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Miles Davis / Bitches Brew SACD

Miles Davis / Bitches Brew SACD

Sony Music in Japan have just released a multi-channel hybrid SACD (Super Audio CD) of Miles Davis‘ genre-busting 1970 classic Bitches Brew.

This multi-channel SACD features the QUAD mix on the multi-channel layer, while the stereo layer features a hi-res stereo 2018 remaster “derived from the original analog masters.”

As you can see from the unboxing video above, this SACD (it’s a two-disc set) is presented in an impressive oversized seven-inch gatefold package and includes a large booklet in English and Japanese and a sticker.

Bitches Brew SACD featuring the QUAD mix, is out now.

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Bitches Brew Quadraphonic SA-CD Multi Hybrid Edition

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DISC 1
1 PHARAOH’S DANCE / Miles Davis
2 BITCHES BREW / Miles Davis

DISC 2
1 SPANISH KEY / Miles Davis
2 JOHN MCLAUGHLIN / Miles Davis
3 MILES RUNS THE VOODOO DOWN / Miles Davis
4 SANCTUARY / Miles Davis

69 responses to Miles Davis / Bitches Brew SACD

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  2. Titch says:

    Received my copy from Amazon.co.jp today and have been playing Bitches Brew and Miles Runs The Voodoo Down. I’ve never heard the LP 4.0 quad mix before – this a phenomenal mix – way better than the other three/four multi-channel Miles Davis SACDs. The instruments are spread out (spaced out?) through four speakers and make the, often chaotic stereo mix into a heady live concert experience. There’s no way I can go back to the stereo version after this.

  3. movement says:

    I love that they did this, but unfortunately I absolutely can’t stand this album.

    • PCL says:

      Haha. I have that exact thought so often when I see well done (re)issues. And, less than five ago I would said the same thing about Bitches Brew as well. It has somewhat miraculously turned into a absolute favourite of mine since then.

  4. Titch says:

    I have the multi-channel Japanese Miles Davis SACDs of Kind Of Blue and In A Silent Way, as well as the Analogue Production SACDs of Seven Steps To Heaven and Someday My Prince Will Come. Only In A Silent Way is a quad recording – the others are more three-channel – but they sound great in a multi-channel set-up. It’s like being at a concert – the separation of instruments is a totally different experience to a stereo mix-down. There are a couple of other good jazz multi-channel SACDs – check out the Analogue Production Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out, as well as Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters.

  5. Brad Breault says:

    Thank you very much for this SACD update Paul, I have around 100 SACD’s and both a 5-disc changer and Blu-ray player that can play the format (anologue output and HDMI ouput from Blu-ray). I have always enjoyed this format as there is almost always a noticeable quality difference in playback even with normal stereo formats, probably from the help of DSD processing (the Brian Eno DSD remasters on standard CD are a good example). I also already own at least 4 different versions of “Bitches Brew” already but this is one of those rare albums that probably will really shine in a good multi-channel mix for anyone with at least a 5-channel speaker setup at home.
    I always thought if any company would come up with a good aftermarket DSD processor that can fit in a dashboard-size car CD/SACD player there would be a market for it, especially with more vehicles being built with 5 or 7 channel speaker systems from the factory. I’ve heard a couple aftermarket auto surround sound systems that are impressive but still pricey for the average person. Anyway, for someone who’s never owned this album and wants a good version on CD, I’m sure the standard CD layer on this will sound great even in a car.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      If you have the 2011 remaster, you will most likely not hear any difference. If you put on high quality headphones and play this SACD vs the 2011 regular remaster, you may hear the slightest difference. I don’t subject myself to that nor will I train myself to hear the difference because if I could actually hear the difference between the SACD and the same remaster on a regular CD, I will be annoyed with sound quality all the time. Bottom line, my advice, if you have the 2011 remaster and no access to surround sound, don’t buy this.
      Now there is a big difference between surround sound and stereo. The quad mix (surround sound) will definitely give you a better listening experience. I installed surround sound in my house last year and have bought many surround sound audio DVD’s, Blu Ray’s and SACD’s. It was a learning experience. Not all SACD’s, audio DVD and audio Blu Ray’s are surround sound and some surround sound mixes are better than others. But it was worth it.

