Not sure if this is a good idea but I thought about separating in print and out of print vinyl recommendations.
Reason is, that most vinyl folks just like to know what they can order and not spend weeks or years searching for such a release.
So here‘s the hard work, the easy work is in the other thread.
I start with a classic. Except for a clean original I think I have the best reissues available of this one (also several on digital Media incl. the MFSL SACD, but you don’t want them in comparison).
The Stereo 180g and 200g Classic Records Grundman masterings in Blue and black Quiex vinyl.
The MFSL 45 RPM
The Stereo remastered by Kevin Gray for Sony Legacy done on his old mastering chain and the one done on his new one.
The very appreciated and essential mono remastering done by Ryan K Smith (analog sourced due to latest user info on the analogplanet site from a Communication with R.K. Smith)
I don’t bore you with the sequence I like them, so here’s the best by quite a margin for me:
The 45 RPM 4 single sided Classic Records Grundman remastering. If you can get it for less than 400$ today and have the money to spend, get it. It’s by quite a step from its 33RPM release the most tubey and airy with most ambience sounding release of all the great ones. Others have their merit, too and I don’t want to miss them, as treble sound of the Grundman releases is not optimal on any setup, but this one leads imo.
Here I add the production info of the time those Classic records releases came. In case you don’t find this one or its too expensive, get one of the 33RPM versions, they are close enough to please you.
Yes, that’s right, “Kind of Blue”, the most successful Jazz album of all time was reissued by Classic Records in 1997. The transfer was made “for the first time ever” directly from the original 3-track 1/2" analog session tapes without any EQ, directly to the lathe. The release was cut on Classic’s “ALL TUBE” cutting system by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. This Classic reissue has been hailed by many as the definitive version of KOB on vinyl. According to Michael Hobson, founder of Classic Records, who was at the mastering session that fateful day " Cutting from the session master tapes which Classic was famous for, gives a more vivid picture in sound of what happened in the studio than the production master tapes (copied from the session masters) that were used to cut the original releases because the session tapes are a generation earlier and have more information. As an example of the level of detail you can get from the use of the session tapes: On “So What”, the first tune on side A, you can hear the spit in both Coltrane’s and Cannonball’s horns on the Classic version which is nearly inaudible on a pristine original 6-eye Columbia pressing. The amount of low level (ambient) detail that is captured in the grooves of the Classic release is astonishing and further enhances that feeling of “being there” at the sessions in March and April of 1959 at Columbia’s famed 30th Street Studios in New York City."