Miles Davis ‎– Early Minor (Rare Miles From The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions)

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A1 Splashdown
Written-By – Miles Davis
8:02
A2 Early Minor
Written-By – Joe Zawinul
6:58
B1 The Ghetto Walk
Written-By – Miles Davis
26:47

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RSD Black Friday 2019 Exclusive Release.
Quantity: 3500

Tracks are taken from The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (September 1968-February 1969).

Issued with download code card.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 190759783214
  • Barcode: 1 9075-97832-1 4
  • Label Code: LC00162
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched (MPO + Job# stamped)): 19-0247NL_19075978321 A SST K MPO[logo] 19 138394
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched (MPO + Job# stamped)): 19-0247NL_19075978321 B SST K MPO[logo] 19 139260
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA

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rharris07

rharris07

February 3, 2020
I couldn’t agree more about with all the comments regarding the look of the record. This is easily one of the ugliest records I’ve ever owned. I don’t even understand how a brand new record can look so shitty.

With all that said - the sound is pristine.

I’ve played it on two totally different systems, and it sounded wonderful each time. I highly recommend this release for anyone that enjoys the work of Davis. Silent Way is my favorite album of his, so I will gladly take anything recorded during those sessions!
Rekozmo

Rekozmo

January 14, 2020
So i have already In a silent way , Directions and Circle in the round. Do i need this extra rather the complete box of in a silent way?
AliceCooper98

AliceCooper98

January 9, 2020
thankful that my copy was free of the paper scuffs that people mentioned here. Pressing sounds incredible, hope we get more Miles releases like this in the future.
shade1on1

shade1on1

December 23, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
perfect pressing. vinyl is clean and mint despite the stupid paper sleeve. how companies still use the paper sleeve is beyond me. download card included - nice touch.
mangione.mitchell

mangione.mitchell

December 7, 2019

Looks like 💩 but plays pretty well. Ghetto walk and early minor are two must haves for any Miles fans.
estephenson68

estephenson68

December 7, 2019

Exceptional music on well-pressed vinyl. Seeing a bit of the scuffing others have reported on my copy, but it is very light and based in the sound, completely superficial. This record is clean, flat, and silent. Very pleased to have this and hopeful we'll get more Miles outtakes of this quality in the future.
five5tone

five5tone

December 7, 2019
Haven't gotten a chance to clean and listen yet but my copy is unscuffed.
highpriest23

highpriest23

December 6, 2019
edited 2 months ago

Totally agree to SmokeyJonez on the visual quality, even though i can't detect surfacenoise (but my ears are past their best days quite some time). If i would buy a record here that was listed as NM- and looks this way i might start arguying...

As others have mentioned the quality of the recordings themselfes and the mastering is top notch, the songs are on par with many other outtakes of studio works from Miles' early fusion sessions when the tapes were always running. If one doesn't have Miles Davis - The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions, this recording contributes greatly next to others as Miles Davis - Circle In The Round or Miles Davis - Directions to track down Davis' path into the world of funk and rock in which he was mainly initiated by his then-time girlfriend Betty Mabry and the young Tony Williams, culminating into his fuzzed-out and powerful band that created epic masterpieces as Miles Davis - Agharta and his twinsister Miles Davis - Pangaea = パンゲアの刻印, one of my personal favourites. When Miles was on his six month long quest for new directions and possibilites in 1968/69, testing out some of the best musicians of that era, stretching out the boundaries of jazz as well as the usual timescale of tracks, it was the discovery of austrian organ player Joe Zawinul that might be called the missing link to transform Modal into something now-called Fusion.

Side A starts with "Splashdown" that introduced Joe Zawinul into Miles' everchanging combo at the end of the 1960ies and so it's also the first recording where three keyboard players were featured (Chick Corea and funky Herbie already on board). They create thick layers of sound corresponding with each other, The tune is very funky with great sounds by Wayne Shorter and of course the man himself, even though towards the end it's becoming a bit easy listening style in my ears. If you hear the released In A Silent Way album one might understand why this was left out as it fits not really to the melancholic yet so broading mood.
It's a total different story with the next two tracks on Side B, Early Minor even seems to point back to Miles Davis - Sketches Of Spain. Both tunes are carried by the lovely bassplaying of Dave Holland, especially on The Ghetto Walk you can recognize the influence Hendrix had on Miles. The tunes evoce a very bluesy feeling as it is the case on Miles Davis - Jack Johnson (Original Soundtrack Recording).

These soundpieces have a right one their own, this is definitely not the usual cashing-in-stuff that seems to be the main thing in recent RSD releases. At least 4,5 stars in my opinion, worth listening to not only for hardcore enthusiasts, but for anybody that finds some happy moments in the ecclectic music of 1970ies Miles - and there are many. Dig them.
SmokeyJonez

SmokeyJonez

December 6, 2019
Bought sealed, both sides of my copy have visible scuffs. It actually sounds better than it looks but its such a bummer to open up a new album to find it in less than perfect condition. Definite surface noise in the quieter parts. Probably overstuffed in shipping with too many other records for RSD. Oh well.
WalterSmy

WalterSmy

December 3, 2019
This sounds near perfect. Very little to no surface noise, great mix sounds crystal clear. Was worried this release might not be as good quality being a record store day release but Im really impressed.