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 Miles Davis
Released September 9, 1985
Recorded January 26, 1984 – January 14, 1985 at Record Plant Studio, New York
Genre Fusion, jazz-funk
Length 43:02
Label Columbia
Producer Miles Davis and Robert Irving III
Miles Davis chronology
Decoy
(1984)
You're Under Arrest
(1985)
Tutu
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Phone Call/Street Scenes" Miles Davis 4:34
2. "Human Nature" John Bettis & Steve Porcaro 4:30
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 III 4:57
5. "Katia Prelude" Miles Davis & Robert Irving III 0:40
6. "Katia" Miles Davis & Robert Irving III 7:37
7. "Time After Time" Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman 3:37
8. "You're Under Arrest" John Scofield 6:14
9. "Medley: Jean Pierre/You're Under Arrest/Then There We None" Miles Davis, Robert Irving III & John Scofield 3:23

Personnel[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
  • Vince Wilburn, Jr. – drums on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Robert Irving III – synthesizers, celesta, organ, clavinet
  • Darryl Jones, aka "The Munch" – bass
  • Steve Thorton – 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 – handcuffs on track 1
  • Kenny Garrett - Alto Saxophone track 2

Production[edit]

Produced by Miles Davis and Robert Irving III
Co-produced by Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Producer: Dr. George Butler
Engineer: Ronald F. Lorman
Mixing Engineer: Tom Swift
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, New York City
Production Coordination: Jim Rose
Art Direction: Lane/Donald
Illustration: Miles Davis
Photography: Anthony Barboza

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.