Miles Davis ‎– Agharta = アガルタの凱歌

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Agharta was recorded in 1975. Both Agharta and Pangaea = パンゲアの刻印 were recorded on the same day in Osaka, Japan. The Agharta concert took place during an afternoon matinée, whereas Pangaea = パンゲアの刻印 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 = パンゲアの刻印 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 (30)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS CBS 88159 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS/Sony CBS 88159 UK 1975 Sell This Version
S 80985 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album) CBS S 80985 UK 1975 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
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, Gat) Columbia PG 33967 US 1976 Sell This Version
PG 33967 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, Promo) CBS 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
467897 2, COL 467897 2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Columbia 467897 2, COL 467897 2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
C2K 46799 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia C2K 46799 US 1991 Sell This Version
467897-2 Miles Davis Agharta(2xCD, Album, RM) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music 467897-2 Argentina 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, 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) 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
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, 180) Music On Vinyl, Columbia MOVLP134 Europe 2015 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 467897 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, Gat) CBS CBS 88159 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
88159 Miles Davis Agharta(2xLP, Album, RE) Columbia 88159 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version

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fafuthegreat

fafuthegreat

April 1, 2017
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, 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, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP134
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.
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.
anothermansvinyl

anothermansvinyl

May 13, 2016
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP134
Americans, just splurge and get the original Japan pressing. I have about 500 records in my collection, and my first issue "Agharta" copy is sitting at the top, i.e., the Best Record I Own. For starters, just compare the cover art! The original wins, hands-down! Besides the mind-blowingly trippy cover art, the gatefold packaging and layout is phenomenal, there is an insert with photos, the high-quality pressing is second to none, it sounds so full and deep ... and you might even get an OBI if you're lucky.

Just do it. I'm sure MOV is fine, but you want an original Japanese copy. You really do, you just don't know it yet.
david_maund

david_maund

February 15, 2016
referencing Agharta, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP134
I'm a fan of MOV pressings I like the neutral sound they have, this is packaged beautifully and is glossy. Very nice item.
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.