Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by pig whisperer, Nov 4, 2008.
Which live Miles Davis album is your favorite. Why?
I haven't heard a single one...
If you accept boxes, the Plugged Nickel by a mile.
Otherwise, I'll go with miles in tokyo. Sam Rivers is incredible, to this day I cant understand why Miles let him go and went with George Coleman instead.
Is/Was the "Plugged Nickel" set available on vinyl too ? Parts of it ?
My favorite live is the JPN first issue 2 LP set, Miles Davis at the Plugged Nickel, Chicago. CBS/Sony Vol.1, 25AP 1 and CBS/Sony Vol. 2, 25AP 291. The music is great and the sonics are excellent. A friend of mine in DC has the Mosaic set, we A/B'd the sets and the JPN vinyl came out the clear winner sonically. Strictly as far as the music goes, definately the Plugged Nickel is my favorite live Davis.
Thanks for the replies. It is unanimous at this point. What sets the Plugged Nickel performances apart from all of the others?
George Coleman was in the band before Rivers. Wayne Shorter was Rivers' successor.
But I agree the Plugged Nickel material is essential.
I'm partial to Miles Davis At Fillmore from 1970, with Corea and Jarrett on keyboards and Miles out for blood. However, Plugged Nickel is great, as is Blackhawk from 1961, and Cellar Door from later in 1970.
My faves are the "My Funny Valentine" and "Four & More" two-fer, from 1964.
Sounds like I need to revisit "Miles in Tokyo" though....
IMO, his finest band, bar none, and some seriously smokin' performances. They were so on and imaginative for that week that it's almost criminal.
Challenging to even put a listing together of every official release
At Newport 1958
Friday at the Blackhawk
Saturday at the Blackhawk
At Carnegie Hall
Four & More
My Funny Valentine
Miles in Tokyo
Miles in Berlin
Miles Davis in Europe
Plugged Nickel box
Live at Fillmore East
In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
We Want Miles
Live Around the World
Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux (plus the 20 CD Montreux box)
All Stars Vol 1 & 2 Live
Live at the Barrel
Miles & Coltrane
Miles & Monk at Newport
Jazz at the Plaza
Miles in Antibes
It's About That Time
In Paris Festival International de Jazz
Birth of the Cool (the live disc on The Complete Birth of the Cool)
In Stockholm 1960 Complete
Miles! Miles! Miles! Live in Japan '81
Cellar Door Sessions
These aren't in any particular order, and I'm sure I'm missing a number of them (probably moreso from his early career). Plus, there are variations on some of them - Vol 1, Vol 2, Complete, etc.
Aggie: Good work! I was thinking about it, but got tired just thinking about it....
"The Plugged Nickel" box is fantastic, but in first place I have to put "My Funny Valentine."
Hmmm, looks like I need to get this. What's the best version to get, Mark?
You need the complete box set in my opinion. Unfortunately it's OOP.
Right. OOP and mega-costly, therefore,if you can find one, as I recall.
I'll put the word out with my contacts. You never know.....
It was available, complete, as a Mosaic vinyl set. OOP for years, though.
There were other editions on LP, like "Cookin at the Plugged Nickel", but I don't know how good they were. But for the complete performances, you just have the Mosaic set.
And my favorite live performances are:
Friday and Saturday night at the Blackhawk
Live in Berlin
And, of course, the Plugged Nickel.
The Plugged Nickel collection rocks me the hardest when I listen to it, but in terms of sheer volume of plays, I have to go with the Friday and Saturday Night at the Blackhawk sets. The band (Mobley / Kelley / Chambers / Cobb) doesn't have the sheer creativity or the crazy tempo modulations of the Shorter / Hancock / Carter / Williams grouping, but Davis is in absolutely amazing form throughout. In fact, I like Davis more on the Blackhawk dates than on the Plugged Nickel set. The version of "Walkin'" from Saturday night is amazing, simply amazing.
I also like the 1970 Fillmore 2-disc set with Shorter still in the band (It's About That Time).
My favorite live recording is also "My Funny Valentine" from 1964. By the way, my preferred digital version of this is the first Japanese pressing (35DP) which has a unique mastering. Other digital versions are also nice (Japan SACD, early European pressing), but that one I find the overall best.
My funny valentine.
If you do Buy a "Live" Miles Davis,do yourself a favor and stay away from the "Saturday Night" 2-Lp set..that's a journey thru a drug-fazed H---! Everything about it turned me off on it! It's a jumbled,out of tune and rhythm Album! YECHH!! Not one of his best-go with his "Plugged Nickel" Albums! Much Better!
If you can`t find the Plugged Nickel box at a good price,
There is a single cd sampler that is cheap and easy to find.
There is also the original Cookin and More Cookin At the Plugged Nickel,
and the japanese Sony mastersound cds sound realy good.
Maybe the Complete Boxset will be reissued on hybrid SACDs someday.
The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 set is my favourite, but the Miles Davis in Stockholm 1960–Complete 4CD-set on the Swedish Dragon label is a close second. Fantastic playing, especially by John Coltrane on the first two CDs (Sonny Stitt replaced Coltrane on the rest of the set).
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