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5.0 out of 5 stars A TANTALISING TASTE, 18 Mar. 2012
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Mr. C. W. Livett "colin Livett" (Hull Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Highlights from the Plugged Nickel (Audio CD)
The 1965 concert by the Miles Davis Quintet at the PLugged Nickel Club has achieved almost legendary status as the best ever live session by arguably the best ever Miles Davis Quintet. Judging from the limited evidence of this single 'highlights' cd that reputation is well deserved.Not having heard the entire concert i have no means of judging whether these are truly the claimed 'highlights',but as a stand alone cd it is more than adequate as an appetiser. But it is like sitting down to a meal with a superb first course only to be told that there is no main course being served.This is because Columbia resolutely refuse to rerelease the original 6 cd box set.At a time when they have re-released cds of just about every note that Davis ever recorded,not all of it top class material,this action appears perverse in the extreme.At present ,to my knowledge,the full set is only available from private buyers at prices far beyond my pocket. So savour this 'taster',but curse Columbia for depriving us of the banquet.
Anyone care to start an e-petition?
Colin Livett
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album, but.........., 9 Dec. 2013
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RayB "Ray Burns" (Chelmsford, Essex , United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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...will they ever reissue the box set? The full set of eight albums is, after all, one of the highest high points of modern jazz. I bought this Highlights selection about five years ago and as a stand alone album it's really wonderful, the band cooks and everything you have read about this set is right on the button. However, I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a full set of the Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel which I ripped in lossless format and to be able to hear the whole set in chronological order makes you realise what we are missing, and will continue to miss, until Sony includes The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel as part of their Miles Davis reissue programme, and when it does I will buy it and the royalty payments will go Davis' family rather than buying an inflated price second-hand copy (even if it is described as new it will still be second-hand) which will benefit only the person selling that copy at some ridiculous price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sampler, 14 Oct. 2013
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The Plugged Nickel concerts have taken on a legendary status, but boy will it cost you to hear them in full. You'll be lucky to pick the six CD version up for £200-£300 which puts it in the realm of the rich and serious, but to get an idea of what all the fuss is about this highlights disc can be had for a steal. Featuring six tracks it shows Miles' second great quintet on fire in a small club setting, with Tony Williams and Wayne Shorter playing at the very peak of their already considerable talents. The six track lineup is:

1. Milestones (3rd set)
2. Yesterdays (4th set)
3. So What (2nd set)
4. Stella By Starlight (1st set)
5. Walkin' (1st set)
6. 'Round Midnight (2nd Set)

I'd guess it's time to start saving up for the big box having heard this...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how much is the box set?, 17 July 2001
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Gareth Smyth "Enjilos" (County Mayo, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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After buying the complete Quintet studio box set, the complete Bitches Brew box set and a pile of other Miles albums on CD (not to mention the ones on vinyl left behind in London and cassettes recorded over many years), I decided the complete Plugged Nickel was too expensive. Okay, I'd read that Wayne Shorter was explosive on it (and I love Wayne Shorter as an improvisor and composer), but then again Ian Carr (Miles biographer) wrote that Miles wasn't in such good lip. So I bought this one - the Highlights. It starts with Milestones which Miles (true, not in such good lip as say Tribute to Jack Johnson) takes apart in a few bars and off we go. Herbie is tinkling a little. The "creative fire" (I think Mr Williams was about 23 at the time) is behind, Ron is cooking. Then Wayne just lays in and floats away and Herbie's with him ... and, hey, where are we now? Simply extraordinary music - individual phrasing within a collective whole you could call it, but you can't really DESCRIBE the level of human expression in this music. To think that some people actually sat in a club and heard this live ... how much is the box set?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploratory jazz from the Miles Davis Quintet at the Plugged Nickel in 1965., 28 April 2015
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Jazzrook - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Highlights from the Plugged Nickel (Audio CD)
The great trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis(1926-91) and his quintet were recorded by COLUMBIA at Chicago's Plugged Nickel Club on December 22/23, 1965 with Wayne Shorter(tenor sax); Herbie Hancock(piano); Ron Carter(bass) & Tony Williams(drums).
They play radical interpretations of 'Milestones'(December 23, Third Set); 'Yesterdays'(December 23, Fourth Set); 'So What'(December 23, Second Set); 'Stella By Starlight'(December 23, First Set); 'Walkin''(December 23, First Set) & ''Round About Midnight'(December 22, Second Set).
Miles and his second classic quintet are at a creative peak on 'Highlights From The Plugged Nickel' and the 73 minutes of exploratory jazz are an excellent alternative to the expensive 8-CD box set.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars live jazz experience defined, 25 Mar. 2001
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GEORGIOS G. (Athens, Attiki Greece) - See all my reviews
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To set the record straight I own the complete live at the plugged nickel and since it is out of stock I really feel I should reccomend this sampler cd to all and any of the jazz fans interested in a taste of maybe the greatest live recorded jazz session ever.
You may think I am exagerrating but I know you will come to agree with me after listening at the music this recording has to offer.
To begin with all of the staff is superb: Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Tony Williams on drums, Wayne Shorter on Saxophone and the man himself Miles Davis on trumpet...
the five of them consist THE most innovative, daring and well tuned quintet to ever play jazz.Maybe it is a hard claim but easy to believe after listening closely to the standards the set on this 1965 gig.
The tracks are all played in sheer perfection and madening improvisation....
So you may ask why the 4 stars... Well let's just say that ...for the complete 8cd two day set is an even better deal if you can afford it... and therefore worth the privilege of perfection (6 stars if I could, but 5 will have to do).
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