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Complete on the Corner Sessions [Box set]

Miles DavisAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. On The Corner (Unedited Master)19:25Album Only
listen  2. On The Corner (Take 4) 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. One And One (Unedited Master)17:56Album Only
listen  4. Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom X (Unedited Master)23:21Album Only
listen  5. Jabali11:05Album Only

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Ife (Album Version)21:34Album Only
listen  2. Chieftain14:39Album Only
listen  3. Rated X (Album Version) 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Turnaround17:17Album Only
listen  5. U-Turnaround 8:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Billy Preston (Album Version)12:33Album Only
listen  2. The Hen12:36Album Only
listen  3. Big Fun/Holly-wuud (take 2) 6:34Album Only
listen  4. Big Fun/Holly-wuud (take 3) 7:07Album Only
listen  5. Peace 7:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mr. Foster15:16Album Only

Disc 4:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Calypso Frelimo (Album Version)32:05Album Only
listen  2. He Loved Him Madly (Album Version)32:14Album Only

Disc 5:

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listen  1. Maiysha (Album Version)14:51Album Only
listen  2. Mtume (Album Version)15:09Album Only
listen  3. Mtume (take 11) 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hip-Skip19:00Album Only
listen  5. What They Do (Album Version)11:45Album Only
listen  6. Minnie 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 6:

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listen  1. Red China Blues (Album Version) 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. On The Corner/New York Girl/Thinkin' Of One Thing And Doin' Another/Vote For Miles (Album Version)19:55Album Only
listen  3. Black Satin (Album Version) 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. One And One (Album Version) 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Helen Butte/Mr. Freedom23:18Album Only
listen  6. Big Fun (Derived from take 3) 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Holly-wuud (Derived from take 3) 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • 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 Legacy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Miles Davis' The Complete On The Corner Sessions, the eighth and final deluxe box set in the Grammy Award-winning Miles Davis Series, includes more than 6 hours of music - twelve previously unissued tracks plus five tracks previously unissued in full - covering sixteen sessions from On the Cornerm, Big Fun, and Get Up With it. Joined by such jazz legends as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, and countless others, this 6-CD deluxe edition also contains a 120-page full-color booklet with liner notes and essays by Grammy-winning producer Bob Belden, journalist Tom Terrell, and acclaimed arranger and composer Paul Buckmaster. With such a comprehensive collection of Miles Davis' songs, plus dozens of rare photographs and new illustrations, this very special deluxe box set is a must have for any fan of Davis' genius or jazz music in general.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a collection of truly ground breaking recordings October 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The key to understanding what Miles was doing in The Complete On The Corner Sessions is revealed in a Changes magazine interview in 1974: "I think it's time that people changed where they put the melody. The melody can be in the bass, or a drum sound, or just a sound".

With these sessions, Miles left behind the standard approach of the solo as the sole source of melody. From the first notes of "On The Corner", the soloist became one of the many sources of melody, which now coming from all corners of the band. A large part of this was the work of a young Englishman named Paul Buckmaster, who Miles met in 1969. He was greatly impressed by Paul's sophisticated version of this approach, which came out of his fascination with composers such as Stockhausen, Lutoslawski, and other 20th century masters.

The set incudes complete takes of the "On The Corner" sessions with new mixes that allows the listener to really hear all the inner parts so this approach can be fully appreciated, as well the original edited mixes. One fabulous feature is notes by Paul Buckmaster giving the untold story of how this record came about, detailing the process that he and Miles used.

This set also includes tracks from "Get Up With It", an equally important and influencial record for the world beyond jazz. "Rated X" has been cited by some producers as the genesis for dark drum and bass. Brian Eno considers "He Loved Him Madly" as major inspiration for his ambient works that followed.

