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Miles Columbia - Complete

And just as everyone's debit cards begin to cool from an orgy of Beatles purchases, comes this.

Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection

I am such an MF it doesn't matter that I've bought most of this music more than once - I'll get it for the new stuff, for what I hope will be the Japanese mixes of Agartha and Pangea and...uhhhh...because I'm hopelessly addicted to MD.

Anyone else waiting?

s.

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Re: Miles Columbia - Complete

I'm liking, but I have budget sweats over it.

I try to think of it as under 5 bucks per disc rather than 330 dollars.

I haven't read anything about which mixes or attention to audio quality, have you seen anything else on it?

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I'm liking, but I have budget sweats over it.

I try to think of it as under 5 bucks per disc rather than 330 dollars.

I haven't read anything about which mixes or attention to audio quality, have you seen anything else on it?

Not directly, but the promotional material says each original album disc will also include the extra material that was added in the last round of reissues, so I'm guessing we're dealing with those mixes.

Disappointment:'The Complete Plugged Nickel' is not included. Instead, the two disc Japanese release from the late 70s is, with each take included restored to its original length. So you're getting something better than the Plugged Nickel sampler, but not as good as the 'Complete,' which now commands insane prices used.

I originally reserved on Amazon, but Jazz Loft is offering it for significantly less - $299 + shipping. The tab comes to $311, versus $353. I don't understand why Amazon is calling it 'exclusive.'

s.

edit - Never mind. Jazz Loft can't sell it, because it's Amazon's exclusive.

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Sorry for the dp. Amazon has now reduced price to $293, or about $4.20 a disc.

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Make that sorry for the triple post.

I should be angry: mine arrived with small rips in the corners of the storage box. More seriously, the albums are in simple cardboard jackets (if you own the Glenn Gould set you know what I'm talking about), so these ain't exactly The Beatles in Mono or Stereo.

And the set does not contain - in most cases - 'extra' or unreleased tracks, unless they were on the sets released while Miles was alive - I'm thinking of "Directions" and "Circle In The Round."

SONY/Columbia apparently used the state of the catalog when Miles died as its guide, so we get the Tokyo and Berlin concerts that were mostly Japanese releases, but were also included the "Complete 7 Steps..." set.

But we don't get all of "Live at The Plugged Nickel," and as music goes, that's tragic. I can make a case for leaving the raws and outtakes from "On The Corner" to fanatics and specialists. However, "Plugged Nickel" is something else entirely; it's dangerously close to the summit of 20th century music, and demands to be heard complete.

By far worst of all, the first thing you see when you open the set is a full color ad for something called "The Genius of Miles Davis," to be released in 2010. It looks to be an even more expensive "ultimate" collector's set.

So it's a.) pricey, b.) not much new and c.) not particularly well made.

But I can't be angry, or even disappointed. This afternoon, I've been throwing on discs as I work - "My Funny Valentine," 'My Man's Gone Now' from "We Want Miles," a side of "Directions," and I'm nothing, nothing but happy, fool that I am.

s.

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