S&D: Miles Davis in the 70s & 80s

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I really like Decoy and Tutu and I've heard some of the 70s ones that I thought were really great too. Some of the reviews I've seen of the 80s albums are not to favorable.

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 14 December 2002 18:21 (nineteen years ago) link

On the Corner is one of my favorite albums, but beyond that I only own Kind of Blue & Bitches Brew. I don't know if I want to know anymore...

Adam A. (Keiko), Saturday, 14 December 2002 18:23 (nineteen years ago) link

Search: Big Fun, Jack Johnson

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 14 December 2002 18:26 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't remember exactly when it dates from, but some of the stuff on the second LP of the out-of-print Directions set was just beautiful, especially "Ascent".

(Adam A., just those three? If nothing else you should definitely give In a Silent Way a try, and then Nefertiti and/or Miles Smiles. I mean, they're all brilliant, generally, but In a Silent Way in particular is the kind of album that...well, you just have to hear it. :-)

Phil (phil), Saturday, 14 December 2002 18:54 (nineteen years ago) link

I could talk about the 70s electric stuff for awhile but don't have time now (Live at the Fillmore East and Pangaea are my faves, along with Jack Johnson definitely).

'Live Around the World' is a perfect summation of the 80s stuff, great tunes, performances and sound (and no crappy Marcus Miller drum programming).

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:09 (nineteen years ago) link

Pangaea is great -- Miles' chops are shot, but the feel of the band is unbelievable, a mixture of fire-breathing musicianship and delicate textures that at times approach minimalist/ambient territory.

I was surprised that I didn't like Black Beauty more, on the other hand -- something about the concert doesn't quite click for me, though there are plenty of moments I enjoy.

Phil (phil), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:18 (nineteen years ago) link

What about some of the 80s albums?
Aura or You're Under Arrest. Are they worth searching for?

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:21 (nineteen years ago) link

Aura is ok. I don't care for any of his 80s albums that much, though.

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:23 (nineteen years ago) link

If you really like Decoy and Tutu you might as well check out Amandla. And buy Jack Johnson and On the Corner immediately.

James Blount (James Blount), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:35 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm looking forward to the Miles Davis '80s critical rehab -- you know it's coming. Somewhere in the last Wire it said something about Miles' '80s sound being all over contemporary R&B radio.

Mark (MarkR), Saturday, 14 December 2002 19:42 (nineteen years ago) link

the silent way box contains material from the directions record that phil mentions, including 'ascent'. I don't recall offhand if it contains all of it; I think they parceled it out to different reissue projects. but the box is well worth it if you want to approach silent way from other directions (it includes pre-edit recordings which are still quite interesting) or put it in context (between the earlier quintet stuff, transition to electric instruments and 'rock' rhythms, etc.).

I haven't sat down to compare the two since buying the reissue but I bought it on a whim the other month despite already owning an older cd version, and it was far more exciting and less abrasive (abrasive not always being bad but in this case it caused me problems) to me than the older one. I don't think it would be an issue by this point, unless you buy used, but definitely go for the reissue.

or stay up all night manically grading student papers and listen to it repeating for hours on end. that might work with either version.

Josh (Josh), Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:18 (nineteen years ago) link

search: pretty much all the 70s electric stuff sans At Fillmore (no to be confused with Black Beauty: Live at Fillmore West). start with In a Silent Way ('69, but still; most beautiful), Jack Johnson (hardest-rocking), Dark Magus (most ferociously intense).

M Matos (M Matos), Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:31 (nineteen years ago) link

No one has mentioned Get Up With It yet. This means war. It's Miles at his bleakest and most prog, with three of the greatest unsung guitarists in jazz/rock history and some flute solos not to be believed. Incredibly funky, incredibly sad, freaky beyond belief. Lester Bangs, among others, thought this was scarier than Metal Machine Music--I disagree though. It's just great.

