MILES DAVIS & GIL EVANS The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (1996)

Miles Davis-Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (1996)
#2 of 8

If everything I had went up in smoke, about the only shelf material I’d cry myself to sleep at night over is the eight-box Miles Davis reissue series on Columbia. What an amazing collection of material, with stellar sound and fascinating outtakes and studio dialog. If there’s a better series examining an artist’s career highlights, period by period, I don’t own it. Since Don From Oregon wanted it… this 6CD set covers 4 albums from Davis & Evans – Miles Ahead, Porgy And Bess, Sketches Of Spain, and Quiet Nights, and was originally bound by an etched metal spine (mine started corroding). I’m not sure what the :07 disc-ending “Pause” tracks are for [someone in comments does], but they’re even listed in the liner notes. There’s not much else to say about greatness. Since being reissued in 2004 & 2010, this box isn’t that much (used) at Amazon. Think of it as an inexpensive book on the subject… with free music. The somewhat clunky, award-winning design – more specifically, the richly detailed info – is worth the green.

DISC ONE – Miles Ahead
Springsville (3:28)
The Maids Of Cadiz (4:00)
The Duke (3:29)
My Ship (4:28)
Miles Ahead (3:30)
Blues For Pablo (5:20)
New Rhumba (4:35)
The Meaning Of The Blues (2:50)
Lament (2:16)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (3:08)
Springsville [Take 7] (3:16)
The Maids Of Cadiz [Take 1] (3:57)
The Duke [Take 11] (3:33)
My Ship [Take 1] (4:23)
Miles Ahead [Take 4] (3:32)
Blues For Pablo [Take 1] (5:27)
New Rhumba [Take 5] (4:45)
The Meaning Of The Blues [Rehearsal Take] (2:50)
Lament [Rehearsal Take] (2:20)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) [Take 8] (3:12)

DISC TWO – Porgy And Bess
Buzzard Song (4:10)
Bess, You Is My Woman Now (5:13)
Gone (3:38)
Gone, Gone, Gone (2:06)
Summertime (3:21)
Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess (4:31)
Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (4:42)
Fishermen, Strawberry And Devil Crab (4:07)
My Man’s Gone Now (6:17)
It Ain’t Necessarily So (4:25)
Here Come De Honey Man (1:21)
Gershwin: I Loves You, Porgy (3:43)
There’s A Boat That’s Leaving Soon For New York (3:29)
Gone [take 3] (3:40)
Summertime (from ‘Porgy & Bess’) [take 2] (3:20)
Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (from ‘Porgy & Bess’) [take 2] (4:17)
I Loves You, Porgy (Take 1, Second Version) (4:17)
There’s A Boat That’s Leaving Soon For New York (from ‘Porgy & Bess’) [take 2] (3:42)
Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess (Take 5) (4:23)
Gone [Take 4] (3:40)

DISC THREE – Sketches Of Spain
Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (16:23)
Will O’ The Wisp (3:49)
The Pan Piper (3:55)
Saeta (5:08)
Solea (12:20)
Song Of Our Country [Issued Take] (3:26)
Saeta [full version of master] (6:03)
The Pan Piper [take 1] (3:14)
Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) [part one, alternate take] (12:06)
Concierto De Aranjuez (3:35)
Song Of Our Country [take 14] (3:10)

DISC FOUR – Quiet Nights
Song No. 2 (1:41)
Once Upon A Summertime (3:28)
Aos Pes Da Cruz (4:19)
Song No. 1 (4:37)
Wait Till You See Her (4:06)
Corcovado (2:45)
Blue Xmas [master] (2:43)
Nothing Like You (2:01)
Devil May Care (3:30)
The Time Of The Barracudas (12:49)
Falling Water [take 4] (3:46)
Falling Water [take 6] (4:25)
Falling Water [take 8] (4:18)
Falling Water [take 9] (4:24)
Springsville [take 5] (3:34)
The Maids Of Cadiz [take 11] (4:06)
The Maids Of Cadiz [take 11, insert 1] (2:39)
Lament [Medley: take 2] (2:38)
The Duke [take 1] (3:30)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) [53225 Issued Version] (3:07)