  6. ANDREW r says:

    This may be a stupid request but if you already have many different copies of this (i do)
    Is there anything to be gained sonically if you don’t have a quad system?
    Thanks in advance

    • Ben in Colorado says:

      I am not sure what other copies you have but I would think the hi-res stereo 2018 remaster “derived from the original analog masters.”
      But then I don’t know all the versions out there myself.

  7. ben says:

    double vinyl is 17.45 euro at amazon spain… amazon.es

  8. Colin Harper says:

    As an aside, John McLaughlin (guitar on Bitches Brew) has a live album from his Farewell USA tour out on Abstract Logix next month – all Mahavishnu Orchestra tunes. Various different editions: http://www.abstractlogix.com/product/collectors-edition-intl-us/

  9. Ake Bergvall says:

    For those living in the US, ImportCD has the quad mix of Bitches Brew for $51.59 + postage.
    Also, Sony Japan is not the only ones offering classic Columbia Quad. Try the British Dutton Vocalion, a company that in recent years have put out a number of Quad SACDs from the early ’70s, including Illuminations by Carlos Santana and the first two Art Garfunkel solo albums. They are expertly mastered and sound great in a surround system. They have more light music and classical than rock, but there are other nuggets in addition to the ones mentioned.

  10. joemesk says:

    for sacd fans check the new Vocalion SACD

    classical music sacd are cheap and sound very nice ( see the new sacd podger Vivaldi )

    but pop rock jazz sacd are super expansive

    WHY???????

    regarding bitches brew i have paid 20 euros for the 4cd box and 50 euros for the last box with 2 LP , so 70 euros its to much

    • peter chrisp says:

      Unique when you you can actually see a person opening the box set, it’s worth having a look type in the album details & check out CD Japan

  11. unique says:

    £73 on amazon uk. that’s nuts. i want this, but that’s crazy money. it would have been better on bluray as probably more people could play it. i still have my denon sacd/dvda compatible bluray player connected even though i now have a 4k BR player, but that doesn’t do sacd/dvda

  12. Rob says:

    These Sony Japanese SACDs with vintage 70’s quad mixes have been a very sweet series. The price has forced me to be very selective as to which ones I have bought. However, there are several Sony quad titles that I would love to see get this treatment, especially Billy Joel’s “Turnstiles” and “Piano Man”. A while back Sony announced Simon & Garfunkle’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as a quad SACD and it was even listed on all the usual sites. Unfortunately the release got canceled without explanation.

  13. (+> Peter B says:

    I have a few Miles Davis albums, but not this one – I never know which of the 120+ versions I should get! https://www.discogs.com/Miles-Davis-Bitches-Brew/master/8260

  14. Wayne Olsen says:

    God bless Japan. A nation that still loves CDs.

  15. David Hartley says:

    Thanks very much for the notification, Paul. A “must-buy” (and now a “just bought”) from Amazon Japan. And to echo a previous poster, yes, please keep us up to date with any SACDs too, especially if more Miles may be released.

  16. elliott buckingham says:

    I wonder why no bluray release I have a sony sacd player that bizarrely only plays the hi def layer in stereo which seems it pointless being a sacd player and it wasnt cheap

  17. plasket says:

    Am I the only one who wishes the CD portion was a stereo mixdown of the quad mix? Playing matrixed quad LPs in stereo can yield interesting results.

  18. Michael says:

    This CDJapan SACD offering of “Bitches Brew” looks sumptuous…and very tempting especially because it’s being presented in quad sound. I have many CDJapan SACDs in my collection, which when played on my universal OPPO system only have a PCM format — no DSD like Mobile Fidelity and Sony. To my ear, DSD has a greater dynamic, although PCM is still an improvement over standard Red Book CDs if you turn up the volume a tick. All in all, I love CDJapan’s product line, but it does get a bit costly, especially when you factor in shipping costs. Oh, decisions, decisions :-/

    • chrrrr says:

      All SACDs contain DSD. Maybe you got an SHM-CD or something like that? Or the OPPO plays the CD layer by mistake if it’s a hybrid disc?

