary performances by Davis’ first great quintet that can now be heard in pristine detail courtesy of this definitive analog edition.
Mastered from the original tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 4,000 numbered copies, Porgy and Bess attains previously unheard degrees of clarity, openness, immediacy, and depth on Mobile Fidelity’s 180g 45RPM 2LP set. Here, the arrangements unfold amidst practically limitless soundstages and burst with multi-dimensional images. Separation between instruments allows you to locate individual band members and trace the decay of the notes. Davis’ iconic solo passages take on borderline-surreal qualities of realism and shape. The magisterial scope of the Evans-conducted orchestra emerges with room-filling bloom, color, and dynamics.
|1||The Buzzard Song|
|2||Bess, You Is My Woman Now|
|4||Gone, Gone, Gone|
|6||Oh Bess, Where’s My Bess?|
|7||Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)|
|8||Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab|
|9||My Man’s Gone Now|
|10||It Ain’t Necessarily So|
|11||Here Come de Honey Man|
|12||I Wants to Stay Here (a.k.a. I Loves You, Porgy)|
|13||There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York|