Miles Davis ‎– Big Fun

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Great Expectations 27:34
Ife 21:33
Go Ahead John 28:26
Lonely Fire 21:21

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PG 32866 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album) Columbia PG 32866 US 1974 Sell This Version
S 88024, CBS S 88024, CBS 88024 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album) CBS, CBS, CBS S 88024, CBS S 88024, CBS 88024 Europe 1974 Sell This Version
88024 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album) CBS 88024 Spain 1974 Sell This Version
88024 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album) CBS 88024 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
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PG 32866 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album) Columbia PG 32866 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
SOPW-5~6 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album) CBS/Sony SOPW-5~6 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
S2BP 220152 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album, Promo, Smplr) CBS S2BP 220152 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
28AP 2159~60 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 28AP 2159~60 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
50DP 705~6 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 50DP 705~6 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
A2 21398 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) CBS A2 21398 US 1987 Sell This Version
EC103, EC104 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCass, Album) ECHO (7) EC103, EC104 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
SRCS 5713~4 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE) Sony Records SRCS 5713~4 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
88024 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xLP, Album, RE) Columbia 88024 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
SRCS 9321-2 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records SRCS 9321-2 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
C2K 63973 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, Promo, RE) Columbia, Legacy C2K 63973 US 2000 Sell This Version
C2K 63973 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy C2K 63973 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
C2K 63973 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy C2K 63973 US 2000 Sell This Version
C2K 63973 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy C2K 63973 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
C2S 63973 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xSACD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy C2S 63973 US 2000 Sell This Version
SRCS 9737-8 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) SME Records SRCS 9737-8 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
COL 489776 2 Miles Davis Big Fun(2xCD, Album, RE) Columbia COL 489776 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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Babaluma1

Babaluma1

January 27, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Big Fun, 2xLP, Album, PG 32866
This and Get up With It are two corner stones of Miles Davis' funk and fusion period but they are also a hodge podge of different line ups and sessions. However each one holds together surprisingly well. Big Fun has two of my favourite tunes but over all Get Up With It is maybe the more consistent as a collection. Both have bad ass covers as well.

Great Expectations is one of my all time favourite Miles tunes, it just has some a huge surging groove and menacing atmosphere. The way it changing into he placid Orange Lady halfway through also works beautifully. It really does remind me of a storm at sea followed by the clam after it blows itself out. Ife is a great groove with some very interesting sound effects that show the influence of Stockhausen on his work, however this piece along with several others from this time really only took shape when played live for instance on his 1973 In Concert album. Go Ahead John showcases Mile's love of blues and illustrates how much of his "funk" and "commercial" phase was really just going back to the blues. A massive track that showcases how much producer and editor Teo Macero brought to the table. The first half is dense and features some furious soloing from John McLaughlin but I love the darker funkier second half even more. The album ends with Lonely Fire which is pleasant ambience but doesn't do much for me.

The CD reissue adds some bonus tracks, Recollections is a massive bore, tedious ambience. Littel Blue Frog is a pleasant jaunty sitar drenched piece that has elements of old school bop Miles. Quite cool and laid back. Trevere is dramatic and gives the impression of constantly starting and restarting without resolving. However has a ton of atmosphere with the shimmering keys and sitar textures. More of an interlude but interesting despite this. Yaphet is another tune with the sitar droning in the background. I read somewhere that Miles just got some guys from a local Indian restaurant to play on his sessions. Nice rim shot driven groove that again just seems to sit in space swirling round and has a definite feel of his earlier In A Silent Way when the high hats come in.

If you like this era of Miles get this for Great Expectations and Go Ahead John, preferably on vinyl so you get the cool cover as you can live without the extra material.

You can see Photek sampling a bit of this album in his studio in this old documentary on drum and bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyKuzY52hWU

Maningrey at London School of Sound

wholesome_quality

wholesome_quality

March 4, 2013
referencing Big Fun, 2xLP, Album, PG 32866
Corky McCoy's artwork is almost reason enough to own this record. The two brothers with afro's and bellbottoms wearing RED, BLACK and GREEN can also be found on Davis' On the Corner album. Musically, Big Fun sounds like a jazz mixtape; with each song the personnel changes so any sembelance of continuity is non-exsistant. If you are familar with Bitches Brew or any other Davis production from the period, you will recognize that Big Fun is essentially outtakes edited into new songs.
inventoryglorious

inventoryglorious

March 20, 2011
referencing Big Fun, 2xLP, Album, PG 32866
Don't be afraid to listen to "Lonely Fire" every day for a few months if you need to. It helps.
dexterfeng

dexterfeng

July 29, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Big Fun, 2xCD, Album, RE, RM, C2K 63973
While Bitches Brew overshadowed this and several other releases from this immensely fertile period. This album and "Get up with it" are in many ways superior.
Don't get me wrong. Bitches Brew is a fantastic album. But , Big Fun is much more surprising. And it is a fun album to listen to. In the way that On the Corner was a fun album.
Big Fun is a study in taking off. It's a heavier album in many ways than Bitches Brew and is more entertaining to listen to. It utilized much more of Teo's production prowess and incorporated the studio as creative tool in a way that probably only "In a Silent Way" or "On the Corner" had done previously.
One of the many overlooked Miles Davis albums that deserve a much deeper listen.