But best of all this set includes around 2 hours and 45 minutes on unreleased tracks, all of which this reviewer would classify as very worthwhile.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of "On the Corner" September 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of "On the Corner" chances are you are going to purchase it (if you haven't heard "On the Corner" by all means check it out now). Otherwise, you may find some of the out-takes to be repeatitive and uninteresting (they are called out-takes for a reason). Also this really should be titled Miles 1972-5 as it goes way beyond the 1972 "On the Corner" sessions (though the actual out-takes of "On the Corner" itself are essential listening for anyone who is into that album). Some of the material is on "Big Fun" and "Get Up With It" as well. Also the titles of the unreleased materials were guestimates and from what I've read they were edited and remixed as well. I would agree with one reviewer that the official live albums are superior but I personally would start with "In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall" (with the actual "On the Corner" line up)as well as "Pangaea" and "Agharta" (if you can find the official Japanese remasters). Also some of the later pieces such as "Minnie" and "Hip Skip" tend to reminescent of Miles 80's stuff (which fortunately they are not doing a retrospective of, by then he was dangerously close to smooth jazz) which shows that had Miles not gone into retirement that he would have still lost his edge. This does not in anyway, diminish my enthusiasm for "On the Corner" at all. Still if you enjoyed the multiple out-takes of the same track on the "Complete Jack Johnson Sessions" (actually a better boxset overall) and are a completist, then this may be your thing).
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the hard core fan/collector October 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I got this a few days ago and have listened through the entire box and re-listened to some of the things I had not heard before.

Firstly: The packaging is quite impressive. The set comes in a metal box with color reproductions of the original artwork raised into the metal and printed in color. The booklet inside is beautifully printed with a number of new illustrations by Corky McCoy. The liner notes are mostly reprinted from the most recent remaster of the stand alone On The Corner CD but without the track details. There is a nice essay from Paul Buckmaster though.

The music:

Disc 1) This is all previously unreleased material. I regard this material as essential listening. You get to hear the unedited master recording of the material that makes up the original LP. In addition there are some strong recordings that didn't make the original cut. Great stuff!

Disc 2) Ife is already available on Big Fun and Rated X on Get Up With It. The balance again is unreleased material. The two pieces entitled Turnaround and U-Turnaround are the basis for the frenetic number which opened Miles' live concerts with the "funk collective" but are clearly in development here. Interesting but not particularly riveting for this listener.

Disc 3) Other than Billy Preston (Get Up With It), this is a CD of previously unreleased material. I won't comment on this having heard this side only once.

Disc 4) Calypso Frelimo and He Loved Him Madly - both from Get Up With It. No new material here.

Disc 5) Maiysha and Mtume - both from Get Up With It. The balance of this disk is previously unreleased. What They Do is absolutely burning! This track stands with the best of any of the live material from the "funk collective" in my view.
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101 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rip-off September 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
let's see ... well over $20 per cd for six cds of material that has been, for the most part, already released in finished studio form, that is, as intended by Miles and Macero, on the single disc On The Corner and the double disc Get Up With It, or, in blistering live form, on the fantastic Dark Magus. if this set were priced in the range of how the original metal-spine release of the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions was when it debuted in 2003 ($69.95 or so, if I remember my purchase price correctly- I guess it could be around $79.95 for this particular set, as it does have one additional disc), I wouldn't be posting this 1 star review, but hey, you know what, Sony needs to be called out for their marked greed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars miles davis good?gee i wonder
It's miles and co on the most controversial album in fusion jazz need I say more?
Published 5 months ago by john bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars New 8old) frontier for jazz
Miles is always unpredictable.
Difficult to define the music of this collection. new atmosphere, new sounds. Sometimes too difficult to understand
Published 13 months ago by cavasassi sergio
5.0 out of 5 stars a world onto itself
this amalgam of sound and color called on the corner sessions has blown my mind daily since I got it 2 months ago.
it's hard to describe this music. Read more
Published 16 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Last Stand
Miles Davis "On The Corner Sessions", some of THE heaviest music EVER created by any band EVER...even the outtakes, alternates etc are pure gold. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Melbatunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the Most Amazing Music Ever Created
I am not as learned in music and the history of music as some that have reviewed this album. But I have been listening to Miles Davis (all genres) for 30 years. Read more
Published 22 months ago by T. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis on the corner complete
Excellent have been searching for this since it was released well worth the wait Sony did a great job with remaster
Published on June 18, 2012 by Penrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Funk!
I think this particular box set is among the best of Miles Davis. Of course, I'm way into his music during the 70's, but I'm not uncritical either. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by Dean Robb
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent paid!
This was without a doubt the purchase of the year for me. I don't expect to buy anything else this good before the year ends. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by Kenneth E. Macalister Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a monster on the corner!
This is absolutely INDISPENSABLE if you enjoy the period from Bitches Brew to Get up with it, if you like to be hypnotized by music or if you like avant garde,... Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Speedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz fans - this is all you need
Simply AMAZING !!!!!! well worth the big price tag , hours and hours from the genius Miles and his brilliant band , filling my ears with total art-music pleasure - i want the... Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Daniel J. Leonard
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