10 Greatest Hits

September 1, 2009 | Format: MP3

$2.99
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
6:10
30
2
2:54
30
3
6:33
30
4
3:04
30
5
3:23
30
6
2:54
30
7
2:38
30
8
2:50
30
9
2:57
30
10
3:26


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: #16,717 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By 18in32 on May 24, 2010
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Chell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edewal on July 30, 2010
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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 By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis G. Voss Jr. on 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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