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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind Of Wonderful
This is a magnificent box set. The production values in the booklet, the cover reproductions and the box are superb. The music is without exception wonderful. Davis with Evans were at an absolute peak on most of this music, even the much maligned Quiet Nights is more than listenable.
The only problem is one common to all box sets of this type, successive takes of...
Published on 13 Jan 2004 by B. W. Thew

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony packaging problems, again!!
The content of the music and the booklet are excellent. The 3 stars reflect the poor packaging. The cd'd are forced into a plastic case on top of eachother. There are 3 cd's each side, which mean to play the lower cd you must remove the others. Is it too much to ask for individual sleeves? My cd's were warped by forcing them in a packaging which is clearly unsuitable...
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by A. S. Noble


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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kind Of Wonderful, 13 Jan 2004
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B. W. Thew (Australia) - See all my reviews
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This is a magnificent box set. The production values in the booklet, the cover reproductions and the box are superb. The music is without exception wonderful. Davis with Evans were at an absolute peak on most of this music, even the much maligned Quiet Nights is more than listenable.
The only problem is one common to all box sets of this type, successive takes of the same piece of music can make for a less than terrific listening experience. This has been dealt with in large part by having the original disc followed by the outtakes and with programmable CD players you can avoid this if you wish.
The only way it could be improved, supply jewel cases with cover art for the 6 discs, this way you avoid possible problems removing discs from the LP reproduction covers. I keep my discs in jewel cases separate from the box and use the box and booklet for reference.
Despite these minor reservations this is a magnificent record of magnificent music and reasonably priced. Buy It!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a no brainer., 11 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Audio CD)
Come off it, whatever you say, six discs of Miles and Gil at the top of their game? For the price of a half decent coffee and 20 cigarettes? It's almost insulting. You'd have to be mad not to realise that this is an exquisite steal. 20th Century music never got any better than this, and it's unlikely that anyone will get even close to this in the 21st. On your way to that desert island, pack this baby, and you'll only need to agonise over 4 others; you won't listen to them anyway, as all you need is here. There's a complete universe in these sounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music. Great price. Awful Packaging., 9 May 2013
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L.S. Prenton (Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Without wanting to repeat what so many have said, I just want to quickly add to the other reviews that the packaging for this item is terrible. Very tasteful, very solid on the outside, but the disc trays are shocking. Many people familiar with DVD box sets will have seen great systems in use to overlap discs or otherwise make use of little space. This is NOT like any of them. Difficult to get discs in and out, potentially leading to scratches, bending of discs or even breaking discs if you're not the patient, careful type.

The music is amazing (I have 90% of it elsewhere, and the sound quality of this is just as good as single discs). The book is pretty good, obviously don't expect anything too detailed.

In short - Great value for money, ideal starting point for a newcomer to Miles (or a collector looking to get all the last bits and pieces), awful packaging.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but seminal, and yet everything, 24 Nov 2010
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N. Jones "Nic The Pen" (Oxford, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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Anyone wanting to assert that jazz in the 21st century is little more than a beautiful corpse would do well to cite this set as an example of how colourful and vibrantly alive the form once was. They'd then be quite justified in putting a question as to what in the present day might compare with it, because there isn't much. Just why this is of course lies outside the scope of this review. Besides which such exercises in straightforward comparison are pretty pointless anyway, especially when this body of music speaks so eloquently for itself that it's essentially timeless.

For this reviewer, of the four albums plus every extra still available to us collected here 'Miles Ahead' is the cream of the cream. The master take of Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill's "My Ship" is jazz as fashioned by Claude Debussy, at least it would be if Gil Evans didn't have such a personal touch. But even that's only part of the story because the very selection of instruments -all those high reeds and woodwinds for example- makes for something else again. With Davis out front it's still not too much, but in the hands of more or less every well-known jazz trumpeter of the time it could have been, so great and deft was his handling of pathos.

'Porgy And Bess' is chronologically the second album of this collaboration. It's more of the same and more besides. Given Evans's extraordinary abilities to handle material it's not surprising to hear what he makes of this music. Even so "Bess You Is My Woman Now" is transformed from something ambivalent to something so alive with pastel shades that it almost takes on a visual dimension, especially as Davis, with that singular knack for choosing the right notes, falls right in with it.

'Sketches Of Spain' is the third, and it's pretty obvious that by the time the listener reaches it that a review of 1500 words could be written about this set and still there'd be plenty to say. So for brevity's sake let's just say "Saeta", replete with Don Quixote's martial spirit and Davis bordering on abstraction is music flirting with forms at the time unrealised. Maybe it goes without saying that the result is extraordinary, especially as this is one of those sets where -to coin a glib phrase in face of all this astonishing music- the extraordinary comes as standard.

'Quiet Nights' is the album this reviewer isn't as familiar with as he should be, but that's something that'll be put right. One of the abiding joys of jazz is that of discovery or rediscovery, so despite the fact that the first three discs of this set are replete with some of the last century's greatest music -regardless of both the bag it's put into and the hype- there's still more to hear. This set is thus essential for everyone who cares, and that's no exaggeration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value set, 21 Mar 2013
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This is a great value set - six excellent CDs and an excellent booklet. The only drawback is that it is very hard to get the CDs out of the packaging - I worry that they will break when I try to get them out. Edited addition to review: However, after about four days of experimentation I've finally found how out how the cd packaging works. You have to push down at the top edge of the disc in a direction parallel to the disc. This pushes it against the plastic springs at the bottom edge of the disc and releases the disc from the clips that hold it. Obviously I feel pretty stupid for not spotting this earlier, but just in case anyone else is struggling with the packaging...
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony packaging problems, again!!, 13 Nov 2010
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A. S. Noble "asnoble" (UK) - See all my reviews
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The content of the music and the booklet are excellent. The 3 stars reflect the poor packaging. The cd'd are forced into a plastic case on top of eachother. There are 3 cd's each side, which mean to play the lower cd you must remove the others. Is it too much to ask for individual sleeves? My cd's were warped by forcing them in a packaging which is clearly unsuitable. Come on Sony, after the clue fiasco on the 'complete' release, please give us something practical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis & Gil Evans, 23 Jan 2013
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I've been in love with this music since I first heard it some 40 years ago. Of all the collaborations between Miles & Gil the 'Miles Ahead' album has always been my favourite. Whilst I am a big jazz fan, there are many instruments that I prefer to the trumpet, but Miles is an exception. His playing is so often truly sublime, and his tone on the flugelhorn and trumpet is beautiful. I love his spare phrasing and virtually vibrato-less intonation, and it rarely sounded better than when placed in the context of Gil's arrangements. These recordings are crystal sharp and beautifully transferred from master tape to pristine digital reproductions. The additional rehearsal recordings, whilst not being essential, are really fascinating. Whilst the illustrations and texts in the booklet are excellent, the packaging of the CDs is clumsy and, as others have stated, they are difficult to prize free from their overlaid settings (hence the loss of one star). Nevertheless, this quibble aside, this is a superb addition to any Miles Davis collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa Miles, 11 May 2013
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Miles & Gil cook up some beautiful tectures and tone sin this collection from the 1950's - I'd recomend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For real jazz lovers, 4 April 2013
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A fascinating piece of high class jazz history. Worth every penny! If you like the Gil Evans / Miles Davis combination: GET IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great price, 15 Mar 2012
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Peter Milham (UK) - See all my reviews
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Not much to add to the other reviews regarding the excellence of the music and the price.
Its the first set of CDs I have bought in this storage format; my copy did not have reproduction LP covers suggested by one of the other reviews, rather its a compact and secure plastic frame inside front and rear that take three CDs each.
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