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Bitches Brew [CASSETTE] [Import]

Miles Davis Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00005LUQ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Adam Ventress VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It is hard, 37 years on to imagine the impact this album had on its release in early 1970. It out sold all Miles' previous albums in its first year, inspired a new movement in jazz, and crossed musical boundaries, yet it led conservative jazz critic Stanley Crouch, amongst others, to dismiss it as an act of 'self violation'

Miles had already taken steps down the path of fusion, the use of electric instruments and rock sounds in jazz, with Filles do Kilamanjaro and especially In A Silent Way. However this was a much louder, bolder, brasher statement. This was the point of no return.

This controversial classic was both a logical continuation of where Miles' music was going, and a groundbreaking, unique album, which still sounds fresh exciting and compelling today. It incorporates a range of influences Miles was bringing to his music: jazz improvisation, blues, Jimi Hendrix inspired rock, African grooves and rhythms, Sly Stone and James Brown inspired funk.

The same principles of a deep groove laid down by layers of rhythm, electric keyboards and guitar, and of post performance studio editing and reconstruction, follow on directly from In A Silent Way. The sound though, is much denser and heavier, with bass clarinet, thudding electric bass and powerful rock backbeats and African rhythm adding to the 'brew' to create a swampy, menacing and bottom heavy texture.

Over the top, Miles is the main solo voice, his trumpet deliberately louder in the mix than the solos of guitarist John McLaughlin and Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, both of whom emerge more subtly through the dense backdrop.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Controversial After All these Years 18 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This 40th anniversary edition of Miles Davis Bitches Brew is beautifully produced and a reminder of the furore that greeted it on its release .Many used to the melodic records of the previous decade or more did not understand it or like it much though they recognized Davis, virtuosity and inventiveness.Even today it has none of the accessibility or wide appeal of the previous decades Kind of Blue.Even after 4o years it is not exactly an easy listen but parts of it are works of genius Some tagged this the first Jazz Rock Record,some one of the greatest Rock records ever made and more still would see it as one of the most influential recordings ever made.I am certain that Davis himself would have had no patience with any attempt to pigeon hole him and went on developing his music until the end of his life.

Bitches Brew is not an easy listen.You,like me,might start by hating it but with repeated listening you will hopefully, like myself ,grow to love it.Someone once spoke of the 'shock of the new' Even after 40 years and much imitative music since this still has the power to shock. It is an essential purchase,but please don't throw it in the bin after the first listening
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing, as always... 8 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This latest edition is worth it for the Copenhagan DVD alone - space age jazz, with Dave Holland still on acoustic bass (and doing some remarkable things, including an uncanny "impersonation" of Miles at one point), but with Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes. This is the "lost quintet" - thankfully, these days some of the extraordinary music they made has been found, and the DVD is yet another revelation for us. By Isle of Wight less than a year later the music was getting funkier (with Holland by now on Fender bass) - it's a shame that Columbia are saving the Tanglewood session, around the same time as Isle of Wight, with Gary Bartz on saxes and Keith Jarrett doubling with Corea on keyboards for those who can afford the deluxe edition - it can, however, be found at Wolfgang's Vault and is, of course, extraordinary. By the end of the year Michael Henderson was in Holland's shoes and the music had changed yet again, into something funky, primal and quite scarily intense, and bearing little resemblance to the Copenhagan set (Live/Evil; the Cellar Door Sessions). All great music, of course - that was Miles, who was playing the most powerfully brilliant trumpet of his career (probably).

Bitches Brew still blows my mind - as Paul Buckmaster says on the Isle of Wight DVD, it is so intense at times that one can hardly take it. I've no idea how many times I've listened to BB since first hearing it in 1970, but I've no doubt I will return to it again and again.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitches Brew - Still A Classic 40 Years On. 5 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most people reading this review will probably be familiar with the 40 year old classic Jazz/Fusion album 'Bitches Brew' and are probably asking themselves whether its worthwile buying this new Legacy 2CD + DVD edition. This set features the original double album, an additional 2 alternate takes of ` Spanish Key' and ` John McLaughlin' and the 45 rpm single edits of `Miles Runs The Voodoo Down', `Spanish Key', ` Great Expectations' and `Little Blue Frog' plus a DVD of a live concert filmed in Copenhagen in 1969.

This really is a great box set to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Miles first `Gold Album', and probably its the closest that Jazz/fusion ever came to rock music.

Whilst, if you have the original album and/or the Complete Bitches Brew sessions, you would have the majority of the audio content, this is still a very worthwhile purchase if you appreciate this era of Miles music, where he came close to being the Jimi Hendrix of his genre. 'Bitches Brew' still features in the Rolling Stone Greatest 100 albums of all time and I highly recommend this edition of what I consider to one of the best albums from 1970s, as the additional audio material and previously unreleased DVD concert from Copenhagen make this essential for people who enjoy Miles late 60's/early 70's music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth listening to
I bought this album when I was just getting into fusion and jazz and all the rest of it, kinda working my way back from John Scofield and Scott Henderson and all that good stuff. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Huw Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing music!!
Miles Davis at his best..this album, along with "Jack Johnson" and "In a silent way", are the Gold Standard of Jazz Fusion, and incidentally feature the greatest... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Barton
3.0 out of 5 stars Too indulgent!
Too overblown and suffers by comparison to "Blue", it is of its time I guess and as such probably wont get played as much!
Published 4 months ago by GEOFF RIDING
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard but worth it
Undoubtedly the record that invented jazz rock. Atonal rough screechy but what a trip.
It'll grow on you. Not as accessible as kind of blue etc.
Published 7 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars C L A S S I C
If you dig the horn, get this. Very likely you will know all these numbers; you are very likely a Miles fan. You just don't know it yet. This very real stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DomTurnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars Game changing album
Apparently this album was controversial when it first came out. I don't recall that, it was just something that we played from time to time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Walwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning meeting of rock and jazz..
'Bitches Brew' (1969)is without doubt a cornerstone of the Miles Davis cannon. It represents his first real attempt to take jazz into the realm of rock and meld it with African... Read more
Published 8 months ago by os
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Is it jazz? Is'nt it jazz? Who cares??? Along with Kind Of Blue , Bitches Brew is Miles Davis masterpiece. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davies
I love earlier Miles Davis work and was apprehensive about this purchase but though different to his earlier work, is truly great music.
Published 11 months ago by Graham Paine
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong choice
This is a totally personal review.... The type of music on this CD is not for me, though I am a huge fan of Miles Davis' musicanship
Published 12 months ago by nipskip
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