Miles Davis Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue

Miles Electric is an outstanding chronicle of Miles Davis's transition from the too-cool Italian suit-wearing icon of post-bop to freaky fusionista. Its centrepiece is Miles's 350-minute set at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970, playing to 600,000 people barely six months after his landmark Bitches Brew was released. The producers of this disc have made the most of this excellent footage by assembling a worthwhile documentary that details the circumstances that led Miles and his sidemen to this point in their careers. If the live footage had been longer, the interviews may have ended up as bonus materials, but this format is far superior. The performance is vintage early electric Miles—he sounds great and is a force to be reckoned with. This is recommended for neophytes and connoisseurs alike. Plus: additional interview footage, DVD-ROM sessionography. (Eagle Vision)