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Bitches Brew (Legacy Edition - CD / DVD Combo) [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003M0H4NG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Pharaoh's Dance
2. Bitches Brew
3. Spanish Key
4. John McLaughlin
Disc: 2
1. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down
2. Sanctuary
3. Spanish Key (alternate take)
4. John McLaughlin (alternate take)
5. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (single)
6. Spanish Key (single)
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Disc: 3
1. Directions (Copenhagen concert of 11/4/69)
2. Miles Runs The Voodoo Down (Copenhagen concert of 11/4/69)
3. Bitches Brew (Copenhagen concert of 11/4/69)
4. Agitation (Copenhagen concert of 11/4/69)
5. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Copenhagen concert of 11/4/69)
6. Sanctuary (Copenhagen concert of 11/4/69)
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Editorial Reviews

This Legacy Edition celebrates the 40th Anniversary of one of the most remarkable albums in Miles Davis' career and jazz history in general. Originally released in 1970, Bitches Brew became Davis' first gold album. This 40th Anniversary 3-disc package offers the original album on 2 CDs plus rare bonus audio material and a DVD of the entire previously unreleased Copenhagen performance from November 4, 1969.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the DVD alone September 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This review is for the DVD only. The music on the CDs has been written about extensively for 40 years but the few out-takes are great discoveries from the vaults.

The DVD is a satisfying 70 minutes long and encompasses an entire performance by the Miles Davis Quintet of November 1969, in Copenhagen. The public wouldn't hear the recorded Bitches Brew material for several more months. At this time Miles's band consisted of Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes, Dave Holland on acoustic bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Miles himself on trumpet. This is an artist in the midst of a great transformation. Gone are the suits of respectable jazzmen of the mid-1960s and in are the clothes of the hippy generation but not to the degree that would come in the following years when Miles would adopt his Sly Stone-type look. The music is almost entirely original, with only a short performance "I Fall In Love Too Easily" making it into the set. The only electric instrument present is the Fender Rhodes, which Chick Corea is becoming comfortable with at this point. This performance is a taste of what's to come in the next few months. This seems relatively tame compared to the Live at the Fillmore East from March 7th, 1970. That's why this is such a great document: A well-recorded video performance of a band that was changing every few months. The Isle of Wight concert from the next summer is even more unbridled, albeit with a few changes in the band.

