The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965

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The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965
Live album by Miles Davis
Released July 8, 1995
Recorded December 22–23, 1965
Genre Jazz
Length 7:32:03
Highlights disc 73:23
Label Legacy
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Miles Davis chronology
Doo-Bop The Complete Live at The Plugged Nickel Highlights from The Plugged Nickel
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Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 is a compact disc box set of the Miles Davis Quintet, recorded on December 22 and 23, 1965, and released on Legacy Records in July 1995, catalogue CK 66955. It comprises recordings of seven performance sets over the two nights by the second great Davis quintet at the now-defunct Plugged Nickel nightclub in Chicago. A single-disc sampler, Highlights from the Plugged Nickel, catalogue CK 67377, was released by Legacy on November 14, 1995, and was reissued on February 1, 2008. The box set, however, is currently out of print. The original recordings were produced by Teo Macero.

Background[edit]

Although the quintet had already issued the E.S.P. album, consisting of original compositions by members of the band, the repertoire at the club included none of those tunes, except Davis' "Agitation." Instead, the band relied upon standards or items that had been in Davis' live repertoire for several years. Research for a Wayne Shorter biography revealed that drummer Tony Williams, during the plane ride to Chicago, challenged the rest of the band to play anti-jazz, in essence sabotaging the gig by playing whatever one wished rather than the standard versions.[2] The band kept to the challenge, and the tunes were then radically altered for the Plugged Nickel performances.

Content[edit]

Each disc of the box set of eight discs presents one complete set, with the exception of the second set on the first night of December 22, which is split onto two discs, with the discs in a slimline case and internally numbered accordingly as 2a and 2b. The reasoning for this on the part of Sony is unclear, since the total timing of the music on discs 2a and 2b is under the 80-minute single disc limit. The box set has been awarded a rare crown by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.

Some tracks were available on Miles Davis compilations, but the full recordings were not released until the appearance of this box set. A two-disc edition, At Plugged Nickel, Chicago, is no. 25 (discs 30 and 31) in the box set Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection.[3] The ten tracks are the same as those that together made up the earlier At Plugged Nickel, Chicago, Vol. 1 and At Plugged Nickel, Chicago, Vol. 2 releases, but some durations are longer. For full details of this and all other releases see the Miles Ahead discography.

Track listing[edit]

An asterisk (*) indicates previously unissued in complete form.

Disc one[edit]

First Set December 22, 1965 (67:51)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If I Were A Bell"   Frank Loesser 16:42
2. "Stella by Starlight"   Ned Washington, Victor Young 12:49
3. "Walkin'"   Richard Carpenter* 15:51
4. "I Fall in Love Too Easily"   Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn 11:43
5. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 10:19

Disc two-a[edit]

Second Set December 22, 1965 (42:41)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Funny Valentine"   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 16:33
2. "Four"   Miles Davis* 15:05
3. "When I Fall in Love"   Edward Heyman, Victor Young 10:44

Disc two-b[edit]

Second Set December 22, 1965 (36:47)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Agitation"   Miles Davis 13:13
2. "'Round Midnight"   Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams, Thelonious Monk 8:42
3. "Milestones"   Miles Davis* 14:04
4. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 0:38

Disc three[edit]

Third Set December 22, 1965 (69:19)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All of You"   Cole Porter 14:38
2. "Oleo"   Sonny Rollins 6:05
3. "I Fall in Love Too Easily"   Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn 11:53
4. "No Blues"   Miles Davis* 17:35
5. "I Thought About You"   Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen 11:03
6. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 8:05

Disc four[edit]

First Set December 23, 1965 (52:51)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If I Were A Bell"   Frank Loesser 13:29
2. "Stella by Starlight"   Ned Washington, Victor Young 13:09
3. "Walkin'"   Richard Carpenter 11:01
4. "I Fall in Love Too Easily"   Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn* 12:07
5. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 2:50

Disc five[edit]

Second Set December 23, 1965 (65:55)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All of You"   Cole Porter 10:39
2. "Agitation"   Miles Davis 10:48
3. "My Funny Valentine"   Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 13:52
4. "On Green Dolphin Street"   Ned Washington, Bronisław Kaper* 12:48
5. "So What"   Miles Davis 13:36
6. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 3:28

Disc six[edit]

Third Set December 23, 1965 (69:44)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "When I Fall in Love"   Edward Heyman, Victor Young 13:39
2. "Milestones"   Miles Davis* 11:49
3. "Autumn Leaves"   Jacques Prevert, Johnny Mercer, Joseph Kosma 11:56
4. "I Fall in Love Too Easily"   Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn 11:43
5. "No Blues"   Miles Davis 20:06
6. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 0:22

Disc seven[edit]

Fourth Set December 23, 1965 (46:55)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stella by Starlight"   Ned Washington, Victor Young 14:16
2. "All Blues"   Miles Davis 12:18
3. "Yesterdays"   Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach* 15:00
4. "The Theme"   Miles Davis 4:51

Highlights single disc track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Date & Set Length
1. "Milestones"   Miles Davis 12/23 Third 11:49
2. "Yesterdays"   Kern, Harbach 12/23 Fourth 15:00
3. "So What"   Miles Davis 12/23 Second 13:36
4. "Stella by Starlight"   Washington, Young 12/23 First 13:09
5. "Walkin'"   Richard Carpenter 12/23 First 11:01
6. "'Round Midnight"   Hanighen, Williams, Monk 12/22 Second 8:42

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