10 Greatest Hits
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10 Greatest Hits

September 1, 2009

Song Title
Bye Bye Blackbird - Part 1
Scrapple From the Apple
It Never Entered My Mind
Embraceable You
Little Willie Leaps
The Way You Look Tonight
A Night in Tunisia
How Deep Is the Ocean

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Label: X5 Music Group
  • Copyright: 2009 X5 Music Group
  • Total Length: 36:49
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  • ASIN: B002N8RYXI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,513 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his 10 greatest hits... May 24, 2010
By 18in32
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Anyone looking for Miles Davis' best or most famous or most important individual recordings should not buy this album. On the other hand, if you're just looking for some good bebop, this is a fine set. If they'd just titled it: "Miles Davis: 10 Decent Tunes" there'd be no confusion at all.

It contains some prominent tracks from his days with Charlie Parker, with the mediocre sound quality typical of the available technology at that time. (No doubt we'll be saying the same thing about our current technology in 50 yrs.) But these are by no means the best or most famous or most important tracks of Miles' career; there are many better compilations for someone looking for a compilation.

Of course, Miles' musical style evolved significantly over the course of his career, so a compilation will end up sounding very uneven if it really spans the breadth of his career. (It would be like putting "Love Me Do" and "A Day in the Life" on the same Beatles compilation.) So, IMHO, a first-time buyer would be better off getting one of his classic albums instead of a compilation.

Also, this release doesn't contain any information regarding when these sessions were recorded, and they don't seem to line up with Peter Losin's sessions database. Anyone know which sessions these are? That info would be greatly appreciated...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star for the producer; 5 stars for Bird April 2, 2011
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By all appearances, this collection of mostly superb Charlie Parker 1940s recordings, which incidentally include a young, reserved and occasionally tentative Miles Davis as sideman, was assembled by a blatant opportunist. Not a single one of the tracks comes close to qualifying as a a "Miles Davis hit," and, moreover, as if it's not bad enough that the listener has no information with which to identify these classic performances by Bird, some of the tracks are mislabeled!

For example, the first track, designated as "Bye Bye Blackbird" is the jazz standard "Four" (which actually might qualify as a Miles hit). The Rodgers and Hart ballad "It Never Entered my Mind" (later recorded by Miles for Prestige in the '50s) is something else entirely--an up-tempo bebop number. "Milestones" is the title of a Davis composition and Columbia recording of the same title, but the version on this collection certainly isn't it.

All the same, the music itself would be 500 stars if the title weren't so offensively misleading (not to mention presumptuous if not downright ignorant) and if the track listings were accurate and included the essential information about the originals (personnel, dates, label). In fact, to the attentive, serious listener, there's sufficient evidence from Bird's necessarily brief solos (though Bird was not a fan of extended solos even when LP's replaced 78's) to support the longstanding claim that he was the best jazz improvisor of all time (though Coltrane appears to have replaced him in the minds of later-generation listeners--and, of course, there have always been those who would insist that if Bird was #1, it had to be an honor he shared with Miles' predecessor, Dizzy Gillespie).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok (not greatest!) songs in bad quality July 30, 2010
By Edewal
Format:MP3 Music
I fully agree with the reviewer who said that these are by no means his "greatest hits" but should be called "10 decent tunes". I disagree that the bad quality is a reflection of the recording equipment at the time - the quality of these tracks is significantly worse than other recordings of the same songs. Stay away!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for value despite misrepresentation April 28, 2012
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I read the reviews, nearly all of which warned off prospective buyers because this album contains neither Miles' greatest hits, nor is Miles even the leader. However, I was familiar with the music, most of which - as has been correctly pointed out by others - is Bird.

Next I listened to the samples, looked at the price and ... purchased it. What a bargain. The anal retentive part of me nags that it's mislabeled. As an IT/engineering type, that will always be there. But as a music lover, buying this is a no-brainer. And as a music lover who loves a bargain, well, that evil, anal part of me can nag away because if I had it to do over, I'd still buy this album.

Give it a listen. Look at the price. Believe me, it's worth it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Early Miles Davis December 26, 2010
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The label on this collection is misleading. These tracks were not especially popular when they were first released, nor are they the key recordings by which Miles Davis is remembered (either in general or from the period covered by this collection). That's not to say it's bad music ... just that a novice should not think it's an inexpensive way to gain an overview of the trumpeter's career or a collection of his best-known work.

As to what it DOES contain, I cannot pin down from the Amazon clips exactly which versions of the songs are represented here, but I'm guessing that "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "It Never Entered My Mind" are from the mid-to-late 1950s whereas the other recordings are from earlier than that. Most appear to come from the late 40s, when Miles was part of Charlie Parker's group and took turns with Bird on leading recording sessions. That might be Coleman Hawkins on "The Way You Look Tonight."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This is a completely random collection of performances, many from off the air crude radio broadcasts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
i bought this last week, and I just cant stop listening to it... at work, in my car, at the store with headphones I love it!!
Published 7 months ago by sally struthers
4.0 out of 5 stars Miles or back up Miles
this is a great recording of Jazz for a great price i think you will enjoy ..and that is a beautiful thing
Published 12 months ago by WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection!
There was only one Miles Davis. This is a fine collection of tracks
by a jazz immortal. Listen and enjoy!
Published 14 months ago by Joseph S. Romaninsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite but good anyway.
Not my favorite but good anyway. I like his more mellow music best but it opened the door to further exploration of Miles.
Published 15 months ago by Alexander van Dalen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I bought this thinking that the first song was the version of Bye Bye Blackbird I was familiar with from his album of the same name back in the 60's, but it did not even closely... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Arthur Linnemeyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Songs mislabeled. Miles is awesome but don't buy this one.
I find it totally unacceptable and incomprehensible how these songs could be mislabeled. That just screams "I don't care" from whoever put this album together. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Michael Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Subjective
So what are Miles Davis' "10 Greatest Hits"? It's all strictly subjective. But for $2.79, how can you go wrong? Some people are just too picky I think. Read more
Published on December 12, 2010 by Old Hippie
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