The video quality is very good. The sound is good, except that the bass is mostly absent. It sticks out in some places but it's hard to hear (sorry Dave Holland fans). Overall it's a great presentation. The performance is top notch. A transitional step into Miles' electric age.
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152 of 166 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
If you are considering purchasing this album and are not familiar with this period of Davis' career, be prepared for a unique listening experience. Note from the other reviews that b-BREW isn't universally loved...but its supporters now considerably outnumber the detractors. Nonetheless, newcomers are taking a chance, just as Davis and his sidemen did when they went into the studio to record b-BREW in 1969. If you do purchase this, allow 3-5 listens for it to sink in...few people really �get it� on their first exposure. Whatever you think it will sound like beforehand...it likely won�t sound anything like that!
There are a number of misconceptions about this album. For one, Miles was not selling out his musical talent (he was expanding his audience via performing at pop venues and modifying his albums� cover art; he did everything to make more money EXCEPT sacrificing the integrity of his music). Second, he wasn't tripping on substances (this era was actually the most drug-free, mentally strong, and physically healthy Davis was in his lifetime). Thirdly, Miles didn't retreat from spotlighting his sidemen and himself (there are plenty of distinctive solo improvisations that float above and within the loose ensemble playing). Fourth, this is not a rock or pop or a jazz/rock album (despite the electronic instrumentation, the music maintains a controlled abstraction that is more in line with that era's modern jazz than with most pop groups. Davis' means to this open end included many influences...rock & funk among them). Fifth, b-BREW was not widely rejected by music buyers (I believe it is Davis� 2nd all-time best-selling album behind KIND OF BLUE).
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis VS Rock December 28, 2001
By Tracher
Format:Audio CD
If you're wondering were to begin with the 'electric' period of Miles Davis, his jazz - rock fusion period, don't look any further. You just found it! Fans of fifties Miles and 'Kind of Blue' fans, a sign of warning - you'll be in for a surprise! And what a surprise it is! Listen to it with head - phones, that way you'll get the full satisfaction. Mind - blowing and timeless, for the jazz and none - jazz listener alike. I don't listen to jazz (well not a lot) so when I first heard it I was astonished. I had never heard anything like that before. Although the tracks are very long (up to 27 minutes for 'Bitches Brew'), all 94 minutes on the album will pass really quickly.
Don't expect to hear something mellow, this is dark, sometimes scary music for those late nights. The first time you listen to it you may not even like it, so it requires an open mind. There are hard rock rhythms with the fiery trumpet by Miles, the sax by Shorter, the 'screaming' guitar work by John McLaughlin, the driving beats of the drums by Jack DeJohnette, the piano by Zawinul...Wow! Song highlights include 'Bitches Brew', 'John McLaughlin' and 'Miles Runs The Voodoo Down'. This is the album that started a revolution, that started the fusion sound of the seventies that many other groups will follow , and for that it will always be considered as one the most important jazz albums ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This IS Jazz! October 27, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Jazz is a remarkable musical style because of its innovation and adaptability. The man who personifies this the most is Miles Davis, for the groundbreaking Bitches Brew is, in every sense, fantastic!! I listened to the album for the first time last night and got blown away! Davis's masterful trumpet playing and Wayne Shorter's soprano sax, coupled with occasional clarinet from Bernie Maupin, give the album a wonderful horn section, Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul lend their keyboard talents, John McLaughlin plays an unparalelled guitar, and the rest of the band is superb! I think Disc 1 is slightly stronger then Disc 2, but the album is great when put togther. Pharoah's Dance and Bitches Brew are incredible experiments from an incredible band, Spanish Key and Miles Runs the Voodoo Down are joyous improvisations, John McLaughlin is a unique duet, and Sanctuary gives it a peaceful finish. But the most amazing part off this album is the attitude. These men must have known that the only way to make this LP good was to pour their heart into the music. The result was a milestone in both jazz and rock, a record that brings emotion to all who listen to it, and it all came from one man's head. Thank you, Miles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with the 2014 remastered vinyl.
The vinyl sounds outstanding. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab did a fantastic job on the 2014 remastered version.
Published 6 days ago by MT in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Lee T. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album!
The tracks go on for a while which doesn't takeaway from the songs Bitches Brew is a good album I had heard mentions in the past about Bitches Brew and about how good the album was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars My Journey with Miles Davis, Bitches Brew.
Growing up in Ohio, my Aunt Esther Leigh used to play ALL the great Jazz Masters. Then, it all went in one ear & out the other. Read more
Published 4 months ago by m north
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Do you want to gulp gallons of hydraulic fluid while you’re in the dessert? Do you feel like submerging yourself on the tar pits? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gregorius
5.0 out of 5 stars Still compelling, 45 years on
Growing up in the early 1970's, this was my introduction to Miles Davis. I have never heard music like this, before or since.
Published 6 months ago by Bob Coldiron
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best Miles Davis album of all time. Maybe the best Jazz...
For many years Sketches of Spain held the top spot in my person choice catalog of orchestral music without lyrics the along came this titanic musical triumph. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marian Warnell
5.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past
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Published 9 months ago by michael s. wrobel, sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This album was hard to listen to at first. After the third listen, I started to like it. After the fifth, I loved it and now everything else seems tame and boring. Read more
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Original mix or 1998 remix?
I'm expecting to receive the Legacy Edition tomorrow, and I've been scouring the internet for months trying to figure this out too. I was under the impression that this was going to be a newly remastered version based on the original 8-track mixes, but it looks like I might have bought something... Read More
Aug 30, 2010 by W. Costley |  See all 6 posts
Miles Davis Electric Period
You r absolutely right. I prefer his more melodic stuff, like the Spanish Key, that features superb harmony, instrumental and just the idea in general. On the other hand, it is hard for me to pinpoint why i like the "sheer noise" albums such as Live at the Fillmore East. Perhaps the... Read More
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