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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Seven Steps To Heaven

A2 All Blues

A3 Someday My Prince Will Come

A4 Walkin'

B1 My Funny Valentine

B2 E.S.P.

B3 'Round Midnight

B4 So What

Line-up / Musicians

Bass - Paul Chambers (3) (tracks: A3, B3, B4) , Ron Carter (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B2)
Drums - "Philly" Joe Jones (tracks: B3) , Tony Williams* (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B2) , Jimmy Cobb (tracks: A3, B4)
Piano - Herbie Hancock (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B2) , Red Garland (tracks: B3) , Wynton Kelly (tracks: A3, B4)
Saxophone [Tenor] - George Coleman (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1) , Hank Mobley (tracks: B4) , John Coltrane (tracks: A3, B3) , Wayne Shorter (tracks: B2)
Trumpet - Miles Davis

Releases information

A2, recorded in concert at Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center, February 12, 1964.
A4, recorded live at the Antibes International Jazz Festival, France, 1963.
B4, recorded in concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City, May 19, 1961.

LP: Columbia WKCS 9808 (Canada),CBS S 63620 (Netherlands),Columbia CS 9808 (US),re-released Columbia PC 9808 (US,1977)

CD : CBS 32678 CB231 53 (Netherlands,1987),Columbia CK 65418 (1997,US)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by zravkapt
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2 stars This is 100% great music. It is 0% prog. It's not even proto-prog. There are no electric instruments or rock/funk influences here. This is great traditional jazz music. This is a great introduction to pre-electric Miles. It is the only acoustic jazz album I own. I don't even have Kind Of Blue, although two songs from that album are here in live versions. "Greatest Hits" is a misleading title because Miles never had any hits. I like to listen to this once or twice a year. I'm more of a "rock" guy, but I like to listen to some jazz, classical and avant-garde music occasionally just for variety.

Of course I prefer his proto-fusion and fusion stuff to this. Here you will find some of the biggest names in the world of jazz: John Coltrane, "Cannonball" Adderly, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams. Miles was born in the 1920s to a well-to- do dentist; the family owned a ranch. This dispells the myth that all blacks in the US had a hard life before the civil rights era. Later in life Miles became one of the biggest a-holes in the music business. But I judge music by what it sounds like, not who made it.

I like the essay by George Frazier in the liner notes called "The War Lord Of The Weejuns". My CD copy has the back cover upside down; I assume this is a printing error but I like it that way. The music here deserves 4 stars at least. But for PA I have to give this 2 stars.

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