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The Complete Columbia Album Collection [Box set, Limited Edition]

Miles DavisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 71
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • 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
  • ASIN: B00305GXWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Deluxe 71 disc (70 CDs + DVD) box set that contains 52 single CD and double CD albums (which includes the previously unreleased full-length audio version of his 1970 Isle Of Wight performance) plus a bonus DVD: Miles Davis Quintet Live In Europe '67. Here are two separate European concert performances by the groundbreaking 'second great quintet,' filmed in Stockholm and Karlsruhe, Germany, October and November 1967, respectively. This DVD represents the only video of this Miles Davis Quintet lineup ever to be officially commercially released. Along with the discs comes a generous 250-page book whose centerpiece is an 11,000 word biographical essay by Fr‚d‚ric Goaty, the most in-depth liner notes ever included in any Miles Davis package. The essay is complemented by brief annotations written by Franck Bergerot, covering every single one of the 52 albums and the DVD. The cornerstones of the box set are the studio and live albums that were released during his tenure at the label, more than 40 titles that he recorded in the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s.

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments on Condition of Set January 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I held off purchasing the original release of this box set because of the negative reviews pertaining to the condition of the CDs, box, etc. I can tell you this: they have cleaned it up. I received my order today, and everything is in perfect shape. No bumped corners (packaging was perfect, in fact, it was double boxed), box was perfect, and most of all, no glue on the cds. Go ahead and place your order. You deserve this set.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My two peeves. January 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Obviously if you are looking at this set you know what you are getting into.

This set is dramatically better than the original version, but I still have a few complaints.

1. Where are the CD slip covers?
- All the CDs come in their nice cardboard cases, but there are no slip covers like real vinyl or the other "mini-vinyl" CDs I've purchased. For 300$+ you think, for the sake of the CDs of course, that they could mold some slips in there to protect the CDs from falling out and getting scratched.

2. Not all remasterings are perfect.
-While most of the remastering is amazing, I was still hoping that they'd somehow get something better out of "Miles Davis - In Concert" from 1973 (the one with the On The Corner-like cover). The mix still sounds quiet and muffled, like it was recorded from a styrofoam cup instead of microphones.

Finally (I suppose you could call this a third, but it's not a fault of the set), they (Columbia), as usual, played the "oops... you didn't quite get the FULL collection" by having the gall to insert a placard advertising the "Genius of Miles Davis" trumpet case box set, released sometime in 2010!

Aside from these though, it's an amazing set with everything any Miles lover could wish for.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony/Amazon Have Redeemed Themselves January 29, 2010
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Format:Audio CD

The Miles Davis Complete Columbia Albums debacle has been completely corrected, and I give thanks and praise to Sony/Amazon for taking such action and doing it in such a painless way.

About 45 days after receiving a defective set--which I bought from Amazon UK, mind you--I found out about a replacement offer that was allegedly open only to Amazon US customers. I took a chance and e-mailed the folks behind this offer (it was a Sony address); I explained that, while I'd purchased my set from Amazon UK, I thought I'd give it a shot and see if they could help me. Three weeks later, I received my redesigned, flawless Miles Davis box, which arrived via a different courier than the original shipment with double-boxed packaging. (Full disclosure: Amazon UK also e-mailed me, but they only wanted to know about specific discs in the set that were damaged; nothing was said about replacement of the damaged box or other such problems.) To receive a replacement box that is structurally redesigned, to get it for absolutely free, and to still be allowed to keep my old, defective set is beyond my wildest expectations. Thank you, Sony/Amazon--this is customer service at its greatest. You really went above and beyond.

I can now give this set the 5-star rating it deserves. To get the Miles Davis catalog (on Columbia only, I know, but still) in one fell swoop for such a reasonable price and curated in a respectable way (paper sleeves, schmaper sleeves) is amazing. This is up there in the top ten reissues of the decade.

Thank you to everyone!


