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Miles Davis / Bitches Brew: 40th anniversary set repackaged

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This May, Sony will release a repackaged ‘bookset’ of their 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Miles Davis‘ 1970 genre bending classic Bitches Brew.

This more compact set dispenses with the two vinyl records that the previous edition (issued in 2010) included, but everything else is more or less intact. It comes with three CDs and a DVD, made up of the original 94 minutes of music plus six bonus tracks, and unissued (at the time) performances from Nov 1969 and August 1970 (audio and video respectively).

The book includes a 5,000-word essay by Greg Tate; Producers’ notes by Michael Cuscuna and Richard Seidel plus dozens of rare, unpublished photographs.

This will be released on 4 May 2015 and will be priced around the £15-20 mark. If you would prefer the more lavish 6-disc super deluxe SDE has identified a great deal.


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Bitches Brew: 2015 repackage (3CD+DVD)

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DEAL: Bitches Brew 2010 40th super deluxe (3CD+DVD+2LP)


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23 responses to Miles Davis / Bitches Brew: 40th anniversary set repackaged

  1. Rick Grubbs says:

    I wish Legacy would continue releasing the old metal spine boxes in this configuration. They released the Gil Evans set, the second quintet set and the Coltrane set. Bitches Brew would’ve been next on the list. There is quite a bit that’s on that set and not on this 40th anniversary set.

    • Anthony A says:

      You can buy the Metal Spine on eBay or Amazon USA. Contact Seller Sights4Sound on eBay who offered me a deal at $74.95 plus shipping via. Good luck

  2. Mike the Fisher says:

    It’s a shame the quad mix wasn’t put on the DVD. That could have been a deal maker.

  3. Dean says:

    Not sure where to put this comment – but I know it’s definitely not here.

    But since I don’t know where else, maybe Paul will catch it.

    Paul – I really dislike the new SDE Top Stories banner on the site. I think it’s quite a confusing layout – but actually my main issue with it is, I used to click on the site, and see the top story. If it was new, I’d read it, if it hadn’t changed, I’d move on. The new banner is so big, it means I now have to scroll down every time just to see if anything is new from my last visit.

    A step backwards – methinks.

    Thanks for the site, anyway.

  4. Fat Old Bloke says:

    I agree with poster above. Not a fan of the new banner above

  5. Gary says:

    Yeah I’m with the above two. Good idea, but it doesn’t work.

    On topic though I’m not sure if I really need this since I already have the Complete Bitches Brew Sessions set. I’ll have to do a check to see if there is anything other than the DVD that I’d want.

  6. Carl says:

    Add me to the list of those who dislike the top banner. Looks cluttered and confused. I preferred the artist list down the side where I could click on the artist and get recent articles directly related to them.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks for the feedback. It’s really a trial. Had some positive comments too. Will try to bring back that big artist list.

  7. johnny says:

    I think that’s one of those cheap Sony booksets – The worst packaging ever designed…I’be got about 5 of them and they are totally unusable…The discs are held in with a weird arrangement of clips that just does not work…

    I’m not saying ‘avoid’ but just make sure you’ decant the discs into something more practical….Otherwise be prepared to spend some time picking your CDs off the floor : (

  8. Tim Harrison says:

    I agree with the previous comments about the new banner…

  9. These packages are a good, affordable way of obtaining these sets, though I do personally prefer the original presentations. I do wish that Sony would have continued with the releasing of these complete session sets, particularly something based around the Agharta/Pangea albums as that for me is Miles taking the 70’s electric band to its absolute limits.

  10. Ron de Joode says:

    Everything after the release of The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions is redundant.

  11. Philip C. says:

    I ‘m with all the other comment posters – not liking the new banner.

  12. Jim says:

    Everything? Even The On The Corner Sessions and The Cellar Door Sessions? Both of which, incidentally, I’d love to see issued in one of these annoying book things if that’s going to be the only way to get them at a reasonable price.

    • Dean says:

      The On the Corner set – which I own in it’s metal spine version – is superb. I’d love others to be able to buy it more cheaply now, it deserves to be heard.

      • Lee says:

        I agree with a couple of the above posters. I’d really like affordable reissues of the ‘Complete On The Corner’ and ‘Seven Steps’ sets. I missed them when they came out and now the “metal spine” sets are changing hands for silly money.

  13. probablyrustin says:

    Paul, might I suggest just using the by-now-outdated “quick reference” side banner to achieve the same purpose as the new “top stories” one?

  14. Barnaba says:

    I’m not happy about the 100th version of Bitches Brew. There were many versions of original recording on 2CD, there was extended version on 2CD, super extended version on 4CD, than lavish 40th anniversary set…. and now yet another one which – I guess – will have less tracks than previous collector’s longbook edition, but DVD.

    I’m also not happy that this news pops out and nothing about the Official Bootleg series, which is one of the best archive material series of all time – and number of absolutely interesting Davis’ unreleased music is looong: next 1970 sessions without Chick Corea crew; the 1971’s line-up; the bizzare 1972 squads (this could be instead of obscure “Live 1972″) and so on, and so on up to the Japan 1975 performances and lost studio sessions.

  15. karl says:

    I just preordered and stoked about the great price. Never heard any Miles before so it’s sure to be exciting from the great reviews here.

  16. Stefan Richards says:

    As previously stated these are a nice affordable way to get the fantastic music contained therein. I bought the full-on boxset to get all the printed bells & whistles. I’m glad I did seeing what it goes for now. The absolute revelation of these 40th anniversary sets is the 180g vinyl pressing. I’ve got a fairly decent but not exceptional hi-fi but the fidelity of this pressing blew my goddam mind, earth shattering.

    I’m a big fan of all the metal-spine Miles boxsets & love everything about them, except maybe the price, but they’re so good I think they are actually worth it. It is a bit of a pity they didn’t carry on with that format for the two ‘Quintet Live In Europe’ & the ‘Miles At The Fillmore’ boxes but again they are an absolute steal at between £15-20.

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