Matt C., Saturday, 14 December 2002 20:55 (nineteen years ago) link

yeah Get Up With It is my fav too

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Saturday, 14 December 2002 21:27 (nineteen years ago) link

i don't get his 80s stuff

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Saturday, 14 December 2002 21:27 (nineteen years ago) link

not that i tried real hard

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Saturday, 14 December 2002 21:28 (nineteen years ago) link

Two live from Japan albums I really like: Miles! Miles! Miles! and We Want Miles, both from '81 I think. The latter has two tracks of "Jean Pierre" which is fantastic.

Also the In A Silent Way box is just amazing. Well worth it if you enjoy the album. It's more than just more of the same.

Colin Saunders (csaunders), Saturday, 14 December 2002 21:30 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm fairly uncritical abt Miles albs made/released between 1955, say, and 1975 - I think there's gd-to-great stuff on nearly all of 'em, but of course they can be quite patchy too (eg 'Get Up With It' - 'He Loved Him Madly' and 'Rated X' = two of the greatest things ever, 'Calypso Frelimo' = dismal, dreary exotica.) FWIW, my faves from the post-Second Quintet, pre-'retirement' period: 'Jack Johnson' (John McLaughlin and Sonny Sharrock, v. nice); 'Dark Magus'; 'Big Fun'; 'In A Silent Way' (esp. for the nearly always GREAT Wayne Shorter, whose own 'Super Nova' alb again features John M and Sharrock, and is prob. more actual fun than 'Bitches Brew'); 'Live-Evil' (pretty much the only place you can hear K. Jarrett playing a funky electric keyboard, for better or worse, not to mention the rare and rather wonderful vocal contribs by Hermeto Pascoal and 'narrator' Conrad Roberts); 'Agharta' and 'Pangaea' (esp. for the underrecorded saxist Sonny Fortune, who also blows like mad on Pharoah Sanders's 'Izipho Zam/My Gifts' (again w/ Sonny S) and McCoy Tyner's funky free 'Sahara' - if you electric Miles, you're sure to dig these...)

I've never really liked the 80s 'comeback' recs - Marcus Miller and Mike Stern don't really do it for me, although Scofield is ok, I have no prob. w/ 'Time After Time', and I did quite enjoy that late/last hip-hop rec the one time I heard it approx. 8 years ago.

But don't neglect the pre-68 stuff either! Just the other day I heard an amazing live alb recorded in France in abt 1960. Coltrane is still in the group, and he's REALLY starting to play in a most far out way, much to the horror/antipathy of the audience, who are not at all happy w/ JC blurting alongside the far 'cooler' Miles and Wynton Kelly. The tension is the same kind of feeling you get off some of those seventies live albs, that same kind of provocation.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Saturday, 14 December 2002 22:17 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm playing "Get Up With It" now!

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 14 December 2002 22:23 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, Andrew is pretty much OTM. And yeah if you like "In A Silent Way", the box set is worth getting. And, as an analogue die-hard, Columbia is doing a gorgeous job remastering these.

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 14 December 2002 22:26 (nineteen years ago) link

(I say that from only hearing the Silent Way box, but it's really nice.)

Sean (Sean), Saturday, 14 December 2002 22:32 (nineteen years ago) link

Live / Evil , Tribute to Jack Johnson, and In A Silent Way are must haves. Big Fun and Directions are great collections of various lineups, as well as Circle in the Round. The only one I am not too impressed with is Bitches Brew, which seems too haphazard and formless.
You're Under Arrest is a worthy 80's release, but not many of the others are as interesting. Perhaps Amandla. I really do like the hip-hop of Doo-Bop.

bahtology, Saturday, 14 December 2002 23:11 (nineteen years ago) link

I've heard In A Silent Way.. it was good, but I like On the Corner a lot more. Sounds like I'd really enjoy Dark Magus & Get Up With It.

I saw this DVD of an 80's performance once. Ewwww. He covered "Time After Time" and "Human Nature", which sounded just like the originals except there was an out-of-breath trumpet playing over them. What is Lauper without Lauper? Dismal. Anyway...

Adam A. (Keiko), Saturday, 14 December 2002 23:48 (nineteen years ago) link

calypso frelimo has a way of turning sort of blearily pretty, it surprises me.

