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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time., 14 May 2011
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Almost 41 years after I sat in a field at the Isle of Wight, it finally gets a full release! This is a bargain-priced and very good CD of live Miles, at 59min and 46sec not quite the full hour that is claimed. Tsk!

First there are 3 tracks from the Newport 1969 set which is a quartet (no Wayne Shorter) and well worth hearing as they all play a bit more to cover the gap. The titles scarcely matter; Miles 'runs the voodoo down' just enough for the first cut to be called that, but it bears little resemblance to the final studio version, of course. He was playing incredibly well throughout 1969 and 1970 and here is more evidence. Music in and of the moment.

And so to the IOW performance, which has been available in heavily-edited form previously, and was released on DVD a few years back. It's extremely powerful and holds up as well or even better now (no doubt this is due to the very good remastering) than it did at the time, and the presence of Bartz and Jarrett adds a bit of gung-ho to the music; both are on excellent form, while Holland and DeJohnette are cooking on material they by now knew well, and things reach a satisfying peak on a funky, churning 'Spanish Key'. The whole performance sounds much better than the previously released Teo Macero-edited version, and for my money is better than the DVD too. Very good sound indeed.

It was a wonderful if short (compared to some other acts) performance; Davis gave us a mere 35 minute glimpse into his musical world, but it was enough. And here it is, freshly re-minted so to speak, for us to enjoy and examine again and again. At the current low price it is a bargain and well worth it if you don't already own the DVD.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 15:06:25 BDT
Thank you for your review John but can you tell me which previous release(s) features the IOW tracks albeit in shortened form?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011 16:21:36 BDT
J. MILLER says:
Message to Love - the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 I think this is where the edited performance is now; for many yrs I have had it on a 3LP set (CBS) called the '1st great rock festivals of the 70s'. The edit would have been made by Teo Macero (of course!), and ran to about 15 mins.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011 17:29:06 BDT
Thaank you again John! That's really helpful.
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