    • Mikael says:

      My Oppo is perfectly capable of decoding DSD, are you sure this is not a configuration or settings issue?

      • Michael says:

        Thanks for your response, Mikael, as well as the other SDE bloggers. I checked my A/V user manuals, connections, and did some research on-line for both the OPPO and my Marantz amp/receiver. What I discovered is that the more recent Marantz amp/receivers inexplicably no longer support DSD through HDMI connection, but instead convert a PCM signal by decoding it through ProLogic II or other selected sound format.

        I didn’t realize this before, and just a few days ago noted the SACD-SHM disc I was playing lit up as PCM on the Marantz menu. I mistakenly assumed these discs did not have DSD — but they do. Upon closer examination, I was surprised to see all my SACD discs are displayed as PCM. In the light of this, I apologize for my error about DSD not being present on these SACD discs.

        • Francois says:

          I have a Marantz 7011 from 2017 and it fully supports DSD through HDMI. I guess it depends on the amplifier, but the 2018 line also support DSD through HDMI with direct DSD decoding from the 5012 model and above. Of course this is the AV line, this may not apply to Hi-fi stereo line?

        • Francois says:

          What you should check is if in the Oppo configuration you have not set the SACD output to PCM. If you have not set the SACD output to DSD (not “auto” as the HDMI instruction may not pass very well from the Marantz to the OPPO) the OPPO player may convert the DSD signal to a 88.2khz/24bit PCM signal before sending it to the Marantz Amp. Also you must plug the OPPO to the blu-ray HDMI input on the Marantz. Hope this helps.

          • Michael says:

            Francois, with my OPPO set to “DSD” it will only play via RCA cable connections to my Marantz, which then also displays “DSD” on its menu and converts to analogue.

            So I was finally able to sample DSD using RCA cables rather than HDMI, but my brother and I had a difficult time noticing much, if any improvement between DSD vs. 24-bit PCM from the same Wynton Marsalis SACD played on the OPPO. Given that, I’m not going to fuss anymore about what sound signal technology is the absolute best, and just order the “Bitches Brew” SACD so I can enjoy this jazz masterpiece in quad sound :-) I appreciate everyone’s tech support and suggestions.

    • DuncanS says:

      A single layer SACD or the SACD layer on a Hybrid is DSD only, not PCM. SACDs can’t be PCM encoded. I have an Oppo as well, and have mine set to convert the DSD to PCM.

    • Galley says:

      Michael, all SACDs are encoded in DSD. Players and Receivers which don’t support DSD natively will convert it to PCM.

      • Scott G says:

        @Galley. A standard CD player cannot convert DSD to PCM. It will play the CD layer of an SACD assuming it is a hybrid disc which most are.
        @DuncanS. If you can I would also suggest that you utilise the OPPO analogue outputs and do not set it for DSD to PCM as this does lose quality. If you set the SACD output to DSD the OPPO directly converts from DSD to analogue.
        @Gerry. No you cant RIP the DSD layer using DVD Audio Extractor because you would need an SACD drive for your PC which AFAIK are not commercially available. BUT You can RIP SACDs using the 103 and 105 series OPPO players to a PC (not the 203 or 205). I also believe there are other SACD player on the market that can do this.
        The problem with RIPPING SACDs is that it is not a true reversal of the original source but hey it works.

        • Gerry says:

          Scott – Thanks for the info! I’d forgotten all about SACD being DSD. I’m actually on the OPPO waiting list for the 205 but as you say that won’t help with this. So it looks like a plan B … and based on past experience I’d say there’s a damn good chance those SONY Marketing Gods will eventually offer up yet another purchase opportunity with the hi-res stereo 2018 remaster “derived from the original analog masters” … at HDtracks etc. so fingers are crossed.

