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    2-LP Set On 180-gram Vinyl Includes Remastered Original Studio Album, Plus Unreleased Live Performances


    Extra 180-Gram Vinyl LP Of Live Performances By The Miles Davis Octet Of The Nice Jazz Festival Of 1986, Available For The First Time On Vinyl


    Packaging Is A Replica Of The Original Vinyl Album, Including Stickers, LP Labels, Irving Penn's Beautiful And Iconic Photographs


    30 Years ago, Miles Davis made waves in the music world when he left Columbia Records to sign recording and publishing contracts with Warner Bros. and Warner Chappell in 1985. With a new label to call home, Davis immediately started working on the album, which originally had the working title, Perfect Way, named after a song by new wave pop band Scritti Politti that he was covering on the album. The album was later renamed Tutu by producer Tommy LiPuma, taken from news headlines of the day referencing the well-known South African archbishop and anti-apartheid leader, Desmond Tutu.


    Rhino celebrates one of jazz music's most revered and innovative talents with a 2-LP deluxe edition set on 180-gram vinyl of Miles Davis' TUTU, released to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Davis signing with Warner. The deluxe edition includes a remastered LP of the original album and a bonus LP of live performances at the Nice Festival held in 1986, packaged with the original artwork featuring photographs by the legendary Irving Penn.


    TUTU pushed Davis back into center stage, winning him two Grammy® awards, when even the most reverent seemed to admit that his best music lay in the past. Tutu stands as an important part of the Davis legacy, and a testament to a prolific artist whose boundless creativity continuously redefined a genre throughout his legendary career.


    As Davis recalled, Tutu "started with some music that George Duke, the piano player sent to me." Davis' affection for the initial track - eventually titled "Backyard Ritual" and filled with synthesizer sounds and electronic beats - revealed the trumpeter's willingness to consider music written by others, and the use of cutting-edge electronics.


    Producer Tommy LiPuma recruited composer and studio musician Marcus Miller to collaborate on the project, who at 27, had already made a name for himself in jazz, R&B and popular music, playing funk, rock, bebop and hip hop. Davis later praised him as being "so hip and into the music that he even walks in tempo . . . in the studio we make a great team."


    "Technology was kind of exploding and I thought it would be interesting to hear Davis making his way through this new world," said Miller. Performing on the album were George Duke, Adam Holzman and Bernard Wright, percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Steve Reid, drummer Omar Hakim and violinist Michael Urbaniak all contributed tracks; keyboardist Jason Miles played a significant role as well, programming the synthesizers and helping push the tracks to a level of sonic detail that could compete with contemporary recordings.


    Tutu would feature a variety of tunes that offered a mix of flavors and mood. Besides the title track, four were composed by Miller - "Splatch," "Portia," "Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson" (the last a tribute to another South African leader, Nelson Mandela). "Tomaas" - named by Davis for LiPuma - was co-written by Davis and Miller, based on ideas Davis had previously recorded. The selections were rounded out by one cover - "Perfect Way," which Davis had initially chosen to be the album's title track.


    By that summer, Davis' group was touring Europe. With a four-night run approaching at the Grande Parade du Jazz festival in Nice, France, the decision was made to record the group at its prime. It was a wise choice. Warner Bros. hired a mobile recording truck and all four concerts were taped. "Everybody in the band knew we were being recorded so we were on our game," remembers his nephew, drummer Vince Wilburn. "Miles had an uncanny knack for knowing not only what to record but when and where. Every night was more beautiful than the one before: wonderful weather, captive audiences and the band was on fire."


    "At the time, there wasn't anything that jumped out at me," LiPuma admits. "Believe me, if I thought there had been, I would've put an album out. But having spent some time with the music, it's brilliant - and I think it's an important recording." Like the best live recordings, these tracks are both historic and timeless - filled with a spirit and snap that can still be felt today, yet cannot be repeated.

    LP 1
    1. Tutu
    2. Tomaas
    3. Porttia
    4. Splatch
    5. Backyard Ritual
    6. Perfect Way
    7. Don't Lose Your Mind
    8. Full Nelson


    LP 2 - Live from Nice Festival, France, July 1986
    1. Portia
    2. Human Nature
    3. Carnival Time
    4. Splatch
    5. New Blues

    Miles Davis
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Shakara

    Shakara is one of a clutch of early 1970s albums - also among them this box's Fela's London Scene and Afrodisiac - on which Fela's Afrobeat transitioned from foetal stage to something approaching full-grown form. Shakara (1971) includes three of mature Afrobeat's signature ingredients. There are two guitarists, rhythm guitarist Tutu Shoronmu and tenor guitarist Segun Edo. The pair's repetitive, interlocking riffs - part melody, part rhythm - play a similar role to the rhythm and mi-solo guitars used in contemporary Congolese rumba. Fela's Broken English lyrics extend his music's audience beyond Yoruba speakers and make his words understandable across Anglophone Africa. And female backing vocalists echo Fela's lead vocals in what was to become Afrobeat's trademark call-and-response pattern. On release, Shakara's B-side, "Lady," was jumped on by the Nigerian press as Fela's contribution to a "war between the sexes." "I want tell you about lady-o," Fela sang. "She go want take cigar before anybody, she go want make you open the door for am, she go want the man wash plate for her for kitchen, she want sit down for table before anybody." By contrast: "Africa woman, she know the man na master, she go cook for him, she go do anything for him .But lady no be so, lady na master." "Lady," like 1975's "Mattress," has been interpreted by some as "anti-women." It was certainly in conflict with European feminist thought. However the lyric is interpreted, Fela was arguing from the particular in order to highlight the general: the adoption of European social habits to the detriment of African culture. Fela would address African men in similar fashion in "Gentleman" in 1973, lampooning their adoption of European suits, shoes and ties - which caused them to "smell like shit" in the African heat - before returning to the women in 1976 in "Yellow Fever," a song about the fashion for skin whitening creams. "Shakara" is a mainly instrumental track, with a brief lyric, sung in Yoruba, warning against boasters and braggarts. Up-tempo, with a suitably turbulent horn arrangement, it includes strong solos from Fela on keyboards and the fearsome Igo Chico on tenor saxophone.
    1. Lady
    2. Shakara (Oloje)
    Fela Kuti
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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