Miles Davis: The Columbia Years 1955-1985

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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: 8/6/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998656925
  • Catalog Number: 86569
  • Sales rank: 323,729

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Générique (2:49)
  2. 2 All Blues (11:35)
  3. 3 Eighty-One (6:16)
  4. 4 Blue for Pablo (5:20)
  5. 5 Summertime (3:20)
  6. 6 Straight, No Chaser (8:58)
  7. 7 Footprints (9:48)
  8. 8 Florence Sur Les Champs-Élysées (2:52)
  9. 9 I Thought About You (11:51)
  10. 10 Someday My Prince Will Come (5:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bye Bye Blackbird (7:57)
  2. 2 My Funny Valentine (14:55)
  3. 3 Love for Sale (11:51)
  4. 4 Budo (5:03)
  5. 5 Miles (5:45)
  6. 6 Filles de Kilimanjaro (12:03)
  7. 7 Fran-Dance (5:50)
  8. 8 Seven Steps to Heaven (6:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Flamenco Sketches (9:34)
  2. 2 So What (12:02)
  3. 3 Water Babies (5:08)
  4. 4 Saeta (5:08)
  5. 5 Masqualero (8:53)
  6. 6 Pinocchio (5:10)
  7. 7 Summer Nights (6:04)
  8. 8 Fall (6:38)
  9. 9 It's About That Time (11:28)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sivad (3:33)
  2. 2 What It Is (4:34)
  3. 3 Ms. Morrisine (4:52)
  4. 4 Shout (5:51)
  5. 5 Honky Tonk (5:56)
  6. 6 Star on Cicely (4:28)
  7. 7 Thinkin' One Thing and Doin' Another (6:48)
  8. 8 Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (14:02)
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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 III 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
Chick Corea Piano, Electric Piano
Felton Crews Bass, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Gil Evans Conductor
Harold Feldman Flute
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Barry Finnerty Guitar
Al 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 Jr. 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 III 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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