Happy Birthday Bitches Brew!

Bitches Brew 

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of 'Bitches Brew' with these new Legacy & Super Deluxe Collectors Editions.

Recorded at
the end of a tumultuous decade (August 1969), 'Bitches Brew' reflected the chaos
and beauty of a society stretched and stressed to its breaking point. This
genre-bending, barrier-smashing double LP of boldly new music with dense
textures and lengthy performances broke every rule of
commerciality.

These 40th
Anniversary Editions are a tribute to both the man who changed the course of
jazz ("four or five times," as he himself once quipped), and the album that
virtually single-handedly brought jazz into the commercial rock era, becoming
no.94 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums Of All
Time.

Originally
released in April 1970, 'Bitches Brew' was informed by the music that Miles
heard being produced in the era by Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, James Brown, Santana
and Marvin Gaye, as well as the Beatles' editing pyrotechnics. The original
double-LP's six tracks – 'Bitches Brew', 'John McLaughlin', 'Sanctuary', 'Miles
Runs the VooDoo Down', 'Pharaoh's Dance' and 'Spanish Key' – as formulated in
the studio by Miles and his long-time producer Teo Macero, presented a seismic
breakthrough in jazz/rock/funk/R&B. Session personnel included Miles on
trumpet, Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Joe
Zawinul (electric piano), Chick Corea (electric piano), John McLaughlin
(guitar), Dave Holland (acoustic bass), Harvey Brooks (electric bass), Lenny
White (drums), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Don Alias (congas), and Jumma Santos
(aka Jim Riley – shaker).

Both
Anniversary Editions present the music recorded at the principal 'Bitches Brew'
August 1969 recording sessions as well as live performances of some of the same
music recorded later, showing further development of the material in the hands
of master improvisers.

Bonus material
begins with two newly discovered alternates of 'Spanish Key' and 'John
McLaughlin', issued here for the first time. Also included are the rare original
singles with edited performances of 'Miles Runs The Voodoo Down' and 'Spanish
Key', plus edits of two pieces recorded three months later, illustrating the
evolution of Miles' sound in just three short months. These edited 45-rpm
singles, bound no doubt for radio stations and jukeboxes, were the only nod to
traditional marketing that this album received, yet set in motion the discovery
of music so prophetic that its eternal impact is still felt today.

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