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  • Audio CD (June 28 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B000UZD4D0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2007 five CD set, a great installment in Sony/BMG's Original Album Classics series that brings together rare and out of print titles with some best sellers from the Sony/BMG Jazz catalog. Many of these albums have been unavailable on CD for some time and are sought after by collectors. Each set is presented in a high quality, rigid cardboard slipcase containing five 'vinyl replica' mini LP sleeves. This collection from the trumpet-playin' Jazz legend includes Round About Midnight, Milestones, 1958 Sessions, Miles Ahead and Porgy & Bess.

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OK, there are ACRES of commentary on the individual recordings comprising this collection. Most jazz fans don't need (or want) my personal take on which album, cut or lineup is superior, a favourite or "indispensable" in a music collection. But what absolutely BLOWS me away about this package is just what a screaming DEAL it is for the average music collector.

It is a 'period' collection, representing Miles' start with Columbia Records, ' 'Round About Midnight' being the first. The releases cover a period between 1956 and 1958, immediately before the landmark 'Kind of Blue'. ('Birth of the Cool' was also released within this time frame.) If you're looking to see something "building" towards 'K of B', listening to the smaller group efforts here (i.e. excluding 'Miles Ahead' and 'Porgy and Bess') certainly suggests 'K of B' didn't just jump out of nowhere.

I had a bit of trouble identifying the '1958 Miles' recording as part of his discography. Turns out it is the recording, ' '58 Miles - Featuring Stella by Starlight'. This particular gem is not only musically captivating for me, but has perhaps the coolest cover art on any Miles Davis sleeve.

So, FIVE great, interesting and varied recordings for about $25? (!!!!); major larceny, if you ask me. (There are examples of some of these recordings being sold for $50 to $75 individually.)

Putting aside the bargain shopping aspect, it's hard to imagine getting a better glimpse into the artistic output of a musical giant during an extraordinarily fertile time, more simply and directly. For some, who don't find themselves drawn to the 'electric' Miles, this might be the only recordings (except for 'K of B', of course) you'll ever need.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Miles Nov. 15 2009
By Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a great deal for the price! This box is imported from Germany, so the exact price might go up over time, but I bought it for under $13 including shipping. This release is different than other re-releases of Miles' albums in that the discs are packaged in miniature reproductions of the original LP sleeves. If you are looking for new liner notes and pictures, don't buy this set. Personally, I thought the packaging was nicely done. As a previous reviewer said, no frills here, but I didn't mind that a bit as you still get the original liner notes, and more importantly the same music. I believe that all of these remasters are up to date, as the bonus tracks and alternate takes included here are the same as the newest releases of each album (to my knowledge).

I don't even need to comment on the quality of the music. If you have done any research on Miles, you should know that most of these albums are indispensable to any Miles collection. You are getting three albums of Miles' classic quintet/sextet and two collaborations with Gil Evans, who later worked with Miles on "Sketches of Spain."

Not only is this collection perfect for music fans who are new to jazz (such as myself), it is also extremely economical. These albums would normally run you about $8 to $12 each in a jewel case, but you can get all five of them here for about the same price! Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MIles Masterpieces April 22 2008
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Excellent CD BOX!

With some of the most significant Miles Davis albums EVER, this is a good place two start your exploration of this giant's opus. Two great albums orchestrated by Gil Evans ("Porgy and Bess" as well as "Miles Ahead") are equally rewarding as smaller group efforts with John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley ("Round about Midnight" and "Milestones") plus a rare compillation of the small group efforts ("58 sessinos"; featuring Cannonball, Coltrane, Bill Evans...).

BTW, on "Mile Ahead" you can hear Miles' artistry in flugelhorn; while the orchestral albums are an excellent exercise in cool-jazz, smaller groups develop hard-bop and occasionally hints of modal jazz as well.
In both cases Miles and company play beautiful standards (by Gershwin, Monk, Cole Porter etc.) and equally exciting originals.

The artwork is basically made or replicas of original LP sleeves (which makes original liner notes harder to read for those with poor eye-sight) and adittonal explanations (and pictures) included in reissues of single albums are not included... But just check out the price! A true value for money purchase.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important "Look" at a Musical Icon Feb. 21 2009
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection is part of a series of popular rock and jazz artists who have five albums packaged. Each CD comes in a mini-LP sleeve and - from what I can gather - is a replica of the original, so the original errors in any notes are not corrected. I guess that's a bonus for those who enjoy reading agate type...and then complaining about mistakes.

It is virtually impossible to take any phase of the incredible career of Miles Davis and isolate several albums for a collection; but this is about as good as it can get. 'Round About Midnight (1955), Miles Ahead (1957), Milestones (1958), 1958 Sessions (1958) and Porgy and Bess (1958) provides the listener with a "look" into the Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet, along with the start of the legendary collaboration with Gil Evans.

These collections are no frills and at a (mostly) moderate price. This historical significance of the music in this set cannot be stressed enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars at his best Jan. 17 2013
By Charles A. Deverna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
if you ever want to get one guy /group for jazz...my first choice is Mile Davis
and the ensemble of greats he played with. What a diverse collection.
1.0 out of 5 stars Songs are mislabeled and the sound quality is terrible. 1958 Miles is not 1958 Miles but Miles ... Jan. 16 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You get what you pay for. Songs are mislabeled and the sound quality is terrible. 1958 Miles is not 1958 Miles but Miles live at Newport.

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