Miles Davis - Live In Tokyo 1975 *Hi Hat Label*

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  1. deadbase

    deadbase Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Has anyone heard this? I'm sure it's garbage, but I'm looking to pick up Agharta and Pangaea. Heard really bad things about the 4 Men releases.

  2. David67

    David67 Forum Resident

    Just received my DOUBLE disc SET today and its a very good sound board recording.

    Check it out on YouTube below:

    Miles Davis Septet
    Another Unity
    Shinjuku Kohseinenkin Hall, Tokyo - January 22, 1975.
    Very good soundboard.

    After listening to this release and to the 1975 official Japan tour albums (Agharta and Pangaea), it’s hard to imagine that a few months down the road, Miles Davis was seriously thinking about quitting music. According to the wikipedia, by the time the group reached Japan in February 1975, Davis was teetering on a physical breakdown and required copious amounts of vodka and narcotics to complete his engagements...

    (set 1):
    00:00 Band warming up 2:33
    02:33 Funk 21:22
    23:55 Maiysha 15:44

    (set 2):
    0:39:39 Ife 18:19
    0:57:59 Mtume 4:10
    1:02:09 Turnaround Phase 5:20
    1:07:29 Tune In 5 4:06
    1:11:35 Untitled 10:31

    Miles Davis - trumpet, organ
    Sonny Fortune - alto & soprano sax, flute
    Pete Cosey - guitar, synthesizer, kalimba, table percussion
    Reggie Lucas - guitar
    Michael Henderson - bass
    James “Mtume” Heath (aka Foreman) - percussion, rhythm box
    Al Foster - drums

    ...But by then, the band had the moves down pat; the music was exciting and Miles was practically bleeding his horn. In his Autobiography, he said: “When I finished all the gigs with Herbie and came back to New York in the summer of 1975, I was thinking seriously about quitting…

    “I quit primarily because of health reasons, but also because I was spiritually tired of all the ******** I had been going through for all those long years. I felt artistically drained, tired. I didn’t have anything else to say musically… I was sick and tired of going in and out of hospitals and hobbling around, on and off stage. I was beginning to see pity in people’s eyes when they looked at me…

    “I thought I might be gone for maybe six months, but the longer I stayed away the more uncertain I was whether I was going to come back at all. And the more I stayed away, the deeper I sank into another dark world, almost as dark as the one I had pulled myself out of when I was a junkie… In the end it took almost six years and even then I was doubtful whether I could truly come all the way back.

    “From 1975 until early 1980 I didn’t pick up my horn; for over four years, didn’t pick it up once.”

    One week after this Tokyo show, Miles was in Osaka and the Osaka shows were recorded and released as Agharta and Pangaea. Agharta is considered a high point of the electric Miles and fans such as Tom Djll (writing in One Final Note) much preferred the official release as opposed to the bootleg: “At the end of this bootleg bout, we find the official concert recordings of the 1975 band - Agharta and Pangaea - still the champions of the electric Miles canon (they sport awesome covers, too).

    “Simply put, those records are better recorded and better mixed (although no less than three different mixes on various CBS/Sony domestic and Japanese issues have been offered over the years, adding to the general confusion about this period). But the prime reason the official releases stand out is because the musicians knew that Columbia, in the person of Teo Macero, was rolling the tape, and that posterity might be standing in judgment someday.”

    Then there are fans such as emperor nobody who would swear by this: “This concert almost eclipses Agharta and blows away Pangaea… I’ll say that this is as tight, as focused, as dynamically diverse, and as balls-out shredding as ANY MILES ELECTRIC SHOW that I have ever heard, period. Whatever Pete Cosey’s on in this one ought to be put in the water supply, that’s all I can say.”

    Or fans can just sit back and enjoy all the different shows.

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  3. spotlightkid

    spotlightkid Senior Member

    I have the two CD set.

    This is a must have.
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  4. Lonson

    Lonson Just a Lucky So-and-so

    I wish it were an "official release"--part of the Bootleg Serives from Columbia/Sony.
  5. David67

    David67 Forum Resident

    So do I but the High Hat release is still worth grabbing.
  6. Muggles

    Muggles Forum Resident

    Indeed. Listened on YouTube. Ordered on Amazon. That was easy.

    As much as I like the Fillmore set, Japan '75 would be the ultimate Bootleg Series release.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
  7. hanleyp

    hanleyp Forum Resident

    thanks for the heads up ordering mine now!!!
  8. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident

    It's great!

    terrifying even!

    sound is clear and shimmery.

    much wilder and hair raising in parts than the official releases a week or so later.

    a must have.
  9. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    Hmmm interesting. Too bad the cover looks like it was done by a 12 year old.
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