Miles Davis ‎– Agharta

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Agharta was recorded in 1975. Both Agharta and Pangaea were recorded on the same day in Osaka, Japan. The Agharta concert took place during an afternoon matinée, whereas Pangaea was recorded in the evening.

On all versions of this release tracks C and D (LP-wise) on the second disc are mixed up, so the second disc's first track is really the one labeled "Theme From Jack Johnson" (which is a full performance of "Right Off" and ends with a version of the theme from "So What", a track from Davis' 1959 LP Kind of Blue). So track D is actually the one labeled "Interlude" and is a medley of "Ife" and "For Dave". For CD releases, these two tracks were merged into a single seamless track.

The master tapes for both Pangaea and Agharta were quite heavily remixed when prepared for release on CD. This led to a lot more detail and separation of instruments being heard on the original LP releases, as well as an overall richer and fuller sound. This has somewhat been corrected with the Japanese DSD sound remaster that was released on CD in 2006.

Tracklist

Prelude (Part 1) 22:14
Prelude (Part 2) / Maiysha 23:01
Interlude 26:17
Theme From Jack Johnson 25:59

Versions (41)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBS 88 159, CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 88 159, CBS 88159 Europe 1975 Sell This Version
SOPJ 92~93, SOPJ 92-93 Miles Davis Agharta = アガルタの凱歌(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS/Sony, CBS/Sony SOPJ 92~93, SOPJ 92-93 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
SKPQ-17 Miles Davis = マイルズ・デイビス* Miles Davis = マイルズ・デイビス* - Agharta = アガルタの凱歌(Cass, Album) CBS/Sony SKPQ-17 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS CBS 88159 UK 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 88 159, 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 88 159, 88159 Europe 1975 Sell This Version
S 88159, S 80984, S 80985 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS, CBS, CBS S 88159, S 80984, S 80985 UK 1975 Sell This Version
2PC 176 Miles Davis Agharta(Cass, Album, Pap) CBS 2PC 176 New Zealand 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 88 159, CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 88 159, CBS 88159 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
CBS 88159, CBS 80984-5 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 88159, CBS 80984-5 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
PG 33967 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) Columbia PG 33967 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
PG 33967 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, Gat) Columbia PG 33967 US 1976 Sell This Version
S 88159, S 80984, S 80985 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS, CBS, CBS S 88159, S 80984, S 80985 Spain 1976 Sell This Version
PG 33967 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, Promo, Ter) Columbia PG 33967 US 1976 Sell This Version
PG 33967 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, W/Lbl) Columbia PG 33967 US 1976 Sell This Version
PGT 33967 Miles Davis Agharta(Cass, Album) Columbia PGT 33967 US 1976 Sell This Version
36AP 1787~8 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 36AP 1787~8 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
28AP 2167~8 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 28AP 2167~8 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
50DP 237~8 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) CBS/Sony 50DP 237~8 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
CSCS 5154~5 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony CSCS 5154~5 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
C2K 46799 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy C2K 46799 US 1991 Sell This Version
467897 2, COL 467897 2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 467897 2, COL 467897 2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
C2T 46799 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCass, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy C2T 46799 US 1991 Sell This Version
SRCS 9128~9, SRCS9128-9 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records, Sony Records SRCS 9128~9, SRCS9128-9 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
RR-98-006-2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Release Records (3) RR-98-006-2 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
SRCS 9720~1 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) SME Records SRCS 9720~1 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
SRCS 9720-1 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, DSD) SME Records SRCS 9720-1 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
SICP 1230/31 Miles Davis Agharta = アガルタの凱歌(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Music Japan International Inc. SICP 1230/31 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
SICP 20067~8 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Sony Records Int'l SICP 20067~8 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
4M811 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4M811 US 2011 Sell This Version
SICP 30273-4 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Blu) Sony Records Int'l SICP 30273-4 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
MOVLP134 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Music On Vinyl, Columbia MOVLP134 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
467897 2, COL 467897 2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 467897 2, COL 467897 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
COL 467897 2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia COL 467897 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
467897-2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 467897-2 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
C2K 46799 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Columbia, Legacy C2K 46799 US Unknown Sell This Version
C2K 46799 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Columbia, Legacy C2K 46799 US Unknown Sell This Version
C2K 46799 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Columbia, Legacy C2K 46799 US Unknown Sell This Version
88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE) Columbia 88159 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Columbia 88159 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, Red) CBS CBS 88159 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
none Miles Davis Agharta(5xFile, MP3, Album, RE, VBR) Columbia, Legacy none US Unknown

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funk-meister

funk-meister

May 5, 2020
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 88159
Yep, I noticed the same thing when compared to the Japanese original mix. Some jutting Cosey guitar seems to have been mixed out or back in places when he is not soloing, but these parts seem to be still there (just maybe not as prominent as the other Reggie Lewis wah wah rhythm on the other side until he solos - although I didn't obsess over comparing all 32 minutes worth so may be wrong]. Overall, I am very happy with this reissue on vinyl [and I have a NM- clean second hand copy of the same Netherlands LP reissue with this barcode]. I still found this a great listen and very listenable excursion with good separation but nice 70's sound and Japanese production.
srcosmo

srcosmo

April 17, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, CBS 88 159, CBS 88159

Here it is, folks: Agharta is the dark heart at the center of Miles Davis's electric jungle. This is the forbidden temple, where no one who enters comes out the same.

Miles certainly didn't: shortly after recording this concert and its sister set, he packed it in and went home, intending to retire for good. Years later, a different Miles Davis emerged out of hibernation: a healthier, stabler man, but a less interesting musician. Agharta documents the tail end of the final groundbreaking phase of Davis's career, when he was nearing his physical and mental limits.

