You're Under Arrest (Miles Davis album)

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You're Under Arrest
Miles Davis You're Under Arrest front.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril, 1985
RecordedJanuary 26, 1984 – January 14, 1985
StudioRecord Plant Studio, New York City
GenreFusion, jazz-funk
Length43:02
LabelColumbia
ProducerMiles Davis, Robert Irving III
Miles Davis chronology
Decoy
(1984)
You're Under Arrest
(1985)
Tutu
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[2]

You're Under Arrest is a 1985 album recorded by Miles Davis that saw Miles mix pop tunes with political statements about racism, pollution and war. Among other tracks, the album features Davis' interpretations of two contemporary pop songs: Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Michael Jackson's "Human Nature".

During the recording sessions, bass player Darryl Jones introduced Sting to his longtime idol Miles Davis. Sting was startled when Davis asked him if he could speak French, and since he did, Miles asked him to translate the Miranda warning into French and yell it into the microphone against a backing track.[3]

It marked the ending of Davis's 30-year association with Columbia Records, although the label released the 1984 recording Aura in 1989, and would release many archival recordings in later years.

Track listing[edit]

Columbia – FC 40023[4]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One Phone Call/Street Scenes"Miles Davis4:34
2."Human Nature"John Bettis, Steve Porcaro4:30
3."MD1
Something's On Your Mind
MD2"
Miles Davis
Hubert Eaves III, James D-Train Williams
Miles Davis
7:17
4."Ms. Morrisine"Miles Davis, Morrisine Tynes Irving, Robert Irving III4:57
5."Katia Prelude"Miles Davis, Robert Irving III0:40
6."Katia"Miles Davis, Robert Irving III7:37
7."Time After Time"Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman3:37
8."You're Under Arrest"John Scofield6:14
9."Medley: Jean Pierre/You're Under Arrest/Then There Were None"Miles Davis, Robert Irving III, John Scofield3:23

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Miles Davis – trumpet, "Police Voices, Davis Voices" on track 1, synthesizer on tracks 5 and 6
  • John McLaughlin – guitar on tracks 4, 5 and 6
  • John Scofield – guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9
  • Bob Berg – soprano saxophone on track 1, tenor saxophone on track 8 and 9
  • Al Foster – drums on tracks 1, 7, 8 and 9
  • Vincent Wilburn – drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Robert Irving III – synthesizers, celesta, organ, clavinet
  • Darryl Jones, aka "The Munch" – bass
  • Steve Thornton – percussion, Spanish voice on track 1
  • Sting (credited as Gordon Sumner) – French policeman's voice on track 1
  • Marek Olko – Polish voice on track 1
  • James "J.R." Prindiville (Jim Rose, road manager) – sound of handcuffs on track 1
  • Kenny Garrett – alto saxophone track 2

Production[edit]

  • Robert Irving III – producer
  • Vincent Wilburn – co-producer
  • Dr. George Butler – producer
  • Ronald F. Lorman – engineer
  • Tom Swift – mixing engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering engineer at Masterdisk, New York City
  • Jim Rose – production coordination
  • Lane/Donald – art direction
  • Miles Davis – illustration, producer
  • Anthony Barboza – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yarnow, Scott (2011). "You're Under Arrest – Miles Davis | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ Davis, Francis (2011). "Miles Davis: You're Under Arrest : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ Sting (2003). Broken Music. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-5081-7.
  4. ^ "Miles Davis – You're Under Arrest". Discogs. Retrieved February 25, 2017.