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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It's three years since I bought this box set from Amazon, and I don't think I ever spent 70 quid in many better ways. The music produced by this great quintet has an extraordinary way of creeping upon you, or sneaking round the side, and grasping your heart.
Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams (17 when he joined the band, the others had to buy his drinks !!)really wanted to stretch out - with Miles leading in a unique and entirely unconventional way. It's strange that music that is so complex can be so accessible.
Perhaps it doesn't swing in the way Miles band did with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Hank Mobley and Jimmy Cobb, but it has a subtle dynamism of its own. And anyway, comparing Miles at different periods is as useful as comparing chalk and cheese (this is part of what made him so unique in 20th century music).
How to judge this as a box set?
Sometimes I deliberately play tracks from one album (eg Nefertiti, or Miles Smiles) which involves a certain amount of fiddling around, and there are some later tracks I found less interesting, maybe feeling more like the work in progress of the electric stuff Miles was going to move into a bit later.
But that's quibbling, isn't it, and the pics and text with the set are lovely.
While so much 'popular' music comes and goes, this is for ever. After three years, I can't really imagine being without it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2000
With the second "great" quintet, comprising Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Tony Williams and Herbie Hancock, Miles found the band that, above all his others, represented the finest demonstration of ensemble improvisation. The music contained within these discs will delight and stimulate, again and again, and will never date. This set may seem expensive but you may rest assured that it will never gather dust on your CD shelf. It is the Best of the Best. Buy with total confidence.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2001
Damn, I don't know where to begin with these great box set; the quality of the music, the genius of the musicians, the unbelievable sound quality it just all swirls into my head. Whatever I'll give it a shot... The musicians featured here are all geniuses as far as their instruments are concerned, great music composers but an even greater team. Their chemistry, coordination, support but also continuous will to test each other's limits is phenomenal.
The music they create is the most diverse music you will ever get to hear from the same (jazz) band within a period of 3 years, since their first spectacular effort ESP is completely different from the last tracks they ever recorded together for Filles of Kilimanjaro and every other record in between marks a new step in that journey. They mix great solos with avant-garde, free-jazz feeling, but always using the standards Miles set previously as a launching pad for their efforts.You can even find grooves belonging to rock music if you listen carefully.
I feel I should also include a word of warning though, even if I can't begin to recommend this box-set enough it is not made for background music.For the listener to appreciate fully what is being displayed here he/she needs to pay full attention to the music, and will be compensated. If you are not willing to do that spend your money elsewhere, Cheers!
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2011
One star only because the set featured on this page is by the 50s quintet with John Coltrane et al, whereas the listener reviews relate to the set on Sony with the 65 - 68 quintet, with Wayne Shorter. Completely different band except for MD. Don't rely on these reviews to tall you anything about the set of discs on this page.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
That the music on these discs is mostly excellent goes without saying. However, I don't feel this is a 5-star or priority purchase for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, the huge amount it'll cost you is pretty poor value for money considering the quantity of discs on offer here. £50+ for 6 discs isn't a very good deal, especially when the individual albums are all still available and generally for much less than this.

And while I'm mentioning the individual albums - E.S.P. and Miles Smiles are all here in their original order, but the rest of the original studio albums are out of sequence and/or not intact. There's no "Nothing like Me" on Sorcerer (no great loss to be honest) and half of "Filles de Kilimanjaro" isn't here - in these cases it's presumably because they were not by the same lineup as the rest of the music here. "Nothing like Me" is on the Complete Miles/Gil Evans boxed set and the second half of "Filles" is on the "Complete In A Silent Way Sessions" so there's no overlap nor missing tracks *if* you're collecting all these expensive Miles boxed sets, but casual buyers would probably want these tracks all in the same place, as they were originally released.

Nefertiti and Miles in the Sky are all here but not in the original album order, and spread in both cases over several discs. The extra quintet material has mostly been issued before, on "Water Babies", "Circle in the Round" and "Directions" - only one or two tracks are genuinely new. By containing all the sessions up to those included on "The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions" there's a nice sense of completeness to be had by owning the two, but there just doesn't seem to be enough here to justify the cost, especially to the average buyer, to whom I would recommend simply buying the original albums separately.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2005
Wow! The six cd's in this set are a lot to take in at first but repeated listenings ultimately create a portrait of how this revolutionary group changed jazz. Spanning from 'E.S.P' in 1965 to 'Filles De Kilimanjaro'in 1968, all the studio recordings made by the quintet of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams are captured here, and the move from hard bop with an avant-garde tinge to jazz-rock is shown here, ultimately to be continued on the complete 'In a Silent Way' sessions. Wayne Shorter's compositions are excellent and the playing all round is exceptional, especially the intuitive rhythm section of Hancock, Carter and Williams. The album cuts are brought together with alternate takes and some nice extras such as the group rehearshing Herbie Hancock's 'Speak Like A Child' which was later recorded by Herbie with his sextet in 69' and with Jaco Pastorius in 76'.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2009
The order was well-received by TBC and confirmed to me immediately. It was sent to me within the timelimits said, even though there was a postal strike on in the London area. The package was in exellent condition when received and the correct item was delivered. I'm completely satisfied with the product, the service and the pricing.

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