Miles DavisBig Fun

Label:Columbia – PG 32866
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Pitman, Gatefold
Style:Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Modal


AGreat Expectations
BassRon Carter
Bass ClarinetBennie Maupin
DrumsBilly Cobham
Electric Bass [Fender Bass]Harvey Brooks
Electric GuitarJohn McLaughlin
Electric PianoChick Corea, Herbie Hancock
PercussionAirto Moreira
Sitar [Electric], TamburaBihari Sharma, Khalil Balakrishna
Soprano SaxophoneSteve Grossman
TrumpetMiles Davis
Clarinet, FluteBennie Maupin
Percussion [African]Mtume*
Piano, SitarHarold "Ivory" Williams
Soprano SaxophoneCarlos Garnett
Soprano Saxophone, FluteSonny Fortune
TablaBadal Roy
TrumpetMiles Davis
CGo Ahead John
BassDave Holland
DrumsJack DeJohnette
GuitarJohn McLaughlin
SaxophoneSteve Grossman
TrumpetMiles Davis
DLonely Fire
BassDave Holland
Bass ClarinetBennie Maupin
Electric Bass [Fender Bass]Harvey Brooks
Electric PianoChick Corea
Electric Piano, Organ [Farfisa]Joe Zawinul
Instruments [Indian]Airto Moreira, Khalil Balakrishna
SaxophoneWayne Shorter
TrumpetMiles Davis

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Other (Disc 1 Catalog Number): C 32867
  • Other (Disc 2 Catalog Number): C 32868
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): AL 32867
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): BL 32867
  • Matrix / Runout (Label C): AL 32868
  • Matrix / Runout (Label D): BL 32868
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped side A, variant 1): P P AL-32867-1A I ∴ :
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  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped side B, variant 4): P BL 32867-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped side C, variant 4): P AL 32868-1D
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped side D, variant 4): P BL 32867-1B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Big Fun (2×LP, Album)CBS88024Spain1974
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Big Fun (2×LP, Album)CBS, CBS, CBSS 88024, CBS S 88024, CBS 88024Europe1974
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Big Fun (2×LP, Album)CBS88024UK1974
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Big Fun (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)CBS/SonySOPW-5~6Japan1974
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Big Fun (2×LP, Album)ColumbiaPG 32866Canada1974


  • Alx331277's avatar
    Go Ahead John is reason alone enough to get this album, a blistering fireball of white-hot energy. I thought I was listening to Deep Purple for a second.
    • vonelliamv's avatar
      Does anyone have any information on Joe Zawinul's track "Muhler Laranja" credited right after Great Expectations on Side 1's label? On my copy it says Great Expectations M. Davis/ Muhler Laranja J. Zawinul (TT 27.34) I don't see anything on here that references that in any of the pressings listed.
      • G_Berlusconi's avatar
        Great album, at once funky and atmospheric and with so many stretches of great musicianship. The 2000 reissue really adds value - unlike another reviwer here I feel "Recollections" is not boring at all, it has exquisite playing and subtle changes of mood and harmonics. The abundance of sitar and Indian-influenced drumming across several tracks (such as the opener "Great Expectations" is unusual and blends very nicely with Miles' band.

        "Ife" is one of the high points of the set, dramatic and groovy and with great interpaly between keyboards, trumpet and drums. For some reason there is no credit for the prominent organ, though it kicks in at once at the opening of the track and then continues for several minutes, and returns in the closing section: does anyone know who is playing here? I was thinking perhaps Keith Jarrett, who was still with Miles' band in the summer of '72 when "Ife" was recorded but left soon afterwards, and who may have had contractual or musical reasons not to want to be credited here when the track was relased two years later. He is known to have played organ in this band, but also sometimes outside of it.

        "Go Ahead John" which opens the second disc is an amazing track,. both in its fast and slow sections, and Jack DeJohnette (who is playing drums on many of the tracks) is especially funky in this one.
        • wholesome_quality's avatar
          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's avatar
            Don't be afraid to listen to "Lonely Fire" every day for a few months if you need to. It helps.



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