Recorded at the end of a tumultuous decade (August 1969), Bitches Brew
reflected the chaos and beauty of a society stretched and stressed to its breaking point. This genre-bending, barrier-smashing double LP of boldly new music with dense textures and lengthy performances broke every rule of commerciality. These 40th Anniversary Editions are a tribute to both the man who changed the course of jazz (“four or five times,” as he himself once quipped), and the album that virtually single-handedly brought jazz into the commercial rock era, becoming no.94 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Originally released in April 1970, Bitches Brew
was informed by the music that Miles heard being produced in the era by Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, James Brown, Santana and Marvin Gaye, as well as the Beatles’ editing pyrotechnics.
The original double-LP’s six tracks –“Bitches Brew,” “John McLaughlin,” “Sanctuary,” “Miles Runs the VooDoo Down”, “Pharaoh’s Dance,” and “Spanish Key” – as formulated in the studio by Miles and his long-time producer Teo Macero, presented a seismic breakthrough in jazz/rock/funk/R&B. Session personnel included Miles on trumpet, Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Joe Zawinul (electric piano), Chick Corea (electric piano), John McLaughlin (guitar), Dave Holland (acoustic bass), Harvey Brooks (electric bass), Lenny White (drums), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Don Alias (congas), and Jumma Santos (aka Jim Riley - shaker). The Anniversary Editions present the music recorded at the principal Bitches Brew
August 1969 recording sessions as well as live performances of some of the same music recorded later, showing further development of the material in the hands of master improvisers.
The super deluxe box package comprises two CDs with original 94-plus minutes of music plus six bonus tracks; a third CD of a previously unissued performance at Tanglewood, August 1970, with Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira and Gary Bartz; DVD of a previously unissued performance in Copenhagen, November 1969, with Wayne Shorter, Corea, Holland and DeJohnette; Audiophile 180-gram vinyl double-LP gatefold replication of original album; 52-page colour 12x12 book with 5,000-word essay by journalist-author-producer-musician Greg Tate; Producers’ notes by Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel (the box’s Co-Producers); and Lenny White interview by author Ashley Kahn. The book features Mati Klarwein’s painting Zonked (a psychedelic portrait of Miles Davis’ wife, Betty, which also encodes a profile of Miles) on its cover, plus dozens of rare, unpublished photographs and record label memos; Memorabilia envelope containing a reproduction of the Davis Rolling Stone cover story from December 1969, previously unseen correspondence from Teo Macero’s archives, reproductions of three Fillmore West concert tickets from April 1970, high quality photograph prints, and a foldout poster of Miles Davis.
3 CD/1 DVD/2LP BOX SET LP FORMAT 3CD + 2LP + 1DVD (NTSC/ALL REGIONS)DISC 11. PHARAOHand#039;S DANCE - ALBUM VERSION2. BITCHES BREW - ALBUM VERSION3. SPANISH KEY - ALBUM VERSION4. JOHN MCLAUGHLIN - ALBUM VERSIONDISC 21. MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN - ALBUM VERSION2. SANCTUARY - ALBUM VERSION3. SPANISH KEY - ALTERNATE TAKE4. JOHN MCLAUGHLIN - ALTERNATE TAKE5. MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN - 45-RPM SINGLE EDIT6. SPANISH KEY - SINGLE7. GREAT EXPECTATIONS - SINGLE8. LITTLE BLUE FROG - SINGLEDISC 31. BILL GRAHAM INTRODUCTION - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE M2. DIRECTIONS - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER, T3. BITCHES BREW - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER4. THE MASK - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER, TAN5. ITand#039;S ABOUT THAT TIME - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC6. SANCTUARY - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER, TA7. SPANISH KEY/THE THEME - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSI8. SPANISH KEY - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER9. THE THEME - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER, TA10. MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN/THE THEME - LIVE AT THE11. MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE12. THE THEME - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CENTER, TA13. BILL GRAHAM OUTRO - LIVE AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSIC CEDISC 41. DIRECTIONS - LIVE AT THE TIVOLI KONSERTSAL, COPENH2. MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN - LIVE AT THE TIVOLI KO3. BITCHES BREW - LIVE AT THE TIVOLI KONSERTSAL, COPE4. AGITATION - LIVE AT THE TIVOLI KONSERTSAL, COPENHA5. I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY - LIVE AT THE TIVOLI KON6. SANCTUARY - LIVE AT THE TIVOLI KONSERTSAL,...