I’m sure you have a bargain shop equivalent in your town, some sort of dollar store. Ours here is called Dollarama, and it sells the shitty Chinese shit that’s even too shitty for shitty Mall-Wart to sell.
I don’t go in there often, though it is a good place to get those clear crystal mints for the glove box in the car…
Anyway, I had occasion to be in this establishment recently and made a major, major score. 3 CDs (count them, THREE) of Miles Davis. For $3. They were packed in a box set called Original American Classics. The label here is Direct Source Special Products (out of Plattsburg, NY – hey, I’ve been there!), so you know this is a major player! 😉
Of course, at that price, I had to bring it home.
I played it through last night, as I worked on this or that around the house, and it’s really quite excellent. These aren’t remastered or fancy at all. It does have a booklet, with a brief history of Miles’ life in it. But the sound quality is excellent, probably equal to the original CD issues of the original tracks (these are not reissued albums, but compilations).
Have a look for yourself, I think this was a pretty damn good score.
CD1 – Milestones
The original 1958 LP ran:
Dr. Jekyll (aka Dr. Jackle)
Two Bass Hit
Miles (titled Milestones on later releases)
Straight, No Chaser
On the CD reissue, the running order was the same as the original, plus alternate takes of Two Bass Hit, Milestones and Straight, No Chaser.
On this box set, it looks like this:
Willie The Wailer
A Night In Tunisia
Venus De Milo
Moose The Mooche
So… they must’ve just thought it was a cool CD title because only the track by that name is the only one in common with the original…
CD2 – Jazz Legend
This looks to be just a bunch of collected tracks:
Darn That Dream (f. Kenny Hagood, vocals)
It Never Entered My Mind
CD3 – Miles Forever
Again, just a bunch of collected tracks:
Chasin’ The Bird
Sippin’ At Bells
Ah Leu Cha (w. The Charlie Parker Allstars)
Constellation (w. The Charlie Parker Allstars)
It’s Only A Paper Moon
Like I said, it was $3. But this was damn enjoyable.