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AghartaAgharta was recorded on the afternoon in 1975, at one of two concerts Miles Davis performed at the Osaka Festival Hall in Japan. He performed with his septet-flautist and saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Michael Henderson, drummer Al Foster, percussionist James Mtume, guitarist Reggie Lucas, and Pete Cosey, who played guitar, synthesizer, and percussion.
Produced and recorded by Teo Macero, the album's four seemingly unstructured segments emphasize the playing of Davis' sidemen rather than his own trumpet. It eschews both melody and harmony in favor of a combination of riffs, crossing polyrhythms, and Funk-oriented grooves for soloists to improvise throughout.
The album has received retrospective acclaim as an important and influential Jazz-Rock record. Its abrasive music and Cosey's innovative playing influenced a generation of young musicians, including those in the British Jazz scene.LP 1
1. Prelude (Part 1)
2. Prelude (Part 2) / Maiysha
2. Theme From Jack Johnson$47.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
AghartaAgharta was recorded at the Osaka Festival Hall on February 1, 1975 and originally released on double LP only in Japan. Featuring one of Miles Davis' strongest line-ups from his electric period, Agharta is a smoking set of jazz-funk fusion, highlighted by blistering live interpretations of some of his finest compositions. Davis recorded another fantastic double LP, Pangaea, on the same day proving him to be unrivaled in both creativity and output. Double 180g vinyl from 4 Men With Beards housed in a gatefold jacket.LP1
1. Prelude Part 1
2. Prelude Part 2
1. Theme from Jack Johnson
2. Interlude$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PangaeaRecorded on the same day as Agharta, Pangaea's two LPs worth of material were culled from the evening performances at Osaka's Festival Hall. Featuring just 2 songs, both clocking in at over 40 minutes, Pangaea finds Miles Davis and company, which includes Sonny Fortune, Pete Cosey, Reggie Lucas, Michael Henderson, Al Foster and James 'Mtume' Forman, really stretching themselves to the limit. Live electric jazz-fusion from the undisputed master of the genre. Double 180g vinyl from 4 Men With Beards housed in a gatefold jacket.LP 1
2. Gondwana$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The double live album Dark Magus was recorded on March 30, 1974, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Davis' group at the time included bassist Michael Henderson, drummer Al Foster, percussionist James Mtume, saxophonist Dave Liebman, and guitarists Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas. Dark Magus was produced by Teo Macero and featured four two-part recordings titled after Swahili names for the numbers one through four.
Dark Magus was released after Davis' 1975 retirement. After releasing the live recordings Agharta (1975) and Pangaea (1976), Dark Magus was originally only released in Japan.
The album inspired noise Rock acts during the late 1970s and the experimental Funk artists of the 1980s. In retrospective reviews, critics praised its Jazz-Rock aesthetic and the group members' performances, and felt that parts of the music foreshadowed jungle music. In 2001, Q magazine named Dark Magus one of the 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time.LP 1
1. Dark Magus - Moja
2. Dark Magus - Wili
1. Dark Magus - Tatu
2. Dark Magus - Nne$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live at the Paradiso
Limited To 600 Copies On Soft Purple Vinyl
Soft Machine was one of the first prog-rock bands, but if your vision of prog-rock consists of musicians wreathed in pot smoke airily singing of fairies and wizards, it will be summarily dispelled by this fantastic "authorized bootleg," which captures the band in March 1969 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, playing material that was to be released six months later on Soft Machine: Volume Two.
The trio of Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, Mike Ratledge on organ and Hugh Hopper on bass launch what can only be called a high-decibel, jazz-rock sonic assault; "Like vindaloo for the ears" is how Hopper puts it on the accompanying notes on the inner sleeve, adding, "I do remember playing incredibly loud, Mike on fuzz organ and me on fuzz bass, both through hundred-watt Marshall stacks." Some of the frenzied instrumental passages might recall Miles Davis' Agharta-era band, but remember, this is a trio making all this racket (in 1969, no less); Soft Machine at this point in time were on a journey all their own. This is the first-ever vinyl release of this notorious concert, and it comes on "soft" purple vinyl limited to 600 copies. Anybody interested in just how far out rock got in the late '60s will want to give this repeated listens.1. Dada Was Here
3. Thank You Pierrot Lunaire
4. Have You Ever Bean Green?
5. Pataphysical Introduction, Pt. 2
6. As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still
7. Fire Engine Passing with Bells Clanging
8. Hibou, Anemone and Bear
9. Fire Engine Passing with Bells Clanging (Reprise)
11. Orange Skin Food
12. A Door Opens and Closes
13. 10:30 Returns to the Bedroom$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now