06/08/10 By Ken Franckling
The Heft of Miles
Ken Franckling on the Miles Davis 43-CD box set
How much musical weight do you give to trumpeter Miles Davis’s 30 years of recordings for Columbia?
Everyone may have a different answer, depending on the stylistic preferences of the listener, since Davis was always a groundbreaker in pushing style and sound.
While it clearly doesn’t include everything he recorded for the label, Columbia/Legacy this fall (September 24 at last word) will release a hefty package that is likely to appeal to the compleatists among us. Even though most of those compleatists likely have many of the individual components - and much more.
It’s called The Genius of Miles Davis, a 43-CD limited-edition box set. The packaging is designed as a trumpet case, which will house all eight of the eight deluxe multi-CD box sets that have been part of the Miles Davis Series of reissues over the past 15 years. Plus an exact replica of the “Gustat” Heim 2 model mouthpiece used by Miles. Plus a previously unavailable fine art lithograph chosen by the Miles Davis Estate. Plus a boutique-quality T-shirt manufactured for this package by Trunk Ltd.
Seven of the eight deluxe CD sets will be included in their distinctive gilt-edged metal spine packaging. The eighth, The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions, was never issued with the metal spine.
The others are:
● Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
● Miles Davis Quintet 1965-’68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings
● The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions
● Miles Davis & John Coltrane: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961
● The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
● Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963-1964
● The Complete On The Corner Sessions
It’s curious that Davis’s classic Plugged Nickel session is not represented. Perhaps there was no room for more in the case. This new compilation may appeal to elitist compleatists. Time will tell. While it’s not available until September 24, it can be pre-ordered at MilesDavis.com or here.
The price: $1,999.99. It’s great to see they’re keeping the price under two grand. Such a deal. Hopefully, shipping is included. Oh, and back to the weight question. The package weighs 21 pounds.
Does Columbia/Legacy have the forklifts ready? Will it need them?