Miles Davis ‎– Dark Magus

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The track titles are counted in Kiswahili language from 1 to 4, but track 2 is misspelled, the correct spelling would be: "Moja - Mbili - Tatu - Nne"

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
40AP 741~2 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album) CBS/Sony 40AP 741~2 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
40AP 741~2 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album, Promo) CBS/Sony 40AP 741~2 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
36AP 1785-6 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 36AP 1785-6 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
28AP 2165-6 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 28AP 2165-6 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
50DP 719~20 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony 50DP 719~20 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
SRCS 5724~5 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RE + Box) Sony Records SRCS 5724~5 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
P 1100 Miles Davis Dark Magus Carnagie Hall NYC, March 30th, 1974(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Abraxas (2) P 1100 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
SRCS 9325~6 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records SRCS 9325~6 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
C2K 65137 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy C2K 65137 US 1997 Sell This Version
C2K 65137 Miles Davis Dark Magus: Live At Carnegie Hall(2xCD, Album, RM, Dig) Columbia, Legacy C2K 65137 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
C2K 65137 Miles Davis Dark Magus:Live At Carnegie Hall(2xCD, Album, RM, RP) Legacy, Columbia C2K 65137 US 1997 Sell This Version
SRCS 9757-8 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Sony Records Int'l SRCS 9757-8 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
C2S 65137 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xSACD, RE) Columbia, Legacy C2S 65137 US 2001 Sell This Version
SICP-850-1 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, Min) Sony Records Int'l SICP-850-1 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
SICP 850-1 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RM) Sony Records Int'l SICP 850-1 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
4M812 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) 4 Men With Beards 4M812 US 2011 Sell This Version
SICP 4238-9 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Sony Records Int'l SICP 4238-9 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
MOCCD13334 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Music On CD, Columbia MOCCD13334 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
MOVLP1454 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, Columbia MOVLP1454 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
487529 1 Miles Davis Dark Magus(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Columbia 487529 1 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version

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d.douglas

d.douglas

October 6, 2016
referencing Dark Magus, 2xLP, Album, RE, 28AP 2165-6
From what I understand, this is a 1980 reissue as opposed to an original pressing
Babaluma1

Babaluma1

April 21, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Dark Magus, 2xLP, Album, 40AP 741~2
One of Miles Davis's most celebrated and reviled albums. I can safely say it took me about 8 years to finally warm to it, despite enjoying most of his other funk rock albums from the same time. Even though it features similar tunes and themes used else where in his live concerts from the time there is a sense of darkness and uncertainty to the playing, possibly contributed to by Mile's choosing to add new players to the band in an effort to shake things up. Azar Lawrence and Dominique Gaumont were pretty much thrown to the wolves, basically auditioning on stage. Considering the pressure they do a fine job despite subsequent criticism of their work after the event.

The first disc features a more cohesive line up as Lawrence and Gaumont are not featured. On The Corner veteran Dave Liebman plays with fire despite looking like the least comfortable white man ever to wear a bandana and psychedelic shirt and is a more experienced player than Lawrence. So despite being frank about his lack of empathy with this music and his confusion about what Mile's wanted from him he is a good enough player to make his mark. This CD features the addition of Peter Cosey as lead guitarist and general sonic terrorist. However he had yet to find his feet and in the first disc contributes relatively muted leads and lots of percussion. The first disc is more subtle and the feeling is the band working out what it's strengths are. This is relative though as Miles starts the opening track with a series of searing bleats that sound eerily like a human voice with his wah wah effect and set your hair on end. However this does not mean the music is not heavy and exciting, but the second disc is where is all takes off.

Lawrence and Gaumont play with a desperate intensity, particularly Gaumont who really leaps into the lead guitar spot with tons of wah and fuzz. Oddly I wonder if Cosey was influenced by Gaumont in his later playing and he seem happy to take a back seat to the younger man but later used similar effects in his own playing on the next few albums with Miles. Gaumont gets a lot of criticism for playing in a rather naive Hendrix rip off style but frankly I see little difference between his playing and Cosey's and feel that he makes this album stand out with his unusal contributions. The whole second side kicks up a storm, especially on the final medley "Nne". After a huge electronic freak out there is a very cool percussion break at the end that sounds like The Last Poets and shows the boiling counter rhythms at work (and sometimes lost) in the mix from James Mtume Foreman on congas.

It is odd to discuss a Miles Davis album and hardly mention him but even though his playing is more sparse than on his 1969-71 athletic peak as a player there is never any doubt about who is in charge. In fact the whole music is so soaked in moods and theme Davis had been developing over the last few years that whether he plays trumpet or not each note of the music screams MILES! By this point in his live career he was more of a field marshall, guiding his troops through the storm with brief but pointed interjections. He has been criticised for use of the wah wah because it rendered his famous tone unrecognisable, however with the passing of time his wah wah trumpet moan is now as much a part of his musical iconography and is as recognisable and iconic as John Lee Hooker or Robert Johnson's voice. Simply music as notes on a page but depthless in it's historical and textural elements.

A lot of the appeal and criticism of the album is down to the mix which is murky and struggling to contain so much sonic information. This was live music first and foremost and sometimes you feel that a lot is lost by not actually being there, this is a shadow of the actual show but it is the best document we have to actually attending. This is not music made for a studio or made to work within the limitations of getting a good mix and clarity between each instrument. However as our ears, as listeners and music fans, have been expanded by so much music taking inspiration from this era the album becomes more and more listenable.

I prefer this to later cds like Pangaea which while excellent have a cleaner mix which I don't think is as intense. Also by that point Mile's playing was so frail and sad that I prefer his work here which is much more aggressive and funky. Definitely worth getting even if it takes you a decade to enjoy it!

maningrey @ london school of sound
murmel

murmel

December 2, 2013
referencing Dark Magus, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, 487529 1
this was rereleased in the late 90ties