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5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous Boxed Set With Style and Substance
Well, it took a while to make it to these shores, but turns out to be well worth the wait. This is a sumptuous package, high quality, and with a host of wonderful artefacts alongside 4 discs of great material, including a host of previously unreleased music, and a high quality vinyl pressing of the original double LP.

The first two CD's consist of the original...
Published on 29 Oct. 2010 by S. Dinsdale

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8 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LPs scuffed and scratched
I'm not the only one to experience poor LP packing with these EU-packed sets.. I'm going to sell my box set and buy one from Amazon US. I'll also be writing to the record company. Very poor indeed.
Published on 15 Feb. 2011 by James E. Anderson


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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous Boxed Set With Style and Substance, 29 Oct. 2010
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S. Dinsdale (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bitches Brew (Deluxe Box Set) -3Cd+1Dvd+2Vinyl [VINYL] (Audio CD)
Well, it took a while to make it to these shores, but turns out to be well worth the wait. This is a sumptuous package, high quality, and with a host of wonderful artefacts alongside 4 discs of great material, including a host of previously unreleased music, and a high quality vinyl pressing of the original double LP.

The first two CD's consist of the original album plus two unissued takes from the sessions which were not even heard on the `Complete Bitches Brew' set of 1998. There are also four slightly less essential single edits which nevertheless round out the first two discs nicely.

It is perhaps a shame that the compilers reneged on their original plan to issue the original mix on CD rather than the 1998 remix, given that the original LP mix did appear on the `Complete Columbia Albums' box of last year, but the good news is that this mix does appear on the vinyl set included here.

There is a 3rd CD of an unissued set from Tanglewood Festival in August 1970, a 45-minute blast which really demonstrates the deep groove and overwhelming power which had developed in Miles' music over the year since `Bitches Brew' was recorded. There are enough differences here even between this set and the Isle Of Wight concert from the same month already heard and seen on the `A Different Kind Of Blue' DVD. The Tanglewood show is exclusive to this edition, and is very much worth having. It seemed like the musicians would change the music in some way almost on a weekly basis, and the recording quality is out of this world, presumably mixed from multitracks in the Bill Graham archive. It easily takes it's place alongside the sevral classic 1970 sets already issued. (It is of course possible Columbia will release this separately at a later date, but you pays your money and takes your chances, this is unreservedly a superb performance).

Add to this a fourth disc of a complete set on DVD from a year earlier on Danish TV and you have an excellently compiled collection with much to recommend it. The music on the DVD is more searching, more avant-garde than the monstrous funk of a year later, features Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea, and is a great quality colour transfer from the original TV tape with fully restored sound.

So...worthwhile buying for the audio visual content alone, where this set really kicks it in the clutch is the amazing packaging. As you unwrap the treasures within you really will gasp at the effort which has gone into this deluxe edition.

There is a stunning 12" x 12" 50 page fully illustrated book the cover of which is further unseen artwork by the original cover artist, the full size LP replica itself and another LP jacket featuring another stunning cover which houses the three compact discs/DVD. As if that wasn't enough, there is also a large square envelope containing a huge poster, contact sheet and print, tickets, a Rolling Stone article and even a copy of the memo sent by producer Teo Macero to the company asking if they're OK with Miles wanting to call the album `Bitches Brew` !

This is truly a treasure trove for the Miles fan, and genuinely does represent value for money even at £50. I couldn't wait until Christmas, but I'm sure there will be many who will be unwrapping this amazing set on the day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best album of all time!, 22 Sept. 2011
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Ok thats my own personal opinion but that said a superb package of a great album.
Bitches Brew is the kind of album you can listen to time & time again & always find something new that you've not heard on previous listens. the packaging is fantastic. Bitches brew was recorded in 3 days then edited into the album we know and love.simply some of the best group playing you'll ever hear critics at the time said it was not jazz. it is greatly influenced by Jimi Hendrix & contains some of John Mclaughlin's finest playing. it's available in many formats(all good!) no collection is complete without this amazing album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my first miles, 26 April 2011
This review is from: Bitches Brew (Deluxe Box Set) -3Cd+1Dvd+2Vinyl [VINYL] (Audio CD)
i took a chance after reading both previous reviews and i'm more than stoked at the quality of every little detail in the box- have to say the vinyl pressing is superb and not a blemish or even faintest crackle all the way through - and i can't stop playing it - it truly is an fantastic recording. And after all as it is a box set - the box gets full marks too - it fits all together perfectly and looks great.
Although this is my first miles album i can see myself staying with it for more than a while yet till i feel i need another one!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extaordinary records, 20 May 2013
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I realy liked the box. Especially the Vinylrecords which I always prefer.The box is realy stylish and it is adorning its place on the bookshelf. The sound is great.
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8 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LPs scuffed and scratched, 15 Feb. 2011
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James E. Anderson (Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bitches Brew (Deluxe Box Set) -3Cd+1Dvd+2Vinyl [VINYL] (Audio CD)
I'm not the only one to experience poor LP packing with these EU-packed sets.. I'm going to sell my box set and buy one from Amazon US. I'll also be writing to the record company. Very poor indeed.
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