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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to praise too highly, 21 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Perfect Miles Davis Collection (Audio CD)
As you are reading this, I assume that you are a fan of Miles, or, at least, interested in his music. I am old enough to have been a fan since the release of Bitches Brew, which I still have somewhere on vinyl, although I no longer have a turntable. After BB and subsequent albums, I explored his earler recordings. After Sketches of Spain, I bought more of his collaborations with Gil Evans, which are genuine works of art IMO. It took me a while to investigate Kind of Blue, which is the one that I now play more often than the others. Like Trout Mask Replica, BB gets an occasional outing, but KOB is a more rewarsing listening experience, especially on a half-decent hifi.

This value-for-money collection is a bargain that is impossible to recommend too highly. I am retired and lucky enough to live betweem two homes; one where I was born and one where my wife and our kids were born. I keep my record collection in the UK, but have many in Malaysia; some second copies and some on CD-R. The box set is indeed "perfect", and a no brainer for both the UK and Malaysia. Although I have many Miles's albums in my collection there are still a lot in this set that I didn't have. I look forward to hearing them.

BTW, unlike many "bargain" box sets this set includes bonus tracks on many of the albums. In addition, again unlike many box sets, the documention is exemplary. It contains a CD-size booklet with details of each album containing recording dates and personnel, plus a mini-essay (in both English and French) that places each album in chronological context, with information on personnel changes, the style of the music, plus Miles's personal state. As most of you will probably know Miles had periods of substance abuse problems, including heroin addition. This, although it did not appear to impact his creativity, ot must have affected his playing, so this information is important.
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