Wednesday, February 14, 2007

About to retire...

February 1, 1975

Miles Davis' plays two concerts in Osaka, Japan. The matinee concert is turned into the double-live album Agharta, and is well-received by the few critics who've hung on to Davis' rock-funk explorations. The evening peformance gives way to the scorched-earth sounds of Pangaea, also a double-album. Unlike the focused funk of the (Agharta) matinee concert, Pangaea is a dark, crowded, crazy album that sounds like a culmination of Davis' experiments of the past seven years. Many critics and die-hard Miles fans have overlooked this album. There's crazy polyrhythmic drums, out-of-control saxophone, hyperventilated wah-wah guitars, and Miles himself alternating between frantic trumpet solos and organ riffs.

This is ominous, cacophonous funk-rock - plain and simple - and each song takes up an entire CD. I think this is the absolute best work Miles did in his fusion era (1968-1975), second only to Bitches Brew.

Immediately after this concert, Miles disappeared from the radar. He went into "semi-retirement" for health reasons. Becoming a total recluse, remaining inactive for six years, and not re-emerging until 1981. He was never the same after this.

Please report any broken links.

Miles Davis - Pangaea [1975]

Disc One
Mp3, Stereo, 320 kbps, 84.5 MB

1. Zimbabwe (41:48)

Disc Two
Mp3, Stereo, 320 kbps, 94.7 MB

1. Gondwana (46:50)


Anonymous said...

thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!req:: miles silent Way.

Clio said...

Thanks a lot for this. I've always enjoyed his Jack Johnson era music, but for some reason I had never ventured to this end of those explorations. Great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

two links are dead :-( !

Could you please re-post them ?

Thank you !

Marco said...

Many thanks for everything, but both links to Pangaea are broken.

Anonymous said...

Thanks heaps, awesome album.