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Boxset / Compilation · 1998

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By MILES DAVIS

Tracklist

Record 1
1 Pharaoh's Dance (J. Zawinul) [Aug 21, 1969] 20:05
2 Bitches Brew (M. Davis) [Aug 19, 1969] 26:58

Record 2
1 Spanish Key (M. Davis) [Aug 21, 1969] 17:32
2 John McLaughlin (M. Davis) [Aug 19, 1969] 4:22
3 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M. Davis) [Aug 20, 1969] 14:01
4 Sanctuary (W. Shorter-M. Davis) [Aug 19, 1969] 10:56

Record 3
1 Great Expectations (M. Davis) [Nov 19, 1969] 13:45
2 Orange Lady (J. Zawinul) [Mulher Laranja] [Nov 19, 1969] 13:50
3 Yaphet (J. Zawinul) [with chatter] [Nov 19, 1969] 9:39

Record 4
1 Corrado (M. Davis) [with chatter] [Nov 19, 1969] 13:11
2 Trevere (M. Davis) [take 5] [Nov 28, 1969] 5:55
3 The Big Green Serpent (M. Davis) [Nov 28, 1969] 3:35
4 The Little Blue Frog (M. Davis) [take 2, with chatter] [Nov 28, 1969] 12:13
5 The Little Blue Frog (M. Davis) [take 4] [Nov 28, 1969] 9:09

Record 5
1 Lonely Fire (M. Davis) [Jan 27, 1970] 21:09
2 Guinnevere (D. Crosby) [Jan 27, 1970] 21:07

Record 6
1 Feio (W. Shorter) [take 1] [Jan 28, 1970] 11:49
2 Double Image (J. Zawinul) [take 3] [Jan 28, 1970] 8:25
3 Recollections (J. Zawinul) [take 4] [Feb 6, 1970] 18:53
4 Take It or Leave It (J. Zawinul) [take 6] [Feb 6, 1970] 2:13
5 Double Image (J. Zawinul) [Feb 6, 1970] 5:52

Line-up/Musicians

August 19, 1969
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); John McLaughlin (g); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Lenny White (d); Charles Don Alias (d, perc); Jumma Santos [Jim Riley] (perc)

August 20, 1969
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); John McLaughlin (g); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Lenny White (d); Charles Don Alias (d); Jumma Santos [Jim Riley] (perc)

August 21, 1969
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); John McLaughlin (g); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); Larry Young (el-p); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Lenny White (d); Charles Don Alias (d, perc); Jumma Santos [Jim Riley] (perc)

November 19, 1969
Miles Davis (tpt); Steve Grossman (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Chick Corea (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Bihari Sharma (tabla, tamboura); Ron Carter (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Billy Cobham (d, perc); Airto Moreira (perc)

November 28, 1969
Miles Davis (tpt); Steve Grossman (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); Herbie Hancock (el-p); Larry Young (org, celeste); Chick Corea (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Bihari Sharma (tabla, tamboura); Dave Holland (b); Harvey Brooks (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Billy Cobham (d, perc); Airto Moreira (perc)

January 27, 1970
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Khalil Balakrishna (sitar); Dave Holland (el-b); Billy Cobham (d); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)

January 28, 1970
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Bennie Maupin (bcl); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Dave Holland (el-b); Billy Cobham (d); Jack De Johnette (d); Airto Moreira (perc)

February 6, 1970
Miles Davis (tpt); Wayne Shorter (ss); Chick Corea (el-p); Josef Zawinul (el-p); John McLaughlin (g); Dave Holland (el-b); Jack De Johnette (d); Billy Cobham (perc); Airto Moreira (perc)

About this release

Mosaic Records MQ6-183 (US)

Rec. August 19 - 21, 1969; November 19, 1969; November 28, 1969; January 27 - 28, 1970; February 6, 1970

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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An album which probably needs no introduction for most older jazz fans.

This box set entered my collection around the time of the 30th anniversary of the recording sessions. I didn't get to know this album in it's original release format. By that time I had barely gotten to know the music of Miles but had been well acquainted with the work that many of the artists present in these sessions had gone on to make later- Corea, McLaughlin, DeJohnette, White, Shorter, and Zawinul, in particular.

The danger of getting a complete sessions set of Davis' music is that you will get tracks that show up on other albums in the same version. This one overlaps with Big Fun. But what fun sprawling four CD box set this one is. About a third of the material is "newly discovered".

If you can judge a book by its cover, this one's got a thick silk covered outer sleeve which contains a slide out hard back book with a metallic blue spine. The book is 148 thick pages on the album and the sessions and includes, remembering Miles by Carlos Santana,an introduction by Michael Cucuna, an overview essay by Quincey Troupe (the co-author of Miles' autobiography - a must read if you haven't), and session-by-session analysis by Bob Belden. A nice mixture of reminiscences and the original liner notes by Ralph J. Gleason. Of course the most important component: four sleeves containing four discs of music.

For those writing looking back, the album brings back the era. For me the music is untethered to that period and has a timeless quality to it.

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