MILES DAVIS Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964

Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Miles Davis 1963-1964 (2004)
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It takes seven discs to capture what Miles Davis and band were up to over a two-year period in 1963-1964. For those of you turning on to the electric Miles though these box sets, Seven Steps will give you a taste of Davis’ classic hard swinging style – mostly in live settings around the world. No, it’s not as groundbreaking as his preceding work with Coltrane, as important as his upcoming entry into fusion or his manic voltage/noise conversion. More, it’s Miles in transition. Working the past, but obviously poking around for whatever that restlessness inside him kept telling him to pursue. The bands are transitioning, and include Wayne Shorter, George Coleman, Sam Rivers, Herbie Hancock, Victor Feldman, Ron Carter and the great Tony Williams. The first two discs feature the sessions for 1963’s Seven Steps To Heaven album, while the remaining discs are all live, featuring all the material (and some outtakes and bonuses) that made up Miles In Europe, My Funny Valentine, Four & More, Miles In Tokyo and Miles In Berlin. This is another in the 8 box series that never got cheap at Amazon.

Joshua (5:27)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (6:47)
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home (8:28)
So Near, So Far (5:14)
Basin Street Blues (10:29)
Seven Steps To Heaven (Take 3) (5:31)
Seven Steps To Heaven (Take 5) (6:13)
Summer Night (6:01)
Seven Steps To Heaven (Rehearsal Take) (6:59)
Seven Steps To Heaven (6:25)
So Near, So Far (6:59)
Joshua (7:01)
Introduction By Andre Francis (Live) (1:00)
Autumn Leaves (Live) (13:55)
Milestones (Live) (9:17)
I Thought About You (Live) (11:48)
Joshua (Live) (11:37)
All Of You (Live) (16:54)
Walkin’ (Live) (16:14)
Bye Bye Blackbird (Live) (16:47)
The Theme (Live) (6:06)
Introduction By Mort Fega (Live) (2:49)
Autumn Leaves (Live) (10:40)
So What (Live) (9:11)
Stella By Starlight (Live) (12:54)
Walkin’ (Live) (8:07)
All Of You (Live) (14:40)
Go-Go (Theme And Announcement) (Live) (1:44)
Introduction By Billy Taylor (Live) (0:45)
All Blues (Live) (8:53)
My Funny Valentine (Live) (14:55)
Joshua (Live) (9:32)
I Thought About You (Live) (11:15)
Four (Live) (6:17)
Seven Steps To Heaven (Live) (7:45)
There Is No Greater Love (Live) (10:03)
Go-Go (Theme And Announcement) (Live) (1:45)
Introduction By Teruo Isono (Live) (1:10)
If I Were A Bell (Live) (10:17)
My Funny Valentine (Live) (12:51)
So What (Live) (8:06)
Walkin’ (Live) (9:15)
All Of You (Live) (11:18)
Go-Go (Theme) (Live) (1:21)
Milestones (Live) (8:58)
Autumn Leaves (Live) (12:38)
So What (Live) (10:27)
Stella By Starlight (Live) (12:54)
Walkin’ (Live) (10:40)
Go-Go (Theme) (Live) (1:46)


  • Willard
    March 23, 2012 - 09:31 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Joe
    March 23, 2012 - 10:38 | Permalink

    All this Miles is a bit overwhelming, a bit intimidating and highly appreciated!


  • JM
    March 23, 2012 - 12:08 | Permalink

    Thanks! I’m the least familiar with this period of Miles’s. It’s right before the stunning mid-60s quintet, and I’ve just never taken the time to listen. Looking forward to this.

    • Willard
      March 23, 2012 - 14:06 | Permalink

      I’m kind of the same way, because of that stunning Quintet, which helped to suck up a lot of my Miles listening time.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    March 23, 2012 - 13:01 | Permalink

    OK, I’m sticking in my big toe, but this smells a little like jazz. Thanks nonetheless.

    • Willard
      March 23, 2012 - 14:08 | Permalink

      It’s not jazz… it just smells funny.

      Actually, it is jazz, I just wanted to quote Zappa. You stated before that jazz kind of put you off, so I don’t think this stuff is going to change your mind much. However, I would suggest Kind Of Blue if you want to toe-dip some incredible jazz. It’s one of the all time greats (and, in the archives).