Josh (Josh), Saturday, 14 December 2002 23:52 (nineteen years ago) link

you've got mucho recommendo's already, lemme just point out one more source - Greg Tate's virtually invaluable essay, "Electric Miles", originally printed, in two parts, in 1982 in Down Beat, and also to be found in his book "Flyboy in the Buttermilk" (the best on the given topic, i dare say)

to return to your original question 'bout the '80s Miles,to my ears "Tutu" & "Amandla" sound more impressive (if certainly more 'polished' & less 'passionate' than the 70s ellectrified stuff) compared to the rest - tho' "You're Under Arrest" has it's purple patches too

"Aura" ain't bad, it's just essentially a recording where Miles mainly solos, inna impressionist stylee, over the (Miles-inspired) music written by the Norwegian trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg

t\'\'t (t''t), Sunday, 15 December 2002 01:46 (nineteen years ago) link

Blaze up a jointer, stick on Dark Magus and listen along with these lads...

wild ....fast...wild ....fast...wild ....fast...

Conor (Conor), Sunday, 15 December 2002 04:59 (nineteen years ago) link

I like that one where he's holding the plastic machinegun on the cover. I think it's called "Boo-Yah to the Shiznit, Beeyotch" or something like that.

Helltime Producto (Pavlik), Sunday, 15 December 2002 07:22 (nineteen years ago) link

that jack johnson album is a sack of dave edmunds pub - rock shit. get up w/it & dark magus and one of the fillmores (i dunno i got it cheap w/o a cover) is the wildest. that and my all time fave live evil.

bob snoom, Sunday, 15 December 2002 12:53 (nineteen years ago) link

Next Miles box set up from Sony, apparently: the Jack Johnson Sessions.

rh, Sunday, 15 December 2002 17:58 (nineteen years ago) link


James Blount (James Blount), Sunday, 15 December 2002 18:27 (nineteen years ago) link

That works. The advantage of most of these boxes -- I just got the Silent Way collection last month -- is that I didn't have the original albums already...

Dark Magus is seriously fucked up. Luv it.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 15 December 2002 18:47 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention 'The Hot Spot' S/T, put together by Jack Nitzsche and featuring Miles and John Lee Hooker. Both of 'em are well past their prime, but it's still weird, and moving, to hear them sort've spliced-together, Teo Macero-style...

Andrew L (Andrew L), Sunday, 15 December 2002 20:13 (nineteen years ago) link

Agharta, recorded same day as Pangaea (which was I think the night set) is nice - got the great guitars, but it's still pretty spacious.
& Friday Miles, off At Fillmore, was probably my biggest musical shock & a big reason I make noiseriddims for recreation.

autovac, Sunday, 15 December 2002 20:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Phil, re: Black Beauty, I think part of the reason I like it so much is that you can here some tension in the band, you can hear the players exploring more than being directed Miles like some of the later bands. I despise Steve Grossman's playing on it (at least the last time I checked), but it's Jack deJohnette at his funkiest.

Also about his Human Nature cover, yeah that live video isn't that great, but the version on Live Around the World where he trades with/feeds phrases to Kenny Garrett is just fabulous.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 16 December 2002 00:15 (nineteen years ago) link

Miles' 80s studio albums are pretty sad, but I got a copy of that 20-CD "Miles at Montreux" boxed set, and that material explodes live. Really, there's no comparison. I wish they'd release each of the individual concerts as a 2-CD set, so more people could hear how incredible the performances are.

I notice nobody stuck in a word about "In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall," a double-disc live set released right after "On The Corner" (which is my favorite Miles album, BTW). I think "In Concert" is a great, and very underrated, disc.

