Release Date: 1975

Track Listing
Disc One
1)  Prelude (Part 1) (22:37)
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2)  Prelude (Part 2) (10:31)
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3)  Maiysha (12:30)
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Disc Two
1)  Interlude (26:50)
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2)  Theme From Jack Johnson (25:16)
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Member: Chuck AzEee! (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
Date: 7/20/2003
Format: CD (Album)

On February 1st, 1975, Miles Davis would treat some very lucky fans to not only one, but two concerts, a matinee event and a late evening gig (both concerts would be recorded, the latter would be known as the double disc, Pangaea and the former would become the basis for this review, Agharta).

The earlier gig, or the Agharta sessions, is a spirited outing where the band continuously playing funk beats to occasional outburst from reedman, Sonny Fortune (whose presence is more stated on Agharta than Pangaea) whose excellent solos are a welcomed addition to the band's direction.

The psychedelic funk grooves of "Prelude" (Part 1 and 2) give way to one of Miles most enduring compositions of the mid-Seventies captured here in its definitive form, "Maiysha" closes off the first disc in a less frenetic display of passionate emotion rarely displayed by this unit.

Disc two's first track "Interlude" is lovely improvised piece, of multi-shifting avant-garde funk ambience often betraying a rather experimental side to the band.

The last track is a shorter and less interesting version of "Theme From Jack Johnson", which starts of well, but then drags on a bit too much, which ends the CD on a sour note.

Most would jazz-rock fans would prefer the in-your-face direction of the more accessibility of Agharta, but most would be better off inclined to chose the later, more cosmic moodiness of the later concert (or the Pangaea concert) before tackling this monster.

Charles
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