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  • Audio CD (7 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Columbia Legacy
  • ASIN: B00004WN2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Great Expectations (Album Version)27:22Album Only
Listen  2. Ife (Album Version)21:33Album Only
Listen  3. Recollections18:54Album Only
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Listen  1. Go Ahead John (Album Version)28:27Album Only
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These sessions, mostly recorded in 1969 and 1970, extend the jazz-rock experiment Miles Davis first brought to fruition in Bitches Brew in August 1969. Gone are the Broadway standards of the mid 50s, the modal jazz of the late 50s and the free-bop of the 60s, replaced by protracted vamps on slender themes and simple bass riffs. Looking for his slice of the rock cake, Davis had adopted the sounds of contemporary pop, adding sitar and exotic percussion to his line-up and putting increased emphasis on electric instruments. Temperamentally speaking, these long, moody pieces aren't that far from the melancholy haze of his 1960 Sketches Of Spain, but they develop mostly by small variations in texture and take a long while coming to the point. The 1969-70 band was still full of jazz talent though, and along the way there are good solos from Chick Corea and Steve Grossman. --Mark Gilbert

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dylan T. Hayden on 23 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is an under-rated album. Most of the tracks are built around simple grooves and riffs, often with alternating slow and fast sections, and though the electric instrumentation carries on from Bitches Brew, this is in many ways a more laid-back and accessible listen. Most of the tracks are repetitive and very long, which will be good news if you find yourself happily luxuriating in the dense and colourful atmospheres evoked by these superb musicians. Miles' playing is mostly simple and fully woven into the texture of the music, apart from the fascinating double-tracked duet on Go Ahead John, which also has a wonderfully fractured guitar solo from McLaughlin. The extended cast (including sitar, tabla, acoustic and electric bass, etc.; essentially two bands playing simultaneously!) deliver the expected degree of imagination and virtuosity. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun 2014
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This until-recently-little-appreciated collection contains some of Miles' best material from his most musically fertile epoch, the 1969-75 period bookended by `In a Silent Way' and `Pangea'. Originally released in April 1974, `Big Fun' was largely forgotten until its re-release at the dawn of the new millennium.

The overall groove is very much in the style of the BB sessions with John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Wayne Shorter, Benny Maupin, Airto Moreira, Larry Young, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul and a huge cast of guest musicians all on top form. `Great Expectations' is from the BB period and deploys tambura, tabla and sitar to evoke a classical Indian feel. On the epic `Go Ahead John' Miles double-tracks his own solo; the track also showcases some awesome guitar work from McLaughlin, the whole seamlessly edited by the brilliant Teo Macero (you can also find this track on `The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions').

Another reviewer has commented "'Big Fun' is an immersive experience that requires the listener to really listen in order to enjoy all that is on offer here", which just about sums it up. If you like the experimental grooves of BB, the inventiveness of `Aghartha' and `Pangea' and the driving rock rhythms of `A Tribute to Jack Johnson' then you're going to be right with the program on `Big Fun'.

This is epic electric-era Miles. A fine showcase of both compositional brilliance and masterful skills of orchestration during this period, `Big Fun' is complex, brilliant and exotic. The remastering on the 2000 release is sharp, clear, wonderfully rich and deep. Five glorious stars.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By DMG on 1 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
over 2 hours of moodily atmospheric soundscapes from 4 different ensembles led by miles davis on trumpet. there are four superb bonus tracks as well as the original four that came with the original LP.
great expectations, the opening piece, lasts for nearly half an hour, and features intriguing orchestration featuring, among other things, electric sitar and exotic percussion. its basically in 2 parts, with a slightly sinister 1st theme repeated for about 10 minutes, with variations in texture bubbling under the repetitions, played by miles and bennie maupin (on bass clarinet). then there's a wonderfully breathless and spacious section with a new theme, wonderfully played by miles, with support from the other musicians. the music speeds up to become quite jaunty, before the 2nd theme returns and the piece ends in a hush.
Ife is around 20 minutes long, opening with larry young's horror movie organ chords, before michael henderson's super groovy bassline comes in (it dominates the piece). miles enters, briefly stating the theme, then blasting off on a great solo on wah-wah trumpet. there's also a saxophone solo from sonny fortune to savour.
reccollections is the 1st bonus track, also around 20 minutes in length. It has a beautiful, haunting melody and mood, slowly developed over its running time.
trevere is another bonus track, the shortest piece of the whole album, at just under 6 minutes. A dark, sinister atmosphere is evoked by dissonant organ and thundering percussion, over which miles plays a theme which I've seen described as 'sci-fi gospel'.
disc 2 begins with the longest piece, Go ahead john (28:27).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gavieboy on 31 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of Davis's more abstract albums; one that is harder to follow; not as free flowing as others that have gone by as it seems to be disjointed in places only to pick up the thread once more; still all in all a good album amd one that could be enjoyed by any fan of Jazz
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
this is one fine album from start to finish and one of my favourite Davis albums. The CD alone is worth it for one of the four bonus tracks 'Recollections'. 'Go Ahead John' is also one good jam. The mastering and bonus tracks are top notch giving this under-rated record it's finest release to date.
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