Springsville [rehearsal sequence] (7:02)
Springsville [rehearsal with piano] (2:33)
The Maids Of Cadiz [take 9] (0:35)
The Maids Of Cadiz (4:13)
The Maids Of Cadiz [rehearsal sequence] (1:28)
Count Off For The Duke [take 3] (0:37)
The Duke [take 8] (3:33)
The Duke [piano take 3] (1:55)
My Ship [take 6] (4:39)
Miles Ahead [rehearsal sequence] (1:49)
Miles Ahead [take 12] (3:34)
Miles Ahead [take 15] (3:31)
Studio Discussion (0:31)
My Ship [take 7] (4:41)
Miles Ahead [piano insert – mono] (3:09)
Blues For Pablo [rehearsal sequence] (5:55)
New Rhumba [take 2] (4:41)
Lament [take 1] (2:24)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) [rehearsal] (2:14)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) [take 5] (2:59)
Studio Discussion (0:35)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) [piano take 4] (2:59)

Studio Discussion (0:21)
Springsville (Take 8 Without Overdubs) (3:37)
Studio Discussion (0:09)
Miles Ahead (Take 11 Without Overdubs) (3:35)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Take 3 Without Overdubs) (3:03)
Springsville (Overdub Take 1) (2:10)
Springsville (Overdubbed Solos 4-5) (2:23)
Springsville (Overdubbed Solos 6-9) (2:35)
Springsville (Issued Overdubbed Solo) (0:29)
Miles Ahead (Issued Overdubbed Solo) (1:56)
Miles Ahead (Overdubbed Solo) (1:36)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Overdubbed Solo 1) (1:06)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Overdubbed Solo 2) (1:27)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Overdubbed Solo 4) (2:06)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Overdubbed Solo 8) (3:07)
I Don’t Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You) (Overdubbed Solo 19 & 19C) (3:00)
Miles Ahead (Mono Master) (3:33)
Gone (Rehearsal Sequence) (2:56)
Gone, Gone, Gone (Rehearsal Sequence) (2:59)
Studio Discussion (0:57)
Bess, You Is My Woman Now (Rehearsal Take) (5:00)
It Ain’t Necessarily So (Take 1) (3:24)
Oh Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess (Take 3) (3:57)
I Loves You, Porgy (Rehearsal Sequence) (2:21)
There’s A Boat That’s Leaving Soon For New York (Remake) (2:26)
My Man’s Gone Now (Remake Take) (6:16)
Song Of Our Country (Take 9) (3:01)
Concerto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Rehearsal) (7:25)
Concerto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Alternate Ending) (1:23)


  • Willard
    March 7, 2012 - 11:04 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Don from Oregon
    March 7, 2012 - 12:59 | Permalink

    I have said it many times before, but I say it again:
    I can’t wait to hear this! I want to skip work and go home, grab a cold one and listen to this all day long….

  • Willard
    March 7, 2012 - 13:07 | Permalink

    That’s what I’ve been doing. Thanks for suggesting it.

  • fsa7
    March 7, 2012 - 15:41 | Permalink

    This really is a great set, as are all the other ones in the series. I bought this when this first came out I recall reading that the “pause” track were for those people who wanted to program those into their CD players between songs to allow a little extra time of silence between to tracks in order to more fully appreciate the song.

    Yeah, I know.

    • Willard
      March 7, 2012 - 16:43 | Permalink

      Cool, thanks. Did your spine start corroding? I covered mine in tape to seal it and stop it from degrading more.

      • March 7, 2012 - 19:44 | Permalink

        I don’t know about your spine, but when I listen to this stuff my BRAIN starts to corrode. Although that COULD be the martini’s taking effect. : – )

        • fsa7
          March 9, 2012 - 11:38 | Permalink

          Mine last time I looked at it had not started to corrode no. I will seek it out and if there is any change (i.e. it is corroding) I will post back and let you know.

          • Willard
            March 9, 2012 - 12:20 | Permalink

            I’d protect it were I you. I sealed mine in invisible packing tape to stop it in its tracks. I’m sure there are much better ways, however.

