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Bootleg is an insult for this set!!,
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This review is from: Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967 - The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
I'm a bit late with this review as V2 is about to be released, however I thought that I would say a few words.
Firstly,a note on the quality of these recordings:
CD 1 was recorded on 28.10.67 for Belgian TV & radio
CD 2 was recorded 2.11.67 (tracks 1-6) for Danish radio with the the rest on 6.11.67 at Paris and broadcast live.
CD 3 was recorded at the same Paris festival
DVD was recorded on 7.11,67 for German TV and 31.10.67 for Swedish TV
All the recordings were professional and therefore are far removed from the quality of '67 "real bootlegs" that I have heard. However they are not up to the quality of authentic studio albums.
The band itself is legendary being the second great MD quintet with Shorter on sax, Hancock piano, Carter bass & Williams drums. Here you will hear the band in top gear firing on all cylinders, unlike the overrated The Complete Live At The Plugged Nickel 1965, which for some reason has almost reached mythical status among some even though Miles was far from top form, unlike Shorter who sparkled like a diamond on those sets. These European recordings have the band often running one number into the next with just the shortest of musical signals from Miles, which makes the sets exciting and perhaps unpredictable.
The DVD is B&W and whilst it is interesting to see how formal the members of the band still appeared in 1967, I prefer to listen rather than watch, but I expect that is a personal preference.
Some might be surprised at the 4 star rating, and my explanation is that whilst excellent music, the recording is not first class with the bass and drums sometimes buried too deep for my liking but the importance of these recordings, and the value to jazz fans cannot be denied. However, for anyone not very familiar with this combo, I would suggest that Miles Davis Quintet 1965-'68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings is the essential 5 star must buy!
The packaging of this set is a fold-out digipak with plastic trays for the discs with a loose 28 page booklet, so a pretty decent package at a bargain price.