Phil Freeman, Monday, 16 December 2002 18:52 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Get Up With It is one of the greatest albums ever - "Mayisha", "Rated X", "Calypso Frelimo", and "Mtume" are absolutely beyond belief. Brilliant.

mifrno, Monday, 30 August 2004 01:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Has anyone mentioned 'It's About That Time,' the March '70 Fillmore set that came out a couple or three years ago? Noisy and coruscating.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Monday, 30 August 2004 10:23 (seventeen years ago) link

*sound of tape splicing*

shookout (shookout), Monday, 30 August 2004 11:57 (seventeen years ago) link

*sound of lines being cut*

shookout (shookout), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 01:49 (seventeen years ago) link

used to have all those 70s miles records but got kinda sick of them. the only one I like now is just before that period, Cookin' At The Plugged Nickel, some of Tony Williams' finest playing.

joseph pot (STINKOR™), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 02:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Bitches Brew sounds like even shittier Grateful Dead than the Dead.

shookout (shookout), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 15:25 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Wow, Live Evil is fantastic.

Lately I feel like 70s Miles records have everything I'm looking for in music.

Hurting (Hurting), Sunday, 21 August 2005 13:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I've really been getting into pre-electric modal Miles: E.S.P., Filles De Killamanjaro, and especally Miles Smiles, which is unbelievably great. I'm starting to think the dude is THE musician of the 20th century, bar none.

J (Jay), Sunday, 21 August 2005 14:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I love that stuff too. I went through a huge phase of that before I ever really got into 70s Miles actually, which is probably the reverse of how most people do it.

Hurting (Hurting), Sunday, 21 August 2005 14:28 (sixteen years ago) link

You should check out Water Babies, esp. a track called Dual Mr. Anthony Tillman Williams Process, which is VERY proto-70s Miles.

Hurting (Hurting), Sunday, 21 August 2005 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Also Filles De Kilamanjaro for similar reasons.

Hurting (Hurting), Sunday, 21 August 2005 15:15 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I got the <I>Complete On The Corner Sessions</I> boxed set in today's mail. Six discs, at least three hours (I haven't added it all up yet) of previously unreleased studio jams from '72-74.

unperson, Friday, 3 August 2007 19:53 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw the Sep release date at amazon!

Dominique, Friday, 3 August 2007 20:02 (fourteen years ago) link

It's amazing shit. I'm listening to "Jabali," an 11-minute previously unreleased track, right now. It has the same kind of slow, repeating bassline as "Ife," but with more crescendos from the drums.

unperson, Friday, 3 August 2007 20:06 (fourteen years ago) link

dear unperson, I stalk now

Dominique, Friday, 3 August 2007 20:09 (fourteen years ago) link

It looks like some kind of bootleg compilation of stuff ranging from 1968-69 up to maybe 1982.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 20 February 2015 00:21 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I gathered that. I liked this version of "Jack Johnson." Weird live mix with congas way up front and guitarist in back. Trying to figure out what era this might be.


Losing swag by the second (Dan Peterson), Friday, 20 February 2015 15:22 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

Wasn't sure where to mention this but Cheadle's Miles movie is done:

Brakhage, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:34 (six years ago) link

Trying to keep expectations in check, but would really like this to be good.

five six and (man alive), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:37 (six years ago) link

I could imagine some terrible acting with someone trying to emulate the famous rasp.

xelab, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:07 (six years ago) link

Don Cheadle has as good a chance of pulling it off as any other actor I can think of

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:09 (six years ago) link

Anyone heard this yet btw?


This series is always at least pretty good, and though I already have the early stuff here, the early 70s stuff looks very enticing.

Wimmels, Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:25 (six years ago) link

Trying to keep expectations in check, but would really like this to be good.

― five six and (man alive), Wednesday, July 22, 2015 5:37 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yea def

is there a trailer for the film?

marcos, Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:30 (six years ago) link

The Newport set is interesting, the highlight yeah is Berlin 11/1/73, which I already had a bootleg of. The sound is still oversaturated but that just adds to the intensity. Still digesting the whole box though.

No footage from the film that I've seen, just some on-set pics

Brakhage, Thursday, 23 July 2015 20:46 (six years ago) link

The 1971 and 1973 material is the best of that Newport set, though the 1966/67 sets by the acoustic quintet are also pretty hot, and worth having because they fill in some of that band's middle era - all previous live recordings either came from the beginning (1965) or the end (late '67) of the group's life. So you got them still in exploding-standards mode, or going wild. Here, they're somewhere in between, and it's fascinating to hear the differences.

