January 24, 2013 – 4:48 am

Kick Ass Miles Davis sextet.

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Footprints Live 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Fillmore West Auditorium, San Francisco, CA; April 12, 1970. Ex soundboard stereo.

We first came across this show through the fan community. It was one of several shows from the Miles At The Fillmore 8CD set. The April 12, 1970 show was listed as not the best quality soundboard. But later an exceptional tape of this same show surfaced. This is the upgrade of the Miles-Trees version.

The popularity of this show can be seen by the number of silver-pressed bootlegs, among them are Another Day Of Black Beauty (Further Along) and 12th April At Fillmore West (Mega Disc Legendary Collection).

We have shared shows from this period of Davis’ career before when he was lean, mean and kickin’ ass. At the Fillmore, Davis opened for the Grateful Dead. What a mistake, it should have been the other way around.

You can read what we’ve said before about the jazz-rock sound of Miles Davis here.

Thanks to Milesian who shared this in 2005.
- Professor Red


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Technical Note:
During the transfer from DAT to hard drive the source DAT snapped. The portion remaining after the break was then copied to hard drive and 1:58 from the Miles Trees source was spliced in to complete the recording. Channels were swapped and pitch adjusted on the Miles Trees portion to minimize differences in acoustic character.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. It’s About That Time 10:38 (17.0MB)
Track 02. Directions 11:58 (19.1MB)
Track 03. I Fall in Love Too Easily 1:46 (2.8MB)
Track 04. Sanctuary 3:46 (6.0MB)
Track 05. Footprints 10:23 (16.6MB)
Track 06. Agitation 1:46 (2.8MB)
Track 07. No Blues 7:40 (12.3MB)
Track 08. Bitches Brew 14:20 (22.9MB)
Track 09. Spanish Key 11:11 (17.9MB)
Track 10. The Theme 0:46 (1.2MB)

Miles Davis - trumpet
Steve Grossman - soprano saxophone
Chick Corea - electric piano
Dave Holland - bass, electric bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums
Airto Moreira - percussion

When Davis wanted to out-rock the rock stars, he made Bitches Brew, released in April 1970. Buy it here.

Then in 1973, Davis’ record label realised what an explosive run of shows he had at the Fillmore and elected to release the April 10, 1970 show at Fillmore West as Black Beauty. Buy it here.

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  1. 21 Responses to “LIVE FOOTPRINTS”

  2. Thanks for the Miles!

    By NAMoosedog on Jan 24, 2013

  3. can`t we just have more clapton?
    what`s wrong with u

    By darth troll on Jan 24, 2013

  4. Miles is always welcome. Thanks BigO!

    By JB on Jan 24, 2013

  5. hey bigo, i’ll get this. thanks! be nice, if you could offer ann arbor, mi 2.21.70. john mclaughlin plays on it.

    got some good sun ra shows in the mail last week. i’m always interested in more ra shows and zappa.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 24, 2013

  6. Thanks, BigO!

    By aking on Jan 24, 2013

  7. can miles play anything that makes sense

    By darth troll on Jan 24, 2013

  8. foolish troll.

    By une nuit a chance on Jan 24, 2013

  9. First time seeing Miles was in in a very small venue. You had to win tickets to get in and a friend of mine in Albuquerque had won a pair and he was only I think 17 at the time his name was Dean Barton. He was crushed that his parents would not let him go. He’s a real nice guy that I had known as pen pals for a few years. I made an offer and he accepted so I got a pair.

    I was extremely excited because I knew there would only be 300 or so people there. I then found an ad in a music rag from a lady in Boston who was selling and I was able to get her pair. So myself and three good friends all went that night. Of course Miles played “Round midnight” but the stage was on the floor, no barrier and I was up front close enough to grab him (of course I didn’t do that) but just prior to him going on stage, I was in the back of the venue where they had some tables, It wasn’t closed off and to my surprise, Miles and was talking to Christopher Reeves in his wheelchair. I backed away because I realized they were having this moment as Miles continued to joke around and rub his neck.

    It really was a nice moment to watch. Then he walked back to the stairs (Miles not Christopher Reeves) where I was standing and he was just feet away. We exchanged greetings and then upstairs he went. What I Legend!

    By Darth's MOM on Jan 24, 2013

  10. meanwhile I was at home babysitting the baby troll while herself was off havin` a grand old time.

    By darth`s dad on Jan 24, 2013

  11. Don’t be so hard on our son,he does try so hard to be liked!

    By Darth's MOM on Jan 24, 2013

  12. this d/l had some burps…


    By I-) on Jan 25, 2013

  13. Thanks to Professor Red and BigO for this piece of history. Fans of this period can also try “Bitches Brew Live” made up of performances from Newport 1969 and the Isle Of Wight 1970.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jan 25, 2013

  14. NB — both Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh from the Dead went on record expressing the same opinion as you (that they should have been the ones opening for Miles).

    By on Jan 25, 2013

  15. Hi Ed & gang, I have the Ann Arbor and Cellar Door Miles shows. copies upon request. Are there no other Miles Maha gigs?

    By Reeech on Jan 26, 2013

  16. hey reeech, i’m sure there are other miles/mclaughin shows out there, but that’s the only one i’ve seen. when i saw it on elastic rock blog, it was in flac. if bigo doesn’t have it in the archives, i’m sure it’s on dime.

    i probably have close to 50 miles shows cause i have multiple shows in the same folder with different dates but same venues and miles boots that have multiple shows on them like. for example, the complete stockholm 1960 shows and the miles lx shows bigo offered in 2011.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 26, 2013

  17. Wow, this is amazing. Such clean sound quality and astounding music. I read years ago about how bowled over the Dead were at being expected to go on after this, and now I see why…

    By YogaforCynics on Jan 26, 2013

  18. i’m back, bigO… and there i was wondering if miles was doing something really funky!


    By I-) on Jan 26, 2013

  19. Thanks bigO! I never listened to much jazz, but I enjoy the Miles boots I’ve gotten here.

    By Mark E. on Jan 27, 2013

  20. I remember getting stoned with Miles and we had a groovy time while I took pictures of his dog.

    By aDathable on Jan 29, 2013

  21. I LOVE this!

    By teamster on Jan 31, 2013

  22. thank you!!

    By Paul on Mar 22, 2014

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