September 19, 2010 – 3:57 am

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Tokyo 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan; June 19, 1973. From Pre-FM station reel. Restored and speed corrected.

While Miles Davis going electric did not create as big a hoo-hah as Bob Dylan going electric, the result was still a revolution for Miles and jazz fans.

This is what Miles said: [By the time of the On The Corner album in 1972] I had found out it was hard to play acoustical instruments in big halls because nobody heard what you were playing. With acoustical instruments in those large halls, you couldn’t hear the musical phrase and the accompaniment that went with it. You couldn’t hear all the notes in the piano in a large group. People’s ears were getting strained in the audience listening to acoustical instruments because they had gotten used to listening to instruments being amplified… It’s more electrical because that’s what people’s ears tune into…

“In the new music, before you know it, you have played four or five minutes, which is a long time. But you don’t have to blast because you’ve got an amplifier. And the smoother you play a trumpet, the more it sounds like a trumpet when you amplify it. It’s like mixing paint: with too many colors you get nothing but mud. An amplified trumpet doesn’t sound good when you play real fast. So I learned to play two-bar phrases, and that’s where I was going with my new music. It was exciting because I was learning as I was doing it…”

This June 19, 1973 show is well circulated among Miles fans - one version being Unreachable Station, part of the Legendary Collection Series. As noted in the BigO audio archive: “Much has been said of Davis’ wild period and Japan has been alone in releasing his performances. The rest of the world managed to hear these shows [Dark Magus] long after Davis had died. Unreachable Station is one of the shows that have yet to be officially released.”

And there was a version, shared on the net as Black Satin: Pre-FM SBD, with the left channel rephased. Using this version, plaz_restore remastered the tracks and shared them on the Dime site. plaz_restore noted: “I have compared the two versions and believe this remastered version has better balance and a more realistic stereo image.” He also added: “While enjoying this recording I noted some drop outs and a few clicks and pops and some crackle here and there. So I eventually set about and, after extensive analysis, removed the drop outs and repaired the clicks, pops and crackle.”

nobody posted this comment: “I helped remaster and seed this back in the day, and this is definitely an improvement… looking at it in the spectral, it seems it would have to be a pre-FM station reel because there’s a lot of music above 20,000 Khz, whereas if it were taped from the radio, it would feature FM compression and be squeezed to fit into 15,000 Khz if I am not mistaken. Either way, magnificent and essential music.”

A big round of applause and thanks to plaz_restore, Bocci, nobody and every one who worked on this and helped shared it among the fans.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (Set 1 - 45:08)
Track 101. Turnaroundphrase 12:49 (21.0MB)
Track 102. Tune in 5 9:28 (15.1MB)
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Track 103. Right Off 1:19 (2.1MB)
Track 104. Funk 10:47 (17.3MB)
Track 105. Unknown F 10:43 (17.1MB)

Disc 2 (Set 2 - 45:50)
Track 201. Ife 22:23 (36.7MB)
Track 202. Aghartha Prelude 9:51 (15.8MB)
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Track 203. Zimbabwe 13:35 (22.2 MB)

Miles Davis - trumpet, organ
Dave Liebman - tenor and soprano saxophones
Pete Cosey - guitar, percussion
Reggie Lucas - guitar
Michael Henderson - electric bass guitar
James “Mtume” Heath - congas, rhythm box, table percussion
Al Foster - drums

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  1. 5 Responses to “MILES DAVIS - TOKYO 1973”

  2. hey bigo, thanks for number 29 miles boot! i’ll play it, after i type this. it’s actually shinjuku kohseinenkin hall. i fixed it in itunes. you may remember miles played there in 75 on another unity and so did jethro tull on pile of bricks. i got both of those here. both rule.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 19, 2010

  3. more electric miles? more smiles!!!

    I-) ihor

    By I-) ihor on Sep 20, 2010

  4. Thanks for more Miles. “Ife” is always a GREAT tune. I have four live versions of that tune and the studio version on vinyl and its interesting to hear the similarities and differences between them.

    By coolius j on Sep 20, 2010

  5. another great live miles!!!

    By claycorn on Sep 21, 2010

  6. I love it

    By Happy Jap on Sep 21, 2010

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