I wanted a whole set of the 1971 band, which only existed for a single European tour in the fall of that year. Oh, well.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 24 July 2015 00:18 (six years ago) link

yeah, 71 + 73 are unbelievably good -- 71 seems like Jarrett's peak w/ Miles. Crazy that he just stopped playing electric keys after that! dude was amazing.
66-67 sets are great too, holy crap what a band.

tylerw, Friday, 24 July 2015 00:44 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

I was just wondering if the song Willie had an actual Willie Nelson song as its influence or if it was just more general. I have heard that it had some source in Miles listening to him in the late 60s/early 70s.

Stevolende, Thursday, 3 September 2015 09:35 (six years ago) link

Miles loved Willie's vocal phrasing.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 4 September 2015 04:31 (six years ago) link

They had the same road manager for a while (Mark Rothbaum).

Brad C., Friday, 4 September 2015 11:42 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

since i have spent such little time w/ 80s miles i appreciated this rundown in p4k: http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1078-a-guide-to-1980s-miles-davis/

marcos, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:10 (six years ago) link

the live in tokyo 1981 "my man's gone now" posted there is fantastic

marcos, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:15 (six years ago) link

It's a shame he apparently only felt like dealing with the Columbia albums. The Warner material is frequently stronger (I'm a big fan of Tutu and like Siesta a lot, too).

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:28 (six years ago) link

good to know, i haven't listened to either tutu or siesta

intrigued by the aura clip in there too

marcos, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:32 (six years ago) link

To me, Aura is easily the best thing he did in his comeback.

Austin, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:50 (six years ago) link

the citation of the vocal track on The Man With the Horn makes me wonder if he did enough of those to warrant a poll. Can think of at least two other instances (Birth of the Cool and Sorcerer) where there was a shitty, inexplicable track w a vocal tacked onto an album. are there others? why did Miles do this?

Οὖτις, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:06 (six years ago) link

nothing like you has ever been seen before
nothing like you existed in days of yore

marcos, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:08 (six years ago) link

(has my vote)

marcos, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:08 (six years ago) link

why did Miles do this?

He was relatively adrift in 1962, which is part of why he did those songs with "that silly-ass singer, Bob Dorough," to fill out Quiet Nights. Why one of the songs from those sessions is on Sorcerer is a complete mystery. "Nothing Like You" was five years old at that point, and only two minutes long. A 38-minute Sorcerer without "Nothing Like You" would've been preferable.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:15 (six years ago) link

Dunno the "why" about Birth of the Cool, other than that Kenny Hagood was in Dizzy's orchestra, and also sang on records by Bird and Monk.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:18 (six years ago) link

Don't forget to include the rap tracks from Doo-Bop...

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:20 (six years ago) link

(whoops, none of the Dorough tracks appear on Quiet Nights)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:22 (six years ago) link

Donno if it's true, but I've read that he blamed Gil for Quiet Nights belated release, belated enough to miss the commercial peak of the bossa nova-etc. trend. Also he thought Gil made it too bland, but I thought it was pretty good of its kind---good enough to associate with the previous Miles-Gil collabs, if def the mildest-mannered,at least in the Clark Kent sense (although I was then associating with this girl who had me listening to all this Getz/Gilberto stuff, so that may have made me too tolerant of QN). Which was the end of their official association, although eventually Gil was said to have contributed uncredited elements (for instance, "some patches," Miles said, re early switchboard-type synthesizer arrangements). Also, they resumed their friendship, and soon after Miles died, Gil said he had recently called and said he was finally ready to do their adaptation of Aida.
Um, anyway, Aura's orchestrations, provided by Palle Mikkelborg, seem like homage to pre-electric Gil, only more pastel---whole thing's pretty good though, even got McLaughlin in there, although not like he was on some of Miles' wildest late 60s/early 70s outings.
I like just about all of Miles' 80s albums---The Man With The Horn could be so smoove, uh-oh---except he also had pre-tasteful Mike Stern showing up periodically with these greasy mullet licks, so it was a Miles experience after all. And most of the others were better, like Star People was his kind of bluesy, You're Under Arrest and yeah xpostSiesta and Tutu, and the live We Want Miles with Al Foster kicking it out.

dow, Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:31 (six years ago) link

Also, they resumed their friendship, and soon after Miles died, Gil said he had recently called and said he was finally ready to do their adaptation of Aida.

