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In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall [Limited Edition, Live]

Miles DavisAudio CD
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listen  1. Rated X (Instrumental)12:16Album Only
listen  2. Honky Tonk (Instrumental) 9:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Theme From Jack Johnson (Instrumental)10:12Album Only
listen  4. Black Satin/The Theme (Instrumental)14:14Album Only

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listen  1. Ife (Instrumental)27:53Album Only
listen  2. Right Off/The Theme (Instrumental)10:30Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AH5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The best (of this period) was yet to come! July 10, 2000
By J. Lund
Format:Audio CD
Having heard a dozen or more Miles Davis concerts from this era, this 9/72 date is probably my least favorite. Miles seems to be attempting to take ON THE CORNER to the stage, but he hasn't found out how to do it yet (of course, just to hear him trying is sufficient to get this CD into my player at least every year or two--and uncovering fresh surprises with each rehearing).
Miles plays well on amped wah-wah trumpet, underrated bassist Michael Henderson provides a solid anchor, and Mtume's percussion crossfire is always superb. However, the brilliant rhythm guitarist Reggie Lucas hadn't yet honed in on his trademark sound, either as a sideman or as a soloist. Al Foster sounds better on later gigs, too--his beats often don't GROOVE here. The electric sitar adds color, but the inability to stop that droning sound on a dime tends to clash with the staccato syncopations and backbeats laid down by the rhythm section (you can hear it within the first ten seconds of disc two). Keyboardist Cedric Lawson doesn't seem to have much to offer to enlighten Davis' music (I greatly prefer Miles' own organ playing--also heard here).
For fans looking to analyze the entirety of Davis' career, IN CONCERT adds further context to this step of his musical journey--quite provocative despite the flaws. However, for an outstanding representation of this challenging period, I'd skip this one and look first to 1975's twin-towers PANGAEA and AGHARTA, recorded after Davis found and developed the best sidemen--four of whom are already on board here--to interpret his progressive jazz/funk/world musical vision.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Big Fun Live On the Corner March 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
After reading some of the reviews here, I didn't expect too much from this 2 disc concert set from September 29, 1972 (my 17th birthday). I got very lucky and picked this SBM remaster used (like new) for less than 1/2 price! I've heard much of the music that followed this period, especially Agharta and Dark Magus. Those discs really are something else - intense, blistering funk. But I really like this one too - Miles playing is far stronger and lively here than on those later releases. This band has some of the line up from On The Corner, indeed, Miles brings some of his On the Corner release to the stage and I think it's a stellar result. Ife (an "On the Corner" outake that eventually found its way onto 1974's "Big Fun") is superb played live. Both disks are fun listening ("Foot Fooler" and "The Slickaphonics") I dig the sitar with the wah-wah... can't say I've ever heard a sitar played through a wah-wah before. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the inset color pic shows Dave Liebman and Pete Cosey who are not present in this line up. So what? It's just a picture folks.

