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The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
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on 4 April 2013
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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on 11 May 2013
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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on 13 April 2015
Subtle, complex but more importantly uplifting and emotional music from a true great across any genre
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
This is a superb collection at a rediculously low price. My only reservation is that surely even a completist will find all the alternative versions of tracks rather wearing. Even so there is some of the loveliest jazz ever recorded in this collection. So buy it (and then consider buying "Together" by Paul Desmond and Chet Baker as well - a sublime combination).

Oh, and the book's fairly impressive too. Buy with confidence and enjoy for a lifetime!
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on 21 July 2014
Excellent. Beautiful music, beautifully packaged.
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on 23 March 2014
Miles Davis & Gil Evans' collaborations are among the most highly-regarded Big-Band Jazz albums of their era - well, three of them are at least; Quiet Nights is widely regarded to be a rubbish and Miles didn't want it released - and they should be in any Jazz collection (although, personally, I think Sketches of Spain is over-rated).

Why then the relatively low rating? Well, two main reasons. Firstly, the shoddy packaging that has been noted by many other reviewers. Earlier editions of this set (and all the other Miles "Complete" boxed sets) came in CD-sized boxes with robust sleeves that were easy to get the CDs out of without damaging them, but later editions in the DVD-sized box that resembles a book - while rather smart and good-looking on one's shelf - are very tricky to use without damaging the discs.

The other reason is simply that the three albums that make up this set (four, if you really want Quiet Nights) are very easily available on their own for rather less than the cost of this box (and without the packaging issues). More than 50% of this set consists of alternate takes. Nothing inherently wrong with that - it does say "complete" after all - and while a large number of those alternates are also on single-disc reissues of the albums lots of them are only available here. It's just that casual listeners will probably not be interested in, for example, the *12* (Yes, TWELVE) different takes, rehearsal versions, false starts and fragments of "I don't want to be kissed by anyone other than you". Not since Charlie Parker has music been issued in such detail. I couldn't disagree more with the reviewer who suggests this set as a "good place to start" with Miles' music! The collaborations with Gil, while an essential part of the Miles canon, aren't particularly representative of his music as a whole, and people "starting out" with Miles or Jazz in general are almost certainly going to be put off by all those alternates.

The huge quantity of unreleased material is great if you're a collector, or you want to get an idea of how this music was made (there was some overdubbing involved, particularly with Miles Ahead, and this set features the original tracks and the solos on their own), or are a student who wants to analyse this music in detail. But I think most casual listeners will want to just listen to the albums as they were originally issued - which you can do with this set, as the original masters are all programmed first; but if this is all you want to do, why spend the extra money on all these extra bonus tracks? I'm a rather obsessive collector of Miles' music but I can't honestly say I'm likely to listen to all of these bonus tracks a great many times.

Alternate takes aside, there are a couple of things here which, as far as I know, are not available on CD anywhere else, such as the track "Blue Xmas" (as bad as it sounds to be honest) and the unissued 1968 suite "Falling Water". But these alone will not be enough reason for most people to want to splash out for this (generally, I find, with Miles, if something was unissued, then there was a good reason) - unless you're a completist, collector, or student, stick to the original albums instead.
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on 4 December 2014
excellent cd love his music
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT MUSIC,THE WONDERFUL PRODUCT OF THE MEETING OF TWO EXCELLENT MUSICIANS

AS FAR AS THE PACKAGE,GOD HELP US!!!!
RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON HAD LESS WORK TO DO IN MACGYVER SERIES

ANYWAY AN IMPORTANT PURCHASE IN AN UNBEATABLE PRICE.
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on 3 December 2010
I envy anybody buying this at the price. I splashed out first time around, but cannot regret that as it provides so much: not only the original recordings but alternate takes, and one great unissued piece. Essential stuff.
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on 20 July 2014
Hubby loves it!
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