Interesting, considering Gil died several years before Miles did.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 31 March 2016 22:56 (six years ago) link

Even *more* interesting, I say! (Gil really was quoted on that at some point)

dow, Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:18 (six years ago) link

ctrl+f "Live Around the World". I know it came out in the '90s, but contains late '80s recordings that are better than the studio versions (although it's been a long time since I've heard any of that stuff).

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:25 (six years ago) link

Oops again, it was Tosca (although he did record a track titled "Aida"), and he *and* Gil blamed Columbia and Teo in particular for releasing QN, according to this:

dow, Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:25 (six years ago) link

and he *and* Gil blamed Columbia and Teo in particular for releasing QN, according to this:

Yeah, Miles refused to work with Macero for a time. It didn't last long, though, and Teo was back for Miles Smiles.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:34 (six years ago) link

xpost, aren't there a couple live collections with almost the same title? I have the 2-LP Heard 'Round The World, an '83 reissue of Live In Tokyo, with Sam Rivers, and Live In Berlin, with Wayne Shorter---two great statesmen of space:

dow, Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:37 (six years ago) link

I think so, I mean this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Around_the_World_(Miles_Davis_album)

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 1 April 2016 01:02 (six years ago) link

so Manohla Dhargis likes this new Don Cheadle/Miles biopic...? (I couldn't find the other thread where we discussed the trailer). I'm deeply skeptical to say the least.

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 April 2016 21:14 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

I finally picked up a physical copy of Big Fun this weekend and that record should rate much, much higher in MD's discography.
It's wall to wall fantastic. I know that everything on it has since been reissued but for being a comp it's remarkably coherent.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:30 (three years ago) link

I love Big Fun. Considering it was mostly recorded during the Bitches Brew sessions, it's a lot quieter and reserved. Also love Dave Holland's playing across the board on that stuff.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:50 (three years ago) link

Great Expectations/Orange Lady is magnificent, just a shimmering jewel of a cut. Ife is like the mellow side of OTC, and Go Ahead John may be Macero's most out-there moment ever

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:09 (three years ago) link

I've been looking for "Big Fun" on CD but haven't come across it in the wild. I may just order it on Discogs.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:33 (three years ago) link

To me, this would be the better buy.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:35 (three years ago) link

agreed, so good

sleeve, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 18:39 (three years ago) link

Those "Complete ________ Sessions" on Columbia / Legacy are so friggin' good across the board, but the Bitches Brew set is the one I've gone back to most frequently over the years. The In A Silent Way box is a very close second.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:00 (three years ago) link

Recollections is 'the one' for me on the Big Fun set. But Go Ahead is something else again. De Johnette (and Macero's treatment of him) is insane.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:13 (three years ago) link

I'm listening to the LP so I've not heard Recollections. I'll have to give it a listen.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 19:51 (three years ago) link

To me, this would be the better buy.

― outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, September 4, 2018 11:35 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

agreed, so good

― sleeve, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 11:39 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i was totally wondering about whether to buy this this weekend.. so thanks!!

brimstead, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:01 (three years ago) link

(bb sessions box)

brimstead, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:01 (three years ago) link

Especially at the price range it's currently going for on Discogs, it's worth every penny.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 20:12 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Today being the anniversary of Davis's birth, I wrote about AURA, a 1989 album that's never really clicked for me.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 15:13 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

The next volume in the Bootleg Series has been announced; it's called That's What Happened 1982-85, and includes a disc of unreleased tracks from the Star People sessions, a disc of unreleased tracks from the You're Under Arrest sessions, and a live disc from 1983 (which is being released separately). I'm kinda excited. One of the previously unreleased 1985 tracks is a version of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It":


but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 17 June 2022 13:40 (two weeks ago) link

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