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Best Reissues of 2004

By Published: December 31, 2004


10. Miles Davis
Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings 1963-1964
Columbia/Legacy

This seven-disc set may be the sleeper of the boxed sets documenting Miles Davis' tenure with Columbia Records. By no means should this suggest that it is of lesser value as nothing could be farther from the truth. Although the tenor saxophone chair is in flux throughout, staring with George Coleman and ending with Wayne Shorter, this series of live recordings catches Miles and the band in prime form. Albums like Miles in Tokyo and Miles in Berlin have never been available before in the United States and the bristling nature of both of these sets are worth the price of admission alone.



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