If you like Big Fun, On the Corner, Agharta and Dark Magus, I think you'll like this though it is much "lighter" and not nearly as up in your face as Agharta and Dark Magus - there's a lot of interesting stuff going on here including some background chatter and laughter between band members here and there. You get some interesting sitar behind a supercharged "Theme from Jack Johnson" (Funky Tonk) - an interesting take on this piece. "In Concert: Live at the Philharmonic" doesn't leave me drained like Dark Magus and Agharta (not a slam on those two releases, they are just so... VERY intense). This is a lot more fun and playful I think. I'll probably pop this into the player a little more often than Dark Magus and Agharta.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By G B
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the strangest bands Miles Davis ever led -- a transitional group featuring guitar, keyboards, electric sitar, saxophone, bass, congas, tabla and drums. The musicians are constrained to producing sound and adding to the rhythmic density, so nobody gets to shine individually. (The saxophonist and keyboardist are especially lame.) When this works this band sounds great; "Rated X" justifies buying this set, starting from a rhythmic babble to a swelling wave of funk, until Mike Henderson enters in the middle of Miles's wah wah trumpet solo... awesome. The band also cooks on the other 1972 pieces, "Black Satin" and "Ife" (though the later runs waaaaay too long at 28 minutes). On the minus side they sound pretty wimpy on the more rockin' Jack Johnson material; they should have stuck to the droning, spacy stuff. None of the musicians except Miles and Henderson seem to develop any individual personality either, and the shaky sound means Miles is difficult to hear. It's not surprising that Miles would soon ditch this group for the raw, primal sound you can hear on Dark Magus, Agharta and Pangaea. Basically, if you like On the Corner, you'll definitely want this; if you hate it, this will be garbage to you. I personally like to put this exciting but flawed record into the CD player once in a while.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Having absorbed everything I can find on Master Miles Dewey Davis, the creative and transcendent musical Mystic, I have found this to be absolutely superb!! The funk is, to me(not a funkster by nature) so deep and dense its a phenomenal experiement of many depths and dimensions, perhaps STILL ahead of its time....cant imagine, like the other reviewers above, only putting this in once in awhile--this is gonna be forever at my fingertips...

its definitely an ALIVE version of ON THE CORNER, and even the Jack Johnson takes are heavily influenced by the ON THE CORNER feeling and vibe...the music, thankfully, doesnt go as far out as perhaps the FILMORE sets, and thus is not hard on the ears at anytime what so ever--it keeps a steady groove, sometimes much more repetitive than any other musician(s) would dare to go--I do wish though that the Bass was a bit more upfront, but there's so much else going on that night, that it makes up for the lack of "heavy bottom" we have gotten used to from this period and shortly prior...

the congos and tablas and sitar make this thing truly a world music gumbo, another brew that Miles masterfully stirs with his trumpet--which is nothing more than the fetish, the tool of invocation itself, if you dig it...

a must have, so buy it,pull the shades and enjoy....
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like what you're hearing, get the funk out
1. Rated X - Get up with it
2. Honky Tonk - Get up with it
3. Theme from Jack Johnson - A Tribute to Jack Johnson/Agharta
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Published 13 months ago by Jimi jac
3.0 out of 5 stars Digs deep but not deeper
3 1/2

Another standard issue double live during Davis's extended funk forays is mostly tight, though sometimes light repetition articulated with less conviction than his... Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and a half
This concert is a compainion to both On the Corner and [[ASIN:B000002AH2 Dark Magus: Live At Carnegie Hall]

If Coltrane did sheets of sound, Miles, around 1972, did... Read more
Published on January 5, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles never ceases to amaze...
There's not much else you can say about Miles Davis that hasn't already been said. Miles is undoubtedly the godfather of improvisational music, and this performance documents yet... Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by Caleb Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem Live Miles Electric Big Fun On The Corner
This 2 disc set is well worth the cost. Arguably the release is what On The Corner could have been. Maybe it is because by the time they recorded this live concert, the band had a... Read more
Published on October 1, 2008 by Earsby
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the live 70s albums*
"In Concert" has its flaws--the last 30 minutes for instance--but it's taut and spare, propulsive and funky and motile. Read more
Published on March 11, 2007 by vinegarmoon
5.0 out of 5 stars on the corner on the stage
Oh yeah, this is a good one. 'On the Corner' was a great album. Lotsa peeps found it, shall we say, inaccessible. Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by electroncloud
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Corner, Live
No matter what phase of his career, Miles had two music personas - in the studio and on stage. And in the electric phase, Miles was in perpetual motion in introducing themes and... Read more
Published on August 29, 2006 by Best Of All
4.0 out of 5 stars The Next Step After On the Corner
As with almost all good jazz once you've heard the studio recording, you'll want to hear how it translated live. Read more
Published on April 8, 2006 by directions
5.0 out of 5 stars not always consistent, but a very unique and special concert
the review below does a good job, but It still somewhat sticks to the idea that this concert is not essential. Read more
Published on December 22, 2004 by Shhhhark!
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