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  C2S 65138 (2 discs)
  Miles Davis: Black Beauty
  "Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West"

Miles Davis
Chick Corea (piano)
Dave Holland (bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Track listing:
  1. Directions
2. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
3. Willie Nelson
4. I Fall in Love Too Easily
5. Sanctuary
6. It's About That Time
7. Bitches Brew
8. Masqualero
9. Spanish Key/The Theme
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Reviews: 2

Review by Ritmoman77 September 29, 2009 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Hello, felt this disk deserved more than a short review. First of all I disagree with the "bad, pulpy sound" assessment. Not sure what is meant by pulpy sound. While the music here is from a live performance, to me it sounds more like a studio production. Towards the end of a couple of songs there is some applause. The bass and keyboard sound as if they were recorded direct, the horns very close miked. The drums have some stage accoustic, not as defined as the rest of the band. The mix must have been done after the fact, horns are left channel, keyboard right, bass, drums and percussion sort of in the middle. The bass levels vary from song to song, becoming more prominent towards the end of the set,(assuming the songs are in order, some seamless segues here). All in all the recording is very clean, except for the drums. Miles trumpet and Steve Grossman's soprano are right on the edge, sharp and bright. The very interesting electric piano playing by Chick Corea is quite present with distortion noted, as applied by his use of effects, not a recording anomaly. I found this to be a very enjoyable, high resolution glimpse of an early Miles Davis electric band. SACD only, quite good recording considering the time and place. Recommended if you like electric Miles.

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Review by DeSelby June 1, 2005 (1 of 9 found this review helpful)
bad pulpy sound

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