  • Johnny Kinkdom
    March 7, 2012 - 19:25 | Permalink

    Totally love this set. I would add the “The Complete Columbia Studio Sessions 1965-68” a notch above for me. I have listened to those quintet sessions since I was a kid in high school. The box set completes the experience. I also love the complete Bitches Brew sessions for working out on the elliptical thing at the gym. Great rhythmic exercises by Miles and Co.!

    • Willard
      March 14, 2012 - 13:48 | Permalink

      The Quintet stuff rules (too).

  • Leon
    March 7, 2012 - 21:58 | Permalink


  • Sefton
    March 8, 2012 - 08:17 | Permalink

    This is awesome! Thanks so much!!!

  • r
    March 8, 2012 - 08:21 | Permalink

    Woohoo! Grabbed the Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson complete sets on Amazon. Will be interesting to compare this somewhat more trad set. But no that trad.

  • Todd
    March 8, 2012 - 08:42 | Permalink

    What’s the “#2 of 8” refer to?

    • Willard
      March 8, 2012 - 10:16 | Permalink

      Columbia made 8 box sets celebrating different phases of Miles career. This one is #2.

      • Anonymous
        March 8, 2012 - 20:05 | Permalink

        Ok. Thanks! Ithought maybe it had something to do with Your plans ;-)

  • JB
    March 8, 2012 - 11:29 | Permalink

    I think those boxes were designed to corrode. Most I’ve seen are in that state.

    • Willard
      March 8, 2012 - 13:09 | Permalink

      All the ones except #2 were fine. It had something to do with it being etched, which the others weren’t. Didn’t know if it was just mine, or not. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2012 - 21:07 | Permalink

    A very generous share, Willard. Thank you. I’d say that you can’t go wrong with any collection of Miles Davis, whether it be complete or standard issue. I consider myself lucky to have been born within his lifetime and exposed to his genius while he was still with us. I saw him a few times (beginning around Bitches Brew), but wish I could’ve caught him during this period with Gil Evans.

    BTW — do the liner notes make mention of how disturbed Davis became when he saw the original album artwork for Miles Ahead (shown in your post) and supposedly said something to the effect of, “What’s a f***ing white chick in a sailboat got to do with jazz?” My understanding is that’s why it was eventually changed to the more familiar ‘man with the golden horn’ shot. Just wondering.

    • Willard
      March 8, 2012 - 21:19 | Permalink

      Might… I haven’t read the liners since last century. But both covers are represented, and why pass on a good Miles story?

  • miles
    March 9, 2012 - 14:35 | Permalink

    Well, there are a good deal more stories regarding Davis that could easily entertain for an entire evening and beyond, like his infamous retort to a reporter’s question about what might be among his deathbed wishes, to which he replied without pause, “Strangling a white man.”

    The anonymous comment prior actually came from me, Willard. I see that in the meantime you’ve also shared the wonderful Davis/Coltrane collection, the only one I possess of the Columbia compilations. Although ‘Sketches Of Spain’ continues to knock me out of my brain, it’s actually the Coltrane, Evans, Adderley, Chambers, Cobb, and sometimes Kelly combination that truly sails my ship. But your sharing both of the collections simply confirms what I’ve known about you and your site for some time now — the absolute coolest!

    • Willard
      March 9, 2012 - 16:44 | Permalink

      Oh… you need the others.

  • ate2zee
    March 9, 2012 - 17:51 | Permalink

    I just finished getting the Miles Davis & Gil Evans and obviously I’m pretty ecstatic. Now I’m just afraid I might wake up & find out it was just a dream. Thanks Willard–even if this is just a dream, it was a good one.

  • cog
    March 9, 2012 - 22:02 | Permalink

    Absolutely amazing collection which somehow got by me. A very kind offering. c.

  • Kurt
    March 9, 2012 - 22:10 | Permalink

    THANK YOU! you continue to amaze me with your variety and excellence.

  • March 14, 2012 - 13:49 | Permalink

    Thanks buddy! Can’t wait to hear the later sets too!

  • Rick
    July 25, 2012 - 17:17 | Permalink

    Thanks, the chance to fill some holes in my Miles collection. Sketches is one of my favourite Miles albums.

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