MeloManiac Posted January 16 Share Posted January 16 Around 30 years ago, when I was in my early 20s, I started buying jazz CDs. I wanted to build a collection of essential albums. I bought them on CD, not on vinyl, because in that era, 'digital' was modern and hip. The first CDs I bought were Miles Davis Birth of the Cool and Kind of Blue. In the years that, followed, I bought some more, like Miles Ahead. The man recorded a huge number of albums, so where do you start, when do you stop buying? I stopped buying, I guess, when I started a family (wife and three kids). Now, my kids are in their teens, so I started buying CDs again. Sometimes, I buy vinyl records, but budget wise, it makes more sense to buy CDs. This weekend, I bought two more Miles Davis albums, which are considered 'essential': ESP (1965) and B*tches Brew (my censoring) The 40th anniversary edition. ESP is considered a landmark album because all the compositions were all-new, it is the second Miles Davis Quintet album. The B*tches Brew box is really special, because it contains 3 CDs: CD1 + 2 is the original album plus alternate takes and single edits; CD3 is a 1970 Live at Tanglewood recording, and there is also DVD with a live concert at Copenhagen (1969). The box is beautifully made and has a thick booklet inside with lots to read and nice pictures, including the original album cover art. Davis recorded this album in 1969, which is also the year I was born. The album became Davis' first RIAA gold album. When I listen to it now, on CD, I finally 'get it'. Yes, I listened to it in the past, on Spotify, but for some reason, I didn't 'get it' then. Is it because of the medium? Is it because I'm older now? I don't know. But Davis is a musical genius! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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