Miles' live bands of the era had always seemed unstable. Recordings from '73 and '74 show groups trying to find their footing, experimenting with a muddy sitar or adding a 3rd guitarist for a one-night gig (with no rehearsal, of course).

But after the addition of Sonny Fortune on reeds, things solidified. The rest of the players had been in Davis's orbit since On the Corner in '72: Michael Henderson, R&B wizard; Reggie Lucas, underrated hero of rhythm guitar; Pete Cosey on guitar and synth; Al Foster on hi-hats; Mtume on assorted percussion.

The group toured relentlessly. And in Osaka, in February of 1975, they turned in this performance: the high point of an era, or maybe a lifetime.

Listeners hoping for the energetic Miles of Bitches Brew, or the nimble Miles of Jack Johnson, will be disappointed. His playing is technically poor. He sounds tired, his embouchure's shot, and he spends more time on the organ than the trumpet.

But what he achieves as a conductor is something else entirely. He signals song transitions with a key phrase, knocks players off their feet with dissonant organ, cuts out the band from underneath the soloist and leaves them to spiral out on their own.

Miles's real-time editing decisions are the invisible 8th member of the group. Inspired by composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Miles sets out to recreate in real time the same sort of disorienting stop-and-start technique that Teo Macero pioneered in the studio.

Imagine Agharta as a primordial soup: a young earth trying to survive & grow. Miles orbits the planet, firing death rays at it from his Yamaha space station. That's the dynamic here. Yet this unlikely blend of avant-garde voodoo funk works! With Miles' unpredictable contributions driving them on, the band explores some very strange territory. There are many variations on the same themes available on bootlegs of the period, but none have the depth and energy of Agharta.

Every time I listen to this record, I hear something new. Some interplay between two instruments I hadn't noticed before, some hidden shade of color to a solo, some little rhythmic fill.

Lesser artists could've built whole careers by mining riffs that Lucas, Henderson, and Cosey toss off in 2 bars. There's a lot to absorb. Like the mysterious subterranean city on the record cover, Agharta is dense, dark, and unwelcoming. But its hidden world is rich and so, so rewarding when you finally journey inside.
adaug

adaug

January 3, 2019
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 4M811
compared to my early columbia copy, the sound on the 2011 4menwbeards reissue is quite different. beefier, thicker, more bass, but cloudier, not as clear or defined, might say muddier. perhaps not as good sounding, but it pumps out that dark voodoo in a darker way. will keep it too, esp with the alt cover art it sports.
adaug

adaug

January 3, 2019
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 88159
oddly, on my copy of what seems to be this reissue pressing, the guitarist in the right channel on prelude is mixed out! in disbelief, i went back and forth a number of times with my early columbia pressing. yep - he gone. for some reason an integral part of the song is mixed out. how mysterious. snafu? damaged tape? drugged out engineer? contractual thing? grudge by miles?
fafuthegreat

fafuthegreat

April 1, 2017
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, MOVLP134
Just realized on mine side 3 is labeled as side 4 and vice versa. Anyone else have that issue?
booztravlr

booztravlr

February 17, 2017
referencing Agharta = アガルタの凱歌, 2xLP, Album, Gat, SOPJ 92~93, SOPJ 92-93
This is being added to multiple releases so hopefully more people can see it. I’ve been on here for 5 ½ years but not until now have I felt the need to post. About a month ago I purchased an Agharta reissue [MOVLP134]. Let me first say I have been a fan of Music On Vinyl for quite some time. I own +10 of their releases but for the sake of this post I’ll limit it to just my Miles Davis copies; Get Up With It [MOVLP1513] and Black Beauty [MOVLP1427]. All three of the MOV releases I own sound great on my system. The music is well balanced and there is hardly any surface noise during the quieter sections. While the artwork is limited to just a gatefold and even though they don’t come with any inserts it is still a very worthwhile and affordable purchase of ~$25 per 2 LP set. (Collector’s Choice will still have them if you’re lucky)

I was able to purchase a local copy of the Pangaea reissue [4M810DLP]. I was not impressed by the 4 Men With Beards release. The sound was somewhat flat compared to the MOV releases. In the end, that’s what it’s all about, so if you’re in the market for a cheaper reissue I would suggest you seek out MOV instead of 4MWB.

After reading multiple posts by anothermansvinyl I decided I would put his comments to the test so I purchased original copies from Japan of Agharta [SOPJ 92~93] and Pangaea [SOPZ 96~97]. These arrived quickly and in nearly flawless condition. I then took them to my parents who have a PX-950 receiver and Klipsch speakers. I don’t recall their turntable model but it’s at the same level as their receiver and speakers. We compared sections of Agharta and Pangaea between the OP and reissues in a ‘blind listen test’. As anothermansvinyl pointed out, the OP are top notch. The sound is so rich and deep and you can definitely pick up on the subtle background music during the busy parts. These are easily in my top 5 for all around quality of all albums I own (~160). However, the MOV sounded great on their system it was just a little quieter overall. While it wasn’t as impressive as the OP, unless you have a keen ear and/or an advanced receiver/speakers/turntable system then you may not really care about these differences. My system isn’t as nice as theirs so the differences weren’t as pronounced but again, I was able to pick out the OP every time.

In the end I’d agree with anothermansvinyl. If you truly want to appreciate the music for what it is and invest in albums that will only go up in value, you should really splurge and get the OP for Agharta, Pangaea and even Dark Magus (I’m working on that right now). At the same time, I would also highly recommend Music On Vinyl releases for those who don't consider the packaging and/or subtleties some of the OP contain to be worth twice the price.
Walli

Walli

February 9, 2003
referencing Agharta, 2xCD, Album, RE, RM, 467897 2, COL 467897 2

Agharta was recorded live and represented Miles' band at it's most abstract and atmospheric, with the use of three guitars and long vamps.