Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" drove me insane almost

I have K2 CD of Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue", that I've had for a while, but never actually carefully listened to.
Now, I put it on and almost immediately on track one, I hear pretty audible noise/distortion, when the trumpet comes in. Forward to track 4- same kind of noise. Sounds like a blown tweeter or a bad tube.
I actually had the same kind of experience when the output stage tubes in my Modwright Denon went bad.
So naturally, I'm going on a wild goose chase- switching ICs left to right, switching output tubes in my CD, preamp.
Swapped my Lamm monoblocks left to right- no change, noise is still there.
After ruling out CD, preamp and power amps, the only possible outcome is the blown tweeters (highly unlikely).
Three days later I decide to rule out the most unlikely cause.
I put the CD in the whole different system- new CD player, amp and speakers- and of course, the noise is still there.
All this time, I've been chasing system problem, it has been faulty recording!!!
Here is my questions- I'm probably the only one here, who hasn't heard "Kind Of Blue" in critical listening session.
It's been around for decades and heard by millions of people, likely by almost every member of this forum.
So you guys always knew this was a technically compromised recording with some obvious noises overlaying the music (it actually sounds like a combination of overdriven tubes and a vinyl surface noise, crackling)?
Has anyone not heard it? Has anyone been sent on a wild goose chase by it, like I had?
Until a Blu-Ray version of Blue is made we will never know the compromised issues. So, get on Sony's tail.
Before you started switching out amps etc.; why didn't you just put on a piece of music that you knew well and see if you heard the same kind of distortion? Seems obvious.
You are definitely not alone. In fact, welcome to the club!
I'd be willing to bet that Kind of Blue, regardless of the specific release, has led more people to question either their equipment, their hearing, or their sanity than any other jazz recording ever made. People tend to assume that Kind of Blue must have terrific sonics because the recording is so famous; however, it's the performance and the place of that performance in the history of jazz that make Kind of Blue so highly regarded. The sonics of the original recording (and consequently all subsequent releases) leave a lot to be desired. Ironically, Kind of Blue is a perfect example of an 'audiophile gotcha.'
It's one of those recordings that may actually sound better on less revealing, lower end equipment.
Well, it's not that obvious. I did put a different music on, and didn't hear the distortion
But, that was exactly the case when my CDP output stage tubes
went sour- I only heard it on one of the Tom Waits tracks.
It manifested itself only with a particular type of music, that I guess was more challenging for the failing tubes to amplify???
Do you have "Kind of Blue"?
Warrenh began a thread on 4/18/13 simply titled "Kind Of Blue" where he is searching for the best of all the different CD version offerings.
Many members gave their experiences of the differences including your K2.
Very interesting and insightful accounts.
I believe the distortion you heard was emanating from Tom's vocal cords.....
I do have it,(on cd) but seldom listen to it. It is not a favorite of mine personally.
I played my Sony 'SBM' ordinary CD via Sennheiser HD800 earphones and Rudistor RPX33 mk2 headphone amp. From my Sony SCD333ES to Adcom DA700 to VAC Standard to Bryston BP-26 tape out to Rudistor RPX33 mk2

Yes as soon as the trumpet comes in some crackling distortion. Clear as day.
Most likely from microphone being used. (at least my guess)

Bravo for tearing your hair out over it!
I think you win the Grand Audiophile Nervosa award.
(I never think twice over any bad noises in a single recording.)

Personally Kind of Blue is great music. This tidbit will not dampen that opinion.
In fact it strengthens it via the great 'audiophile rule of recordings':
All recordings whch are great music do not have perfect sonics.
And the Audiophile corollary: ALL the recordings with truely great sonics SUCK as music,
Thank you much for confirming I'm not hallucinating, really.
I guess, i have to work on my methodology, when faced with system- related "problems".
The second part of my question actually was about the other peoples experience with "Kind of Blue"- the noise/distortion is so obvious, I'm surprised, it hasn't attracted anyone's attention yet
I only listened for the odd sound due to your post.
My Sennheiser/Rudistor combo is totally revealing. Otherwise i would never have thought about it.
I generally do not listen for sonic errors. I am paying attention to the music.
Sorry to say it seems the op is listening to the equipment at least as much as to the performance.
That is a real curse.... In my experience anyway. So I avoid paying attention to sonics and just enjoy the musicas much as ican.
I do not try to own the best edition, or best reisssue of a recording. i own a copy of it, probably both LP and Cd for a lot of stuff, but other than that I play what i got.

Like i wrote, constantly listening to the sonics is a curse. A really hard to break curse (i have been there..)
Best to ignore the stuff altogether once you got it playing well.. Then, eventually the equipment will just stop being what you hear.. And you can enjoy the music you play ALL THE TIME..

(including great performances with dreadful sonics. No problem, they just sound wonderful...)
Good Luck
I did Google search on ""Kind of Blue" distortion"- and, of course, it is well documented. Exactly on the tracks I hear it. Could have saved myself some sanity, had I thought about it earlier. Oh, well.
I hear distortion, mainly in the form of piano overload, on lots and lots of older jazz recordings. Just the way it is.
hey, it is analog recording...there have to be noise, otherwise we would not like it!!!
Huh! I have that CD with that same distortion! Makes me wonder how many others...
piano overload isn't new for these years. it's the most difficult instrument for electronics to reproduce so recording of piano had never been perfect and in fact never will be.
So, it all comes down to the question of whether the 'noise/distortion' is on the master tapes. Come 'clean' Sony, say it is not so.
The thread by Warrenh, "Kind of Blue" you mentioned, really put things into a different perspective for me.
Everyone there seems to be ecstatic about this very version (K2 HDCD)sound quality, without any mention of the glaring distortion.
Just one example-"K2HD CD is really quite good and noticably better than any other version I've heard. The bite of the saxes is astonishing and all around very musical. I've not heard any SACD version."
They do "bite", alright.
Funny thread because I was just listening to "Kind of Blue" for the first time in years and really the first time on a good system. I put it on and my immediate observation was that it sounded just plain bad. That didn't lead me to the lengths your describing, Maril. I know my system is pretty good. My conclusion was that this 1959 was "compromised," as you well worded it.

Just don't put on Led Zeppelin IV. You'll wonder why you ever upgraded from a boombox.
It appears, that the problem is on the master tapes. People share similar experiences with different issues of the "Kind of Blue"- various CD re-issues and vinyl as well.
...and here I thought it was spit rattling around in Miles' trumpet.
My Japanese CD version of KOB (SRCS 9701) doesn't have above mentioned distortions.
Ghosthouse, me too. And I think we're right.
This is not the music thread!!
I love the Japan 35DP cd.
The world is full of noise. I go to a chamber music concert and have to focus my attention beyond all sorts of noise emanating from the audience. I'm learning to live with it.
Not that I like it, mind you.