Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2 Box set, CD+DVD
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Recorded 11/7/69 at Berliner Jazztage in the Berlin Philharmonie
1. Introduction by John O Brien-Docker
3. Bitches Brew
4. It s About That Time
5. I Fall In Love Too Easily
7. The Theme
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The sound quality on the three discs is pristine, even better than the Fillmore's East and West releases from 1970 featuring many of these same musicians, and I'm just thankful I caved and bought it even though I already own bootlegs of these shows. Every instrument sounds extremely crisp, allowing the listener to hear just how precise and on point these guys were, with intertwining melodies that never falter, even during the sudden and various tempo shifts throughout.
"Bitches Brew" here (performed just a couple months after it was recorded for the album) is definitely intriguing, though seemingly still a work in progress compared with later live performances, while songs like "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" and Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight' are straight-up mind-blowers that are nearly impossible to absorb on the first, or even second or third, listen. There are no duds here, nor even any real hiccups along the way, at least that I can tell, which is amazing for a band so heavily improvisational.Read more ›
Besides Davis, Corea was playing some of his best music yet. His keyboard work brings this music to life. And Shorter was still playing with excitement and inventiveness, even though he would leave the band a short time later. But the real secret of this band was the rhythm section. Holland on bass-how could it get any better? And with DeJohnette's more straightforward style, the soloists knew they could go anywhere and still find their way back. In my opinion the rhythm section is this band's secret weapon.
The first two discs have several compositions that fans of this period will know-two versions each of of "Directions", "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", and "Sanctuary".Read more ›
These performances were recorded after the departure of Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Yes, it's a different band but no less groundbreaking. Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette, in all their youthful glory, are the rhythm section. Wayne Shorter would stay with the band for another 6 or 8 months. This is what the band sounded like just before the Bitches Brew sessions in August 1969. There's a lot of experimentation; nothing appears to be off-limits. These are wonderfully adventurous performances. None of the new guys are trying to copy their predecessors; Miles and Wayne are in peak form. And there's a DVD performance! C'mon, this is a no-brainer.
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What a music! This collection is a treasure not only for Miles Davis fans but for everybody that likes music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by alfredo arche
just amazing. forget about the relatively poor recording quality and enjoy this incredible group.Published 5 months ago by Rome is Home
3 CDs and a DVD of amazing electric music from one of Miles' greatest bands. The DVD isn't mixed that great, but, hey. it was 1969.Published 9 months ago by Larry Scarano
I have very mixed feelings about this second installment in the Miles Davis Bootleg Series. I can't give this 5 stars because overall between packaging and sound it is worlds... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark
Great as it is to have the "Lost Quintet" officially documented by Columbia, it's clear that the source tapes are not particularly high quality radio station recordings... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Beatfan 57
Yet another missing link. Just like the Cellar Door concerts, Complete Jack Johnson, Silent Way, and other box sets released in more recent years, this set shows us the formulation... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert Boban