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listen  1. Zimbabwe (Live)41:47Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000273I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For all others, I'd say keep an open mind and give it a shot.
Brad Bledsoe
To be heard is to understand, and Pangaea is required Miles Davis listening.
This music is at once, tremendously beautiful, and extremely frightening.
Craig Pinson

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By 1. on May 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Pangaea; "the total land" (in Greek), the giant supercontinent (in geology and tectonics). Gondwana[land]: the portion of Pangaea that became western Africa, southern Europe, North and South America. Zimbabwe; a nation on the east African plate, near the Great Rift Valley system of southeastern Africa-- the plate separated from Africa following the breakup of Pangaea, but is now rejoined.
Once in a while, you encounter a created work that makes you realize that you have encountered a talent of ineffable depth and intensity. PANGAEA is such a work.
For many years, this (like "Agartha") was only available as a Japanese import. For reasons I caon not fathom, American jazz seems to have a more dedicated and intense following in Japan than in this country. Miles Davis is
Recorded as a second set the same day as "Agartha", it sounds like a completely different band. "Agartha" is a fusion CD; well crafted and structured, musically sophisticated, and thematically complex, yet unified. "Pangaea" is an intense, driven, harsh performance where Miles Davis and his colleagues have cast aside the polite and aesthetic qualities of 'good' musicians, and sound like theya re trying to call forth the lords of darkness to do their bidding.
If you expect a live set that sounds like an extended version of "Kind of Blue", this is not your CD. This is a CD for the people who like to listen to what's on the edge; and even though this was recorded in 1975, it's still so far out on the edge that it jars even the most jaded jazz fans even today.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Kelly on September 23, 2000
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Like its counterpart "Agharta," (each double lp set represented a day and evening concert in Osaka Japan on 1 February 1975..."Pangaea" represents the evening concert), "Pangaea" is the pinnacle of where Miles wanted his deep, dark, African grooves to go to, and the cd is unlike anything he did before or since.
Divided into 2 parts, "Zimbabwe" (which consists of 2 parts unto itself, focusing on a piece Miles called "Turnaroundphrase") and "Gondwana (also a piece in 2 parts, focusing on the piece "IFE" from "Big Fun"), Miles brand of jungle funk flows like mollasses, the bass phrasings of longtime stalward Mike Henderson deep and muddy. Guitarists Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas add to the mix with their distorted wah wah stylings, and Miles, going between his wah wah trumpet and organ. Drummer Al foster and percussionist Mtume add to the mix with their deep African funk grooves. Sax/flautist Sonny Fortune chimes in with very intense soloing of his own.
The key to these lps is the group, and not the soloists- Fortune and Miles both blow solos- the collective jungle groove that they all help to obtain is what's key here, and man, do they hit it and quit it. The grooves are unlike anything you've ever heard before, and they rarely quit playing those grooves for the entirety of the 2 pieces (each piece over 40 minutes long). The results are trancy and very hypnotic.
This lp is not for beginners, nor for purists, but for Miles fans who understand what he was trying to (and did so ) accomplish. A masterful performance that tops all of his mid 70s live efforts ("In Concert," "Dark Magus," and "Agharta") "Pangaea" is a keeper.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By PJFC on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand this record.
I remember the first time that I ever heard Pangea. Miles Davis was just sort of "there" for me. Like Led Zeppelin 3 (or the Wedding Present or Sonic Youth)is just there. Right? Anyway, I had Sketches of Spain (beautiful and perfect in its own way), Kind of Blue, blah, blah, but I was really into the heady stuff: Coltrane, Eric Dolphy. Then I picked this one up because I realized I knew virtually nothing about Miles' 70's stuff. I really expected something like Steely Dan or something.
Of all the music I have ever been introduced to, I have never been more taken back, more surprised than when I heard Pangea the first time. I didn't know that music like that existed. It doesn't sound like anything else and everything else at the same time. Primal funk. Dirty, swampy, thick, dense, flowing primal wah wah smack dream funk (It sounds like Miles met the devil).
Agharta, recorded on the same day (an earlier set), is roughly the same, maybe a little less intense, maybe more ambient. I didn't know stuff like this existed.
I like this better than the earlier 70's stuff like On the Corner, Dark Magus, Big Fun (different but more "understandable")because every time I listen to it I hear something else. It just flows like nothing else I know.
(In thinking about this, I am actually reminded of My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless." Both have the same kind of "fluff on the needle" ambience. Stuff to look deeply into. Stuff that, unless you're prepared, scares.)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on April 30, 2000
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This is it folks, the last piece of great music that Miles Davis ever made. His post-retirement music isn't fit to stand in the shadow of the music that happens on this cd.
For my ears, heart, soul, and money, this is the best electric album that Miles ever made. Michael Henderson's bass is thick and while I usually get bored with "vampy bass playing" I in no way get bored with Henderson's playing on this cd. He anchors these deep-groove experiments-in-rhythm like no one else could have done.
Maybe some of you don't like jazz but you've been told to look into Miles Davis... this would be a great cd for you. If you've heard most all Miles except this, then this is also a great cd for you. The music here is deep, dark, tribal-funk that can space your face and rock your socks off all at the same time. ZIMBABWE is one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard and Sonny Fortune takes a solo during it that is for me, hands-down one of the greatest solo's that a saxophone ever had the priveledge of releasing. Sonny is absolutely on fire! There is one specific point in his solo that gives me chills and makes me want to scream in ecstacy every time I hear it and I first heard this music about 9 years ago.
I do have DARK MAGUS and AGHARTA (the 2 other cd's most closely related to this one) but I haven't listened to them in a while. I must admit though that I do remember my overall impression being that neither of them came close to the magic that we are blessed with on this cd, PANGAEA.
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