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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B003OWVI0W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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If you liked Bitches Brew, you'll love this too. I'd also recommend a great book by Paul Tingen, 'Miles Beyond - the electric explorations of Miles Davis 1967-72' which goes into great detail on the history and music. A real gem, 2nd hand copies only I fear, i got a good ex library one from Nevada, unread, but this will increase your appreciation for this whole period and make you want to hear all the other albums, if you like the style. If you haven't heard 'Bitches brew' you could start with this one. Different but great. Listen 'in the moment', then you'll get it.
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I wouldn't know where to begin when it comes to trying to categorise any of Miles' endeavours from 1969 to 1975, but pretty much all of the Macero-produced output from that period is stellar.

This would be a tough starting point if you're not into electric Miles - perhaps start off with 'In A Silent Way' (1969) or 'A Tribute to Jack Johnson' (1971), or even the second disc of 'Bitches Brew' (1970). Still, 'Live-Evil' is, on the whole, less dense and challenging than 'On the Corner' (1972) or 'Agharta' (1975).

'What I Say', a 20-minute maelstrom of percussion and keyboards and continual blasts of energy, will knock you off your feet; you'll have serious trouble finding harder rock than this. 'Sivad' is dirty funk, 'Funky Tonk' is kinda what it sounds like, and 'Inamorata' is interesting enough. Together, these 4 live tracks would pretty much fill up an 80-minute disc, and they're the main reason to buy this disc.

There are also some studio tracks, which function as calming but altogether less impressive [this isn't a bad thing - they're inherently more modest] oases.

If you like the insanity that was early '70s Miles, you'll love this. If you're unsure, start with 'Jack Johnson', or even the heady, dense 'On the Corner'.

Spoilers: "Selim" and "Sivad" are "Miles" and "Davis" backwards ;)
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For the longest time the only Miles Davis album I'd heard was the cool jazz classic "Kind Of Blue". Then, on a whim, I bought "Bitches Brew" and I fell in love with Miles' experimental fusion period of the late 60s and early 70s, from the pensive, agitated "In A Silent Way" (1969) through to the funky jazz-rock of "A Tribute To Jack Johnson" (1971) and "Live Evil" (1972), a wonderful collection of studio out takes and live recordings, painstakingly cut and crafted by Miles' genius producer Teo Macero.

Here Miles surrounds himself with astonishing musicians, each one incredibly talented improvisers: guitar virtuoso John McLaughlin (whose band The Mahavishnu Orchestra were famous for being the loudest jazz fusion band around); legendary pianists Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett (all of whom have produced incredible solo works, in particular I'm a big fan of Herbie's jazz-funk classic "Head Hunters" and Keith Jarrett's wonderful "Koln Concert" live album); and the astounding drumming prowess of Jack DeJohnette, amongst others.

"Live Evil" contains some of the weirdest, most experimental tunes (my wife won't let me play this in the car on long journeys, thankfully "...Jack Johnson" is fine though), each one a fusion of jazz styles, funk and psychedelic rock. In particular, rock fans who may have always avoided jazz may find a lot to enjoy; the groove to the opening track on Disc 1 - "Sivad" - could be the grandfather to every Tom Morello riff. Fans of Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix - especially his Band of Gypsies album - as well as anyone who likes eclectic, experimental music (with a GROOVE!) should definitely check this out.
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Before starting this review I have to say that I know that what I write will offend many of Davis' fans, but I feel it has to be said.

I have listened to jazz for over forty years, starting with Charlie Parker and Django Renhardt but as the world of fusion burgeoned, I embraced it. I can still hear myself saying that fusion was the future of music, but as I grow older I see that it was merely a cul de sac.

Even back then I avoided this album. I seem to remember hearing it at a friend's and dismissing it as chaotic. I already had In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew and over the years added much of Davis' work to my collection. His work with Parker, the Birth of Cool sessions, his several classic lineups of the fifties and sixties- even several from the era of this record. I still like many of them since many of those bands are wonderful, but gradually I came to an awareness of something rather unpleasant about Davis himself that fed into my appreciation of much of his music and this album in particular. I was 23 when I first noticed it in Bitches Brew but it is there in earlier work too. There is a rage and a cynicism that to me is most unappealing.

I know that the many changes in Davis' style throughout his life are seen as evidence of a restlessly creative individual. Sadly, I think Davis was a sick man many years before his death in 1991 at the relatively young age of 65 and I believe that those changes mirror the breakdown that was occuring in his life. Many have pointed to Davis' experiences as an artist in a racially prejudiced world and his being beaten by police outside a club in New York while at the peak of his recognition amongst jazz fans.
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