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Miles Davis: The Complete 'On the Corner' Sessions

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So, my library has a streaming download service that allows 5 downloads a week.  Although it does have some questionable labels, it does have majors like Columbia and RCA Victor and a ton of indie labels.  I've been using some of my downloads for box sets (I already downloaded the Plugged Nickel box) and recently completed The Complete On the Corner Sessions.  

As I don't have the booklet, I'm looking for a track-by-track breakdown of the personnel.  If anyone could list it here, PM me or email me a scan, I'd appreciate it greatly.  Thanks.

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I didn't find that on my search.  Thank you very much, Jeff!  I'm looking forward to digging into this set.

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After the 1965-8 set, this is my favourite of the Miles boxes. The original 'On the Corner' disc made no impression on me at all. But I did like things I heard on 'Get Up With It'. 'He Loved Him Madly' is as good as anything he ever recorded. I also downloaded the box and it greatly exceeded my expectations.  

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One of my very favorite Miles sets too, 2nd only to 2nd Quintet and Jack Johnson Complete (which are probably co-equal in first place). Miles & Gil is probably next after that.

And oddly, though the BB set great for when I've got a lot of work to get done around the house, the Complete Bitches Brew *isn't* one I'm in the mood for as often.

Anyway, the Complete OTC Sessions is really a monster, in the very best sense.

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That 'On The Corner' Take 4 on CD1 is an absolute monster !

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3 hours ago, sidewinder said:

That 'On The Corner' Take 4 on CD1 is an absolute monster !

i've often wondered if belden mistakenly put the wrong take on the box set. this doesn't have trumpet.

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My Son got me a 180 gram vinyl issue for Christmas. To all you the truth, I've never heard this one so I think I might shake the walls down tomorrow with this one.

 

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I bought all the metal spine sets when they came out and haven't paid any attention to their after-market value. But I was at Amoeba yesterday and was amazed to find "On the Corner" selling for $150! Most of the others were in the $50 range.

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I'd love to find the OTC box at a decent price.  The download is $39.99, but I want the discography and liner notes.

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12 minutes ago, mjzee said:

I'd love to find the OTC box at a decent price.  The download is $39.99, but I want the discography and liner notes.

It's a beautiful box too. 

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Gaudy, overpriced, poor liner notes (compared to the other metal spine sets), awful sound quality, and the unreleased material wasn't all that great IMO.

On the other hand, the On the Corner MFSL Hybrid SACD is marvellous.

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16 minutes ago, medjuck said:

It's a beautiful box too. 

And where else can you get Corky McCoy’s bonus artwork ‘I’ve got everyone in the band but the devil on tambourine’.

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I've seen it go for upwards of $200-$250 on eBay, and through Dusty Groove too.  Not saying it ought to be worth that much, but supply and demand seems to have prices up over $200 with some frequency (actual sales, iirc).

I got mine less than a month after it came out, with a "40% off one item" at Barnes & Noble (had to get it from an actual store, and it had to be something already in stock).  Their list price was a little high, but at 40% off, I think I got it for something like $70, iirc.  Sure as hell glad I didn't sleep on getting it at the time!! -- as is my normal practice all the time (most of the time).

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10 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:

I've seen it go for upwards of $200-$250 on eBay, and through Dusty Groove too.  Not saying it ought to be worth that much, but supply and demand seems to have prices up over $200 with some frequency (actual sales, iirc).

I got mine less than a month after it came out, with a "40% off one item" at Barnes & Noble (had to get it from an actual store, and it had to be something already in stock).  Their list price was a little high, but at 40% off, I think I got it for something like $70, iirc.  Sure as hell glad I didn't sleep on getting it at the time!! -- as is my normal practice all the time (most of the time).

Don't remember how much I paid at the time, but I'm sure it was <$100. Anyone know what's driving up the price? Maybe it's sampled a lot?

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Probably because it has never appeared as a cheap longbox and On The Corner has a wide fanbase beyond jazz. The box is pretty cool too. :)

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4 hours ago, sidewinder said:

On The Corner has a wide fanbase beyond jazz.

yep

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On 09/05/2019 at 9:09 AM, sidewinder said:

On The Corner has a wide fanbase beyond jazz.

That goes a long way towards explaining why the mastering is so awful.

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I agree that it's the worst sounding of the box sets. Sheesh.

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2 hours ago, erwbol said:

That goes a long way towards explaining why the mastering is so awful.

Just curious--you mean you think Sony mastered this set differently because of an expectation that more listeners than the usual jazz crowd would be buying it?  

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No, I think the worst sounding version of this record ever is the truck stop bootleg 8-Track I think I still have somewhere.

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On 8-5-2019 at 8:55 PM, erwbol said:

Gaudy, overpriced, poor liner notes (compared to the other metal spine sets), awful sound quality, and the unreleased material wasn't all that great IMO.

On the other hand, the On the Corner MFSL Hybrid SACD is marvellous.

 

 

1 hour ago, jazzbo said:

I agree that it's the worst sounding of the box sets. Sheesh.

Agreed. I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard the box, easily the worst sounding of all the Miles Columbia box sets. The MFSL hybrid SACD, on the other hand, is indeed excellent.

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On 10/05/2019 at 8:33 PM, ghost of miles said:

Just curious--you mean you think Sony mastered this set differently because of an expectation that more listeners than the usual jazz crowd would be buying it?  

Listeners of other popular genres like rock, the releases of which are more often than not compromised by poor mastering. Seems reasonable. 

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