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Yet another re-issue of this classic, with extras.
on 14 May 2011
The 5 stars are for the original music alone, which is - unbelievably - getting on for 42 years old and still sounds fresh, mysterious, intense and glitters and smokes and boils as much as it ever did. This is a budget version of the recent (2010)big re-issue and very good value for money.
There are 2 questions; why were the 2 previously unissued out-takes not issued on the 'Complete BB Sessions' box set over a decade ago? And, how far are CBS/Sony prepared to go to maximise their profits from the music of Miles Davis? The answer to the first question is that the producers of the box set probably didn't want to have to remix or re-construct the 2 out-takes like they did for most of that issue, and the answer to the 2nd question really depends on the administrators of the Davis estate.
But this is a very good deal, whatever the answers to the above are; the original tracks are what they always have been, and the extras don't detract from that. We get alternates of 'Spanish Key' and 'John McLaughlin', both inferior to the released versions but nonetheless very interesting indeed, and 45-rpm single 'edits' of 4 other tracks. The 2 unreleased tracks shed some more light on the recording process as they show Davis in the process of fine-tuning and focusing his ensemble. Well worth a listen and a 'must-have' for collectors.
Then there is the DVD, of a performance in Copenhagen from the 1969 tour. The sound is good and the camerawork ok too for '69; what is most striking is the way the band goes totally 'out' when Miles isn't playing! There is now quite a lot available from the European tours of 1969 and 1970, and all of it shows how extraordinary and (as it turns out) unique the music of Miles was at this time.
The one thing I really don't like at all about this package is the notes, an essay by one Greg Tate which is nothing more than risible, specious 'hip-dude' tripe which IMHO shouldn't be anywhere in or near this classic reissue. Ugh.