One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark by which so many other records would be judged (and fail) in years to come! The double-length set makes full use of all four sides of the record – expanding the flow (as well as the lineup) of the original Davis modal vision – and using all players to amazing effect, so much so that most players here turn out some of their best recorded work ever! The lineup is virtually a whose who for the sound of fusion in the 70s – including Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, Bennie Maupin on bass clarinet, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea on keyboards, John McLaughlin on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Lenny White and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus Jumma Santos and Don Alias on added percussion. Original album tracks include "Pharaoh's Dance", "Spanish Key", "Sanctuary", "Bitches Brew", "John McLaughlin", and "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down". Those appear in this epic
, beautiful 40th Anniversary edtion box set on a 2LP 180 gram vinyl, but that's just the beginning! There are also 3CDs; CD 1 features "Pharaoh's Dance", "Bitches Brew", "Spanish Key" and "John McLaughlin", roughly 68 minutes of music. CD 2 includes starts with "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" and "Sanctuary", plus alternate takes or single edits of "Spanish Key", "John McLaughlin", "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" – plus single edits of "Great Expectations" and "Little Blue Frog". CD3 is previously unissued live set from Lenox, MA in August of 1970 – with "Directions", "Bitches Brew", "The Mask", "Sanctuary", "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down" and more, plus Bill Graham intro & outro. The DVD features another previously unissued live set, from Copenhagen in December of '69, with "Directions", "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down", "Agitation", "I Fall In Love Too Easily" and more. Last, but not least, a 52 page, color, 12X12 book with a great essay by Greg Tate!