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Bitches Brew (Deluxe Box Set) -3Cd+1Dvd+2Vinyl [VINYL]
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2010
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2011
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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on 20 July 2015
The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions box was an anomaly in the excellent retrospective series, featuring no alternative versions to those released on the groundbreaking album but, as usual, covering more than just the notional period of the title as it included work from Live Evil too. Part of that was due to producer Teo Macero's different to normal working practice - he cut into the master tapes to piece the album together rather than use safety copies on this occasion only. However, here is a new box set especially put together for the 40th anniversary of that masterwork. The two box sets are identical for the first six tracks, taking up a disc and a half, which are that original album. But after that they differ. Here disc two is completed with alternate takes of Spanish Key and John McLaughlin have been found to show earlier works in progress. There are also fascinating single edits of Miles Runs The Voodoo Down and Spanish Key, both reduced to 2:49; and still more a mono single of Great Expectations and Little Blue Frog both recorded just a few months after the Bitches Brew Sessions. Great Expectations didn't appear until 1974 on Big Fun, whilst Little Blue Frog initially appeared on the Complete Bitches Brew in 1998 before being added in 2000 as a bonus track to Big Fun. Both in their full length incarnations. So here you have half a CD of exclusive stuff. There is known to be more in the vaults however, evidenced by the bootlegs "Deep Brew volumes 1 & 2", but not much.

Moving on to disc 3 this is a great, clear concert from Tanglewood on August 18th, 1970. This has previously been available on a very muddy bootleg and again in "On The Crest Of The Airwaves" unofficial box set but is cleaned up beautifully for this official Sony release. Although four Bitches Brew tracks are the centrepiece of this concert it kicks off with Directions, not released in studio form until the eponymous album of 1981 and intriguingly features The Mask, recorded in the Jack Johnson sessions of April 1970 but not seeing the light of day in studio form until "The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions" of September 2003. Here there's a missing link between Parts 1 & 2, which despite being just 3:55 in length put a new piece of the jigsaw in place. It's a great concert, unique to this release officially.

Disc 4 is a DVD, a 70 minute colour concert from Denmark on November 4th, 1969. Again, exclusive to this release its a mix of Miles playing parts of Bitches Brew but still looking back with Agitation from the great ESP album, even further back to "Seven Steps To Heaven" for I Fall In Love Too Easily, as well as It's About That Time from "In A Silent Way". Throughout the only electric instrument is Chick Corea's electric piano. This is a fine concert and worth the purchase at this bargain price alone.

An informative booklet also adds more background to this major album, with photos of private correspondence included. All in all a fine package, worth it even if you own the complete version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2015
Most,if not all,of the reviews posted are for the older release of this...this is re. the 4cd set...excellent,and I have so many versions of BB I think I'm expert enough o be a good judge.Inexpensive,and for now,at least,the ultimate package of this seminal work.Don't miss out on this piece of musical history...Coltrane went avant garde,Miles went jazz rock,both are valid statements,but the wider appeal,of course is with Miles.Apart from myself,who loves both.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2011
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2013
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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on 25 July 2015
Marvellous, marvellous music. so fresh, it could have been recorded yesterday. The package is lovely, lots of photos and narrative. Highly recommended.
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on 30 June 2015
Superb value
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2015
all ok
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10 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2011
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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