I'm another of the many whose box arrived absolutely trashed. We all know this is a five-star item if you only care about the music. As for an honorable product, it is a one-star affair.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME March 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I had to send this box set back to Amazon on no less than four separate occasions. The casing was cracked around the lid every time because the shrink wrap was too tight, and the package wasn't marked FRAGILE (as I requested). However, after finding someone in AUSTRALIA who made it available via, I got what I wanted.

For the price, it's an unsurpassable collection. The fact that all discs are in ORIGINAL replica covers is cool-- consult the notes in the book and you find all the details about the extra tracks.

The book contains all of the session info, with some words on the album's creation. If you have good eyesight, you should be able to read ALL of the liner notes on the backs of the replica covers.

The sound quality varies from album to album and this is because (I think) some have been remastered over the years, and others haven't. In one case, it seems to be because of a poor original live recording. It doesn't matter because each LP is of a piece in its entirety and aside from the 'Plaza' album, all sound better than fine.

Some have the extra tracks included on the most recent editions of the CD versions of the LPs. But they don't include all of the stuff to be found on the separate boxes, named the 'Complete Sessions'. To be honest, I'd only get a few of those anyway. What we have here is complete enough.

As for the music... there're not many words I can use to describe the dangerous beauty of the work of Miles Davis. We can only imagine what it was like to hear these when they came out, the barriers breaking down and so on... This box helps put you there.

The sheer quality and breadth of the material is quite stunning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unmatched Resume In Jazz
I received this set as a Christmas present from my wife & I can't put it down. I have been a fan of Miles Davis' music since I bought my first album of his ("Bitches Brew") and... Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Kenneth E. Macalister Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars You'd be crazy NOT to buy this set
Someone in Columbia records apparently understands how the world works these days: They've taken ALL of the Columbia records' Miles discs (71 discs and a book! Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by Gordon E. Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Repetitive Live Recordings & Packaging Problem :(
I would like to give this box set a good review, but I have I guess, two main problems with it. First - seems like probably at least half (if not more) of the 50 some CDs are just... Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by SRT
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute bliss.
There are a few artists for whom a few records will never be enough--you need them ALL, to immerse yourself in the rich history of what they achieved. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by Exwag
5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations
A good edition of the Davis' works. The sond is very fine and the unissued material (rather small) rightly selected.
And the price, fabulous.
Best regards.
Published on November 10, 2011 by Jose M. Martin Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars The most complete Miles Davis collection.
When this item first became available approximately 2 years ago, I waited to hear some feedback prior to purchasing. Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by dan martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief Review, Focus on Quality Control and Remastering
When the price got low enough, and the quality control issues had been *apparently* resolved, I bought this Miles Davis Complete Columbia box, brand new from Amazon. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by Wade Cottingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it
The package isn't perfect, but it's good. The music is just about as close to perfect as 71 discs' worth of one artist could be. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Micah J
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good thorough collection.
I found this collection very well presented through all Mile's carrier.
One issue, which I did not realize before, is that the Japanese Custum Office charged import tax of... Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Kunio Sato
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles indeed.
If you are a jazz fan, this belongs in your collection. Became the crown jewel of my collection of box sets the moment I received it.
Published on December 2, 2010 by udin13
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What's in this?
This box replicates 51 Miles Davis albums released on Columbia Records. It does not include any of the Complete <Whatever> Sessions box sets, and I _believe_ the albums should not contain any bonus tracks. Rather than a complete, session-by-session history of Miles on Columbia, this... Read More
Jun 28, 2011 by Alan Moore |  See all 6 posts
Are any existing box sets made completely redundant by this set?
yes and no. All of them are made redundant in the sense that the original releases of every single one of those recordings is present here. None of them are completely redundant and obsolete, however, because those are complete collections including every single outtake, whereas this is merely... Read More
Feb 10, 2013 by yeeeaaahhh, you know you want it |  See all 2 posts
Anyone get *ANY* notification they will receive this set as a...
Yes. I replied to the email and sent the various invoice, etc. info to Sony. I received no acknowledgment either. Maybe we'll simply get this new edition sent to us in a couple of weeks.
Jan 10, 2010 by Michael S. Phillips |  See all 23 posts
Packaging/glue on cd's???
Yes and Yes.

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