Gorgeous Box Set Celebrates Groundbreaking Jazz-Rock Fusion Album With Unissued Live Performances, Bonus Tracks, and Tons of Memorabilia
52-Page Book and Additional Memorabilia Envelope Feature Essays, Paintings, Photographs, Memos, Prints, and More
DVD Chronicles Previously Unreleased 1969 Performance by Crack Davis Band
At last, the greatest jazz-fusion album in the history of music receives the treatment it's always deserved. Advancing the electronic experimentation Miles Davis fostered on In A Silent Way and carrying the techniques to revolutionary proportions, Bitches Brew makes improvisational elements seem normal, the crossover of jazz and rock natural, and the experience of music listening downright spiritual.
Commemorating its release in 1970 and profound impact on modern music, the 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew is housed in a 12" x 12" slipcase box and contains anaudiophile 180g vinyl double-LP gatefold replication of the original album, two CDs with the original 94-plus minutes of music plus six bonus tracks, and a third CD of a previously unissued performance at Tanglewood in August of 1970 featuring Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, and Gary Bartz. If that isn't enough, there's a DVD of a previously unissued performance in Copenhagen in November of 1969, with Wayne Shorter, Corea, Holland, and DeJohnette.
Also included is a 52 page full-color 12"x12" book with a 500-word essay by journalist/author/producer/musician Greg Tate, producer's notes by Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel (the box's co-producers), and a Lenny White interview by author Ashley Kahn. The book features Mati Klarwein's painting Zonked (a psychedelic portrait of Davis' wife, Betty, which also encodes a profile of Miles) on its cover, plus dozens of rare, unpublished photographs and record label memos.
In addition, a memorabilia envelope that stores a reproduction of the Miles Davis Rolling Stone cover story from December of 1969, previously unseen correspondence from Teo Macero's archives, reproductions of three Fillmore West concert tickets from April of 1970, high-quality photograph prints, and a foldout poster is also included. What a set!
We're also happy to report that the remastered sound is phenomenal, placing Miles and Co. amidst a tremendous soundstage free of grain, surface noise, and limited dynamics. Few records in the history of music are more important, revolutionary, or justifiably revered than Bitches Brew. If ever a jazz album warranted such extravagance, it's this 1970 masterpiece.