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4.5 out of 5 stars
Tokyo 1973 (Live)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 April 2016
A superbly clear FM radio concert recorded on 19th June, 1973 at Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo adds another piece to the Miles Davis jigsaw. First a word about the disc - somehow 83:02 has been crammed onto a single CD. This is a great concert, starting off frenetically with 'Turnaroundphrase'. However there's real light and shade with the centrepiece of the album, 'Right Off' in particular showcasing a slower side, with Mtume's percussive skills forming almost an interlude. That track is developed in many different directions in its 20:25 running time and is worth the purchase price on its own. It includes themes from 'Funk' (a.k.a. Agharta Prelude part 1) which was in an early stage of development here. It's fascinating to hear that evolution, and in particular to contrast it with the fully formed version on Miles' 1975 return to Japan. Reggie Lucas and Pete Cosey are on fine form throughout, showing what valuable assets they were to this septet - they don't put a foot wrong.

If the first set's treat is 'Right Off' then the second set's is 'Ife'. It's fabulous hearing this 'On The Corner' track work so well in a live setting as it builds slowly and deliberately, with Dave Liebman developing things in the early stages. Miles then chimes in after letting Liebman's sax solo run its course to the appreciation of a receptive audience.

This is an excellent release, well worth it for fans of Davis' electric period. A Japanese audience always seemed to bring out the best in Miles, and here is no exception.

Track listing (per CD)

1st set

1. Turnaroundphrase (12:34)
2. Tune In 5 (9:28)
3. Right Off (20:25)

2nd set

4. Ife (19:16)
5. Aghartha (sic) Prelude (9:31)
6. Zimbabwe (11:44)


Miles Davis (trumpet, organ)
Dave Liebman (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)
Pete Cosey (guitar, percussion)
Reggie Lucas (guitar)
Michael Henderson (electric bass)
Al Foster (drums)
Mtume (percussion)

Full concert details (correct indexing):

First set

1 Introduction (0:33)
2 Turnaroundphrase (12:30)
3 Tune in 5 (9:25)
4 Right Off (3:33)
5 Funk [aka Agharta Prelude, part 1] (8:35)
6 Tune in 5 (with applause, announcement) (10:39)

Second set

7 Introduction (1:11)
8 Ife (21:48)
9 Agharta Prelude (9:52)
10 Zimbabwe (10:59)
11 Tune in 5 (with applause) (2:30)
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on 10 May 2016
As someone who proudly owns over 200 Miles Davis CD's, bootlegs, "official" bootlegs, and CD-R's of various concerts (I've enjoyed Miles's music--in all its phases--for over 20 years) I can assure anyone who's on the fence about purchasing this that it's one of the nicest sounding, absolutely excellent performances of this particular band that I (now) own. Anyone who has the Zipperdeke double CD entitled "More Live Evil" will recognize here a fuller version of the concert represented in edited sections on that much inferior incarnation. This is a superb concert; the band sounds like they're having a great time, and Miles's playing is strong. If you like Miles circa '73-75, you will not be disappointed.
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on 19 March 2018
excellent long CD in super clean quality , if you want to hear what Reggie Lucas is playing this is the cd for you (he's buried on the cd versions of Agharta & Pangea) he's mixed way upfront and you can hear what Miles meant when he described "exploring one chord with different time signatures"

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because i felt that overall it didn't "burn" as much as the shows a few months later when this band had bedded in.
my personal highlights of this disc were tracks 2 &5 respectively "Right off" and "Agharta prelude" which were superlatively performed
This version of Right Off includes a 3 note bassline somewhat like Black Satin
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on 25 March 2017
superb album.well worth the money.
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on 25 December 2016
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This CD contains material from two separate sets recorded on 19th June 1973 at Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Kaikan in Tokyo by local FM radio and circulated as bootleg material until long after Miles’ demise in 1991. These concerts mark the debut of this brief 4-date tour of Japan and dovetail very well with those of the band’s tour just 24 months later when the landmark ‘Aghartha’ and ‘Pangea’ albums were performed and recorded, just prior to Miles’ hiatus from performing for several years.

The band here is essentially the same as the Aghartha/Pangea line-up, with Dave Liebman as sideman instead of Sonny Fortune:

• Miles on trumpet

• Dave Liebman on sax & flute

• Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas on electric guitars

• Michael Henderson on bass

• Al Foster on drums

• James Mtume Forman on percussion

In this band, Miles had no keyboard player.

The sound quality of this remastered material from the pre-digital age is very, very good. The band is on top form and appear to enjoy the occasion immensely as they deliver a storming performance from their electric funk era, including maybe the best-ever rendition of ‘Right Off’ plus early experimental jam-versions of ‘Aghartha Prelude’ and ‘Zimbabwe’.

Verdict: definitely recommended for any fan of Miles’ late-fusion/psychedelic funk era (‘Jack Johnson’, ‘Dark Magus’, ‘Aghartha/Pangea’ and maybe ‘On the Corner’), and a valuable insight into Miles’ most creative and iconoclastic period.

If you don’t know or connect with this era of Miles’ creative output, try listening to ‘A Tribute to Jack Johnson’ as an accessible gateway and ease your way into this music; soon it’ll all start to make sense.
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on 19 April 2016
A superb recording fro Japan 1973 - and to answer a query from another 'reviewer' ( albeit one who admits he has neither purchased or heard this CD ) NO it does not run at the wrong speed - something that can easily be established by listening to the MP3 links before buying
As others here have stated, this is a remarkable show and introduces the band who would appear with Miles across the world tour that followed,
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 April 2016
The postie delivers the package whilst La Rubia, my long suffering significant other, is out, but I come clean anyway. She’s accustomed to the deliveries of Miles recordings and appears to have abandoned any hope of rescuing me from blowing my life savings on them.

This one is interesting in following quite close on the release of a recording from a Miles concert two years later, also in Tokyo, which itself complemented two other live releases from the same 1975 tour on Columbia, Agharta and Pangaea.

The recording commences with the ever-urgent Turnaroundphrase, the wah-wah pedals on the guitars working overtime. This melds into Tune In 5, which comes to an abrupt end after about nine minutes, colliding with applause: it appears, at least, that the end of the piece was not recorded and that what was is spliced into applause preceding Right Off, another tune played full tilt.

The applause at the end of Right Off seems to be in a more natural place, and possibly marks the end of the first set. Ife follows, its signature bass line overlaid by the percussion and Miles’s horn. There’s some excellent guitar on Agharta Prelude (although the title is misspelled), a piece which moved on quite a bit over the two years to its appearance on the album Agharta. Similarly Zimbabwe is hardly recognisable in comparison with the version on Pangaea, although on that album the track actually began with Turnaroundphrase at a time when the individual components of the longer tracks weren’t being identified on record covers.

As ever with Miles, and the reason why La Rubia is so indulgent with my purchases, the titles are only a rough guide to the content. You’ll recognise a riff here, a phrase there, even some of the banging and clattering that’s going on, but this recording is different enough from the recordings from later in the year, for example Live In Vienna (on Gambit, from which the cover photo, which has been reproduced in reverse, appears to have been taken), to justify owning both, and it’s intriguing for an aficionado like me to note the way the music developed over the years, months, and even days.
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on 12 March 2017
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on 6 June 2017
Not bad,but the sound is less than ideal,a compromise must be made for the original source,,a radio broadcast.I think a little overpriced for the actual quality we have here.But having said that,it's quite a lengthy performance,hardly a match for the Columbia Live Bitches Brew set,though,which is undeniably great.Worth having? Yes,but would it be the fist thing I grabbed if my house were on fire? No,hardly.
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