    • AdamW says:

      I don’t understand your comment:

      – CDJapan is a retailer. SACDs from there will play and sound the same as if you bought them anywhere else. This Miles Davis release is manufactured by Sony.

      – 100% of SACDs use DSD audio – it is literally in the definition of the format itself. (Also, you can get direct DSD output from the Oppo, but not through HDMI – doing that will convert it to PCM.)

      – PCM is the same as “Red Book CDs.” 100% of Red Book CDs use PCM audio, again by definition.

    • TimRiz says:

      As Amazon Japan is closed for Australian residents, I ended up ordering my copy from cdjapan.co.jp.

      The price is actually cheaper than buying from Amazon, which is great.

      Looking forward to listening to this classic!

    • Jack MPLS says:

      I rec’d my Japan SACD today and currently playing the Multi Channel mix on my OPPO and both the player and my Denon AVR both have the DSD lovhts activated!

      Unless there is an error this set contains the Quad in DSD

  19. Kauwgompie says:

    I typically don’t preorder but I preordered this 2 weeks ago. This is a must have for all multi-channel enthusiasts. Who would not want to have Bitches Brew in Quad mix? Great release!! It of course begs the question why it wasn’t included in the SDE version of this album from 2010 but we know there is no logic to what labels do or don’t do. I ordered mine from CDJapan and paid $59 including shipping. On CDjapan it says it’s “In Shipping Process”. Don’t know what that means but I hope that means it’s in the mail. I see some people already received their copy, so hopefully mine will arrive soon.

    • RJS says:

      “It of course begs the question why it wasn’t included in the SDE version of this album from 2010 but we know there is no logic to what labels do or don’t do”

      There is a logic. It means you and many others have bought the album again.

  20. Ben in Colorado says:

    Ouch.
    I have a lot of copies of this album, but this was an instant buy.
    I am a sucker for my favorite artist’s albums in special packaging from japan. Always done perfectly.

    Amazon JP for $60 to Colorado including shipping.
    I usually get things in 2 days from Amazon JP. Which is nice.

  21. Mike T says:

    I just got my copy today, yet I notice in the video posted by Paul (unboxing video), there is a gold sticker on the back of the copy in the video that is absent from my copy (purchased from CDJapan). Paul, if you may, what is that gold sticker on your copy?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Hi Mike… that video wasn’t one of mine, actually. CDJapan created that themselves, so can’t help I’m afraid :) P

    • greg says:

      The gold sticker is just a “this is a promotional copy” ID. It won’t appear on retail copies.

  22. Phil Cohen says:

    Be careful when ordering. Look at the release date, because an older, stereo-only Japanese SACD of “Bitches Brew” is still in print. My Quadraphonic SACD of “Bitches Brew” is in route to me now. Sony in Japan have also issued similar Quadraphonic (+stereo) hybrid SACD’s in Deluxe 7″ packaging, including;

    Santana-Lotus
    Carole King Tapestry
    Jeff Beck Group-Rough & Ready
    Jeff Beck Group-(Self-titled 3rd album)
    Beck, Bogert & Appice
    Jeff Beck-Blow By Blow
    Jeff Beck-Wired

    Japan has a pressing plant that can manufacture Hybrid SACD’s, so I wonder why Sony doesn’t release more gems from the CBS/Columbia/EPIC/RCA Quadraphonic back catalog. For example, every album from the first 8 years of Sanatana’s career exists in a Quadraphonic mix. and, of course, there’s another Miles Davis Quadraphonic album (“Live-Evil”)

    • Larry Davis says:

      Wow, Pri-CEY!!! But I am majorly curious, what’s the difference between this “Quadrophonic SACD” and the Japan-only format “Blu-Spec”?? It’s been said that “Blu-Spec” was the best format and Sony Japan put out multiple titles in that format, which also played in regular CD players and sounded the best, superb…now this?? But yeah, whatever format, Miles’ “Bitches Brew” rocks…loved that 40th Anniversary box…

  23. Michael Khalsa says:

    Paul please keep writing about SACD releases. I heard about a few that I would like way after the fact & they are now expensive.

