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Complete Jack Johnson Set Details

Last Wednesday we announced that a box-set chronicling Miles Davis’ sessions for his A Tribute to Jack Johnson will be coming out in September via Columbia/Legacy. Don’t get jealous, but we received it last week, albeit in “advance promotional copy” form.

Proclaiming Jack Johnson the “greatest rock-n-roll record ever made,” our advance copy has all five CDs to be included in the finished product, as well as new essays by Michael Cuscuna, Bob Belden and Bill Milkowski. We’ll let one of our critics give you the skinny on the musical content when it’s released, until then let’s just say that Jack Johnson producer Teo Macero, who assembled the original, 50-minute album from the four and a half hours of music documented in this set, left lots of good stuff on the cutting room floor.

Of course the music is re-mastered, digitally at 24-bit. And you can bet it will come in deeeeee-luxe packaging, likely something along the lines of 2001’s Complete In a Silent Way and 1998’s Complete Bitches Brew sets-something designed with a bit of brushed metal. What we care about is what’s inside, however, and we’re happy to report that 34 of the 42 tracks included are previously unreleased. The original album, released in 1970, had just two tracks: “Right Off” and “Yesternow.” Now we’re being treated to studio versions of songs we’d only thus far heard live, stuff like “Willie Nelson” (which appeared on the live Black Beauty and Live at the Fillmore East). There are also five tracks titled “Go Ahead John,” a version of which was taken from these sessions and placed on 1974’s Big Fun. Some Davis bootlegs, of which there are hundreds, may contain some of this “unreleased” material, but now it’s all in one place, arranged chronologically and fully annotated. Here’s a complete track list:

Disc One:

Willie Nelson (Take 2) 6:41

Willie Nelson (Take 3) 10:21

Willie Nelson (Insert 1) 6:33

Willie Nelson (Insert 2) 5:22

Willie Nelson (Remake Take 1) 10:45

Willie Nelson (Remake Take 2) 10:17

Johnny Bratton (Take 4) 8:17

Johnny Bratton (Insert 1) 6:38

Johnny Bratton (Insert 1) 5:19

Archie Moore 4:45

Disc Two:

Go Ahead John (Part One) 13:07

Go Ahead John (Part Two A) 7:00

Go Ahead John (Part Two B) 10:06

Go Ahead John (Part Two C) 3:38

Go Ahead John (Part One Remake) 11:04

Duran (Take 4) 5:37

Duran (Take 6) 11:20

Sugar Ray 6:16

Disc Three:

Right Off (Take 10) 11:09

Right Off (Take 10A) 4:33

Right Off (Take 11) 5:58

Right Off (Take 12) 8:49

Yesternow (Take 16) 9:49

Yesternow (New Take 4) 16:02

Honky Tonk (Take 2) 10:04

Honky Tonk (Take 5) 11:29

Disc Four

Ali (Take 3) 6:50

Ali (Take 4) 10:14

Konda 16:29

Nem Um Talvez (Take 17) 2:50

Nem Um Talvez (Take 19) 2:54

Little High People (Take 7) 6:52

Little High People (Take 8) 9:28

Nem Um Talvez (Take 3) 4:36

Nem Um Talvez (Take 4A) 2:04

Selim (Take 4B) 2:15

Little Church (Take 7) 3:16

Little Church (Take 10) 3:15

Disc Five:

The Mask (Part One) 7:47

The Mask (Part Two) 15:45

Right Off 26:54

Yesternow 25:36

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