Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3

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Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
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Live album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 2014
RecordedApril 11 and June 17–20, 1970
VenueFillmore West in San Francisco, CA and Fillmore East in New York City
GenreJazz fusion, funk
Length250:18
LabelSony Music Entertainment, Columbia Records, Legacy Recordings 88765 43381 2
ProducerTeo Macero
Miles Davis chronology
Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2
(2013)
Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
(2014)
Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4
(2015)

Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 is a 4 CD live album compiling the four nights of Miles Davis' performances at the Fillmore East in New York City from June 17-20, 1970 and three additional tracks recorded at the Fillmore West two months earlier.[1] The concert series was originally released in part as a double album Miles Davis at Fillmore (Columbia, 1970) but was given the first complete unedited release on this box set.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic92/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Popmatters10/10 stars[4]
The Observer5/5 stars[5]

Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 received mainly positive reviews on release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 92, based on 11 reviews which is categorised as universal acclaim.[2] Thom Jurek's review on Allmusic stated "The charts are loose but focused, and the group's improvisational dynamic is breathtaking, entirely different each night. Davis is exceptionally strong. His playing is inventive, full of questions and muscular statements".[3] PopMatters' Matthew Fiander gave the album 10 out of 10 saying "It was a time of turmoil, but for Davis’s music, turmoil was a state of creation, and these four nights give us four distinct and brilliantly built storms"[4] The Observer's Dave Gelly said "It certainly gets close to chaos at times, but these live shows often did. From that point of view at least, it's truly authentic".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Miles Davis except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. Introduction – 0:04
  2. "Directions" (Joe Zawinul) – 10:23
  3. "The Mask" – 11:04
  4. "It's About That Time" – 10:44
  5. "Bitches Brew" – 13:41
  6. "The Theme" – 0:40
  7. "Paraphernalia" (Wayne Shorter) – 11:02
  8. "Footprints" (Shorter) – 11:13
  • Recorded at the Fillmore East in NYC on June 17, 1970 (tracks 1–6) and the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA on April 11, 1970 (tracks 7 & 8)

Disc Two:

  1. "Directions" (Zawinul) – 10:10
  2. "The Mask" – 11:29
  3. "It's About That Time" – 12:03
  4. "Bitches Brew" – 11:57
  5. "The Theme" – 1:29
  6. "Spanish Key (Encore)" – 10:20
  7. "The Theme" – 0:27
  • Recorded at the Fillmore East in NYC on June 18, 1970

Disc Three:

  1. "Directions" (Zawinul) – 12:50
  2. "The Mask" – 10:00
  3. "It's About That Time" – 11:27
  4. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) – 1:47
  5. "Sanctuary" (Shorter) – 3:24
  6. "Bitches Brew" – 12:38
  7. "The Theme" – 0:44
  8. "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" – 13:20
  • Recorded at the Fillmore East in NYC on June 19, 1970 (tracks 1-7) and the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA on April 11, 1970 (track 8)

Disc Four:

  1. "Directions" (Zawinul) – 10:48
  2. "The Mask" – 11:14
  3. "It's About That Time" – 11:03
  4. "I Fall in Love Too Easily" (Styne, Cahn) – 1:20
  5. "Sanctuary" (Shorter) – 3:20
  6. "Bitches Brew" – 9:39
  7. "Willie Nelson" – 9:21
  8. "The Theme" – 0:37
  • Recorded at the Fillmore East in NYC on June 20, 1970

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[6] 81
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 182
German Albums ((Offizielle Top 100)[6] 96
Italian Albums (FIMI)[6] 83
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 120
US Billboard 200[8] 189
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)[9] 1

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)[10] 49

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miles Davis website album entry, accessed October 6, 2015
  2. ^ a b "Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Fiander, Matthew (March 28, 2014). "Miles at the Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3". Popmatters. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Gelly, Dave (May 4, 2014). "Miles at the Fillmore review – Miles Davis at his most chaotic". The Observer. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Miles Davis – Miles At The Fillmore" (in French). Les Charts. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 5.04.2014 (wk13)". zobbel.de. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Miles Davis Miles at the Fillmore: Miles Davis 1970 – The Bootleg Series Vol. 3". Billboard 200. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Miles Davis Chart History". Billboard Jazz Albums. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jazz Albums – Year-End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2018.