- Audio CD (12 July 1999)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Music Jazz
- ASIN: B00000J7SS
- Other Editions: Paperback | Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bitches Brew Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Top Customer Reviews
This really is a great box set to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Miles first `Gold Album', and probably its the closest that Jazz/fusion ever came to rock music.
Whilst, if you have the original album and/or the Complete Bitches Brew sessions, you would have the majority of the audio content, this is still a very worthwhile purchase if you appreciate this era of Miles music, where he came close to being the Jimi Hendrix of his genre. 'Bitches Brew' still features in the Rolling Stone Greatest 100 albums of all time and I highly recommend this edition of what I consider to one of the best albums from 1970s, as the additional audio material and previously unreleased DVD concert from Copenhagen make this essential for people who enjoy Miles late 60's/early 70's music.
The best track on the album for a newcomer to jazz or improvised music is 'Miles Runs the Voodoo Down' which has a compelling vamp kind of rhythmic movement that pulls you into the music. The must hear track however, once you have got to grips with the actual sound, which is quite 'other-wordly', is the title track where Miles plays to himself through the echoplex - quite haunting.Read more ›
Bitches Brew is not an easy listen.You,like me,might start by hating it but with repeated listening you will hopefully, like myself ,grow to love it.Someone once spoke of the 'shock of the new' Even after 40 years and much imitative music since this still has the power to shock. It is an essential purchase,but please don't throw it in the bin after the first listening
Miles had already taken steps down the path of fusion, the use of electric instruments and rock sounds in jazz, with Filles do Kilamanjaro and especially In A Silent Way. However this was a much louder, bolder, brasher statement. This was the point of no return.
This controversial classic was both a logical continuation of where Miles' music was going, and a groundbreaking, unique album, which still sounds fresh exciting and compelling today. It incorporates a range of influences Miles was bringing to his music: jazz improvisation, blues, Jimi Hendrix inspired rock, African grooves and rhythms, Sly Stone and James Brown inspired funk.
The same principles of a deep groove laid down by layers of rhythm, electric keyboards and guitar, and of post performance studio editing and reconstruction, follow on directly from In A Silent Way. The sound though, is much denser and heavier, with bass clarinet, thudding electric bass and powerful rock backbeats and African rhythm adding to the 'brew' to create a swampy, menacing and bottom heavy texture.
Over the top, Miles is the main solo voice, his trumpet deliberately louder in the mix than the solos of guitarist John McLaughlin and Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, both of whom emerge more subtly through the dense backdrop.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had been almost frightened to listen to this by someone who let me borrow my first Miles albums.
I needn't have been as it is just a natural progression form In a Silent Way... Read more
Hard to listen to... and let me tell you that I am used to some pretty wild and wacky stuff both in rock, jazz and the fusion of both.. I tried so hard to like this.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SeaWasp
I love this album,but unfortunately I bought a pre owned copy and disc two is unplayable. That'll teach me.I' m now going to order a new copy.Published 3 months ago by Renton Plywood.
During a recent visit to a local charity shop, I found a copy of this iconic album for £0.99. As I had never listened to it, I decided to push the boat out and buy it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by V. W. Arnold
I am obviously missing something with this album. Over the years, I must have heard it ten, twenty, maybe more times than that. "It's Miles Davis' best album!" people tell me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Princess Tina
love miles and have many of his albums but really struggled with this one.not an easy listen.Published 8 months ago by Mr Michael Tolley