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Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961 [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Miles Davis, John ColtraneAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00020W0YM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but great for its target audience September 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Who should buy this set? Well first of all anyone interested in Miles Davis or John Coltrane and especially their interplay together will probably be interested, but this set seems to have been made for the completist or armchair jazz scholar. This is more of a personal library piece, to be treated as such rather than an introduction or overview of these two jazz "giants". This set covers Miles Davis' work with John Coltrane during Miles' time with Columbia Records. The albums that this would entail are:
'Round About Midnight
Miles At Newport
Kind Of Blue
Someday My Prince Will Come
As well as many alternate takes and live recordings not found on these albums.
So you may have heard that Kind Of Blue is a great starting point for jazz. This colletion comprises that entire album and some alternate takes, but the disc that has that album has another song at the beginning and some Miles Davis comments as well as presenting the tracks out of order from the original album order. There is nothing like putting in Kind Of Blue for the first time, hearing the low bass strumming and the explosion of Miles' first notes of "So What". Here you would have to skip to track 4 and then back around for that experience. Or what if (like me) Someday My Prince Will Come is one of your favorite albums by early Columbia Miles Davis. Sadly Coltrane did not play with Miles on every track so the album is not included here in its entirety for obvious reasons. Many times alternate takes are placed one after the other for comparison sake. Rather than listening to these discs like albums with an overall feel, these discs should really be approached as study guides and keys to the interworking of Miles and Trane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles and Trane, how could you not want it? March 23, 2010
By Cody
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, if you were like me when you bought this, then you've already listened to Miles and Trane, maybe not extensively but enough to know you might want this. You've seen what the music is that's contained in the box set and listened to the samples but why should you get it? There are a lot of alternate takes on this box set, which to some people might get annoying and repetitive but if you're a musician or just a fan of miles and trane, then each of these has their own value to them. As a drummer, i love the fact that i can hear multiple tracks of Two Bass Hit which features a different solo from philly joe jones each time. If you're not a musician then i still think you should get this. Let's face it, in terms of jazz being published on cds, welllll it's probably not going to happen for much longer. Everything is going digital and sure maybe you can get this on itunes, but personally i love being able to physically have my set. Miles and trane are gone and not many people listen to jazz, so if my computer crashes, i can always at least revert back to the cds. I think if you're a fan of jazz, this collection is a must own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earth Shattering October 4, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love Miles, but Miles and Trane? It doesn't get any better, ever, in anybody's lifetime! The first great quintet, and beyond, a must have for any serious jazz collection. Better get it back in your soul!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful December 27, 2009
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Saw this collection of Miles Davis CD's recommended by the CBS Sunday Morning show and received them two days later. Great CD's and I purchased two sets for gifts. highly recommend. Thank you. AAA+
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of two masters December 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There is something about the sessions between Miles and Coltrane that are magical. This boxed set will appeal to many jazz fans,whether you are a student of Jazz, an aspiring musician or just some one who loves good music. This collaboration of Miles and Coltrane has something for everyone. From the muted trumpet of Miles on the classic "Someday My Prince Will Come" to the up tempo riffs on "Straight No Chaser" The two giants of jazz rise to the occasion, pushing each other to new highs in music. This is a must for a complete jazz collection.
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Compilations vs. original albums
It depends on what you ultimately want. You will not get all of the tracks you would get if you bought the individual albums, only the tracks with Coltrane are included here (as well as tons of extras not included on the original albums). If you took one of these discs and listen to it in the car... Read More
Apr 2, 2007 by JL |  See all 2 posts
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