    • pete
      March 23, 2012 - 14:39 | Permalink

      That’s where I was a couple of years back (maybe 5), except for Kind of Blue, which I always found irresistible. For me, Jack Johnson was the way in to Miles. For others, it’s earlier stuff like Sketches of Spain; or the confrontational Bitches Brew (still not my fave). What I found was that once I got some of it, suddenly it opened a door into Miles’s music for me. And I strongly recommend taking that trip. Maybe not all at once!

  • Willard
    March 23, 2012 - 14:49 | Permalink

    Bitches Brew is where I started at the dawn of the 70s, so it will always be near and dear to me. But, like many of my era, I began with electric Miles and worked my way back over the years. But, you’re right… a little understanding goes a long way in enjoying everything else.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    March 23, 2012 - 14:50 | Permalink

    As it turns out, ON THE CORNER was a great point of entry. Now I even like the jazz. I’ve been listening to Kind Of Blue for a couple days now. Miles is double bad. Thanks for helping to pry open my mind.

    • Willard
      March 23, 2012 - 14:52 | Permalink

      Cool… you’ve always stuck me as a guy open to new stuff. Some folks aren’t, some are. I was always looking for something different… even if it was already old to everybody else. I was hooked on Kind Of Blue when it was late at night. I had access to a private swimming pool for a couple years in the 80s and 3 or 4 times a week I was floating in the pool at midnight with KOB creating the atmosphere. A stiff brandy was the icing on the cake. Highly recommended if you’ve got a pool, Miles and inebriates nearby.

  • pete
    March 23, 2012 - 21:02 | Permalink

    In the last couple of years, I have added Miles to my personal pantheon of 20th-century geniuses, which includes Picasso, Kafka, that fellow we don’t name and a floating cast of nearlies, sometimes and when-I-was-youngs. For each of them, the work varies tremendously and yet there is clearly the same genius running through it. If I knew more about the theory of music I might (maybe, possibly) be able to explain why all Miles is clearly Miles; but I don’t, and I don’t really care. He was an elemental force, that’s for sure.

    • Willard
      March 23, 2012 - 21:39 | Permalink

      So many artists are content with being successful. Others try different things just to stay current to maintain their success. Miles was one of those guys that had the balls to cut his own path. It’s the discovery and appreciation of those very few, real artists, that makes all the others even remotely tolerable.

      • buzzbabyjesus
        March 24, 2012 - 00:20 | Permalink

        I’ve reached the same conclusion as pete. I’m having to rearrange everything I know to accommodate The space he occupies.

  • March 24, 2012 - 17:12 | Permalink

    I’ve been enjoying all of the Miles music Willard — impressions everywhere, on the walls, on the ceiling & in the heart.

    • Willard
      March 24, 2012 - 18:07 | Permalink

      Cool… got some more coming.

  • dan
    March 31, 2012 - 19:36 | Permalink

    thanks for all this miles! never enough! please don’t go dark the way so many other blogs have…I’m a big fan of your work!

    • Willard
      March 31, 2012 - 20:59 | Permalink

      We’ll do our best.

  • wyatt
    November 6, 2012 - 20:51 | Permalink

    I hope you can hear the applause! This just made my day. Awesome.

  • hippied
    August 5, 2013 - 23:05 | Permalink

    can you please re-up cd 3 and 4? thank so much for all the miles!!!

    • Willard
      August 6, 2013 - 08:49 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

  • VSOP
    September 28, 2013 - 14:28 | Permalink

    thanks for the miles of to see him 10 or so times in 70’s elec era…filmore east and beyond

  • Anonymous
    September 17, 2014 - 17:48 | Permalink


    Would it be possible to upload on zippy share or deposit files as I can’t access the tracks on Mega. Many thanks!

    • Willard
      September 17, 2014 - 18:17 | Permalink

      Sorry. All you need is a different browser. Ask Google (or MEGA) what works best with your system. MEGA works with Chrome, Opera and a few others. Just do a little research and hundreds of downloads will be available to you. They’re also twice as fast as other hosts.

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