  24. Andy says:

    $60 from Amazon JP all in vs $77 plus tax on Amazon US… if you can navigate through the language ;-)

  25. Paul S says:

    Ordered mine from reliable seller on ebay 54 usd items usually come without customs charges which is a great bonus off course. Be interesting to see if it betters mobile fidelity SACD that is superb.

  26. Joey says:

    I got mine just this past Monday
    The packaging is so cool, and it sounds phenomenal.
    A bit pricey but completely worth it.

  27. Bob Romano says:

    Got mine today. Amazing package and the sound is beautiful. The quad mix really opens things up and is a really engaging mix. I have surround in my car. Can’t wait to get it out there for a spin during a nice long drive.

    • Armidge says:

      How do you have surround in your car? Can you list equipment? That would be a dream come true for me. I don’t know if I’d ever come home.

      • Bob Romano says:

        I have an Acura TLX. It will play surround discs. DTScd only but with a little work discs can be made from any surround disc to play in the car. It used to have DVDA but that has since changed in the 2018 model though it is still the ELS system designed by Elliott Scheiner. Sounds really great too.

  28. Jeff says:

    I pre-ordered my copies over a week ago from CD Japan!! Already on the way

  29. Philip Birtwistle says:

    Found a decent voucher for money off at CD Japan (out of date now sadly) and my copy making its way slowly towards England as I type!! Seems like this could be the crowning glory of Bitchjes Brew releases.

  30. Gerry says:

    “…while the stereo layer features a hi-res stereo 2018 remaster derived from the original analog masters.”

    I don’t own a SACD player. Does the “hybrid SACD” format mean that I could rip the hi-res stereo tracks using the DVD Audio Extractor application? I’ve done this successfully with DVD-Audio and Blu-ray discs. If so I’d be tempted to grab this disc. Of course there’s always the chance that this stereo remaster will eventually show up at HDtracks etc. Cheers!

    • Jeff says:

      All Hybrid SACDs play on normal CD players and sound better than normal CDs IMHO

    • David James says:

      Unfortunately it doesn’t. Because the hi res layer will only play in a dedicated SACD player/drive.
      There is a way if you own an Oppo/Cambridge Audio multi format BD player. Its quite complicated but once setup its like ripping a CD (but a lot slower) and you can rip both the multichannel and stereo layers.

    • Nope. You’re going to need an SACD player to play this and access that layer. To my knowledge, there are no SACD capable computer CD drives. The vast majority of SACD decks only output the SACD content via analog outs for copy protection reasons. Only more recently have a few players been able to output the SACD layer via HDMI.

      Otherwise, you’ll be limited to the Redbook CD layer.

  31. Steven Roberts says:

    Looks really nice, but Lordy, the import duties and exchange rates are KILLERS.

    Goddamn Brexit !!!! :(

    • Klaus says:

      I assist your comment on Brexit but as it has not even started and besides that Japan clearly is not a member of the European Union i’m afraid that you can’t blame it for import duties and exchange rates in this case. ;-)

  32. John Murray says:

    As a Miles Davis and a SACD fan I’m really tempted by this, but my last two orders from CDJapan have both been intercepted by Customs – with duties and charges I ended up paying over £35 for a Deep Purple SACD recently!! I can’t risk (or afford) that again….

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Go with Amazon Japan then… they do the whole ‘import deposit fee’ in advance, guaranteeing no extra charges. I ordered one for myself and it was about £57 all in (not cheap obviously, but definitely no customs charges).

  33. Preetam says:

    Ooh La La! About $58CAD with insurance from CD Japan; to spend or not to spend.
    I can always eat less to compensate the expense :)
    What a release!!
    Thanks for sharing, Paul ..

    • Jeff says:

      There is no way you got it for that much unless you used your points you get from them. Why do I know this is because I pre-ordered myself from CD Japan as well and it costs just over $60 US with DHL shipping including. Nice try anyhow

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