It's funny how things work out sometimes. I recently purchased a new copy of Sketches of Spain (Gil Evans/Miles Davis) to replace an earlier copy that had become trashed; I never learn that it's best to leave CDs at home when vacationing.
Sketches of Spain strikes me as a exotic sonic sojourn, the product of the genius of Gil Evans (after Rodrigo) contemplating the mysteries of that melting pot of cultures which was Andalusia during the Middle Ages, or so my imagination has it.
The journey is infused with mystery as complex harmonies dance like the play of shifting colors through which one glimpses fading shadows, flashes of armies gathered on distant plains, the seductive dance of exotic beauties... one need only let one's imagination be swept away!
However with this new CD I was getting none of that, the sound was edgy and bare; when the brass got hot I feared I'd loose the top of my head to a flying razor blade. This was not as I remembered! On the first listen I put it down to mood but the next attempt was no better.
Then a passing thought of a recent post in which I mentioned using a Bedini Ultra Clarifier Quadri Beam on sonically challenged CDs with an earlier CD player prompted me to give it a try.
After listening to about 3 minutes which confirmed the sonic mess I gave the CD a spin. All I can say is that I just returned from a great trip!
In the interest of peace let me say in advance that I will be ignoring any and all hysterical "this cannot be" replies.