Miles Davis: The Columbia Years 1955-1985

Miles Davis: The Columbia Years 1955-1985

by Miles Davis
     
 

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This was the first real attempt by Columbia to make any comprehensive sense of Miles Davis' colossal output for the label. This set, then, was bound to be controversial no matter how it turned out, but even so, Columbia could have done better with a strictly chronological approach. Instead producer/compiler Jeff Rosen had the cockeyedSee more details below

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This was the first real attempt by Columbia to make any comprehensive sense of Miles Davis' colossal output for the label. This set, then, was bound to be controversial no matter how it turned out, but even so, Columbia could have done better with a strictly chronological approach. Instead producer/compiler Jeff Rosen had the cockeyed notion of organizing each of the original five LPs around a single theme. Disc one was called Blues, Disc two was devoted to Standards, Disc three had Miles Davis Originals, Disc four was something vaguely entitled Moods and all of the electric recordings were segregated on Disc five (the CDs naturally screw up the "logic" with overlaps). Thus, the first four sections jam together all kinds of unrelated sessions from different eras and the listener never gets any idea of how Miles' music evolved and changed over the years. There are only four outtakes, three of which are gratuitous alternate takes, and the fourth is a live version of "I Thought About You." However, The Columbia Years stands as a casual collage -- the only way, actually, to acquire a bop-to-rock, fairly representative selection of Miles from those decades in one package. Also one must admit that the electric section, despite the chronological chaos, is put together very cleverly, opening with precisely the hottest stretch of music from Live-Evil (the opening 3-and-a-half-minutes of "Sivad") and closing with the long, swaggering "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" from Bitches Brew. Nat Hentoff's biographical essay makes good reading -- and of course, along the way you'll hear some of the greatest music of the 20th century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998656925
catalogNumber:
86569
Rank:
129434

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Générique
  2. All Blues
  3. Eighty-One
  4. Blue for Pablo
  5. Summertime
  6. Straight, No Chaser
  7. Footprints
  8. Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées
  9. I Thought About You
  10. Someday My Prince Will Come

Disc 2

  1. Bye Bye Blackbird
  2. My Funny Valentine
  3. Love for Sale
  4. Budo
  5. Miles
  6. Filles de Kilimanjaro
  7. Fran-Dance
  8. Seven Steps to Heaven

Disc 3

  1. Flamenco Sketches
  2. So What
  3. Water Babies
  4. Saeta
  5. Masqualero
  6. Pinocchio
  7. Summer Nights
  8. Fall
  9. It's About That Time

Disc 4

  1. Sivad
  2. What It Is
  3. Ms. Morrisine
  4. Shout
  5. Honky Tonk
  6. Star on Cicely
  7. Thinkin' One Thing and Doin' Another
  8. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miles Davis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Electric Trumpet
Cannonball Adderley   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Phil Bodner   Flute
Frank Butler   Drums
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone,Trumpet
George Coleman   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Jack DeJohnette   Guitar,Drums
Bill Evans   Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Piano
Red Garland   Piano
Carlos Garnett   Soprano Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Billy Hart   Drums
Dave Holland   Bass
Robert Irving   Synthesizer
Keith Jarrett   Piano,Keyboards
Elvin Jones   Percussion
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Lee Konitz   Alto Saxophone
Bennie Maupin   Bass Clarinet
John McLaughlin   Guitar
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Hank Mobley   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
John Scofield   Guitar
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Stern   Guitar
Art Taylor   Drums
Collin Walcott   Sitar
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Tony Williams   Drums
Steve Grossman   Soprano Saxophone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trombone,Trumpet
Lenny White   Drums
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Don Alias   Percussion,Drums
Willie Ruff   Horn,French Horn
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Charles Alias   Drums
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Badal Roy   Tabla
Danny Bank   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Billy Barber   Tuba
Tom Barney   Bass
Joseph Bennett   Trombone
Albert Block   Flute
Harvey Brooks   Bass
James Buffington   Horn,French Horn
Eddie Caine   Flute
Johnny Carisi   Trumpet
Paul Chambers   Bass
Mino Cinelu   Percussion
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Billy Cobham   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Cooper   Clarinet,Flute
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano,Electric Piano
Felton Crews   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Gil Evans   Conductor
Harold Feldman   Flute
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Barry Finnerty   Guitar
Foster   Drums
Bernie Glow   Trombone,Trumpet
Randy Hall   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer,Mini Moog
Michael Henderson   Bass
Darryl Jones   Bass
Jack Knitzer   Bassoon
David Liebman   Soprano Saxophone
James Mtume   Percussion
Marcus Miller   Bass
Tony Miranda   Horn,French Horn
Louis Mucci   Trumpet
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Janet Putnam   Harp
Gunther Schuller   French Horn
René Urtreger   Piano
Vince Wilburn   Drums
Harold "Ivory" Williams   Synthesizer,Electric Piano
Dick Hixon   Trombone
Joe Singer   French Horn
Tommy Mitchell   Bass Trombone
John Cole   Trumpet
Steve Thorton   Percussion
Jim Riley   Percussion
David Creamer   Guitar
Michael J. Henderson   Bass,Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer,Producer
Robert Irving   Composer,Producer
John Scofield   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes,Text
Howard Roberts   Producer
Cal Lampley   Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Jeff Rosen   Producer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing,Remastering
Gil Evans Orchestra   Contributor
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Elizabeth VanItallie   Booklet Design
Mark Malabrigo   Cover Photo
Howard Roberts   Producer
Marcel Romano   Producer

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