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Directions Import, Original recording remastered

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
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  • Audio CD (July 18, 2001)
  • Remastered ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00005L9MC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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This CD is a must for any Miles Davis fan. It was originally released on vinyl in 1981,and has been beautifully remastered using 20-bit super-bit mapping technology. However, the tunes themselves are what really shine here. Spanning the years 1960-1970, we are treated to previously unreleased recordings from the "Sketches of Spain" sessions to recordings made close to the "Big Fun" release in 1970. Some of the musicians featured on various tracks include Wayne Shorter, Paul Chambers, Hank Mobley, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Airto Moreira,Tony Williams, Ron Carter, and many others.Standouts include "Water on the Pond", "Konda", "Duran", "Round Midnight", "so Near So Far", and "Limbo". This CD is essential listening for any fan of the music of Miles Davis, and chronicles a very productive and ever evolving period of his career.
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"Directions" is a prime example of Miles Davis' genius. Technically, this is a release of songs that Miles didn't think was good enough to officially release. Don't let that get in the way of your purchase. "Directions" is nothing less than phenomenal. The music is so damn good that it reminds us that Miles' music that wasn't good enough to get released in the 1960's is still good enough to knock our socks off today. Indeed, if you liked Miles Davis' music from the "In A Silent Way," "Big Fun," and "Miles in The Sky" era, you can think of this as a sequel. This is essential for those who enjoyed Miles' light trip period enough to purchase "The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions." While the first disc starts out with the Gil Evans era, the orchestral music almost seems mismatched compared to the rest of the selections. As the 60's started, Miles played music that was relatively mainstream as the music suggested altered states of consciousness but it never came close to passing the line that "[...] Brew" would eventually cross. The first disc starts out playing music from this more mainstream period of the 60's. On the other hand, the second disc travels well into the era of electric pianos, fuzzy sounding guitars and fifteen minute jam based compositions. Fortunately "Directions" never breaks into the "chaos" period of the 1970's. This is all very listenable and may even sound better today than it did back when this music was considered groundbreaking. "Directions" features five star compositions from Miles Davis' 1960's era. If you enjoyed "In A Silent Way," consider this a potential sequel.
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I was good on this mostly because I'm so used to stuff from some of the complete sessions, esp. Silent Way. But a lot of this stuff is classic. If it wasn't for overfamiliarity I might have enjoyed this more. The Japanese remaster is okay, kind of brittle and thin for my tastes though.

The stuff from the Jack Johnson sessions is definitely the highlight of the set. Along with the Quintet stuff. The 65-68 stuff never gets old. As well as the Blackhawk selection, 'Round Midnight. Heading straight for the Blackhawk stuff because of this set. I would also like to have the complete JJ set obviously.

average set that was meant to reinitiate anyone unfamiliar with Miles back in the day, and after the complete sessions sets, unessential.
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This is an excellent, intriguing collection which came out around 1980. All of the songs were unreleased prior to this. There are some fine cuts from each of Miles' eras, and some brilliant playing by Miles and his sidemen. A consistently wonderful album.
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An excellent variety of musicians, compositions, and stellar performances comprise this disc's contents. One of my favorite Miles releases, and sadly not readily available anywhere.
I really dig McLaughlin's burning licks on "Willie Nelson." But the entire package is populated with fresh and inspired playing. I also enjoyed DeJohnette's percussion efforts. If you can find this item, it is worth the investment to purchase.
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If you love Miles from 1970 and intuit that the master re-made music in a way still not fully understood or appreciated, get this album immediately.

Disc Two is entirely from 1970, and has contributions from genius-guitarist John McLaughlin; to my knowledge, this material is only available on this obscure Jap-import, and thank god for the fanatics in Tokio to put this out (Sony Legacy should be releasing entire box sets of the 1970s live material, instead of the skimpy double cds: come on ROTHSTEIN, let's have ALL THE FILLMORE SHOWS, every note!). There is one severe defect with this 1970 CD: the "cuts" are just that, cuts, they are surgically removed pieces, crescendos, thawings, which sound out of place given that they happened in Miles' genius for orchestrating an organic whole; it's just silly to slash out a preferred segment of 16 minutes from a song meant to be heard as a 50 minute, self-contained whole. Sony could well afford to issue the whole compositions these songs are plucked from; as well, another defect is that for "Directions" to truly catalogue Miles progress and radical, world-shaking change, these Cds would have to be more like a 4 to 6 Cd box set and include work from the 1968 and late 69 tours.

But the live material from the early 60s is great as well, and at least somewhat shows what the title says, the many and marvelous Directions which Miles took his music and all higher culture with it.
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